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Four dead as stage collapses at fair

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Four people are dead and a dozen were injured after a stage collapsed during a storm at the Indiana State Fair, where the country group Sugarland was set to perform.

The Indianapolis Star and WTHR reported that strong winds caused the stage rigging for the outdoor concert to collapse at the fairgrounds Saturday night in Indianapolis. Fans were trapped and injured in the incident shortly before 9 p.m. It happened before the band had taken the stage.

Details on the conditions of those injured were not immediately known.

The Star reported that thousands of concertgoers were being evacuated to a nearby building because of high winds when the rigging for the stage fell onto the track where some were seated.


Injunction granted to limit picketing

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Verizon Communication Inc. has been granted an injunction to limit picketing by striking union workers in New Jersey.

Company spokesman Rich Young said Friday it sought the injunction after incidents of sabotage, harassment and obstruction at its facilities.

The injunction limits picketing by members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Verizon obtained similar injunctions in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

About 45,000 Verizon landline workers from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike Aug. 7, protesting demands for contract givebacks.

Both Verizon and the CWA have filed unfair labor practice charges against each other, claiming the other side hasn't bargained in good faith. Verizon is making the same claim against the IBEW.

A spokeswoman for IBEW Local 827 in East Windsor declined to comment.


Birthday wish gets staggering response

SEATTLE (AP) -- The birthday wish of a girl who wanted to raise $300 for clean water in Africa has been granted and then some, as donors gave more than $1 million after she died from injuries suffered in a car crash.

Rachel Beckwith had been near her goal when she turned 9 on June 12, so her donation website closed. She was injured in a 13-car pileup on July 20 and taken off life support days later. A pastor arranged for the website to be reopened.

As of Saturday, the "charity: water" nonprofit website reported more than 27,000 donations totaling $1,051,521. Founder Scott Harrison says some came from Africa, Brazil, Thailand and Europe.