BOSTON

Duck boat kills woman

A woman, 29, died after the scooter she was driving was struck by an amphibious sightseeing vehicle in downtown Boston. The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Saturday near public park Boston Common. A city police department spokeswoman said the woman and her male passenger were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where the woman died from her injuries. The passenger suffered nonlife threatening injuries. The spokeswoman says there were about 30 passengers on the vessel, known as a duck boat, when the crash happened. There were no other injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.

Whale carcass removed

Crews on Friday finished removing the estimated 60,000-pound carcass of a rotting whale from a Southern California beach. A contractor working for the state parks department spent two days using an excavator to cut up the 40-foot whale, which was hauled off to a San Diego County landfill. The end of the two-day, $30,000 project included skimming the top layer of sand off the Lower Trestles, a surfing beach near San Clemente where the whale washed ashore. That was to eliminate any sand contaminated by whale body fluids.

EL PASO, Texas

Teen killed on whirling ride

One teenage girl was killed and another was injured when they were ejected from a whirling ride at an El Paso church carnival. The girls were at a parking lot carnival marking the annual Dia de los Ninos holiday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church when they were hurled from a spinning ride called “Sizzler” just before 7 p.m. Friday. A girl, 16, hit a metal barricade and died a short time later at Del Sol Medical Center. A girl, 15, was taken to University Medical Center with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. A third girl who had hooked her arms on a safety bar was not ejected.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

Police deliver baby in car

Two police officers at the site of a fatal traffic accident on an interstate in North Carolina were pressed into another role when a pregnant woman was stuck in traffic and they helped her deliver her baby. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a statement that the officers were at the accident site on Interstate 77 on Saturday when they were flagged down by a person who advised them that a woman was giving birth. The two officers helped deliver a healthy baby girl.

Compiled from wire reports