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HELICOPTER CRASH
PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a helicopter has crashed north of Phoenix.
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the crash occurred Saturday just before noon near Mayer. He said preliminary reports show that there are no survivors.
D'Evelyn says the helicopter was privately owned.
It was not known how many were on board.
Witnesses told authorities that they saw flames and black smoke at the time of the crash.
Mayer Fire Department Battalion Fire Chief Michael McGhee told KNXV-TV that the UH1 model helicopter crashed nose first along Interstate 17 near Mile Post 268.
Mayer is about 70 miles north of Phoenix and is located near Black Canyon City and Cordes Lakes.
No further details were available.

CENTURY RIDE-BICYCLISTS KILLED
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- Police say a car crashed into a group of bicyclists during an annual ride in New Hampshire, killing two riders and injuring two others.
The crash happened on a bridge in Hampton at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, just after the start of the 40th annual Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century ride.
Hampton police say 60-year-old Pamela Wells of South Hamilton, Mass., and 52-year-old Elise Bouchard, of Danvers, Mass., died from their injuries. Two other riders were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The event's website says the route typically follows the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine coastlines. The ride lasts through the weekend.
The 20-year-old motorist involved in the crash was treated for minor injuries. No charges have been filed.

PAUL-HEALTH CARE
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Rand Paul says President Barack Obama's health care law probably can't be defeated or gotten rid of. And he's suggesting there is little he and other congressional Republicans can do to stop the law from taking effect.
Speaking to reporters Saturday at a gathering of Michigan Republicans, Paul says Republicans could use votes on measures in the House and in the Senate to come up with compromise legislation. But the Kentucky Republican says that time for that is running out.
An opponent of the law many call "Obamacare," Paul says he's acknowledging that, in his words, "we probably can't defeat or get rid of Obamacare." He says that working from the position of not funding the health care law might help render it, quote, "less bad."

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Sen. Ted Cruz says he will oppose the health care overhaul even if it means shutting down segments of the federal government.
But former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush warns that such an approach is "quite dicey" politically.
A clear divide over the health care law separates the emerging field of potential Republican presidential candidates. And it offers a preview of the battle Republicans nationwide will fight in their effort to build the party and win back the White House.
On one side of the health care debate are Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio and others who say they are standing on principle.
On the other side are Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and others taking what they call a pragmatic approach by accepting the law and moving on.

FORT WASHAKIE, Wyo. (AP) -- A 4.9 magnitude earthquake jolted much of western Wyoming on Saturday, but no damage was reported.
John Bellini, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., says the temblor occurred at 7:16 a.m. about 45 miles underground. The nearest city is Fort Washakie, about 9 miles east of the epicenter.
Bellini says "it was felt widely in western Wyoming, but this is too deep of an earthquake to cause any damage. ... A lot of people might have felt something but they wouldn't know what they felt because it woke them up."
The area west of Yellowstone National Park experiences a handful of earthquakes a year

DETROIT (AP) -- Teams of volunteers are fanning out across Detroit for a two-day count of stray dogs.
The canine survey is part of the World Animal Awareness Society's American Strays research project.
The Ann Arbor-based society's executive director, Tom McPhee, says an accurate count will assist organizations in finding ways to help the stray dogs.
Some estimates place the number of stray and loose dogs in the thousands. McPhee says many dogs in Detroit were abandoned by owners who lost their homes or were unable to care for their pets.
After 90 minutes Saturday morning, volunteers Barbara Moran and Nicole Ryan had not spotted any dogs roaming in the west-side neighborhood they were surveying.
A Detroit dog rescue group has said strays tend to shy away from people.


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