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Seven wounded at spring-break party

Seven people were injured, some critically, during an early-morning spray of gunfire Saturday at a spring-break party on the Florida Panhandle, police said. An Alabama man was charged with attempted murder.

Multiple 911 calls flooded in just before 1 a.m. reporting the shootings at the house party in Panama City Beach, and deputies found a sprawling crime scene with victims in the house, outside it, across the street from it, and in the median of the street, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said.

David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, was charged with seven counts of attempted murder. A .40-caliber handgun believed to have been used was found in the yard of a nearby house.

The Sheriff's Office said several of the victims were students from Alabama A&M University on spring break.

- AP

Pink mystery solved

The mystery of Portland's pink chickens is solved. Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds' owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice, and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them "to make people smile." Owner Bruce Whitman of Portland says the prank succeeded beyond his wildest hopes. In his words, "I didn't expect to get this many people to smile." He says he probably won't do it again - but he and the birds have been invited to a couple of parades.

- AP


Shooting kills two

The shooter remained at large after a double homicide at a mobile home park in Bremerton. Officials say a woman, 29, and boy, 2, were killed early Saturday. A male victim was airlifted to a Seattle hospital with life-threatening injuries. Officials said the boy's mother was trying to shield him when he was shot, but she was not hurt. - AP