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Participant describes subduing gunman...Maryland trooper kills theft suspect...Hurricane Danny weakens

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 10:11 a.m.



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PARIS (AP) — A British businessman who helped three Americans subdue a gunman on a train yesterday says he was working on his computer when he heard a shot and glass breaking. Chris Norman says his first reaction was to hide, until he heard an American say "go get him" and he jumped in to help. Norman says the gunman was small but "he put up quite a bit of a fight." The incident happened on a train traveling from the Netherlands to France.

NORTH EAST, Md. (AP) — Police say a Maryland man wanted on a warrant for theft has been shot dead by a state trooper. Maryland State Police say the trooper was in uniform and driving a marked patrol car through a shopping center parking lot in North East when he saw the suspect and attempted to arrest him. Police say the trooper fired when the suspect tried to drive away. Thirty-year-old Charles Hall was pronounced dead at the scene.

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The owner of the home where Rosie O'Donnell's missing teen daughter was found earlier this week has been arrested for allegedly having inappropriate online communications with the 17-year-old girl. Police in New Jersey say 25-year-old Steven Sheerer faces charges of child endangerment and distribution of obscenity to a minor. Chelsea O'Donnell was found at the home Tuesday, hours after her mother posted a statement online saying the girl had left home on Aug. 11.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor has ordered flags to fly half-staff today to honor late civil rights leader Julian Bond, who died last Saturday at age 75. Relatives plan to scatter his ashes in the Gulf of Mexico in a private ceremony today. Bond was a civil rights trail-blazer who founded the Southern Poverty Law Center and held the top post at the NAACP. He also served in the Georgia House of Representatives and state Senate for nearly 20 years.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The drought-stricken northern Caribbean is preparing for some heavy rain as a weakening Hurricane Danny approaches Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Danny is now a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 mph. Forecasters expect it to weaken into a tropical storm before reaching the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico early Tuesday.

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