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Michael Brown memorial hit by car, then rebuilt

FERGUSON, Mo.-A makeshift memorial to Michael Brown has been restored by his supporters after it was apparently hit by a car.

Social media reports about damage to the memorial started early Friday. Supporters were out before dawn rebuilding the memorial.

It is not known who struck the memorial, which went up Aug. 9, soon after the black 18-year-old was shot and killed by a white police officer. — AP

Woman, three grandkids killed in Ohio house fire

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — The bodies of a woman and her three grandchildren visiting for Christmas were pulled from the burned-out remains of a southwest Ohio home Friday, a state fire marshal's spokesman said.

Spokesman William Krugh said firefighters were still trying to determine what might have caused the blaze. The single-story ranch-style house was destroyed. Names were not immediately available.

Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said family members were being informed of what he called "just a tragic, tragic" fire. He said the children lived nearby and were spending the night with their grandmother so she wouldn't be by herself on Christmas night.

"Grandma was close to the front door," Stanforth said. "The other children were behind her, and so we're just assuming that she was by the front door, that she was trying to corral the children to help them out." — AP

George H.W. Bush spends fourth night in hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush will spend a fourth night in a Texas hospital, his office announced Friday.

Bush, 90, was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital by ambulance as a precaution Tuesday after experiencing a shortness of breath.

He has remained at the hospital for observation since then, though his office said in a statement that the 41st president remains in "high spirits and continues to make progress."

Bush was previously hospitalized in November 2012 with a persistent cough and stayed for nearly two months when he developed a fever. — The Los Angeles Times

Body of autistic boy, 4, is found in pond

LITTLE RIVER, S.C.-The body of an autistic 4-year-old boy who had been missing since Christmas Eve was found in a pond in South Carolina.

Coroner Robert Edge said that the body of Jayden Morrison was found Friday morning in Little River, northeast of Myrtle Beach.

Police, first responders, K9 units, dive teams and volunteers had been searching for the boy since he disappeared from his grandmother's house Wednesday.

The New York boy's family had been visiting his grandmother. His mother, Tabatha Morrison, had gone shopping and left her three children at the home.

Jayden's grandmother, Carolyn Sumpter, said minutes later, she noticed the front door was ajar and began the search.

More than 150 volunteers had taken part in the search Friday. — AP

Baby gorilla ostracized by others will switch zoos

CINCINNATI-A baby gorilla raised by human keepers wearing hairy vests is ready to be placed with other gorillas and will move to the Columbus Zoo, the Cincinnati Zoo said Friday.

Kamina, a female Western lowland gorilla, was born in August at the zoo in Oklahoma City but was shunned by her mother, so she was sent to Cincinnati in September. The human surrogates taught her to act like a gorilla and then placed her with two female gorillas.

When they didn't bond with her, keepers decided Kamina's best option was moving to Columbus. The Cincinnati Zoo's curator of primates says the rejection was surprising but such introductions are delicate and don't always work out.

Officials are still working out details of her transfer to the Columbus Zoo. — AP

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