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September 13, 2017
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Officials in Hollywood, Florida, said eight elderly people living at a nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, leaving them with no air conditioning.

At least 115 people have been evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, with some in respiratory distress. The center, which sits across the street from a hospital with full air conditioning, has a backup generator, but that doesn't power the air conditioner, a faculty administrator said, and the residents were left in stifling heat. Broward County said the facility notified it on Tuesday that it had lost power, but did not ask for help. The deceased residents have been identified as Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84; and Albertina Vega, 99.

Officials in Florida are now visiting other assisted living facilities to look for anyone who might need help, and Gov. Rick Scott (R) said several investigations into the incident are underway. The Hollywood facility has two out of five stars in Medicare's ranking system, the Sun Sentinel reports, and one star for health inspections. It isn't yet known how long the elderly residents were without air conditioning. Catherine Garcia

August 7, 2017
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An 11-year-old Boy Scout died Monday at a hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, two days after the catamaran he was in hit an overhead power line on a lake in east Texas.

The Scout, whose name has not been released by authorities, was just offshore with two older Scouts, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old, when the catamaran hit the line. Daniel Anderson, COO for the East Texas Boy Scouts of America, told CBS News that a Scout leader was at the boat within minutes of the accident; he found the two older boys dead, and the 11-year-old was picked up by another boat and rushed to an ambulance. "There's literally hundreds of campouts like this every year in east Texas and nothing like this ever happens," Anderson said. Catherine Garcia

June 14, 2017
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Wearing a UPS uniform, a man walked into a company facility in San Francisco Wednesday morning and opened fire, killing three people and wounding two before shooting himself, authorities said.

San Francisco Police Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin said during a press conference that officers who arrived on the scene encountered the suspect, who has not been identified, and he "put the gun to his head and discharged the weapon," dying instantly. Investigators do not yet know if the shooter was a current or former employee, and they are interviewing "dozens and dozens" of witnesses in an attempt to determine the motive, Chaplin said.

UPS said 350 people work at the facility, and the company is "saddened and deeply concerned about affected employees, family members, and the community we share." San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called the shooting a "senseless act of violence" that will be "felt in every community served by these committed employees." Catherine Garcia

March 12, 2017
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Fire officials in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, are blaming a fire that killed one girl and left two others in critical condition on a rechargeable hoverboard.

On Friday night, the family heard "sizzling and cracking" coming from the hoverboard and the outlet it was plugged into, Fire Chief Brian Enterline told PennLive. Five people were rushed to the hospital, and the 4-year-old girl died on Saturday. The girl's father and a teenager were treated and released for smoke inhalation, while two other girls remain hospitalized.

Enterline said the fire was accidental, and one of several tragedies to hit his department that night — several firefighters were attending the funeral of a former colleague who died of cancer when they received the call for the fire. Lt. Dennis DeVoe left the funeral to respond, and his car was struck by a stolen vehicle driven by a 19-year-old woman under the influence of a controlled substance, the Harrisburg Police Department said. DeVoe is in critical condition, and the woman was arrested after she went to the hospital for treatment. Catherine Garcia

November 23, 2016

The Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas, announced Tuesday it will tear down the Verrückt water slide, months after a 10-year-old was decapitated on the ride.

Caleb Schwab was killed over the summer while on the 168-foot-tall ride, named after the German word for "crazy." In a statement, the park said it was permanently closing the ride because it "is the only proper course of action following this tragedy." The park does have to wait for an investigation into the accident to finish before it can ask a court to grant permission for the ride to be dismantled. Once that happens, the park said it will share what it plans to build in Verrückt's place. Catherine Garcia

July 31, 2015
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Jewish arsonists are believed to be responsible for torching a Palestinian home in the West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old toddler and injuring three other family members inside. Israel's prime minister has called the attack an act of terrorism.

The suspected Jewish attackers wrote "revenge" outside the house in Hebrew, and threw fire bombs inside the home just before dawn, marking the worst attack by Israeli aggressors since a Palestinian teenager was set on fire in Jerusalem a year ago. The Palestinian group Hamas has called for retaliation for Friday's attack. Read more at Reuters. Jeva Lange

July 16, 2015
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President Obama, speaking from the Oval Office, described Thursday's deadly shooting of four Marines as a "heartbreaking circumstance," and said the FBI would take the lead in the investigation. "I want everybody to understand we will be thorough and prompt on figuring out exactly what happened," the president said.

The suspected gunman, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, is dead, after an attack on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The gunman, "armed with numerous weapons," began the spree at a recruiting center, and then moved on to a nearby reserve center.

At least three other people were injured, including a police officer and a Marine recruiter. Ben Frumin

July 15, 2015
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The Dutch Safety Board, which is investigating how Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 was shot out of the sky over Ukraine last year, killing all 298 people on board, has reportedly concluded that pro-Russian rebels are indeed to blame. The report has not yet been released, but CNN says it has "has learned new details from the draft investigative report for the July 17, 2014 incident" thanks to sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Moscow and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have long denied accusations of involvement, even as much of the West suspected that pro-Russian rebels and a Russian-made missile were to blame. The Dutch report is said to be specific about details such as the exact type of missile used, and constructs a minute-by-minute timeline of the accident. Dutch investigators also found that Malaysia Airlines was not reading other countries' notices that advised against flying over the war-torn region last summer.

Read more at CNN. Jeva Lange

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