Lea Co. crash kills two

State police have released more infor­ma­tion on Wednesday’s fatal crash.

They say it involved three vehi­cles on Route 380 between Roswell and Tatum.

The troop­ers claim a gray Ford pickup head­ing west veered into the east­bound lane. That truck hit a semi trac­tor trailer and a pas­sen­ger car.

The col­li­sion sent the truck and the pas­sen­ger car into flames.

State police the dri­vers of both those vehi­cles died at the scene. Their bod­ies have gone to the med­ical investigator’s office for identification.

The dri­ver of the semi did not have any injuries.

The troop­ers say the inves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues, but they believe speed, inat­ten­tion, and alco­hol all con­tributed to this.

Firefighters in Jersey paying it forward after waitress picks up check

A wait­ress in New Jer­sey cov­ered the tab for a pair of firefighters.

NBC’s “Today” show reports she actu­ally wrote them a thank you note on their bill.

One of the fire­fight­ers posted a photo of the note to Face­book, urg­ing peo­ple to eat at this diner.

He later learned she had a GoFundMe page to raise $17,000 to buy her father a wheel­chair acces­si­ble van.

The fire­fighter asked for help for her, and a thou­sand peo­ple donated a total of $67,000 towards that goal.

Mumps outbreak centered around University of Illinois

Health offi­cials keep mon­i­tor­ing a mumps out­break around the Uni­ver­sity of Illinois.

Most of the state’s cases cen­ter in Cham­paign County and have to do with the campus.

While the cam­pus has expe­ri­enced sev­eral smaller out­breaks over the years, this accounts for the largest one in a decade.

The num­ber of cases may rise with stu­dents return­ing for the fall soon.

Buffett donates $1B — again

War­ren Buf­fett has just given $2.8 bil­lion to foun­da­tions that work on global health, col­lege schol­ar­ships, poverty, and oppor­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren worldwide.

Forbes has iden­ti­fied this sum­mer as the tenth con­sec­u­tive one that he has donated over a bil­lion dol­lars to charity.

Intelligence sources believe MH370 deliberately went off course

Amer­i­can intel­li­gence offi­cials believe some­one delib­er­ately took the miss­ing Malaysian Air­lines plane off course.

Sources in the intel­li­gence com­mu­nity say an ini­tial assess­ment sug­gested some­one in the cock­pit changed the course of Flight 370.

This rev­e­la­tion has sur­faced as author­i­ties con­tinue deter­min­ing whether or not debris that has washed up on an island in the Indian Ocean belongs to the plane.

Flight 370 van­ished from radar a year and a half ago as it trav­eled from Malaysia to China.

South Korean town sends money to N.J. to fix Korean War monument

The cur­tain has come off a refur­bished mon­u­ment in Jer­sey City, N.J.

It hon­ors local Korean War veterans.

The unveil­ing fol­lows some van­dal­ism that had defaced it in October.

The Jer­sey Jour­nal reports when word of van­dal­ism reached a city in South Korea, it sent $100,000 to pay for repairs.

Hurricane tracking towards Hawaii

Hawai­ians have their eyes on a hur­ri­cane in the Pacific.

Guillermo has strength­ened into a cat­e­gory one storm.

It has winds of 80 miles per hour, and it may get stronger over the next few days.

It remains 1,700 miles away from the Big Island, but it may move that way.

How it affects Hawaii’s weather at this point remains unclear.

Owl stares down deputy in Colorado, causes stir on Twitter

A show­down between law enforce­ment and nature has gone viral on Twitter.

The Boul­der County Sheriff’s Office in Col­orado has tweeted pho­tos of one of its deputies in a stand­off with a pint-sized owl.

Good News Net­work reports the deputies had patrolled near a camp­ground as they met the owl in the mid­dle of a road.

On its Twit­ter account, the sheriff’s office says it flew away safely after some “curi­ous head twist­ing on both sides.”

Judge orders NFL, players union to resolve Deflategate

A fed­eral judge has chal­lenged the National Foot­ball League and its play­ers union to resolve the dis­pute over Deflategate.

He has ordered all par­ties to start work­ing on what he calls “a mutu­ally accept­able resolution.”

This same judge soon reviews the appeal from the New Eng­land Patri­ots’ Tom Brady of his four-game suspension.

Report: Linking debris to MH370 may take over a week

It may take a week, pos­si­bly longer, for inves­ti­ga­tors to deter­mine whether or not part of a plane’s wing belongs to Flight 370.

The debris has sur­faced on an island in the Indian Ocean.

A French offi­cial tells The New York Times that this object now ships to France for testing.

The report says Amer­i­can inves­ti­ga­tors have con­cluded that this flap has come from a Boe­ing 777.

The only 777 miss­ing: Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370.

The plane had 239 peo­ple on board when it van­ished a year and a half ago.

It started its trip in Malaysia, but it never reached China.