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Driver killed, Texas students hurt in Disney trip bus plunge

Disney trip bus plunges; driver dead, students hurtA bus carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World plunged into a ravine before dawn Tuesday in Alabama, killing the driver and injuring many passengers, authorities said.

First responders used ropes to rappel down the 50-foot ravine in the middle of Interstate 10 to reach them, and then had to cut some of the victims free from the wreckage, said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack, who confirmed the fatality.

About 45 people were on board, and were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, either by helicopter or ambulance, he said.



3rd Explosion in Austin After 2 Package Bombs Linked

Austin bomb explosionsPolice are responding to another explosion in Austin that badly injured a woman, hours after a package bomb killed a teenager and wounded a woman in a different part of the city.

Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that an explosion Monday in southeast Austin injured a woman in her 70s, who has been hospitalized with potentially life-threatening injuries. A second woman from that address has been hospitalized with an unrelated medical issue.


Pilot: Luggage may have cut engine's fuel in NYC chopper crash

Pilot says luggage may have cut engine fuel The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in New York City's East River -- killing five people -- said a piece of luggage may have inadvertently shut down the engine and caused the aircraft to fall into the water.

Officials said the Eurocopter AS350 chopper, operated by Fly Liberty Charter, left Kearny, N.J., and was on a photo shoot when it plunged into the frigid river after a flight of about 11 minutes.


Martin Shkreli jailed: 'Pharma Bro' sentenced to seven years for fraud

Martin Shkreli sentenced to seven years

In a packed Brooklyn courthouse on Friday, Martin Shkreli, the “Pharma Bro” who rose to international notoriety after increasing the price of a lifesaving drug 50-fold, was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Shkreli, 34, was convicted of two counts of securities fraud and a single count of conspiracy last August. He had dismissed the trial as “a silly witch-hunt perpetrated by self-serving prosecutors”.

But before his sentencing, Shkreli wrote to Judge Kiyo Matsumoto asking for leniency. “I was a fool. I should have known better,” he wrote.


ACLU sues ICE over alleged separation of asylum-seeking families

ACLU sues ICEThe American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying agents are forcibly removing asylum-seeking parents from their children without reason.

The class-action suit adds onto a pending suit ACLU has already filed to try and reunite a mother and 7-year-old daughter from the Democratic Republic of Congo who sought asylum in the U.S. and were later detained separately, the organization said. After the ACLU filed that suit, government officials released the mother, the organization said.


Three women, suspect dead after hostage standoff in Yountville, California

Three women, suspect dead in LA veteran homeAfter an apparent hourslong standoff between police and a gunman, three women were found dead Friday night at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, authorities said.

The suspect was also found dead, Chris Childs, assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol's Golden Gate Division, told reporters.
The three victims were earlier described as employees of The Pathway Home, a counseling service for veterans who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is on the property.

NRA Sues To Block Brand-New Gun Legislation In Florida

NRA sues over Florida gun lawThe National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit over Florida gun legislation that was signed into law on Friday.

The lawsuit asks a federal judge to bar the new law from taking effect, the AP reported.

The NRA takes issue with the part of the bill that raises the age limit for purchasing all firearms from 18 to 21, according to the Associated Press.


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