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National news briefs — compiled July 28


Helicopter crash kills 5

A helicopter crash in a remote, wooded area of northeastern Pennsylvania claimed the lives of five people, state police said Sunday. The crash apparently happened Saturday night after radar and communication contact with the helicopter was lost, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The helicopter had taken off from Tri Cities Airport in Endicott, N.Y.


Congregation mourns

A church mourned its youth pastor, his pregnant wife and a congregation member Sunday after the three died when their bus returning from a northern Michigan camp overturned a mile from home. Saturday’s accident devastated members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church, who had been anticipating a joyful homecoming with the 37 people aboard the bus. The crash killed youth pastor Chad Phelps; his pregnant piano-teacher wife, Courtney Phelps; and chaperone Tonya Weindorf, deacon Jeff Leffew said. The crash, which happened Saturday afternoon near Interstate 465, injured dozens. Seven teens remained hospitalized Sunday, including one in critical condition.


Stomach bug spreading

Florida health officials said they’re investigating 23 cases of a stomach bug that have infected more than 320 people in 15 states, including Ohio. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the cyclospora infections occurred from mid-June to early July. Cyclospora causes diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms. Previous outbreaks of cyclospora infections have been linked to various types of fresh vegetables and berries, Florida officials said.


Hawaii in storm’s path

Tropical Storm Flossie weakened Sunday as it moves westward across the Pacific toward Hawaii. But the storm was still expected to bring heavy rain and winds up to 60 mph, along with the possibility of flash flooding and mudslides.

Compiled from wire reports.


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