US News: Arrest in Bikers Attack on SUV; Ice Cream Truck Kills Child; Karen Still Weakening; Fires, Heavy Snow

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By: ap

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Police Department has arrested another man in connection with the videotaped beating of a New York City SUV driver by a gang of bikers.
The NYPD says Reginald Chance was charged with first-degree gang assault, first-degree assault and criminal mischief.
The 37-year-old Chance was in custody Saturday and unable to comment. There is no phone number listed for Chance at the address provided by police.
Police have said the bikers stopped the SUV on a highway, attacked the vehicle and pulled the driver from the car after he plowed over a motorcyclist from Massachusetts while trying to escape.
Police have arrested four people in connection with the attack, though the case against one of those motorcyclists was subsequently dismissed when prosecutors said they needed more time to investigate.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An 8-year-old girl has died after being struck by an ice cream truck she was trying to catch in Kansas City.
She was pronounced dead at a hospital Friday night. She was hit shortly after 5 p.m. Friday in the northern part of the city.
Witnesses say the girl was on a sidewalk chasing after the truck, which had pulled over to serve a customer. Police said in a statement the driver started moving again and didn't see the girl as she darted in front of the vehicle.
Police say the driver stayed at the scene and cooperated. They say no citations have been issued.

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) -- A worker suffered severe damage to her left arm after she stuck it in a tiger enclosure at a central Oklahoma animal park and couldn't withdraw it before the tiger clawed her.
Park owner Joe Schreibvogel said the attack occurred about 10 a.m. Saturday and the woman was in surgery several hours later. He said doctors are trying to save her arm.
Schreibvogel, owner of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, said the arm was still attached and the young woman was conscious and able to talk and move her fingers when she was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital.
He didn't release the woman's name because her family hadn't been notified of the incident. Schreibvogel said the worker violated protocol by sticking her arm into the cage.

CRESSKILL, N.J. (AP) -- A World War II veteran believed to be the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient has died in New Jersey. Nicholas Oresko was 96.
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center officials say Oresko died there Friday night.
Oresko had recently been hospitalized after hurting himself in a fall at an assisted living center in Cresskill. He died of complications from surgery for a broken right femur.
The Bayonne native received the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman on Oct. 30, 1945. While serving as an Army Master sergeant, the badly wounded Oresko single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge and killed 12 German soldiers.
His actions were praised as key to the Allies' victory, and he was credited with preventing numerous American casualties.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Karen has weakened to a tropical depression with winds of 35 mph off the Louisiana coast.
Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane center in Miami say that all watches and warnings have now been canceled along the Gulf Coast.
The storm system is centered about 185 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It isn't moving.
Forecasters expect for there to be little change in the system's strength over the next 24 hours and that it would turn into a remnant low by Monday.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A fire that broke out in Camp Pendleton has forced the evacuation of hospital and a military housing unit.
Base officials say the fire which broke out near Lake O'Neil Saturday afternoon prompted the evacuation of 230 residents at a nearby housing unit.
A power outage at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton also prompted officials to transfer about 30 patients to other hospitals in the area.
The fire has burned about 250 acres, sending smoke that could be seen across northern San Diego County.
The cause of the fire and the power outage was under investigation.
Hot, dry and windy conditions fueled several small fires across Southern California, including one that caused a key freeway junction north of Los Angeles to shut down.

Heavy snows hit Great Plains
The weather is so bad in the Great Plains that even plow trucks are getting stuck.
Heavy snow, strong rain, hail storms and tornadoes hit the region in the last few days, cutting power and stranding drivers while causing at least 3 deaths.
While the Dakotas are digging out of up to 43 inches of snow, Nebraska and Iowa are reeling from nine tornadoes that touched down Friday evening.
Rapid City plow driver Jesse Curnow said Saturday morning things weren't moving so smoothly in chest-high drifts after a record 21-inch snowfall.
"I'm trapped. I can kind of move, but only a little bit," Curnow said by telephone from the cab of his truck.

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