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Member of dance team killed in crash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A van carrying a Temple University dance team to a competition in North Carolina crashed in southern Virginia early Saturday, killing one student and injuring seven others, police said.

Kammini Ragoopath, 21, of Lansdale, Pa., died after the van veered off Interstate 85 and hit a guardrail in Dinwiddie County, according to Virginia State Police. Manisha Modi, a passenger who said she broke part of her jaw and collarbone, called the crash "a freak accident."

"There wasn't anything that was out of control or irresponsible," Modi, 19, said from the hospital. "There's no one to blame."

The driver, Bilal Badruddin, 20, of Cranford, N.J., was charged with reckless driving.

The Bhangra dance team, which performs traditional Indian dances, was traveling to Durham, N.C., for Saturday's Virsa Punjab Da, or Heritage of Punjab, competition.

Sentencing delayed for abortion doctor's killer

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A court says the sentencing for the convicted killer of a Kansas abortion provider has been delayed.

The district court in Wichita said Saturday that Scott Roeder will now be sentenced on April 1. The sentencing had been set for March 9.

Roeder was convicted Jan. 29 of first-degree murder for shooting Dr. George Tiller last May as the doctor served as an usher at his Wichita church. The 51-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., also was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault for threatening two ushers who tried to stop him after the shooting.

He faces a minimum sentence of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 25 years, although prosecutors will ask the judge to require him to serve at least 50 years before he is eligible for parole.

Northeast gets no relief from storms

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Frustration turned to resignation Saturday for hundreds of thousands of people in the Northeast struggling to survive another day waiting for utility crews to restore electricity after powerful storms socked the region with heavy snow, rain and hurricane-force winds.

The region was left to deal with the fallout of gusting winds that created near-blizzard conditions this week in what was the third strong storm this month for some areas. Parts of New York got more than 2 feet of snow while some areas of coastal New England were drenched with flooding rains.

One man was killed by a falling snow-laden tree branch in Central Park in New York City, and two people in Candia, N.H., died in a house fire caused by improperly using a propane heater to stay warm, fire officials said.