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National news briefs — Compiled Oct. 18

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.

GOP congressman dies

Rep. Bill Young of Florida, the senior Republican in the U.S. House and a defense hawk who was influential on military spending during his 43 years in Washington, died Friday. He was 82. His chief of staff, Harry Glenn, said in an email that Young died at 6:50 p.m. at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he had been for nearly two weeks with back problems that stemmed from a 1970 small plane crash.

DALLAS

Police shooting on video

Surveillance video showing a Dallas police officer shooting a mentally ill man standing still about 20 feet away contradicts the assertion of an officer that the man threatened his safety by lunging at him with a knife. Bobby Gerald Bennett remains hospitalized after being shot in the stomach Monday. The officer who shot him, Cardan Spencer, is on indefinite administrative leave pending a criminal investigation after a neighbor released surveillance video that captured the incident.

LAGRANGE, Ga.

Slide collapses at school

More than a dozen fifth-graders were injured when a 24-foot inflatable slide collapsed Friday afternoon at their Georgia elementary school, authorities said. Troup County Sheriff’s Deputy Stewart Smith said emergency crews were called to Rosemont Elementary School in LaGrange about 12:40 p.m. and that authorities reported 19 children had been injured. Officials said two children were airlifted to a hospital in Atlanta, seven others were taken to West Georgia Medical Center and the rest were treated at the scene.

MONTGOMERY, Ala.

Author sues museum

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee is suing a museum in her hometown of Monroeville to stop it from selling souvenirs with her name and the title of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book. The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Mobile, said the Monroe County Heritage Museum has traded on Lee’s fame without her approval and without compensating her. It seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

Compiled from wire reports.


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