Montgomery, AlA.

Rap performer killed in bar

Police are investigating the killings of an up-and-coming rapper and another person in a shooting Saturday that also wounded six others inside a bar and grill. Police said the gunfire happened around 1 a.m. about a half-mile north of Alabama State University. Police identified those killed as Kimberle Johnson, 21, and Glenn Thomas, 22, a rap artist whose stage name is Doe B. No arrests had made by mid-day Saturday.

NEW ORLEANS

Katrina lawsuits dismissed

Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has dismissed the cases. The move comes more than a year after a federal appeals court overturned his ruling that held the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers liable for flooding caused by lax maintenance of a shipping channel. Duval has also dismissed a parallel lawsuit against a contractor. It claimed excavation work weakened flood walls in New Orleans’ Industrial Canal. Duval entered the orders to dismiss the cases on Dec. 20.

LANCASTER, PA.

Nurse dismissed over flu shot

A pregnant woman who refused to get a flu shot due to her fear of miscarrying has been fired from her job with a health-care company. Dreonna Breton worked as a registered nurse for Horizons Healthcare Services in central Pennsylvania. The company requires all personnel to get the influenza vaccine. Breton contends the immunizations may not be safe enough for pregnant women. She suffered two miscarriages earlier this year, and doesn’t want to risk a third.

JACKSON, WYo.

Two men die in avalanches

A snowmobiler died in an avalanche Thursday within two hours of another nearby slide that killed a skier, authorities said. Rex Anderson, 39, was with three other snowmobilers when he was buried by a slide. Michael Kazanjy, 29, was killed on a ski slope known as Pucker Face.

Compiled from wire reports.