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Wing walker, pilot die in crash at Ohio air show

Ohio

Crash kills pilot and stunt walker

CINCINNATI — A plane carrying a wing walker crashed Saturday at an air show and exploded into flames, killing the pilot and stunt walker instantly, authorities said. The crash happened at about 12:45 p.m. at the Vectren Air Show at Dayton International Airport. No spectators were hurt. A video posted on WHIO-TV shows the plane turn upside-down as the performer sits on top of the wing. The plane then tilts and crashes to the ground, exploding into flames as spectators screamed. (AP)

Florida

Man charged with murder of girl, 8

JACKSONVILLE — A registered sex offender recently released from jail was charged Saturday with murder in the death of an 8-year-old Florida girl abducted while shopping with her mother. Donald James Smith of Jacksonville was taken into custody after police cornered his van on Interstate 95, said Mike Williams, director of investigations at the Jacksonville sheriff’s office. Authorities had put out an Amber Alert with a description of Smith’s vehicle early Saturday, hours after receiving a 911 call from Charish Perriwinkle’s mother about the missing girl. Before the alleged abduction Friday night, Smith, 56, befriended Charish and her mother at a discount store. (AP)

Pennsylvania

Girl awake after transplant of lungs

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PHILADELPHIA — A spokeswoman for the family of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double-lung transplant after a national debate over the process of getting the organs said the girl has awakened from a medically induced coma and is communicating by nodding. Tracy Simon said Sarah Murnaghan was awake Friday and responding to questions by nodding to indicate yes or no. Two days earlier, she was moved from a heavy-duty breathing machine to a traditional ventilator. Sarah has severe cystic fibrosis. She underwent a six-hour operation after a judge intervened and gave her a chance at the list of organs from adult donors, not just child donors. (AP)

Colorado

Wildfire slows,
but 400 evacuated

DEL NORTE — A massive wildfire threatening a tourist region in southwestern Colorado has grown to nearly 60 square miles, but officials said Saturday that the erratic blaze had slowed and they were optimistic they could protect the town of South Fork. The fire’s rapid advance prompted more than 400 evacuations Friday, and it could be days before people are allowed back into their homes, cabins, and RV parks, fire crew spokeswoman Laura McConnell said. Mayor Kenneth Brooke of South Fork estimated that up to 1,500 of the town’s residents and summer visitors were evacuated. (AP)

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