Most students hurt in shooting are back at home
DENVER — Seven of the eight students who were wounded in Tuesday's shooting at STEM School in Highlands Ranch have been released from hospitals, officials said Friday. The last wounded student is in fair condition.
A ninth victim, student Kendrick Castillo, tackled one of the shooters and was killed. Formal charges against the two teenage suspects are expected next week.— AP
West Virginia governor often unaccounted for
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice's schedule for the last seven months shows he almost never meets with his Cabinet, is rarely at the capital and was largely missing at one of the most critical points of the legislative session.
The Republican governor has pushed back hard on calls to resign over his absenteeism and insisted he has "not stopped working'' since taking office two years ago.
However, the schedules mostly show him at photo ops or simply unaccounted for. They were released to the Associated Press in response to a request filed under West Virginia's open records law.— AP
Frogs delay rebuilding in fire-ravaged Paradise
PARADISE, Calif. — Fears of harming an endangered frog species have forced crews to delay cleaning debris from about 800 properties in Paradise, angering some residents anxious to start rebuilding their homes.
Residents have been told to wait until state and federal officials agree how to address the environmental concerns, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday.
The huge fire last fall in Paradise killed 88 people, making it the nation's deadliest wildfire.— AP
Woman pulls alligator from pants in traffic stop
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Sheriff's officials say a Florida woman pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop.
The Charlotte County sheriff's deputy stopped a pickup truck Monday after it ran a stop sign.
The driver, 22, said he and his 25-year-old passenger had been collecting frogs and snakes.
When the deputy found 41 turtles in the woman's backpack, he asked if she had anything else. She pulled out the 1-foot gator.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating. —AP