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    An incident involving an American Airlines plane prompted a major emergency response at O'Hare International Airport, authorities said. 

    According to the Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines Flight 383 was departing from O'Hare and was headed to Miami when it experienced "a problem during takeoff." American Airlines said the plane had an engine malfunction. 

    Gary Schiavone, of Demott, Ind., said he was sitting in the middle of the plane, travelling with his wife to visit their daughter in Miami.

    “We started to take off, we didn’t get in the air, it seemed like the right side engine blew—big ball of fire,” Schiavone said, adding that window on the plane then cracked.

    The pilots aborted the takeoff and passengers exited via a chute as flames were reported, authorities said. 

    The airline said in a statement that seven passengers and one crew member reported injuries and were transported to area hospitals for evaluation, but fire officials said during a later press conference that as many as 20 people were transported to area hospitals. 

    Most of those transported suffered minor injuries and were listed in stable condition, according to District Chief Juan Hernandez. 

    There were 161 passengers and nine crew members on the plane, the airline said.

    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital said it was treating four people from the scene. Presence Resurrection Medical Center reported three patients from the scene in unknown condition. 

    The FAA reported that a runway was closed at the airport due to a "disabled aircraft." The FAA initially reported a ground stop at O'Hare after the incident, but the Chicago Department of Aviation said as of 3:30 p.m. three runways were closed at the airport. Ongoing delays were expected, airport officials said. 

    Chicago fire officials reported an emergency at the scene, saying "aircraft down at O'Hare." 

    “We were 30 seconds into the safety video, about ‘do not grab your luggage in an emergency,’” Schiavone said, noting that several passengers attempted to get their bags during the emergency evacuation. “It could have caused a big problem—don’t get your luggage in a situation like that.”

    The incident prompted an extra-alarm response. 

    The Chicago Department of Aviation said fire officials responded to an aircraft on fire. 

    Smoke and fire could be seen at the airport just after 2:30 p.m. 

    The National Transportation Safety Board said three investigators were being dispatched to Chicago following the fire. 

    "This could have been absolutely devastating if it happened later, if it happened farther, there's about a thousand variables," said Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner of Airport Operations Timothy Sampey. 

    The cause of the fire remained under investigation. 

    Check back for details on this developing story.



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    A 9-year-old girl is dead after being dragged and hit by a school bus Friday afternoon in Plainfield, Massachusetts.

    State police confirm the bus stopped to let the child off around 4 p.m. on South Central Street. Following a preliminary investigation, police believe the door closed while she was exiting. She was caught in the door, and the bus dragged her a short distance, then hit her.

    The bus driver stopped at the scene, but it was too late.

    The girl was a student of a school in the area, but the names of that school and the victim have not been released.

    The bus driver is being interviewed by police.



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    A child is dead after being dragged, then hit, by a school bus in Massachusetts Friday.A child is dead after being dragged, then hit, by a school bus in Massachusetts Friday.

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    Hillsborough's most recognizable piece of real estate is now up for rent on Airbnb.

    The Airbnb listing on Friday shows the so-called "Flintstone House," a 2,730-square-foot home at 45 Berryessa Way, can be rented for $750 a night.

    The property was listed on the market for just over a year.

    In September 2015, the home was up for sale for $4.2 million. This past summer, the price dropped to $3.2 million.

    Visible from Interstate 280, the 40-year-old, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is striking for its amorphous dome shapes made of wire and shotcrete.

    According to Redfin, the last sold price was $800,000 in 1996.

    Listing agent Judy Meuschke gave NBC Bay Area an exclusive tour of the home in September 2015 — through the brightly-hued conversation pit and into the quirky kitchen.

    "We felt that's a pretty good price for a landmark," Meuschke said of the $4.2 million asking price at the time.


    FILE - The Hillsborough 'Flintstone Home' in San Mateo County. (Oct. 28, 2016)FILE - The Hillsborough 'Flintstone Home' in San Mateo County. (Oct. 28, 2016)

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    The Pirate Party may sound like a novelty political outfit, but this former ragtag bunch of internet activists may be on the verge of winning Iceland's parliamentary elections Saturday, NBC News reported.

    The party was founded less than four years ago and promises a radical platform. Its members want to legalize drugs, crowd-source their policies using online referendums, and grant citizenship to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. 

    The majority of polls over the past 18 months have predicted the party will win the most votes on Saturday — a radical pirate victory in the land of the Vikings.



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    The frenzy among Chicago Cubs fans to snag pricey and scarce tickets to World Series games at Wrigley Field has now landed in divorce court.

    Court documents obtained by The Associated Press from Cook County Circuit Court on Friday say a suburban mom this week submitted an "Emergency Petition For World Series Tickets" to see Game 4 Saturday against the Cleveland Indians. A judge's order says the tickets for Saturday are held by Nancy Riddle's estranged husband and fellow Cubs fan John Riddle.

    Judge Marya Nega ruled after in-court arguments that the husband can keep the tickets for himself and the couple's 12-year-old son but should pay for a new ticket for Nancy Riddle in a "comparable" section to his. The cheapest available tickets start at around $3,000.

    The Cubs haven't won a World Series title since 1908 and long-suffering fans are paying a minimum of thousands of dollars per ticket to attend games at Wrigley Field. Even standing-room tickets on sites such as StubHub started at around $2,500, with tickets for most actual seats going for at least five figures and some sellers asking for more than $100,000 for prime box seats.

    The husband's lawyer, Michael Berger, declined to name his client in a Thursday interview. But he did describe the legal tussle, saying his client landed the World Series tickets because he bought a season-ticket package deal with his friends this year before divorce proceedings began in April.

    Berger said he objected to the notion that because the Cubs hadn't made it to a World Series in 71 years, the request for the judge to intervene on the ticket issue was an emergency because the Cubs might not make it back to another World Series in the wife's lifetime.

    Berger is a fan of the Cubs' bitter cross-town rivals, the White Sox, and said he reluctantly acknowledged to the court during arguments before the judge that the Cubs "are a great team."

    "Even if the Cubs lose this time, it is likely — regrettably — that they will be back to the World Series again soon," he said in a Thursday phone interview.

    The law firm representing Nancy Riddle, Davis Freeman LLC, declined any comment.



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    Fans have their tickets scanned before Game Three of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Oct. 28, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois.Fans have their tickets scanned before Game Three of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Oct. 28, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois.

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    The number of migrants sleeping rough on the streets of Paris has risen by at least a third since the start of the week when the "Jungle" shanty town in Calais was evacuated, NBC News reported. 

    Along the bustling boulevards and a canal in a northeastern corner of Paris, hundreds of tents have been pitched by migrants — mostly Africans who say they are from Sudan — with cardboard on the ground to try and insulate them from the cold.

    While the presence of migrants there is not new, it has grown substantially this week, Colombe Brossel, Paris deputy mayor in charge of security issues, told Reuters.



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    A French flag flutters while smoke billows from burning shelters set on fire by migrants in the makeshift migrant camp known as A French flag flutters while smoke billows from burning shelters set on fire by migrants in the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.

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    Musician Bob Dylan hadn't spoken publicly about his being awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, prompting one Nobel academy member to call the songwriter "impolite and arrogant."

    But as NBC News reports, this week Dylan told Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, that he "appreciate[s] the honor so much."

    Dylan, 75, is currently touring in the U.S. He'd kept quiet for about two weeks since his win was announced. But as he explained in this week's call with Danius, "the news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless."

    "If it's at all possible," Dylan told The Telegraph newspaper, he "absolutely" wants to attend the award ceremony in Stockholm in December.



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    In this Feb. 13, 2011, file photo, Bob Dylan, center, performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.In this Feb. 13, 2011, file photo, Bob Dylan, center, performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

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    The man behind one of the biggest bombshells of the presidential election has never been one to follow tradition, NBC News reported. 

    Politically, FBI Director James Comey has been a registered Republican for most of his life. Personally and professionally, he is fiercely independent — so much so that President Barack Obama didn't hesitate to appoint him to his current position, despite Comey's history of donating to Republican presidential campaigns.

    A career prosecutor, 55-year-old Comey has a history of defying both political parties. 

    But no past action has thrust him into the cross hairs quite like his announcement Friday — a mere week and a half before voters go to the polls — that a newly discovered batch of emails had prompted him to take another look at the email investigation that has dogged Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton throughout her candidacy.



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    FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said 110 emails sent or received on Hillary Clinton's server contained classified information.FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said 110 emails sent or received on Hillary Clinton's server contained classified information.

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    The State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns.

    In a statement issued Saturday, the State Department says the decision is based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent. 

    The Consulate General remains open and fully staffed. The order applies only to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, not to other U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey.



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    Pro-Erdogan supporters gather at Taksim square in Istanbul to support the government on July 16, 2016, following a failed coup attempt.Pro-Erdogan supporters gather at Taksim square in Istanbul to support the government on July 16, 2016, following a failed coup attempt.

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    A crew of three astronauts from the U.S., Russia and Japan landed safely back on Earth Saturday, completing a four-month mission that included the first use of a DNA sequencer in space and installation of a parking spot at the International Space Station for upcoming commercial space taxis.

    The astronauts made a parachute landing in Kazakhstan around midnight EDT, leaving behind three crew mates who’d arrived at the ISS last week.

    Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency said he was reluctant to leave the orbiting outpost. “The time is very special here,” he said. “On the space station, you live in a very friendly, very good environment.”



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    Expedition 49 NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is carried into a medical tent shortly after she and her crew mates landed in a remote area of Kazakhstan on Oct. 30, 2016.Expedition 49 NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is carried into a medical tent shortly after she and her crew mates landed in a remote area of Kazakhstan on Oct. 30, 2016.

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    Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez, a musician and cultural leader of San Diego’s Chicano community, has died, his daughter announced on social media early Saturday.

    Sanchez’s eldest daughter, Ixcatli Sanchez, posted the news of her father’s death on Facebook, writing, in part: “it is with indescribable emotion that on 10/28/16 my Pops began his next journey in his phase we call life.”

    Ixcatli’s post said the family is requesting privacy as they make funeral arrangements for the beloved singer and Chicano icon. She did not mention her father's cause of death.

    Many San Diegans, including the Chicano Studies Department at San Diego Mesa College and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, took to social media after Sanchez's passing to express their admiration for him and send condolences to his family.

    NBC 7 spoke with some of Sanchez’s family friends Saturday at Chicano Park. They expressed deep grief over the loss of the beloved Chicano icon.

    “I really cried for Chunky [because] he had a big influence in my life,” Michael Arenas told NBC 7. “He was a hero to me because he taught me something, a life lesson that I will always carry: to fight for what’s right and to never give up.”

    A longtime resident of San Diego, Sanchez attended San Diego State University and considered himself a “barrio-ologist,” and was known by many in the Chicano community as a “hero of the barrio.”

    He wrote the song “Chicano Park Samba” – about the culture, spirit and struggle of Chicanos – for Chicano Park, a colorful, mural-filled cultural landmark under the Coronado Bay Bridge that was designated a park in 1970. The song narrates the struggle for the creation of Chicano Park and has become an anthem for the Barrio Logan community.

    “With Chunky’s influence, we have a park – we have this beautiful park. And not just the Raza, we invite the whole community, the whole county of San Diego to enjoy this park,” said Arenas.

    After his passing, the website of the Chicano Park Steering Committee, the group that oversees Chicano Park, dedicated its homepage to Sanchez, posting a tribute along with his photograph and the phrase: "Chunky Sanchez, Presente!"

    Sanchez was popular throughout San Diego for his visits to many local schools, where he spoke to classes and sang to children.

    “He’s always been full of wisdom for us. If you go to any school around here they all know who Chunky is. You ask them who Chunky is and you’ll get a big reaction,” Arenas told NBC 7.

    Family friend Noni Samano said Sanchez was known for his passion to give back to the community and to speak the truth.

    “When he sang, he sang about the people. He sang about the community. He did a lot for the kids; he went to the schools and would sing for the kids.”

    Sanchez was born in Blythe, California, to Mexican immigrant parents, both of whom were farm laborers. Growing up, he also worked as a farm laborer while he perfected his musical talents and learned to compose his own songs, which became known for their political messages in the Chicano community. Sanchez often performed at rallies and marches for the United Farm Workers Union, many times at the request of César Chávez.

    "He was involved with César Chávez so much that when César Chávez marched, he always called for Chunky because he loved Chunky’s music," Arenas explained. "No matter where he was at, he would call Chunky to come play with him at his marches and Chunky would drop what he was doing to go and play with him."

    Over the years, he performed in musical groups, including La Rondalla Amerindia de Aztlan and Los Alacranes. He received many awards over his lifetime, including several from the California Arts Council and the City of San Diego Commission on Arts and Culture, as well as the César Chávez Humanitarian Award. In 2013, Sanchez was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

    The musician is the subject of a documentary film by Paul Espinosa, currently in post-production, titled, "Singing My Way to Freedom."

    “If you want to learn more about the Chicano community, you need to listen to Chunky’s music,” said Samano. “His heart and soul was in the community.”

    In late November 2010, Sanchez lost his youngest son, Fernando Julio Sanchez, 25, to a crash on Highway 138 in Gorman, California. Sanchez is survived by several other children and more than a dozen grandchildren.

    The community leader's birthday is on Sunday. He would have turned 65. 

    Arenas told NBC 7 he will forever carry the legacy and lessons of Sanchez in his heart.

    “Another thing that he always told us: the most dangerous Chicano was not a gangster. It was to be an educated Chicano,” Arenas recounted. “Chunky has taught us to never give up and always move forward. Forever love, Chunky. Arriba.”

    “We’re going to miss him. This is a great loss,” Samano told NBC 7. “He’s an activist and he got out and he did things. He didn’t just talk about it. He was action.”

    In addition to his loved ones, many San Diegans and groups, including the Chicano Studies Department at San Diego Mesa College, took to social media after Sanchez's passing to express their admiration for him and send condolences to his family.



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    Ramon Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez was a musician, activist and cultural icon for the Chicano community in San Diego.

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    Hillary Clinton is making a campaign stop in South Florida Sunday, where she will participate in the Community in Unity rally in Broward County.

    South Florida's LGBT community is assembling in the thousands for a major rally and concert in Wilton Manors Sunday afternoon.

    Clinton will lay out her agenda for the LGBT community in South Florida and across the country.

    With more people voting in this election than any in history, Clinton will encourage Florida voters to take advantage of in-person early voting to make their voices heard this election.

    Floridians can find their early voting location at iwillvote.com/locate.



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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claps as she finishes speaking at a rally at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claps as she finishes speaking at a rally at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will speak at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Million Air Orlando, which is at Orlando Sanford International Airport on October 25, 2016 in Sanford, Florida.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Million Air Orlando, which is at Orlando Sanford International Airport on October 25, 2016 in Sanford, Florida.

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    Forget the polls, we're calling this one early: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom just won Halloween.

    With the help of wigs, prosthetics and even a faux-secret service detail, the A-list couple fully transformed into Hillary Clinton and a Donald Trump caricature for Kate Hudson's Halloween party Friday night in Los Angeles. Katy (as Hillary) even had a pal dressed up as Bill Clinton but she and Orlando opted out of the traditional couples costume shtick by having him do a take on the Republican presidential nominee.

    Katy, who has actively campaigned for the Democratic presidential nominee, Instagrammed a photo showing a team of professionals getting her into character. "Having a little pre party before I take office," she quipped. "#IMWITHME Cheers to @svedkavodka #howtosvedka @hillaryclinton."



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    Singer Katy Perry performs prior to the start of the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Singer Katy Perry performs prior to the start of the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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    With nine days until Election Day, Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a six-point advantage over Republican Donald Trump in the battleground state of North Carolina, while the candidates are essentially deadlocked in Florida, according to two new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.

    In Florida, Clinton gets the support of 45 percent of likely voters, while Trump gets 44 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson gets 5 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein is at 2 percent.

    In an earlier NBC/WSJ/Marist poll this month, Clinton was ahead by three points in this four-person race in the Sunshine State, 45 percent to 42 percent.

    When the contest is reduced to two candidates, Clinton and Trump are tied in the new poll at 46 percent.

    In North Carolina, meanwhile, Clinton enjoys a six-point lead over Trump among likely voters, 47 percent to 41 percent, with Johnson at 8 percent. (Stein isn’t on the ballot in the Tar Heel State.) Earlier this month in the poll, Clinton was ahead by four points, 45 percent to 41 percent.

    In a two-person race in North Carolina, Clinton’s lead in this new poll is an equal six points, 50 percent to 44 percent.



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    (FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between US Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Donald Trump.(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between US Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Donald Trump.

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    A New Mexico police officer's body camera recently captured an amazing rescue. The video shows the Santa Fe, New Mexico, police officer coming to the aid of the 87-year-old woman, who had been driving on a flat tire when the vehicle caught fire. The officer was able to get the woman out of the car in time and even rescued her cane before putting out the fire himself.

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    When Erin Hatzi's red Subaru went missing near her driveway in Portland, Oregon, something seemed off to her. "It didn't seem like the normal actions of a car thief," Hatzi said. "You wouldn't think they'd sit there in idle in the owner's driveway for two or three minutes." The supposed thief returned the car later with an apology note that claimed she had accidentally driven off with the car.

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    The FBI obtained a warrant to search emails related to the Hillary Clinton private server probe that were discovered on ex-congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop, law enforcement officials confirmed to NBC News on Sunday.

    The warrant came two days after FBI director James Comey revealed that the emails were linked to Weiner's estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

    The FBI already had a warrant to search Weiner's laptop, but that only applied to evidence of his allegedly illicit communications with an underage girl.

    Comey's disclosure of the emails ignited fierce criticism, particularly from Clinton, who called the move an "unprecedented" departure from FBI policy.

    Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid meanwhile accused Comey of a "disturbing double standard" and said Comey may have violated the Hatch Act.

    The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment.



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    File photo Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Wayne State University in Detroit, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.File photo Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Wayne State University in Detroit, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

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    Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck broke his pelvis on a rocky trail in the Tehachapi Mountains Saturday in a dirt bike accident. 

    Beck, a competitive off-road motorcycle rider for 40 years, was riding dirt bikes with friends when the accident occurred, police said. 

    He fell on a rocky trail, fracturing his pelvis, but was able to ride his bike back to his truck.

    He then received emergency care at a hospital.

    "I want to thank everyone for their well-wishes as I recuperate from my recent motorcycle mishap," Beck said in a statement. "As always, I am in constant contact with my LAPD command staff and will be working diligently while I recuperate to continue leading the men and women of the LAPD."

    He may require surgery on Monday, and is expected to recover, police said. 



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    Up to 70 bikers were involved in a melee that broke out between two rival gangs in a parking lot on Long Island, Suffolk County police said.

    A fight broke out between the Pagans and Hells Angels members in the parking lot of the Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville at about noon on Sunday, police said. Officers were able to break up the brawl and disperse the groups.

    Two people were hurt, but neither of them filed complaints to press charges. Authorities said both individuals were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

    There were no arrests.



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    A member of the New York Hells Angels Chapter.A member of the New York Hells Angels Chapter.

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