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Miami-Dade firefighters rescue four riders from stalled roller coaster



Miami-Dade County firefighters had to rescue four people from a stalled roller coaster at a Christmas attraction. Two cars on the Crazy Mouse Rollercoaster at Santa's Enchanted Forest got stuck at the top of the track for about 30 minutes Thursday night. Capt. Eric Baum said the ride's operators were able to rescue four passengers in one of the cars. Four more passengers needed to climb down a fire truck's ladder. Baum says the three children and one adult "had fun coming down" and weren't injured.


Another gold coin donated to Salvation Army

A sixth gold coin has been discovered in a Lee County Salvation Army kettle. The 1976 South African Krugerrand was dropped into a kettle at a grocery store sometime Tuesday and was discovered by a volunteer early Wednesday morning. Five other gold coins have already been discovered in Lee County kettles this holiday season.

The other four include a 1975, 1976, 1978 and 1980 South African Krugerrand as well as a $20 liberty eagle gold coin that was donated for the sixth year in a row. It was wrapped in a note that reads "In loving memory of Mimi." Most of the Krugerrands were wrapped in notes with Bible verses on them.


Justice wants suit against air charters tossed

The Justice Department wants to end a lawsuit filed by a woman seeking $27 million from eight air charter companies that fly from South Florida to Cuba. Court papers filed this week ask a federal judge to rule against Ana Margarita Martinez. The Justice Department says she has no right to seek money from the charter companies to satisfy a 2001 legal judgment against the Cuban government.

The Justice Department also says the Cuban charter flights are a vital part of U.S. foreign policy. Martinez won the original damages after claiming she was tricked into marrying a Cuban who was secretly a spy. Her lawyers are trying to get money the charter companies pay Cuba for landing rights. Cuba has ignored the case.


Hunter okay after shooting himself in foot

A Panhandle deer hunter said he shot himself in the foot while standing on a tree limb. Ronald Mills, 39, was able to climb off the tree and drive himself to Tallahassee Regional Medical Center after the Wednesday-morning accident in rural Leon County.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Mills was standing on the tree limb and resting his gun on his boot when he accidentally discharged the rifle.

Associated Press

Miami-Dade firefighters rescue four riders from stalled roller coaster 12/24/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 24, 2010 9:03pm]
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