Teenage Girl Dies After Shark Attack in Florida

DESTIN, Fla. -- A 14-year-old Louisiana girl died Saturday after a shark attacked her while she and a companion were swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said.

The teenagers were swimming on boogie boards about 100 yards offshore when the shark, feeding on a school of fish just before noon, bit the girl, who was helped ashore by a surfer. The teenager was pronounced dead at a hospital. Her name was not immediately released.

The attack happened near the Camping on the Gulf Holiday Travel Park, about 45 miles east of Pensacola.

Authorities closed about 20 miles of area beaches to swimming shortly after the attack.

* ATLANTA -- The NAACP's board of directors chose Bruce S. Gordon, a retired Verizon executive, to be president of the civil rights group. Gordon, 59, will succeed Kweisi Mfume, who resigned in December to seek a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland. At a convention in July, the NAACP membership will vote on Gordon's confirmation.

* CAMDEN, N.J. -- As their parents searched for them Wednesday, three young boys were in an abandoned car's trunk, its broken lid having closed and locked after they crawled in, police said. Jesstin Pagan, 5; Anibal Cruz, 11; and Daniel Agosto, 6, suffocated in the trunk. Police looked through the car when the boys were reported missing, but it was not clear why the trunk was not searched then, Police Chief Edwin Figueroa said. Police and prosecutors will issue a report within 30 days on the handling of the search.

* GUNLOCK, Utah -- About 200 people were evacuated as a wildfire that has scorched about 40,000 acres burned four miles from town. Elsewhere, firefighters battled blazes in California, Arizona and Nevada that have consumed more than 200,000 acres in recent days. A helicopter was sent to rescue a woman horseback-riding in the hills near Leeds after a fire sprung up nearby in the rugged terrain, authorities said.

* YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- Dozens of searchers looked for Boy Scout Luke Sanburg, 13, who fell into the fast-moving Yellowstone River when he lost his balance as he and other members of his troop tried to toss a log into the water, the National Park Service said.

* MONTEREY PARK, Calif. -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said the killing of a deputy during a gang investigation shows that gang violence in southern California is out of control. "This is barbarism," said Baca, who also criticized "incompetent families that don't know what to do with their errant children." Deputy Jerry Ortiz, 35, was shot point-blank in the head Friday as he talked to a woman at an apartment building, where he was seeking information about Jose Orozco, 27. Orozco could face a first-degree murder charge, officials said.

* YUMA, Ariz. -- Two adults and four children were killed at their home late Friday, and police said they were searching for a man who reportedly ran from the house after shots were fired.

-- From News Services

A member of a California crew sets a backfire Saturday while fighting a wildfire about 10 miles southwest of Las Vegas, near Mountain Springs, Nev.