Nov. 20 News Briefs


AC/DC founding member
Malcolm Young dead at 64

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has died. He was 64.

AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website Saturday. The posts did not say when or where Young died.

Young was diagnosed with dementia in 2014. A statement says he died peacefully with his family by his side.

Band representatives didn’t immediately return emails seeking comment. Young formed the group with his brother, Angus.

AC/DC were remarkably consistent for over 40 years with its mix of driving hard rock and bluesy shuffles, selling over 200 million albums, surviving the loss of its first singer and creating one of the greatest rock records ever in “Back in Black,” the world’s second best-selling album behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Marathon bombing hero gives turkeys to military families

BOSTON (AP) — The charitable foundation founded by the Boston Marathon bombing hero seen in an iconic photo wearing a cowboy hat as he helped rescue victims is giving away Thanksgiving turkeys to veterans and their families.

The Arredondo Family Foundation is handing out 100 turkeys at five different locations Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The turkeys will be distributed at Fitchburg State University and Project New Hope in Holyoke on Saturday, foundation headquarters in Boston and Subaru of New England in Norwood on Sunday and Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford on Monday.

The foundation was established in 2015 by Carlos and Melida Arredondo in honor of Carlos’ sons Alex, a U.S. Marine who died in Iraq on 2004, and Brian, who took his own life in 2011.

Part of plane engine cover fell off in flight, travelers say

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Two passengers on a SkyWest flight in southern Utah say a piece of the plane’s engine cover fell off midflight.

Scott Jackson and Don Bumps say they heard a loud bang and felt vibrations about 20 minutes into the flight from St. George to Phoenix on Friday.

Jackson says the pilot then made a slow turn over the Grand Canyon and the plane returned safely to the airport, where the pilot told the passengers the cause was a detached piece of cowling.

SkyWest spokeswoman Marissa Snow said the Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet returned to the airport due to an engine warning. She could not confirm an exact cause of the issue.

She says no one was hurt and the airline is working to get passengers on another flight to Phoenix.

Rev Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy.

In a Friday letter to supporters, the 76-year-old says family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago and he could no longer ignore symptoms.

He says the diagnosis isn’t a sign to stop working but a “signal” to make “lifestyle changes” to slow progression of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties.

The civil rights icon also released a Northwestern Medicine letter saying he was diagnosed in 2015 and has sought outpatient care.

Jackson runs the Chicago-based Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. He’s remained a strong voice in anti-discrimination efforts, including advocating for affordable housing, and been a fixture at protests nationwide.

Jackson declined further comment Friday.

Franken tells woman in letter he’s ‘ashamed’ of himself

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Al Franken has written a letter to the woman who accused him of forcibly kissing and groping her, saying he is ashamed of his actions and apologizes.

Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden read the letter Friday while appearing on the TV talk show “The View.” In the letter, Franken tells Tweeden that he wants to “apologize to you personally.” He also says there is no excuse for the photo taken of him posing in a joking manner while apparently placing his hands on her chest while she was asleep aboard a transport plane.

Tweeden says the unwanted kissing took place during a 2006 USO tour. Franken says he remembers their encounter differently but is “ashamed that my actions ruined that experience for you.”

Solar company partners to provide help to Puerto Rico

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — New England solar installer ReVision Energy is partnering to help bring portable solar systems to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Co-founder Phil Coupe says the company has secured solar panels for up to 100 portable emergency power units. The units are designed to provide enough energy to power communications systems, computers, cellphones and lighting.

Coupe says construction on the first units will take place at ReVision Energy’s warehouse in North Andover, Massachusetts. ReVision also operates in Maine and New Hampshire.
ReVision is partnering with Amicus Solar Cooperative and disaster aid organization Amurtel on the project. More than 20 of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities remain without power nearly two months after Maria hit the U.S. territory as a Category 4 hurricane.