Originally created 04/08/06

Across the southeast



46 illegal immigrants detained after arrival

HILLSBORO BEACH, FLA. - Authorities detained 46 illegal immigrants Friday after the group landed on the beaches of an upscale neighborhood in a 45-foot cabin cruiser.

Most of the aliens were Haitians, including 27 men, 15 women and a boy and a girl. The group also had one man from Cuba and another from Jamaica, said Border Patrol spokesman Steve McDonald.

"To me it looks like a human smuggling operation," Police Chief John Ballard said.

Immigration officials were questioning the aliens, and all most likely will be deported, except the Cuban, who can stay under federal law.

Two miners killed in separate accidents

CHARLESTON, W.VA. - Two workers were killed in separate accidents at underground coal mines in West Virginia on Friday, bringing the state's mining death toll for the year to 18.

A miner was killed at about noon while working on or around an underground machine at Mystic Energy Inc.'s Candice No. 2 mine near Wharton, said Caryn Gresham, spokeswoman for the state Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training.

The second accident occurred at Jacob Mining Co. Inc.'s No. 1 underground mine when roof support material and rock fell onto a 15-ton locomotive, killing the operator, said Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Public comment ends on 'Road to Nowhere'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The public comment period on the much-debated "Road to Nowhere" project through Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed Friday after more than 70,000 responses, a park spokesman said.

Bob Miller said the bulk of the comments were automated responses to e-mails and faxes sent out by environmental and conservation groups opposed to resuming work on the road, which now dead-ends seven miles west of Bryson City, just inside the national park.