New York
City stages its first parade for disabled

New York City held its first parade Sunday supporting people with disabilities, with more than 3,000 participants heading up Broadway using wheelchairs, canes and guide dogs.

“We’re here full-force,” said rapper Namel Norris, 33, who has used a wheelchair since being shot in the Bronx and paralyzed as a teenager. “I thought my life was over, but music is my calling. I have a purpose in life.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio kicked off the inaugural NYC Disability Pride Parade, saying he was proud that his city is a national leader in supporting rights for people with disabilities.

The grand marshal was former senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who 25 years ago sponsored the Americans With Disabilities Act.

— Associated Press

Rhode Island
Beach reopens after mystery explosion

A Rhode Island beach reopened Sunday, a day after investigators concluded there was no public threat after an unexplained explosion knocked a beachgoer to the ground.

Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett was open to beachgoers, but there was no new information on the cause of the incident, state Department of Environmental Management spokeswoman Rayna Maguire said Sunday. She said the state fire marshal is investigating.

The beach was evacuated Saturday morning after witnesses reported a possible explosion. A woman sitting in a chair at the tideline was knocked into an adjacent rock breakwater, and then fell forward into the sand, officials said. She was conscious and alert when she was taken to a hospital. No one else was hurt.

— Associated Press

“Ambushed” officers return fire, kill gunman: Authorities say a shotgun-wielding man opened fire on suburban Chicago police officers responding to a 911 house call about a woman who was having trouble breathing. River Forest Deputy Police Chief James O’Shea said that the 24-year-old man “ambushed” the officers shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday and that they returned fire, killing him. He said two officers suffered injuries that were not ­life threatening. Authorities said that a ­60-year-old man was found dead in the home and that the attacker’s 59-year-old mother was found with gunshot wounds and taken to a hospital.

Stingrays suffocate in shallow pool: All 54 stingrays in a popular exhibit at a suburban Chicago zoo died because the oxygen levels in their tank dropped too low, officials said. The Chicago Zoological Society released a statement Saturday saying the four southern stingrays and 50 cownose rays in the Brookfield Zoo exhibit were in a shallow pool that allows visitors to touch and feed the creatures. Most died Friday afternoon.

Hitchiking cat gets new home: A cat rescued from the engine of a pickup truck after a 28-mile ride from Pennsylvania to New Jersey has a new home. reports that the cat was given to Jennifer Blunts and her boyfriend, John Tegethoff, of Kunkletown, Pa. The adoption ends a tale that began earlier this month, when the ­orange-and-white feline crawled into the pickup’s engine compartment. Not knowing the cat was there, the driver traveled from East Stroudsburg, Pa., to the Mars Chocolate North America plant in Hackettstown, N.J.

— From news services