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March 29, 2015 - 8:27pm
9 min 51 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A roller coaster at New York City's Coney Island amusement park got stuck on the first day of the season, leaving passengers briefly stranded atop the wooden structure.

Witnesses tell the Daily News ( ) about 24 passengers on the first run of the Cyclone at Luna Park on Sunday were readying for the initial drop when it suddenly stopped.

They say park employees went to the top of the ride and helped the passengers...

March 29, 2015 - 8:07pm
9 min 51 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are requesting the public's help in finding a University of California, Berkeley student who went missing after he left a party near the University of Southern California.

Officer Norma Eisenman says 19-year-old Eloi Vasquez of Berkeley was last seen on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. on West 28th Street while attending a party with friends.

He told his friends he wanted to take a walk and left the party but never returned...

March 29, 2015 - 7:52pm
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If you liked the look of last year's Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition.

One game — Kentucky vs. Wisconsin — is not only a matchup of two No. 1 seeds, it's a replay of last year's semifinal won by Kentucky 74-73.

Seventh-seeded Michigan State will face Duke, a four-time national champion led by coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is in his 12th Final Four, tying the legendary John Wooden.

It is the fifth time at least three No. 1...

March 29, 2015 - 6:50pm
9 min 51 sec ago

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of Michigan State University students and fans have gathered outside an off-campus apartment complex to celebrate the Spartans' victory over Louisville that advanced them to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

The Detroit News says police arrested at least four men Sunday evening after the crowd set sweatshirts on fire in the street nearby.

The gathering is in the Cedar Village area, site of...

March 29, 2015 - 6:46pm
9 min 51 sec ago

ORANGE, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a 16-year-old pilot died after a small plane crashed in a field in Orange County.

The 1974 Piper single-engine fixed-wing plane crashed Sunday morning east of the Orange County Airport.

State police identified the pilot as Ryan Lee McCall of Spotsylvania. He died at the scene.

McCall was the plane's only occupant.

The cause of the crash hasn't been determined....

March 29, 2015 - 5:14pm
9 min 51 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — Boston police say an officer shot in the face by a suspect Friday night is in stable condition and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear.

Officer John Moynihan had several hours of surgery Sunday at Boston Medical Center, where he was upgraded from critical condition.

Commissioner William Evans says Moynihan is expected to be moved from intensive care within days and to make a full recovery.

March 29, 2015 - 3:55pm
9 min 51 sec ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A reunited Destiny's Child took the stage at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Saturday as singer Erica Campbell took home six awards, including the night's top honor.

Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland joined Michelle Williams in a surprise performance of Williams' single, "Say Yes," which also netted an award for music video of the year.

Campbell was the night's big winner at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, winning artist of the year as...

March 29, 2015 - 3:07pm
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WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane crash near a southeastern Pennsylvania airport has left two people dead.

Emergency officials say the crash was reported near Brandywine Airport just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dispatchers said two people were found dead following the crash. An official said they were the only people on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Piper PA28 had taken off from the airport...

March 29, 2015 - 2:17pm
39 min 51 sec ago

BEND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon police officer shot and killed a cougar after it was spotted just above a popular hiking trail.

KTVZ-TV reports ( ) that the animal was seen Saturday evening near the summit of Pilot Butte, a 500-foot-tall, extinct cinder cone volcano, in Bend. It was a large male, just 15 yards from a paved road and hiking trail used by hundreds of people daily.

Police Lt. Nick Parker says officers evacuated visitors...

March 29, 2015 - 1:22pm
39 min 51 sec ago

RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — A southern Montana ski area resumed normal operations Sunday and weather conditions improved, allowing firefighters to attack wildfires that ignited the previous day in the state and northern Wyoming.

Red Lodge Mountain ski area spokesman Jeff Carroll says the ski mountain was open and the snow was good Sunday morning.

On Saturday, about 650 skiers were evacuated from the ski area because of a wildfire about 3 miles away....

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