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Friday, November 30, 2018

Schools in Florida still dealing with aftermath of hurricane

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Students in the Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael have dealt with power outages, sporadic Internet, larger classes and schools sharing buildings since they’ve returned to school.

Students at heavily damaged schools in Bay County have moved into less damaged schools in arrangements that have one school holding classes in the morning and the other school holding classes in the afternoon.

Teachers have struggled with how much homework to give their students when they didn’t have internet at home.

JoBeth Davis, a special education teacher at Deer Point Elementary School in Panama City, says some of the younger children were spooked by a power outage before Thanksgiving, thinking that another storm was coming.

 

Mall shooting suspects agrees on return to Alabama

ATLANTA (AP) — A man arrested in Georgia in a Thanksgiving night shooting at a shopping mall near Birmingham has agreed to return to Alabama to face charges.

Erron Martez Dequan Brown appeared emotionless during a brief hearing Friday before a magistrate judge in Atlanta.

The 20-year-old man told a judge he’d voluntarily return to Alabama. Authorities there now have 15 business days to remove him from the Fulton County jail.

Authorities arrested Brown on an attempted murder charge on Thursday. Protesters have held demonstrations since the mall gunfire because an officer fatally shot another armed black man who was initially believed to be the shooter.

An organizer says protests will continue over the police killing of 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. His funeral is set for Saturday at Birmingham’s municipal auditorium.

 

6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks buildings in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked buildings in Anchorage and caused lamp posts and trees to sway, prompting people to run out of offices and seek shelter under office desks.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake Friday morning was centered about 7 miles north of Alaska’s largest city.

An Associated Press reporter working in downtown Anchorage saw cracks in a 2-storey building after the quake. It was unclear whether there were injuries.

People went back inside buildings after the earthquake but a smaller aftershock a short time later sent them running back into the streets again.

 

ATF: Texas apartment fire that killed 5 intentionally set

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas say an apartment fire that killed five people last summer was intentionally set.

Fred Milanowski, special agent in charge for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said during a news conference Friday that a criminal investigation into the July 20 blaze is underway.

He says investigators know how the fire at Iconic Village apartments and the Vintage Pads apartments in San Marcos was started and where, but won’t reveal those details.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

The fire occurred near Texas State University and four of the five killed were current or former students there, ranging in age from 19 to 23.

About 200 people were displaced.

San Marcos is 31 miles south of Austin.

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