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Headmaster of Private School Allegedly Caught with Drugs, Unconscious Woman

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:59am

iStock/Thinkstock(MARIN COUNTY, Calif.) -- Former high school principal Thomas Woodrow Price's problems have just begun after police in Marin County, California, said they found the 54-year-old inside a motel room with a stockpile of illegal drugs and an unconscious 21-year-old woman.

Price, better known as "Woody," was the headmaster of the exclusive Branson High School, which costs $40,000 annually to attend. He resigned Tuesday.

Things started to fall apart for Price, according to prosecutors, when police, acting on a tip, went to a motel room in Rancho Cordova last Friday and discovered Price inside with a passed-out young woman who they eventually roused without medical help.

More seriously, cops say they arrested Price on possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of cocaine.

He apparently told them he had a "causal relationship" with 21-year-old Brittney Hall, who was also charged with drug possession. Price later made bail.

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Pilot Dead After Airtanker Crash Near Yosemite National Park

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:38am

David McNew/Getty Images(YOSEMITE VILLAGE, Calif.) -- A pilot died after the airtanker they were flying crashed near Yosemite National Park Tuesday.

"This crash underscores just how inherently dangerous wildland firefighting is and the job is further compounded this year by extreme fire conditions,” CAL FIRE director Chief Ken Pimlott said in a statement. “We have secured the crash site and will be cooperating with the NTSB on their investigation.”

The pilot's name has not been released, pending family notification.

It took search crews hours to reach the plane, due to the rugged terrain.

The Cal Fire airtanker was a Grumman S2T, which can hold 1,100 gallons of fire retardant, a spokesman said.

Authorities believe the pilot was the only one on the plane when it went missing.

Cal Fire said that as a part of routine procedure and precaution all its airtankers are now grounded pending a review of what happened.

A vegetation fire near Foresta in Yosemite National Park prompted the evacuation of 60 homes, ABC affiliate KFSN-TV reported. The fire, which closed Highway 140 into Yosemite, has burned some 130 acres between Yosemite View Lodge and the Yosemite Arch Rock Entrance, below the town of Foresta.

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Walmart Pulling Health Coverage for 30,000

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:24am

Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- About 30,000 people who work part-time at Walmart are going to lose their health insurance coverage.

Citing rising costs, Walmart said Tuesday that it had no choice but to end medical benefits for employee who work less than 30 hours weekly.

This move affects about five percent of Walmart's U.S. workforce, estimated at 1.3 million.

Walmart, the nation's largest employer, said in a blog posting, "Like every company, Walmart continues to face rising health care costs. This year, the expenses were significant and led us to make some tough decisions as we begin our annual enrollment."

Meanwhile, Walmart is also lowering the boom on workers with existing coverage by raising their premiums.

The discount retailer says it health care costs are rising by $500 million.

Meanwhile, Forbes reported last week that the four children of late Walmart founder Sam Walton are each worth an average of about $35-$38 billion.

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