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National news briefs — compiled Feb. 28

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MISSOULA, MONT.

Couple missing in avalanche

An avalanche roared into a residential neighborhood on Friday, destroying a house and leaving an elderly couple missing, but rescuers found an 8-year-old boy alive and rushed him to a hospital, police said. The boy’s condition wasn’t immediately known, police said.

LAS VEGAS

Casino customer data stolen

Computer hackers stole the personal information of tens of thousands of Las Vegas Sands customers during a data breach earlier this month, the casino company said Friday. The company said in a regulatory filing that information about some patrons at its Bethlehem, Pa., hotel-casino was compromised during the Feb. 10 attack. Spokesman Ron Reese said the number of customers affected was in the mid-five figure range, as far as the company could tell so far.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.

Acquittal for RFK daughter

Kerry Kennedy was acquitted Friday of drugged driving in a case that her lawyers said would never have been brought if she were not a member of one of America’s most glamorous political families. After four days of testimony, a six-person jury took a little over an hour to find Kennedy, 54, not guilty of driving while impaired. She was arrested in 2012 after swerving into a tractor-trailer on an interstate highway in her Lexus. The human-rights advocate is the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, niece of President John F. Kennedy and ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

RALEIGH, N.C.

Ash spill citation pending

North Carolina regulators issued notice to Duke Energy on Friday that the company will be cited for violating environmental standards in connection with a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. Two formal notices issued by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources cite Duke for separate violations of wastewater and stormwater regulations. The agency could levy fines against Duke for the violations, but the amounts have not yet been determined.

Compiled from wire reports.


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