YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park officials are investigating after an Idaho woman reported her 3-year-old daughter shot herself with a handgun in a campground.
Park rangers responded Saturday morning to Grant Village Campground, but resuscitation efforts failed, resulting in what officials said was the first shooting death in the park since 1978.
Park spokesman Al Nash said Sunday that part of the campground remained cordoned off while officials investigate.
“We don’t have all of the information, and we haven’t drawn any conclusions,” Nash said.
He said he didn’t know how many family members were camping or where they are from in Idaho. Names haven’t been released.
Thirteen injured when fair ride breaks
NORWALK, Conn. – A dozen children were injured when an amusement ride at a Connecticut fair broke down Sunday, sending the swinging riders careening into each other when the ride came to a sudden halt, officials said.
One adult was also among the 13 people transported to hospitals after the mishap at Norwalk’s Oyster Festival. Norwalk police said one person was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries and the rest were treated and released.
Five other people refused treatment at the scene, police said.
The rotating, swing-type “Zumur” ride lifts riders up and away as it spins, authorities said. State police said a mechanical failure caused the ride to suddenly stop and those on board collided with each other.
Police initially said some of the ride’s occupants had fallen to the ground but a preliminary investigation by state police indicates no riders were ejected from the ride or fell from it.
Court ruling OK’d NSA surveillance
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration quietly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 for the National Security Agency to search for Americans’ communications in its huge databases of intercepted phone calls and emails, according to the Washington Post.
Officials got the court to lift the ban on those kinds of searches, the Post reported, which the court imposed in 2008 at the government’s request. The court also extended the length of time the NSA is allowed to retain intercepted communications from five to six years.