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National news briefs — compiled March 9

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ANAHEIM, CALIF.

High school stage collapses

Investigators combed through a collapsed theater stage at a Southern California high school Sunday, trying to determine why it buckled during a performance and sent 25 students to the hospital, some with broken bones but most with minor injuries like bruises and scrapes. Police, firefighters and medics responded to a call Saturday night after the wooden stage gave way at Servite High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Anaheim.

PHILADELPHIA

‘Band of Brothers’ figure dies

William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries Band of Brothers, died early Saturday. He was 90. The HBO miniseries, based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from training in Georgia in 1942 through some of the war’s fiercest European battles through the war’s end in 1945. Guarnere was portrayed by the actor Frank John Hughes. Guarnere, whose combat exploits earned him his nickname, lost a leg while trying to help a wounded solider during the Battle of the Bulge. His commendations included the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.

MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIF.

National monument to expand

President Barack Obama plans to expand the California Coastal National Monument to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, a White House official said Saturday. The area represents about 1,665 acres of federal land on California’s Mendocino County coast, just north of Point Arena. The action, expected Tuesday, will expand the monument to include a host of nearby geological features and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River.

Compiled from wire reports.


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