High swing that killed teen exempt from SC inspections

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A ropes course where a Florida teen died last summer was exempt from state inspections governing amusement rides, South Carolina regulators have concluded, a reversal of what they said immediately after her death.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Pall of sex abuse investigations hangs over alumni weekends

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Between cocktails, campus tours and squash games, alumni visiting St. George's School for their annual reunion weekend will find something different this year: discussions about what has unfolded at the elite boarding school since December, when leaders acknowledged dozens of students were sexually abused in the past.

  • Written by MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press

Wildfire in Alberta now 85,000 hectares in size

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A massive wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta has grown to 85,000 hectares (210,035 acres) in size and officials would like to move south about 25,000 evacuees who had previously fled north. More than 80,000 people have emptied Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada's oil sands.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Convicted child molester Sandusky gets appeals hearing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday gave Jerry Sandusky a hearing later this month to prove his claims that prosecutors lied, withheld evidence and leaked secret grand jury information to find additional victims.

  • Written by MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

4 people rescued 6 days after Kenyan building collapse

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rescuers found four more survivors Thursday in the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed six days ago amid heavy rains in the Kenyan capital, raising hopes that more people might still be alive in a disaster that left 36 dead and dozens missing.

  • Written by TOM ODULA, Associated Press