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Spectator killed during top dragstar race

This past Sunday, a spectator at the National Hot Rod Association† (NHRA) Arizona Nationals was killed when a loose tire came apart from a Top Fuel dragstar. The accident occured when the car lost its left-rear tire. Before the car† burst into flames, it skidded into the left hand lane and collided with the wall. It was then the tire bounced into the crowd striking the woman at the International Firebird Raceway. The women was helicoptered to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead several hours later. The NHRA is still looking into the details of the accident.

Gunman opens fire in Colo. middle school

On Tuesday, a gunman identified as Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood opened fire outside Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado.

Eastwood was firing rounds at students who were leaving the school until suddenly David Benke, a teacher at Deer Creek, tackled Eastwood to the ground and held him down until police arrived.

Only two students were injured and taken to the local hospital where, as of press time, they were in stable condition with no life-threatening injuries. Eastwood was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bond.

Toyota recall case becomes complicated

According to the New York Times, leading Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Monday that Toyota relied on a flawed study in dismissing the notion that computer issues could be at fault for sticking accelerator pedals, and then made misleading statements about the repairs. The representatives, in a letter to the transportation secretary, said they were concerned about the competency of investigations into Toyotaís problems by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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