Four hurt during ferry docking

A ferry boat headed from the World Financial Center in New York hit a pier in Jersey City Friday afternoon and four people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, authorities said. Ferry operator New York Waterway said the boat, owned by Goldman Sachs, was carrying 24 people and several fell during the accident around 4:20 p.m.


Dragged officer recuperating

A suburban Chicago police officer was released from the hospital Friday after being dragged by a car driven by fleeing Thanksgiving Day shoplifting suspects, one of whom was charged with attempted murder Friday. Another police officer fired at the 52-year-old driver, who remained hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his arm following the Thursday night incident at a Kohlís department store in Romeoville, the Romeoville Police Department said in a news release.


KKK figure charged in burning

A onetime Ku Klux Klan leader is charged with burning a cross in a mostly black neighborhood in southeast Alabama. The Justice Department said Steven Joshua Dinkle, 28, was indicted on charges of conspiring to violate housing rights; criminally interfering with housing rights; using a fire to commit a felony; and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said Dinkle is the former exalted Cyclops of a KKK chapter in Ozark. Heís accused of burning a cross in a black neighborhood in Ozark in 2009 to intimidate residents. Dinkle was arrested Wednesday in Mississippi.


Dog found alive after tornado

A six-month-old pit bull that was buried under a pile of rubble for more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois city has been found alive and reunited with his owner. Jacob Montgomery, a member of the Illinois National Guard, was separated from Dexter when the Nov. 17 tornado destroyed his third-floor apartment in Washington. Montgomery had combed the wreckage multiple times but turned up no sign of Dexter.

Compiled from wire reports.