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TODDLER SHOOTS SISTER
LEBANON, Ind. (AP) — Police say a 4-year-old central Indiana girl was critically injured after being accidentally shot in the head by her 2-year-old brother.
Lebanon police say the shooting occurred yesterday morning while the children were being cared for by their grandparents.
Police say the girl was transported to an Indianapolis hospital in critical condition. Her name wasn’t immediately released.
Police spokesman Justin Fuston says the weapon involved in the shooting was not in a secure location.
He tells The Lebanon Reporter that the children had been staying with their grandparents for a few days.
JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS HOSPITALIZED AFTER EATING POT-LACED CANDY
MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say five Florida junior high school students have been hospitalized after eating candy laced with marijuana.
A Polk County Sheriff’s Office news release say deputies responded to Mulberry Middle School yesterday afternoon following reports of sick students.
Detectives say they’re working with school staff and district officials to determine how the children obtained the marijuana-infused gummy bears. Authorities say criminal charges are pending.
Besides the five students who were hospitalized, officials say two others were picked up by their parents to be medically examined.
Officials didn’t immediately report the conditions of the children.
W. VA. RELEASES LIST OF PRIESTS ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX ABUSE
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Roman Catholic archdiocese has released the names of priests or deacons who it says have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse since 1950.
The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston says in a news release 11 of the 18 accused clergy are deceased. None of the others are in active ministry.
Also released is a list of 13 accused priests from other regions or dioceses who served in West Virginia but had no claims filed against them with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
Archbishop William Lori says the diocese hopes the list’s release “will be one of many steps taken to restore trust.”
The list was released two months after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield and authorized an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults.
PENNSYLVANIA - VOTING MACHINES
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is settling a vote-counting lawsuit stemming from the 2016 presidential election, in part by affirming a commitment it made previously to push counties to buy voting systems that leave a verifiable paper trail by 2020.
Paperwork filed yesterday in Philadelphia federal court caps a lawsuit Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed in 2016 as she sought recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Earlier this year, the Democratic governor began pushing counties to upgrade to voting machines that leave a paper trail as a safeguard against hacking by 2020. Most Pennsylvania voters use machines that lack an auditable paper trial.
The settlement also requires counties to audit the 2022 election result before it’s certified, based on recommendations from a working group the state must assemble.
TIED ELECTION IN ALASKA HOUSE RACE
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An attorney wants election officials to count two ballots for the Democrat in a tied Alaska state House race.
If Republicans win the Fairbanks race, they would control the House and Senate and hold the governor’s office.
One of the ballots is under review by election officials, who say it was found on a precinct table on Election Day but not counted then. It later arrived in Juneau with other ballot materials. It appeared to be marked for Democrat Kathryn Dodge.
Patrick Munson is an attorney for Dodge. He says the ballot should be counted. He also says another ballot should be counted for Dodge.
It had circles were filled in for her and Republican Bart LeBon but an “X″ over LeBon’s oval. That ballot wasn’t counted for either candidate.