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Huge California college party spirals into violent clash PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 06:08

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a rock- and bottle-throwing melee, forcing police to fire tear gas and foam projectiles to break up the crowd.

The violence broke out near the University of California, Santa Barbara in the densely populated beachside community of Isla Vista around 9:30 p.m. Saturday during the annual spring break party known as Deltopia, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office said. The unsanctioned event drew about 15,000 people.

The crowd got unruly when a campus officer arrested someone who hit him in the face with a backpack filled with large bottles of alcohol, sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

Authorities said some in the crowd began throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at officers, lighting fires and damaging law enforcement vehicles. Video footage showed people tearing down stop signs, rocking cars and smashing windows.

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Two NYC police officers critical after Brooklyn fire PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press   
Monday, 07 April 2014 06:05

NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York City police officers were overcome by smoke while responding to a suspicious fire in a residential building in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn Sunday and were hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

"Police officers Rosa Rodriguez and Dennis Guerra took the building's elevator up to the 13th floor where they were overcome by smoke in the hallway as they exited," Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said.

Bratton said firefighters found both NYPD Housing Bureau officers "unconscious and unresponsive" in the hallway on the 13th floor. The firefighters pulled both officers back into the elevator and brought them downstairs where they were treated by EMS personnel, he said.

Rodriguez, 36, was first stabilized at Lutheran Hospital and then transferred to Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. Guerra, 38, was taken to Coney Island Hospital and then airlifted to Jacobi Medical Center.

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Possible signals from lost jet's black boxes heard PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by NICK PERRY, Associated Press   
Monday, 07 April 2014 06:00

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Underwater sounds detected by a ship searching the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes, an Australian official said Monday, dubbing it "a most promising lead" in the monthlong hunt for the vanished plane.

Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the search, warned that it could take days to confirm whether the signals picked up by the Australian navy ship Ocean Shield are indeed from the black boxes that belonged to Flight 370, but called the discovery very encouraging.

"Clearly this is a most promising lead, and probably in the search so far, it's probably the best information that we have had," Houston said at a news conference.

"We've got a visual indication on a screen and we've also got an audible signal — and the audible signal sounds to me just like an emergency locator beacon."

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Sick baby's parents defend sailing trip with kids PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 05:59

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The California parents of a 1-year-old girl who fell ill on a sailing trip around the world thanked military crews who rescued them from their stalled vessel on Sunday and defended their decision to sail with young children.

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman said their daughter Lyra's medical condition continued to improve after they boarded a San Diego-bound Navy ship hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast so the girl could get to a medical facility.

"We understand there are those who question our decision to sail with our family, but please know that this is how our family has lived for seven years, and when we departed on this journey more than a year ago, we were then and remain today confident that we prepared as well as any sailing crew could," the San Diego couple said in a statement from aboard the USS Vandegrift.

"The ocean is one of the greatest forces of nature, and it always has the potential to overcome those who live on or near it. We are proud of our choices and our preparation," the statement said.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 06:05
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Legendary star Mickey Rooney dies at 93 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer   
Monday, 07 April 2014 05:16

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life.

A superstar in his youth, Rooney was Hollywood's top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s. He epitomized the "show" part of show business, even if the business end sometimes failed him amid money troubles and a seesaw of career tailspins and revivals.

Pint-sized, precocious, impish, irrepressible — perhaps hardy is the most-suitable adjective for Rooney, a perennial comeback artist whose early blockbuster success as the vexing but wholesome Andy Hardy and as Judy Garland's musical comrade in arms was bookended 70 years later with roles in "Night at the Museum" and "The Muppets."

Rooney died Sunday at age 93 surrounded by family at his North Hollywood home, police said. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Rooney died a natural death.

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