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Ranger: Yosemite rock fall kills 1, injures another

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — One person was killed Wednesday and another injured in a rock fall on the granite face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, an official said.

Rocks came crashing down at the height of climbing season with at least 30 climbers on the wall, ranger Scott Gediman said.

The injured person was taken to a hospital near the park. No names were immediately released.

El Capitan is one of the world’s largest granite monoliths towering vertically 4,000 feet from the Yosemite Valley floor.

Missing toddler declared dead; order opens door for lawsuit

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine toddler whose 2011 disappearance sparked a massive and ongoing investigation has been declared legally dead, clearing the way for her mother to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against her father.

Cumberland County Probate Judge Joseph Mazziotti on Wednesday issued a court order that toddler Ayla Reynolds died on or around Dec. 17, 2011. The judge says the preponderance of evidence supports the order.

The judge’s order allows Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, to file the lawsuit against Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro.

The father has told police he believes Ayla was abducted. Investigators who found blood in the father’s basement bedroom say they believe Ayla was killed.

No one has been charged with a crime.

Trista Reynolds’ attorney has said the goal of the lawsuit is to find out what happened to Ayla.