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Boy Rescued from Sand Dune Hole in Critical Condition

ABC 7 Chicago(MICHIGAN CITY, Ind.) -- Rescuers using heavy equipment pulled a young boy from a hole in a large sand dune on an off-limits area of an Indiana beach after more than three hours on Friday, officials said.

The boy, 6, appeared to have vital signs upon being pulled out of the dune. After the rescue, the boy was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Michigan City, Ind., before being taken via helicopter to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The child is still in the hospital in critical condition on Saturday.

Some officials initially gave the boy’s age as 8.

The boy was walking with his parents along the sand dunes by Lake Michigan from near Mount Baldy, Martin said, when he came across a rotted tree that may have caused some type of sinkhole in the sand dune.

The area where the boy fell was off limits to the public, Rowe said.

The call for help went out at approximately 4:30 p.m. CT, officials said. Rowe said local first responders arrived within about 15 minutes.

Those responders included medical personnel, the Michigan City Fire Department and Michigan City police, Martin said.

As they were digging, the hole became larger, so they called in heavy equipment in to move the sand, Martin added.

Fire department rescuers said that as they were digging they found a soft spot or pocket in the sand at least 11 feet down and saw the boy’s head.

Rescuers were able to lift him out at approximately 8:05 p.m. CT, Martin said.

Laporte County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman told ABC News that the boy may have been saved by an ancient tree which created an air pocket inside the dune. Huffman added that the boy appeared to have ingested sand into his lungs and that it will require extensive therapy to restore the child's lung strength.

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Bob Dole Hospitalized, Senators Informed It's 'Not for a Checkup'

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News(WASHINGTON) -- Former Sen. Bob Dole has been hospitalized at Walter Reed, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Reid indicated on the floor of the U.S. Senate that Dole, 89 years old, called him a few days ago to tell him that he is at Walter Reed and that it is “not for a checkup.”
“He is sick,” Reid said. “We should do this to recognize what a great leader Bob Dole is.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., later said that Bob Dole also reached out to all senators over email Monday sent from the hospital to specifically ask for them to support the Convention of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) legislation. The legislation, which addresses disability rights, is making its way through the Senate.
“I hope my colleagues would, before deciding to vote, at least listen to the letter that was addressed to all of us by Senator Bob Dole,” McCain said, reading parts of the Dole letter: “As you may know, tomorrow the Senate will vote on CRPD. Unfortunately, I am currently at Walter Reed and so cannot call you personally but wanted to connect with you via e-mail and ask for your help. I hope you will support this important treaty.”

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Billy Graham Admitted to Hospital for Pulmonary Infection

Charles Ommanney/Getty Images(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) -- Evangelist Billy Graham is “resting comfortably” today at a North Carolina hospital where he is being treated for a pulmonary infection.

Graham, 93, was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., overnight for a possible case of bronchitis, according to a hospital statement.

The pulmonologist treating Graham, David Pucci, said that the evangelist is being treated with antibiotics and his condition is stable, according to the statement.

Last year he was hospitalized for pneumonia.

No date has been set for his discharge.

Graham is known for bringing evangelical Christianity into the mainstream. He has also counseled U.S. presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

He is currently working on a manuscript for a new book, according to the news release.

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NY Firefighter Stable After Being Engulfed in Flames

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York City firefighter is in serious but stable condition Tuesday after being engulfed in flames while battling a fire in a Brooklyn townhome Monday morning.

Robert Wiedmann, 38, of Rescue Company 2 was battling the blaze in a room on the brownstone’s third floor when a fireball sent flames from the back bedroom, surrounding him in fire.

A cellphone video captured the dramatic moment when Wiedmann, with his head and back burning, began waving frantically for help and leaning out the room’s window.

To escape, Wiedmann leapt down onto an aerial ladder, where another firefighter was waiting to pat down his body and extinguish the flames eating through his protective gear, the video shows.  Both men then moved slowly down the ladder as another firefighter on the ground showered them with water.

Neighbors watched in horror and then awe, as Weidmann paused to let the steam rise from his body and then moved himself towards safety.

New York Fire Department officials said the harrowing events began as a routine response around 9 a.m. Monday to a fire on the top floor of a brownstone owned by a New York City school teacher and her family.  The family was away when the fire began, but Weidmann and his four fellow firefighters did not know that as they searched the home.

As Weidmann remained trapped by the fireball, a second firefighter fled down a stairwell towards safety.

Wiedmann’s injuries included burns over 45 percent of his body, authorities said. The second firefighter was seriously injured and remains in critical condition. Three other firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

Fire officials said the blaze was fairly routine but turned worse when firefighters couldn’t get water to the house fast enough.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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Billy Graham Hospitalized: Condition Stable

Charles Ommanney/Getty Images(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) -- Evangelist Billy Graham was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., Wednesday as doctors evaluate treatment for his lungs.

Graham’s personal physician, Lucian Rice, said the 93-year-old is in stable condition.

Graham was seen “alert, smiling and waving at hospital staff,” according to a statement from his family.

A discharge date has not been determined.

He is currently being tested for possible pneumonia, according to hospital officials.

In May, he was treated for pneumonia.

“Mr. Graham is looking forward to returning home to spend the upcoming Christmas holidays with his family,” read a statement released by Graham’s family and staff.

He recently authored the book Nearing Home. The book on aging was published last month.

Graham is known for bringing evangelical Christianity into the mainstream and counseling U.S. presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

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Suspicious Package at Illinois' Scott AFB; Three Treated at Hospital

Scott [dot] AF [dot] mil/Karen Petitt(SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.) -- Three people were hospitalized Wednesday after they developed “rash-like” symptoms while handling a suspicious package in the mail room at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

A spokesman for the base said the individuals have been treated and released.  Parts of the base, which is located about 25 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri, remain under evacuation as a precaution.

“Scott AFB emergency responders are well-trained professionals who provided immediate response.  They are working diligently to render the area safe and investigating the source of the package,” Col. Mike Hornitschek said in a statement.

The three servicemembers were transported to Memorial Hospital for “possible chemical exposure.”  Another 13 people are being decontaminated on site.  Those treated on site have also been released.

Base officials say they still do not know what the package contained, but said it is being currently tested.  A spokesman was unable to describe its contents but said there is “no immediate threat to the community.”

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Over Two Dozen Injured after Pennsylvania School Bus Overturns

George Doyle/Stockbyte(CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.) -- More than two dozen people, including children, were hospitalized Sunday after a school bus overturned in Pennsylvania.

According to officials, the bus was traveling along I-81 northbound near Chambersburg Sunday afternoon when a vehicle tried to pass it on its left but mistimed the move, as another vehicle was already in the lane.  The passing driver then overcorrected when he veered back onto the right lane to avoid the other car, ending up sideways in front of the bus.

The bus and vehicle collided and ended up in a ditch.  The bus struck a guard rail on its way, causing it to roll over and land on its roof, officials said.

Eighteen adults and children between the ages of 9 and 12 were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, and seven other patients were taken to Waynesboro Hospital, according to Summit Health spokeswoman Jessica Walter.  All patients in both hospitals are said to be in stable condition, and none of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening.

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Lightning Strike at Mississippi Base Sends 77 Cadets to Hospitals

Comstock/Thinkstock(HATTIESBURG, Miss.) -- Seventy-seven Air Force cadets wound up in the hospital Wednesday after their military training base in Mississippi was struck by lightning, officials said.

According to ABC News affiliate WAPT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, the cadets were in the vicinity of the strike, which came down around 2 p.m. at Camp Shelby.

"There was a light pole that was struck and there were several people that were in the proximity in a tent," Lt. Col. Jim Ainsworth said.  "What happened is they were in the proximity and they felt the ground shake; that kind of thing, and we just wanted to make sure that they were OK."

All of the cadets were taken to nearby hospitals for evaluations, with two of them being rushed by ambulance as a precaution. U.S. Army representatives say all 77 are doing well.

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Girl Allegedly Shoots Dad for Taking Cellphone

Comstock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A father remains in serious condition after police said his 15-year-old daughter allegedly shot him with a hunting bow Wednesday evening.

Police said the arrow struck the torso of the 35-year-old father, who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Tahyua, Washington man told police he had taken away his daughter's cellphone to discipline her, although police did not know why she'd been grounded.

Mason County sheriff's spokesman William Adam told ABC News, "He crawled out of a window of his house, and then he was able to crawl to a vehicle and drive to a neighbor's house.  The closest neighbor was a third of a mile away."

The teenager gave up willingly after deputies found her in a forest area near her home, Adam said.

"She had an excess of at least 36 arrows, along with the compound bow, according to her father," Adam said.

Compound bows, which are popular with hunters, allow shooters to draw the bow with less effort than is required for other kinds of bows, making it easier to aim at a target.

Police said after they apprehended the girl, they found her to be "despondent, with serious medical issues, so she was transferred to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital."

She is expected to be brought before a judge sometime Friday.

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Billy Graham Back Home After Being Hospitalized for Pneumonia

George Walker/Liaison(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) -- Evangelist Billy Graham is now back home after spending five days at a North Carolina hospital for pneumonia.

The 92-year-old was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville on May 11 and was released Sunday afternoon.  His doctors said he responded well to treatment and has gained strength but noted that his recovery will be gradual.

"He has responded very well to treatment, with progressive improvement since his admission," said Dr. Lucian Rice, Graham's primary care physician. "We expect continuing recuperation at home with very gradual recovery, returning to normal activities over several weeks. I'm delighted that he has come back this fast."

Dr. Rice added that Graham has not experienced any complications since returning to his Montreat, North Carolina home.

Before leaving the hospital, Graham thanked all those who treated him.

"I am grateful for this wonderful hospital so close to my home," he said. "The physicians and staff have shown such skill and compassionate care.  I am deeply touched by the prayers and best wishes of so many people for me, and I look forward to returning home and resuming my normal activities soon."

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