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National news briefs — compiled Dec. 24


Ruling on teen’s life support

A judge on Tuesday ruled that a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy can be taken off life support. But Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo gave Jahi McMath’s family until 5 p.m. Dec. 30 to file an appeal. She will stay on life support until then. Relatives said the family has not decided if they would keep fighting.


Officer dies in bank shootout

Authorities said a police officer was killed and a second was in critical condition in a shootout with suspected bank robbers. The officers were responding to the robbery call from BancorpSouth around 3:15 p.m. Monday. Kevin Stauffer, 38, was killed, and a 26-year-old officer, whose name was not released, was wounded.


Teenager killed in car chase

A Florida teenager is dead after being shot by police during a high-speed chase. The Pensacola Police Department said a police officer fired shots into the vehicle of William Goodman, 17, after the teen ran over another officer’s leg. The injured officer was treated and released at an area hospital. The officer who shot Goodman is on paid leave pending an investigation by state authorities. Officers were trying to stop Goodman after numerous reports that he was driving recklessly and at excessive speeds.


Mayoral family reveals battle

The 19-year-old daughter of New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio opened up Tuesday about her personal struggles, saying she spent years battling substance abuse and depression. Chiara de Blasio, a college sophomore who had a central role in her father’s campaign, appears in a surprise four-minute video released by the incoming mayor’s transition team. In it, she looks into the camera and says she drank alcohol and smoked marijuana to deal with clinical depression and anxiety. The campaign did not say what prompted it to release the video on Christmas Eve.

Compiled from wire reports.


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