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In this May 30 family photo, Sarah Murnaghan, center, celebrates the 100th day of her stay in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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3 killed in SUV crash; driver held

– A pregnant woman and a child were among three people killed in an SUV crash that left six others injured in northern New Jersey, authorities said Sunday.

The crash happened Saturday night. Investigators said the vehicle suddenly swerved and left the roadway before overturning, ejecting several passengers.

Lucila Colon, 62, and Tevia Booth, 11, died at the scene, while Julissa Colon, 36, died later at a hospital, Morris County prosecutors said. Julissa Colon was five months pregnant, and her fetus didn’t survive.

The SUV’s driver, 37-year-old Luis Torres of Jersey City, was being held Sunday on $750,000 bail. He’s charged with three counts each of aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide and five counts of assault by auto.

Jefferson Township police say Torres admitted he had been drinking beer for most of the day and said he was trying to pass another vehicle when he lost control of the SUV.

2 women die rafting in Tennessee

Authorities say two women have died in two days while rafting on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that an Atlanta woman who was rafting with family and friends was thrown overboard in rapids. She reportedly grabbed a rescue rope but then lost consciousness.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation told WRCB-TV that a woman from Smyrna, Tenn., fell out of a raft on Sunday morning when it got stuck in rapids.

Lung transplant patient progressing

The mother of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl recovering from two double lung transplants says the girl has been taken off oxygen and is doing well.

Janet Murnaghan tells The Associated Press on Sunday that her daughter Sarah was taken off oxygen but still gets support from a machine that helps her breathe.

Murnaghan says that in the last few days Sarah has started to walk around the hospital with the aid of a walker and has even gone outside briefly.

The Newtown Square girl with end-stage cystic fibrosis received the transplants at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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German challenger would not negotiate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s election challenger says he would suspend negotiations with the U.S. over a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement until Washington clarifies details about National Security Agency surveillance programs.

Social Democratic leader Peer Steinbrueck, who is running for chancellor Sept. 22, said Sunday on ARD public TV that “I would interrupt the negotiations until the Americans say if German government offices and European institutions are bugged or wiretapped.”

He criticized Merkel’s government for talking to Washington about a deal that would eliminate regulatory trade barriers between the EU and U.S.

Aussie croc takes man from river

A 16-foot crocodile snatched a 26-year-old swimmer in a notorious Australian river as several people celebrating a friend’s birthday watched, police said.

The victim and another man crossed the Mary River and were swimming back when the crocodile attacked, Senior Sergeant Geoff Bahnert said.

“Several of the group in the party witnessed the male being taken in the jaws of the croc for a period of time, and then he was out of sight,” he said.

The group had been celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday on Saturday at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat, an Outback tourist destination 70 miles southeast of the Northern Territory capital Darwin.

Police and a government crocodile management team were searching for the man’s remains, including dragging the river, Bahnert said Sunday. An officer shot one of the largest crocodiles there for the safety of searchers, but it was not yet known if it was the killer crocodile.

Bus bomb kills 3 in Yemen

A bomb likely hidden on a bus carrying high-ranking Yemeni air force personnel exploded Sunday in the capital, killing three people in a country fighting an al-Qaida affiliate, officials said.

The explosion in Sanaa came as al-Qaida’s Yemen branch posted a new video message saying killings in Muslim nations only act as a “stimulus” to draw more into fighting as militants.

The bombing wounded 23 people riding in the minibus, including five in critical condition with amputated arms or legs, said Col. Mahdi al-Aidarous, an air force spokesman. Among those wounded are 13 majors, lieutenant-colonels and colonels, the Defense Ministry said.

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