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National news briefs — compiled Sept. 22

BOSTON

Top police official resigns

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, who led his department’s response to the Boston Marathon bombing, is stepping down, a department spokeswoman said Sunday. Davis gave his resignation to Mayor Thomas Menino. The decision by Davis to step down is perhaps not surprising. Boston is poised to have a new mayor for the first time in two decades after Menino opted not to seek another term. Davis was thrust into the national spotlight on April 15 when twin explosions near the marathon finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260.

CHICAGO

Plane lands on roadway

The pilot of a single-engine plane made an emergency landing early Sunday along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive because of mechanical issues. John Pedersen told the Chicago Sun-Times he was flying over the lakefront about 6 a.m. when an elevator on his experimental plane broke, causing the aircraft to shake. “I thought the plane was going to break apart,” he said. He landed in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive near Grant Park, authorities said. Chicago police said no one was injured. Traffic on the iconic roadway along Lake Michigan was back to normal within a few hours.

PHOENIX

2 believed dead in crash

Authorities said two people may have been killed in a deadly helicopter crash north of Phoenix. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said preliminary information shows two people were on board at the time of the crash Saturday, but investigators are waiting on DNA and dental records before identifying them

CAMARILLO, CALIF.

Gasoline prices decline

The average price of regular gasoline in the United States dropped 6 cents a gallon during the past two weeks, industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday. A gallon of regular now costs $3.52 on average. Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, San Francisco has the highest price at $4.01 a gallon. Charleston, S.C., has the lowest at $3.14 a gallon.

Compiled from wire reports.



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