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September 4, 2018

CAR CHASE-BABY

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Video shot from a helicopter shows a woman leading Texas troopers on a high-speed chase and crashing into a pickup, then taking off on foot holding a baby in a carrier.

The Texas Department of Public Safety released the video Friday. The incident happened June 15 in San Antonio.

Authorities say the woman was traveling at about 100 mph (160 kph) before she rear-ended the pickup that had stopped at a light. She jumped out of her SUV, grabbed the child carrier and ran.

She then climbed into another vehicle containing a woman and child. Troopers blocked the vehicle and got everyone out.

DPS says the woman was charged with child endangerment, evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance. The baby was released to Child Protective Services.

BEAR STUCK IN CONTAINER

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Residents in western North Carolina are concerned about a fate of a bear that’s been spotted several times in recent weeks with a plastic container stuck to its head.

WLOS-TV reports that it has gotten multiple reports and seen multiple images of the bear in Henderson County since early August.

State Wildlife Resources officials advise people to call them immediately but not approach the bear if they see it.

Wildlife officials say the bear is able to breathe and drink with the container but likely isn’t able to eat. They are using people’s tips to search for the bear with drones.

Carolyn Elisius is a resident who saw the bear cross the road recently. She tells the television station she’s been thinking constantly about its welfare.

DROWNED MOOSE

SOUTH HERO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont wildlife officials say a moose drowned in Lake Champlain after people crowded around the animal to take its picture.

A fish and Wildlife official says the moose swam across the lake from New York to South Hero, Vermont, on Saturday. He said it made it onto land but was forced back into the water, likely feeling threatened by onlookers. The moose succumbed to exhaustion and drowned. Moose respond to threats by leaving an area or getting aggressive.

High wind and 4-to-5 foot swells were also factor.

FRANKLIN-EULOGY

NEW YORK (AP) — The late Aretha Franklin’s family says it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful.

The singer’s nephew Vaughn Franklin said Monday that the family was taken by surprise at the Reverend Jasper Williams Jr.’s words. There was heavy social media criticism of his eulogy on Friday. Williams described children being in a home without a father as “abortion after birth” and said black lives do not matter unless blacks stop killing each other.

Vaughn Franklin said the family expected a proper eulogy that concentrated on his aunt’s life.

Williams’ spokesman said in statement Monday evening that Williams respects the family’s opinion and that he’s sorry they feel that way.

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