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Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waited

May. 27, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Students trapped inside a classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 during this week’s attack on a Texas elementary school, including one who pleaded, “Please send the police now,” as officers waited in the hallway for more than 45 minutes, authorities said Friday....

Central Indiana coroner confirms storm-related death

May. 27, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

LEBANON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana coroner confirmed Friday that a construction worker died this week during a thunderstorm . Workers were in the process of stopping work due to thunderstorms Wednesday when strong winds caused the boom lift they were on to topple, Boone County...

Drought conditions improving in North Dakota

May. 27, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The wet spring has helped improve drought conditions across North Dakota. The Bismarck Tribune reported Friday that the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 19% of the state in some form of drought, down from 21% last week and 80% three months ago....

US Forest Service: Prescribed burns initiated massive fire

May. 27, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two fires that merged to create the largest wildfire in New Mexico history have both been traced to prescribed burns set by U.S. forest managers as preventative measures, federal investigators announced Friday. The findings could hold implications for the...

Onlookers urged police to charge into Texas school

May. 27, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman's rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended when the...

17 years post-Katrina, New Orleans-area protections complete

May. 27, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Seventeen years after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers has completed an extensive system of floodgates, strengthened levees and other protections. The 130-mile (210-kilometer) ring is designed to hold out storm surge of about 30...

Police: Teen charged in shooting of 9-year-old girl

May. 27, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — A 15-year-old Virginia boy has been arrested and charged in a shooting that left a 9-year-old girl in critical condition, police said. Prince William County police said the teen is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding,...

Pilot in critical condition after crash in Wauwatosa

May. 27, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) — A student pilot is critical condition after his small plane crashed in Wauwatosa. Police said in a statement Friday that the two-seat Cessna 152 crashed in a home’s backyard Thursday afternoon after taking off from Timmerman Airport on Milwaukee’s north...

New law puts NHL great Konstantinov's 24/7 care in jeopardy

May. 27, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Vladimir Konstantinov has traded hockey sticks for an Uno deck. Many, in fact. The onetime Soviet and Detroit Red Wings star plays so often that he goes through a pack per week, wearing out cards with the hands that once made him one of the world's best defensemen. ...

5 dead after Pennsylvania house explosion; 2 injured

May. 27, 2022 14:51 PM EDT

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A house exploded northwest of Philadelphia, killing five people and leaving two others injured, authorities said Friday. Officials had earlier said four people died and others might be missing in Thursday evening's explosion in Pottstown but confirmed the...