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Florida garage collapse kills 2

MIAMI -- A section of a parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed Wednesday, killing two people and trapping two others in the rubble, officials said. One worker was rescued amid the debris, but there was too much concrete around the other to immediately get him out.

At least 10 other workers were hurt when the roof of the five-story concrete garage fell, creating a pancake-style collapse on the campus of Miami-Dade College, officials said.

"It was a floor upon floor, collapsing all the way down to the ground floor," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Louie Fernandez said.

The trapped worker was pinned inside a vehicle. He was receiving oxygen, had an IV inserted into him and was being treated by a physician and a paramedic. Officials did not describe the extent of his injuries. They said it could be hours -- possibly even days -- before they can rescue him.

S.C. voter ID blocked for now

WASHINGTON -- South Carolina's law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot was blocked for the Nov. 6 election, the fourth time this year a court halted such legislation.

A special panel of three federal judges in Washington Wednesday ruled that given the time left before the election, requiring photo ID at polling stations puts a burden on minority voters that violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965. "Proper and smooth functioning" of a key protection in the South Carolina law can only be assured in elections after this year, the judges said.

Probation violations denied

LOS ANGELES -- The man behind the anti-Islam YouTube video that ignited bloody protests in the Muslim world appeared in federal court Wednesday and denied violating any of the terms of a probation sentence imposed on him in 2010 after a bank fraud conviction.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was arrested last month and ordered held without bail on the probation-violation charges. The charges all involve the use of aliases or allegations that Mr. Nakoula lied to the police about the extent of his work on the inflammatory "Innocence of Muslims," a 14-minute trailer that was posted on YouTube, prompting protests from Egypt to Pakistan.

College records breached

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The confidential information of nearly 300,000 students, faculty and employees at a Florida Panhandle college have been accessed by computer hackers in a massive security breach much larger than suspected, education officials said Wednesday.

The Department of Education said hackers stole 200,000 records including names, Social Security numbers and birthdates for any student statewide who was eligible for Florida's popular Bright Futures scholarships for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years.

Equifax settles charges

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's largest credit reporting agencies has agreed to pay $393,000 to settle charges that it improperly sold lists of consumers who were late on their mortgage payments, government regulators announced Wednesday.

Atlanta-based Equifax Information Services LLC and companies that bought and resold the consumer data, which was used for marketing, will pay a total of $1.6 million to settle two separate complaints filed by the Federal Trade Commission.

Bogus airbags 'extreme risk'

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of motorists may be driving cars and trucks installed with dangerous counterfeit bags and they should have them replaced at their own expense, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned Wednesday.

Most at risk are motorists who have had their airbags replaced over the past three years by a repair shop other than a new car dealership. In one test last month, a counterfeit bag shot flames and shards of metal shrapnel at a crash dummy instead of inflating.

-- Compiled from news services



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