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US News: Hofstra Student Mistakenly Killed by Police; California Fire; Alaskan Volcano

By: AP
By: AP

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say a police officer's bullet killed a New York college student during the response to a home invasion at an off-campus home.
Nassau County homicide squad Lt. John Azzata said Saturday night that Andrea Rebello was killed by a police officer as she was being held in a headlock by a masked intruder.
Azzata says the police officer opened fire as Dalton Smith made a motion to fire at the officers early Friday morning.
Azzata says the officer fired eight shots, hitting Smith seven times and Rebello once in the head, killing her.
Earlier Saturday, police said Smith had an extensive criminal history and was wanted on a parole violation related to a first-degree robbery conviction.

DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) -- Investigators are looking into whether an elderly man driving a car in the Hikers Parade in Damascus, Virginia, suffered a medical emergency before his 1997 Cadillac suddenly accelerated into the crowd.
As many as 60 people suffered injuries ranging from critical to superficial, but no fatalities were reported.
Three of the victims were flown by helicopter to regional hospitals. Another 12 to 15 were taken by ambulance. The rest were treated at the scene in Damascus, about a half-hour east of Bristol.
The Hikers Parade is part of the Trail Days festival, an annual celebration of the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, near the Tennessee state line. Damascus Police Chief Bill Nunley didn't release the driver's name or age but said he was part of the parade and had traversed the Appalachian Trail in the past.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Officials investigating a train collision in Connecticut have ruled out foul play and are studying a rail fracture where a derailed commuter train was struck by another bound for New York City.
National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener says the broken rail is of substantial interest to investigators and a portion of the track will be sent to a lab for analysis.
Weener says it's not clear if the accident caused the fracture or if the rail was broken before the crash. He says he won't speculate on the cause of the derailment.
Seventy-two people were sent to the hospital Friday evening after a Metro-North train heading east from New York City derailed and was hit by a train heading west from New Haven.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- A wildfire burning in the hills along Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles has been fully contained.
Los Angeles County fire officials said the 712-acre blaze was fully contained late Saturday after it broke out Friday and briefly threatened an elementary school and about 20 homes.
Another fire that broke out Wednesday near Frazier Park is 85 percent contained after consuming some 4,358 acres.
That blaze was not threatening any homes or buildings but fire officials say fighting it difficult because of the rugged and hard-to-reach terrain.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) --Alaska's remote Pavlof Volcano has been shooting lava hundreds of feet into the air, but its ash plume is thinning and is no longer making it dangerous for airplanes to fly nearby.
Geologist Chris Waythomas of the Alaska Volcano Observatory says a narrow ash plume extends a couple hundred miles southeast from the volcano, which is 625 miles southwest of Anchorage.
The eruption that began Monday seemed to be slowing on Saturday, but Waythomas says that could change at any time.
He says seismic tremors from the 8,262-foot volcano have been going up and down, but remain at a fairly high level.
Scientists are not expecting the eruption to end anytime soon but so far it has not been explosive. There are mud flows, but no one close enough to be threatened.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities in hazardous materials suits are searching an apartment in downtown Spokane, Wash., as they investigate the recent discovery of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin.
FBI agents, Spokane police officers and U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials descended on the apartment Saturday morning.
No arrests have been made. An FBI spokeswoman has not said whether agents are questioning anyone in connection with the case.
Authorities have not released a motive for why the letters were mailed this week.
Despite the hazmat suits, officials say apartment residents are not at risk, and people were seen coming in and out of the building.
Ricin is a highly toxic substance. Tiny amounts can be deadly if inhaled or ingested.
There have been no reports of illness connected to the letters.


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