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  • Updated: December 19, 2013 - 9:27 PM
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One of the injured theatergoers was led away on Thursday. More than 80 people were injured when the ceiling fell in.

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Britain

Dozens injured in partial collapse at theater

The ceiling of a London theater partly collapsed Thursday night, showering a packed audience with heaps of plaster, wood and dust. More than 80 people were injured — at least seven seriously — and several trapped theatergoers had to be rescued, authorities said. The collapse at the Apollo Theatre took place at 8:15 p.m. during a performance of “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time” at the height of the Christmas holiday season. The ceiling came down, bringing parts of the theater’s balconies with it, police said. More than 700 people were in the theater at the time, according to the London Fire Department.

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Nevada

Shooter left suicide note before attack

A gunman who complained he had a botched 2010 surgery left a suicide note outlining plans for his attack before targeting physicians in a deadly rampage at a medical office that left one doctor dead and another critically wounded, police said. Alan Oliver Frazier of Plumas County, Calif., a 51-year-old former power plant control room operator, calmly bypassed patients waiting at a Nevada urology medical practice on Tuesday until opening fire with a pistol-grip 12-gauge shotgun at doctors in the examination room.

Florida

Hijacker to plead guilty to air piracy

A former New Jersey man who hijacked a Miami-bound commercial jet to Cuba almost 30 years ago and surrendered to U.S. authorities last month is gearing up to plead guilty to an air-piracy charge, according to his attorney and court records. William Potts Jr., a one-time black militant, was scheduled to go to trial at the end of December, but his attorney won a delay Wednesday from a federal judge so he could obtain evidence about the case from the State Department while he pursues a plea agreement. Potts, 56, entered a not guilty plea last month. If convicted of air piracy in the United States, Potts could receive between 20 years and life in prison.

New Mexico

State sues to block horse slaughter

State Attorney General Gary King said he’s suing a Roswell company in an attempt to block a planned horse slaughter plant from opening in less than two weeks. The move comes after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept Valley Meat Company from beginning operations. Owner Rick De Los Santos has been making plans to open Jan. 1, and his attorney said those plans haven’t changed. The state is seeking a restraining order to keep the plant idle. King contends that Valley Meat has the potential to violate food safety laws. Valley Meat and other plants in Missouri and Iowa have been targeted by animal protection groups trying to block the slaughtering of horses.

California

Businessman wants expanded legislature

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