Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Seven shot at Florida spring break party

Seven people were injured, some critically, during an early- morning spray of gunfire Saturday at a spring break party on the Florida Panhandle, police said. An Alabama man was quickly apprehended and charged with attempted murder.

Multiple 911 calls flooded in just before 1 a.m., reporting the shootings at the house party in Panama City Beach, and deputies found a sprawling crime scene with victims inside the home, outside and across the street from it, and in the street's median, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said.

Officers set up a perimeter and found a suspect matching witnesses' description. David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, Ala., was charged with seven counts of attempted murder and was jailed awaiting a first court appearance. A .40-caliber handgun believed to have been used was found in the yard of a nearby home.

LA commuter train hits car * A commuter train slammed into a car at a crossing in front of the University of Southern California on Saturday in Los Angeles, seriously injuring the driver and the train's operator. Nineteen passengers on the train suffered lesser injuries. The train was heading east toward downtown shortly before 11 a.m. when authorities said it appeared the car's driver didn't see it and tried to make a left turn across the tracks from a major thoroughfare.

Knox grateful for acquittal * Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate.

Knox spoke briefly Friday evening to reporters gathered outside the Seattle home of her mother, Edda Mellas. She was flanked by her mother and her fianc, Colin Sutherland.

"Right now I'm still absorbing what all this means, and what comes to mind is my gratitude for the life that's been given to me," she said. …

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