CARITA, INDONESIA

No-go zone widened

around active volcano

Indonesia raised the danger level for an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java, and widened its no-go zone.

The country's volcanology agency said Thursday that the Anak Krakatau volcano's alert status had been raised to the second-highest level and the exclusion zone more than doubled to a 3-mile radius.

The eruption on Saturday evening caused part of the island in the Sunda Strait to collapse into the sea, apparently generating tsunami waves of more than 6½ feet. Most tsunamis are caused by earthquakes.

 

PARIS

Boy rescued after being

buried in avalanche

A 12-year-old boy in the French Alps was found alive and uninjured after being buried under an avalanche for 40 minutes, an event his rescuers are calling a true "miracle."

French police in the town of Bourg Saint-Maurice said the boy was skiing off piste at the La Plagne ski resort in a group of seven skiers Wednesday when he was swept away.

The boy started going down ahead of the others and was the only one caught when a large section of snow detached and roared down the mountain, police said. He was dragged at least 110 yards by the force of the avalanche.

 

WASHINGTON

Data show increase

in police officer deaths 

More police officers have died in the line of duty this year in the United States than in 2017, according to data released Thursday. The most common cause of death was gunfire, and vehicular accidents claimed nearly as many officers' lives.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said in a report that 144 federal, state and local officers have died so far in 2018. That figure represents roughly a 12 percent increase from the 129 who died in 2017.

The majority of the officers who died were either shot — 52 this year, up from 46 in 2017 — or fatally injured in car or motorcycle crashes, which accounted for 50 deaths. Other fatalities involved heart attacks, strokes, drownings and cancer and other illnesses among those who responded to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.

 

BOSTON

Video among evidence

in Kevin Spacey case

A Massachusetts man who says he was groped by Kevin Spacey at a Nantucket restaurant in 2016 caught part of his encounter with the actor on video, according to court records.

The then 18-year-old man sent a video via Snapchat to his girlfriend that allegedly showed Spacey touching the front of his pants, according to a state police report filed in Nantucket District Court and obtained by the Cape Cod Times.

Spacey's lawyers said at a show-cause hearing last week the video shows someone's hand touching another person's shirt, but does not show anyone being groped, according to The Boston Globe, which obtained an audio recording of the hearing.

 

PARIS

Man begins journey

across Atlantic in barrel

A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially constructed barrel capsule, designed to use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea.

Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 2,800-mile journey to the Caribbean in about three months.

Savin will drop markers from his 10-foot-long, 7-foot-wide resin-coated plywood capsule along the trip to assist oceanographers in their study of currents in the Atlantic Ocean.

 

SHREVEPORT, LA.

Giant pot of gumbo

sets world record

Talk about making a ton of gumbo — a Louisiana chef cooked up 6,800 pounds of the state's signature soup for charity and a Guinness world record, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said Thursday.

He and Guinness representative Kaitlyn Vesper were in Shreveport, where a 1,068-gallon pot bubbled during Independence Bowl tailgating before the Duke and Temple football teams took the field Thursday, according to a news release from Nungesser's office.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires