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Attorney John Henry Browne, left, stands in view of a video feed as his client Dawit Kelete sits in a chair, right, during a court appearance Monday, July 6, 2020, in Seattle. Kelete is accused of driving a car onto a closed Seattle freeway and hitting two protesters, killing one, over the weekend. Seattle has been the site of prolonged unrest over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

$1.2 million bail for driver that hit 2 Seattle protesters

Jul. 6, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge on Monday set a $1.2 million bail for the man accused of driving a Jaguar on to a closed Seattle freeway and hitting two protesters, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Dawit Kelete, who is black, drove the car around vehicles that were parked on Interstate 5 to protect a...

Boaters flag down authorities to a crashed seaplane near Powderhorn Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene on Sunday, July 5, 2020, south of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The downed plane can be seen in the right side of the image. Two people died in a plane crash Sunday over Lake Coeur d’Alene Sunday, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office told the Spokane Spokesman-Review. Investigators are checking initial reports that there were a total of eight passengers and crew on the two planes, the sheriff's office said in a statement Sunday night. (Stephanie Hammett/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Sheriff: At least 8 killed in plane collision at Idaho lake

Jul. 6, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — At least eight people, including three children, were killed when two airplanes collided over a scenic mountain lake in northern Idaho, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. One of the aircraft was a float plane operated by Brooks Seaplane of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,...

Detective on leave over Facebook posts about Seattle protest

Jul. 6, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The King County Sheriff's Office said Monday it has placed a detective on leave as it investigates Facebook posts that ridiculed protesters who were struck by a car on a closed freeway, one fatally, over the weekend. Detective Mike Brown has been with the sheriff's office for more than four...

Company that flew Kobe Bryant's helicopter gets federal help

Jul. 6, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

The operator of the helicopter that crashed, killing former NBA star Kobe Bryant and eight others, received between $150,000 and $350,000 from taxpayers under a program to help small businesses hurt by the virus pandemic. Island Express Helicopters Inc. of Long Beach, California, was approved for the funds to...

Police cite woman driving car in fatal crash with motorcycle

Jul. 6, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police on Monday cited a woman who was driving a car involved in a fatal crash in May. Police charged Diana Ramer, 49, of Omaha, with misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in the May 20 crash. The crash happened just after midnight in far southwestern Omaha when a northbound car...

Minnesota driver's manual updates text for legal gun owners

Jul. 6, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota public safety officials updated the state’s driver’s manual to give motorists who are legally carrying firearms some guidance on what to do if they are stopped by police, including instructions to keep both hands on the steering wheel while telling the officer of...

Intense heat could cause buckled roads, uneven surfaces

Jul. 6, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois transportation officials are warning motorists to watch for damaged roads during intense heat. “One of the hottest weeks of the year means the potential for pavement failures will increase,” said Omer Osman, acting transportation secretary. “At IDOT,...

Police ID 3 of 4 people killed in fiery Des Moines crash

Jul. 6, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified three of four men who died and a woman who was injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash southwest of downtown Des Moines. Police identified those killed as the car’s driver, Ross Jacob Welsher, 22, and passengers Jordan Van Gundy, 22, and Jacob Lee Van...

Girl, 11, killed, man injured in off-road vehicle accident

Jul. 6, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

BERLIN, Pa. (AP) — An off-road vehicle accident claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl in western Pennsylvania over the weekend, authorities said. State police in Somerset County said the girl, whose name wasn't released, was operating a utility terrain vehicle on a gravel road near Berlin shortly before...

Police say man accused of crashing gate threatened Trudeau

Jul. 6, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A military reservist who allegedly crashed his truck through a gate on the grounds where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives was armed with two shotguns, a rifle and a revolver, and threatened Trudeau, according to prosecution documents made public on Monday. Police allege that Corey...