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Posted: April 09, 2012

Boy, 7, admits to Alaska fires

JUNEAU, Alaska - A fire marshal in Alaska's capital city says a 7-year-old boy has admitted setting five arson fires over a little more than four months.

Juneau fire marshal Dan Jager told the Juneau Empire that the boy caused about $1,000 in damages by setting fires in restrooms at an elementary school and a legislative building, plus a downtown grass fire and two fires at a store. Jager says the boy told him he used a lighter.

Surveillance footage at the legislative building recorded the boy entering and leaving the bathroom at the same time as the fire there. Fire Chief Richard Etheridge says the case will be forwarded to probation officers at Juneau's juvenile detention center.

- AP

1 killed, 2 hurt at beach party

SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas - One person has been killed and two others have been wounded in a shooting during a packed Texas Gulf Coast beach party.

Word of mouth about an unauthorized party spread on social media Saturday, drawing thousands to Surfside Beach, about 40 miles south of Galveston.

The Houston Chronicle said the shooting started around 9 p.m. It identified the person killed as Derrick Milam, 25, quoting his stepsister, Danielle Banks. Milam was hit in the neck by a stray bullet.

Surfside Beach authorities didn't return calls seeking information Sunday. It wasn't clear if arrests were made.


Not-guilty plea in Fla. injection case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida woman accused by authorities of illegally injecting toxic substances into women's buttocks as an enhancement procedure has pleaded not guilty.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that Oneal Ron Morris sent a written plea of not guilty to a Broward County judge on Thursday.

She faces charges including unlicensed practice of medicine in Broward County. Morris, who police say was born a man and identifies as a woman, was arrested in November on similar charges in Miami-Dade County. Her attorney says his client maintains her innocence.

Authorities say Morris injected flat-tire sealant, glue, caulk and cement into women's buttocks. All three victims suffered medical complications and infections.

- AP

AT&T strike averted for now

NEW YORK - Union contracts for 40,000 AT&T workers expired, but a strike was averted with officials saying early Sunday that talks were continuing.

Though expiration of the deadline left the Communications Workers of America free to call a walkout, spokeswoman Candice Johnson said employees would report for work without a contract. "Workers are keeping their option to strike open," she said.

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter also said talks were ongoing. He said earlier that the company has been planning for the possibility for a strike for two years, and managers and vendors will step in to keep service running if there is one.

At issue in the negotiations are job protection clauses and health-care premiums and co-payments. AT&T says it wants employees to shoulder more of their growing health-care costs and wants more leeway to downsize its shrinking landline operations.

- AP

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