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27 people rescued off floating ice chunk in Wisconsin bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Authoritie­s rescued 27 people from a floating chunk of ice that broke away from shore in the bay of Green Bay in eastern Wisconsin, the sheriff ’s office said Sunday.

No injuries were reported in the incident that happened Saturday morning north of Green Bay, in the arm that’s part of Lake Michigan, the Brown County Sheriff ’s Office reported. Many of the 27 people rescued were ice fishing at the time of the incident.

The chunk of ice floated about threequart­ers of a mile during the rescue and was about a mile from the shoreline by the time everyone was brought to solid ground. Authoritie­s said the stranded people were on the separated ice shove for about 90 minutes.

Man charged with buying gun for Rittenhous­e takes plea deal

MILWAUKEE – The man who bought Kyle Rittenhous­e an assault-style rifle when he was only 17 has agreed to plead no contest to contributi­ng to the delinquenc­y of a minor, a noncrimina­l citation, and avoid conviction­s on the two felonies he had been facing.

The Journal Sentinel reports Dominick Black, 20, was charged in November 2020 with two counts of delivering a dangerous weapon to a minor, resulting in death. The two counts related to Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, the protesters Rittenhous­e fatally shot the night of Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha.

Black was 18 when he purchased the rifle for Rittenhous­e at a hardware store in Rusk County in May of that year. At 17, Rittenhous­e was too young to legally purchase the weapon.

In August 2020, Rittenhous­e used the rifle to kill two people and wound a third during protests in Kenosha. In November, a jury found him not guilty, based on his claim of self-defense.

Average US gas price drops 2 pennies over 3 weeks to $3.39

CAMARILLO, Calif. – The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline dropped 2 cents over the past three weeks to $3.39 per gallon.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that prices at the pump could start increasing again because crude oil costs are rising.

Nationwide, the highest average price for regular-grade gas is in the San Francisco Bay Area, at $4.74 per gallon. The lowest average is in Houston, at $2.79 per gallon.

According to the survey, the average price of diesel is $3.64 a gallon, down a penny.

Shootings in Birmingham kill 2, including teen bystander

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama authoritie­s say gunfire that left a 49-yearold man dead in Birmingham also killed a 16-year-old girl who was in a passing car.

Birmingham news outlets say it happened in the southwest part of the city

Saturday night. The dead were identified as Yasmine Wright, 16, and Ed Franklin Harris, 49, both of Birmingham.

Police say inhabitant­s of a vehicle fired at Harris, who had been riding his motorcycle in the area.

The Birmingham News reports that Wright had gotten off work at the Birmingham Zoo and was being driven home by her mother when shots hit the car. Police are looking for at least two suspects.

Death toll in rockfall on Brazilian lake rises to 10

BRASILIA, Brazil – The death toll from an accident in which a slab of cliff rock toppled onto pleasure boaters on a Brazilian lake has risen to 10, police said Sunday. Authoritie­s worked to identify the dead and divers were searching the lake in case there were more victims.

Police Chief Marcos Pimenta said there was a possibilit­y that some people were missing following the accident Saturday in Minas Gerais state. At least 32 people were injured, though most were released from hospitals by Saturday evening.

The accident occurred between the towns of Sao Jose da Barra and Capitolio, from which the boats had left. Video images showed a gathering of small boats moving slowly near the sheer rock cliff on Furnas Lake when a fissure appeared in the rock and a huge piece toppled onto several of the vessels.

Officials suggested the wall coming loose could have been related to heavy rains recently that caused flooding in the state and forced almost 17,000 people out of their homes.

56 inmates injured in Mexico prison riot over extortion

MEXICO CITY – A riot erupted inside a northern Mexico prison over prisoners trying to extort money from others and 56 inmates were injured, authoritie­s said Saturday.

Officials said the riot began Friday at the Apodaca prison, just outside the city of Monterrey.

Aldo Fasci, the public safety secretary for Nuevo Leon state, said that the injuries were all caused by beatings and that no firearms were involved.

Authoritie­s acknowledg­e that inmates have been in partial control of the facility.

“We have to keep working to eliminate shared rule” of prisons, Fasci said.

Official: 30 Nigerian students freed after 7 months

Shinto believers of the Teppozu Inari Shrine take a bath in cold water to purify their souls and bodies Sunday during a New Year ritual in Tokyo.

ABUJA, Nigeria – Gunmen released 30 Nigerian students who spent nearly seven months in captivity, a government official said, the latest batch in the release of the dozens of Kebbi state students abducted in June.

They arrived at the Kebbi state capital on Saturday along with one teacher, said a spokespers­on for the Kebbi governor who did not give further details of their release. Kidnap ransoms for the release of hundreds of abducted students in the West African country are common.

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