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PITTSBURGH -- Crews found another body Saturday in the remnants of the Georgia sugar refinery plant devastated by an explosion and fire, raising the death toll to five and leaving three others still missing, officials said.The body was found near the silos used to store sugar after crews shored up the plant's wobbly remnants, Fire Chief Greg Long said. Three workers and a supervisor were believed to be missing, but it was not clear whether the body was that of a worker or the supervisor.
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MILKWAUKEE, Wis. -- As he raced across town to the hospital, Adrian Roberson knew something bad had happened to his wife, Darrice, but he was unprepared for what he would find in the emergency room.Darrice Roberson, a 33-year-old mother of three, had suffered a cardiac arrest last year and had been brought back to life by an electric shock.Now doctors at Froedtert Hospital were putting her on ice, literally covering her body with ice packs and sending frigid saline solution into her veins.
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LOS ANGELES -- Just two days after helping to rescue police Officer James Veenstra, severely wounded in a Winnetka shootout that left a fellow officer and four other people dead, firefighter/paramedic Hector Cazar was experiencing deja vu.The Los Angeles Fire Department medico found himself at a Winnetka intersection Saturday morning helping another Los Angeles Police Department officer. The 25-year-old woman was trapped in her patrol car after a collision with another vehicle.
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JEMS.com Editor's Note: The AP story "EMT Students Killed in Louisiana Shooting" contains an error. The Louisiana Tech students who were killed were nursing students in an EMT classroom. JEMS.com apologizes for reprinting the error. For an updated story, read "Mourners gather, remember friends."
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ATLANTA -- More than 100 people were hurt Thursday night when an explosion rocked a sugar refinery near Savannah.The explosion occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. in a back room of the Imperial Sugar Co. facility, but the cause of the blast was unknown, said Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson.According to the Savannah Fire and Emergency Services, there were 100 to 150 minor injuries and 20 serious burn or blast injuries, but no confirmed fatalities.
Major Incidents

PITTSBURGH -- The convention center worker sweeping the riverwalk pathway yesterday morning around 9 heard a voice but wasn't sure where it was coming from. But after stopping to listen, there was no mistaking what the frightened voice was saying:"Help," echoed out from somewhere inside the walls of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center's riverwalk. "Help."
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Central New York hospitals would lose $357 million over the next five years under President Bush's plan to reduce federal spending on Medicare, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday.President Bush said this week he wants to cut $182 billion from Medicare spending nationwide as part of a proposed $3.1 trillion budget for fiscal 2009.Schumer, D-N.Y., grilled the Bush administration's top health care official at a Senate committee meeting Wednesday, and later promised that he would do everything he could to restore the money.
Communications & Dispatch

JEMS.com Editor s Note: This copyrighted article contains typographical errors.CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- The bodies of a pilot and two medics killed when a medical helicopter crashed into Laguna Madre near South Padre Island, Texas, have been recovered and identified.The helicopter crashed Tuesday night during a 30-mile trip from Harlingen to South Padre Island to pick up a patient, Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said. The helicopter had just called off its trip because of bad weather when it went down, so there was no patient aboard.
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LOS ANGELES -- Steven Huntsman didn't want to go downstairs with his girlfriend and 15-month-old son. After all, he reasoned, it was just a storm.He closed his eyes and tried to sleep. Then everything shook. The windows broke. His face was peppered with broken glass.He locked himself into a second-story closet and listened as the once-stationary objects that constituted his world -- cars, trees, houses, barns -- began hovering and slamming into one another.