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Authorities say a 15-year-old is in critical condition Monday after being shot in the neck by a police officer following a car chase near Miami. The 29-year Miami-Dade police veteran who shot the teen was part of a violent crime unit that's been on the lookout for suspects after Friday night's killing of Miami rapper Wavy Navy Pooh. Miami-Dade police chased the vehicle this weekend and the teen's car crashed into a fence. The occupants ran. Police say an officer shot the teen as he was holding a Glock handgun. 

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The pilot of a medical helicopter that crash-landed without loss of life next to a church in a residential area of suburban Philadelphia last week has been released from a hospital. The pilot has been identified as Danial Moore. He said Sunday morning he didn't remember much about the accident but was feeling fortunate. Moore expressed gratitude to other crew, first responders and medical personnel treating his injuries. The helicopter was transporting an infant girl when it came down Tuesday afternoon next to Drexel Hill United Methodist Church in Upper Darby.

Catastrophe has been averted after a dramatic fire near a chemical plant burned through the night and into Saturday morning in northern New Jersey. Its smoke was so heavy that it was detected on weather radar and was seen and smelled in nearby New York City. The fire at Majestic Industries and the Qualco chemical plant in Passaic was in buildings housing plastics, pallets and chlorine. No serious injuries were reported, and no evacuation orders were issued. Passaic's mayor says that crews are still battling pockets of the fire but that it has been contained.

Authorities say a pilot and a passenger are presumed dead after the crash of a helicopter in a south Louisiana marsh. Authorities in coastal Lafourche Parish say they got a call from a person who saw the helicopter going down Friday morning. The wreckage was found Friday afternoon and and officials say most of the helicopter was submerged in the marsh. No bodies were immediately recovered as of Friday afternoon. The Coast Guard said a privately held helicopter operator, Rotocraft Leasing Co., had alerted the agency that the aircraft was overdue with two people aboard. The company had no immediate statement on the crash. 

Wildlife rehabilitators are decontaminating dozens of alligators, brushing their teeth and scrubbing their hides in the weeks after a pipeline rupture dumped 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel into a New Orleans area wetland. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 78 gators had been rescued by Friday morning. Thirty-three of them have been cleaned and released into a national wildlife refuge in New Orleans. Federal records show that  a severely corroded pipeline ruptured on Dec. 27, 2021 in a neighboring wetland. The spilled fuel killed about 2,300 fish. Most of the alligators were brought in within two weeks of the spill.

A dog that was trapped inside a collapsed Seattle house for six days following a landslide has been rescued. The Seattle Fire Department said Thursday that firefighters responded to reports of the black Labrador named Sammy possibly trapped inside the home's wreckage. Fire department video shows someone carrying the alert dog out of the home. KING-TV reports homeowner Didi Fritts confirmed it was Sammy and firefighters say the dog was in stable condition. No one had been inside the home since Jan. 7, when the landslide caused the house to partially collapse. Didi Fritts crawled out. Her husband James was trapped and rescued. Their other dog died.

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A St. Louis firefighter died and another was injured after a large house collapsed while the firefighters were searching to make sure no one was inside. Fire officials identified the firefighter who died as Benjamin Polson. He had been with the department since November 2019. Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says the blaze broke out before noon Thursday in north St. Louis. Firefighters extinguished the blaze on the first floor and went to the second. The flames there were so intense they decided to leave. That's when the roof and upper floor collapsed. The extent of the surviving firefighter's injuries is not yet known. 

A lawyer for ex-Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs’ girlfriend says he’ll appeal a Las Vegas judge’s decision to grant prosecutors access to the woman’s medical records after a fatal high-speed crash that cost Ruggs his spot on the team. Attorney Peter Christiansen’s appeal would block access to Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington’s records until the question is settled. Christiansen maintains Kilgo-Washington isn't charged with a crime and her health information is protected by federal and state laws. Another judge previously granted prosecutors access to Ruggs’ medical records. He's charged with felony DUI causing death and substantial injury. He remains on house arrest pending a preliminary hearing March 10.

Italy on Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck off the Tuscan island of Giglio. There are some key dates in the saga, including the trial of the captain and the remarkable engineering feat to right the liner from its side so it could be towed away for scrap. It all began on Jan. 13, 2012, when the Costa Concordia slammed into a reef off Italy’s Giglio island after its captain, Francesco Schettino, ordered the ship taken off course and brought it close to shore in a stunt. It came to rest on its side offshore. After weeks of searches, rescue crews confirmed that 32 people had died.

Federal records show a severely corroded pipeline ruptured and spilled more than 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel just outside New Orleans. State and local officials say most of the fuel drained into and was skimmed out of two artificial ponds called “borrow pits.” They say thousands of fish, birds and other animals were killed. Government documents show the spill from the 16-inch-diameter pipeline occurred Dec. 27 just east of New Orleans, near a closed navigation canal in St. Bernard Parish. An October 2020 inspection revealed external corrosion along a 22-foot section of pipe in the same area as the spill. But the documents show repairs were delayed.