Nation Briefs

NBC: We’re not a ‘shoot-’em-up’ network

PASADENA, Calif. – NBC executives said Sunday they are conscious about the amount of violence they air in the wake of real-life tragedies such as the Connecticut school shooting, but have made no changes in what has gone on the air or what is planned.

NBC isn’t a “shoot-’em-up” network, said network entertainment President Jennifer Salke.

The level of violence on television, in movies and video games has been looked at as a contributing factor – along with the availability of guns and a lack of mental-health services – in incidents such as the Dec. 14 attack in a Newtown, Conn., school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed.

Mass. couple dead, boy injured in condo fire

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – Fire tore through a northeastern Massachusetts condominium building, killing a couple in their late 60s or early 70s and injuring four of their relatives, including a 7-year-old boy who suffered serious burns, the state’s fire marshal said Sunday.

The fire in Chelmsford began about 11 p.m. Saturday. State Fire Marshal Stephen said he believes the fire started accidentally in the couple’s home on the top floor of the four-story building, one of several in the complex.

The victims’ names haven’t been released. Coan said the man who died used a wheelchair, which impeded efforts to get him out of the condo.

Fire officials said two adults and two children related to the couple were visiting them when the fire began. The boy was flown by helicopter to a Boston hospital to be treated for serious burns, while the others were taken to local hospitals. The boy’s condition wasn’t available Sunday.

Crews spend 4th day looking for skydiver

NORTH BEND, Wash. – Rescue crews spent their fourth consecutive day looking for a skydiver who vanished during a jump above Washington’s Cascade foothills, but found no sign of the Florida man by dusk.

King County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Cindi West says 100 searchers were near 4,200-foot Mount Si east of Seattle early Sunday to find 29-year-old Kurt Ruppert of Lake City, Fla.

Ruppert hasn’t been seen since he jumped out of a helicopter at 6,500 feet Thursday afternoon, wearing a special wing suit with fabric under the arms to allow him to glide like a flying squirrel.

Crews narrowed their search area Saturday, based on data from Ruppert’s cellphone and the helicopter’s flight path. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the search would continue today.

Associated Press