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Posted: August 11, 2014 at 3:27 a.m.

This image provided by Prince George's County Fire Dept. shows firefighters reaching riders stranded on a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Prince George's County Fire Dept., Marc Bashoor)

24 stuck atop Six Flags roller coaster

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In this photo taken Wednesday Aug. 6, 2014, Afghan native Fahim Fazli, is seen at the base of Mount Washington, N.H. before ascending the mountain via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. Fazli has written a book he hopes to turn into a movie about his life as an Afghan native who fled his country, became a U.S. Citizen, a Hollywood actor who played roles as a Middle eastern terrorist, and returned to Afghanistan to be a translator for U.S. Marines. The two hiked Mount Washington in hopes the Presidential Range would be a stand in for a movie for  Asia's Hindu Kush mountains. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

• Fahim Fazli's screen career was beginning to take off, with roles in blockbusters like Iron Man, when ... Read »

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Accident reports optional for buses

NEW YORK — Companies that run New York City’s growing armada of double-decker sightseeing buses, like the ones involved in last week’s Times Square crash, have no legal obl... Read »