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Shots fired at NC mall...5 hurt in Missouri shootings...Sunken ship's 'black box' to be examined for clues



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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — News reports say police in Raleigh, North Carolina, are responding to a shooting at a busy mall. WRAL-TV says police in Raleigh are working to secure Crabtree Valley Mall after gunshots were filed inside. There's no word on injuries.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Police in Missouri say five people have been hurt in a pair of apparently random shootings early today in Joplin. All the victims were sitting in their vehicles when they were shot. They include three people who were on their way to St. Louis to take part in their church's Comfort Dog ministry. Two dogs were also hurt. The Joplin Globe says a 26-year-old suspect was taken into custody but hasn't been formally charged.

HELOTES, Texas (AP) — The death of a 6-month-old Texas boy left in an SUV brings the number of children who have died in hot cars in the U.S. this year to at least 27. That's according to KidsAndCars.org, a national child safety nonprofit. The baby's father told police he forgot to drop his son off at day care yesterday before going to work at a Wal-Mart yesterday in suburban San Antonio. He found his child dead after finishing his shift. Temperatures in the area hovered around 100 degrees much of the afternoon.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is helping rescue people from flood waters in Louisiana. A Coast Guard statement says a helicopter crew rescued two adults and their 6-year-old child from their home today and took them to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. They are among more than 1,000 people rescued by responders including the National Guard after heavy rain and flooding inundated the state.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Federal accident investigators have returned to shore with the "black box" of the sunken freighter El Faro. But it could be weeks before they know if it will help them understand what happened in the hours before the ship sank during a hurricane last fall. The Florida Times-Union reports that crews arrived yesterday at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville with the device, which was recovered from about 3 miles below the sea. National Transportation Safety Board investigators will examine the data recorder at their lab in Washington.

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