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Rescuer killed crash survivor

SAN MATEO, Calif. -- As the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 burned, Ye Meng Yuan was lying on the ground just 30 feet away, buried by the firefighting foam rescue workers were spraying to douse the flames.

No one knows exactly how the 16-year-old Chinese student got to that spot, but officials say one thing is clear now: She somehow survived the crash.

And in the chaotic moments that followed -- flames devouring the fuselage, those aboard escaping by emergency slides, flight attendants frantically cutting away seat belts to free passengers -- a firetruck ran over Yuan, killing her.

The new details -- released Friday by the San Mateo County coroner's office -- compounded the tragedy for her family and confirmed the growing suspicions that emergency workers have had since soon after the July 6 crash: One of the three who died did so by rescuers' actions.

Aurora victims honored

AURORA, Colo. -- Survivors of mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut gathered with dozens of supporters Friday in a suburban Denver park to honor those killed in the massacre at an Aurora movie theater almost a year to the day after the attack.

Vigil participants read a list of names of those killed in recent gun violence around the nation and talked about the pain of losing loved ones as they called for strict federal gun control laws.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which promotes tough gun laws and was founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, helped sponsor the vigil.

The scene was somber, even as about 100 gun rights activists held a protest nearby to oppose new firearms restrictions as infringements on Second Amendment rights. Many wore orange National Rifle Association hats and T-shirts reading, "I will not comply."

Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT -- Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Friday promised weary Detroit residents that they would see better city services in 30 to 60 days.

Though Thursday's bankruptcy filing had been feared for months, the path ahead for the once mighty Motor City is still uncertain. As Detroit starts the likely lengthy process of shedding its debt, residents, businesses owners and retirees nervously wonder if they'll see improvements after years of neglect or if another round of promises will go unfulfilled.

Four men held captive

HOUSTON -- Four men found living in "deplorable conditions" in a Houston garage on Friday told police that they were being held captive after being lured by promises of food and cigarettes so that their captor could cash their public-assistance checks, authorities said.

Three of the men were malnourished and taken to a hospital after being discovered by officers responding to a 911 call about the home, police said.

Also in the nation ...

Stephen Flemmi, a feared gangster known as "The Rifleman," detailed for a jury Friday a grisly string of nine murders he says reputed Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger ordered, approved or committed with his own hands, including the strangling of the witness' own girlfriend. ... The DNA of Albert DeSalvo, who confessed and then recanted his confession to the Boston Strangler murders, matches a semen sample from a 1964 crime scene, authorities said Friday after exhuming his body for testing.

-- Compiled from news services

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