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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Photographer uses drone, thermal camera to help find missing 6-year-old

The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office estimates some 600 people volunteered to search for Ethan, a 6-year-old boy who wandered away after school on Tuesday. The search for the boy went well into the night. Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, a local photographer says he took his drone with thermal imaging to help with the search. Steve Fines says it was the first time he's used his thermal camera and drone to look for a person. As the volunteers faced the dark of night, around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, Fines literally found brightness. In the image on his screen he saw what looked like a dog wagging its tail. The Sherburne County Sheriff says the department is in the process of getting its own drone with thermal imaging to use in cases like this. They're currently waiting on FAA approval.

Rep. Elijah Cummings dead at 68

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68. Throughout his career, Cummings used his voice to highlight the struggles and needs of inner-city residents. He was a firm believer in some much-debated approaches to help the poor and addicted, such as needle exchange programs as a way to reduce the spread of AIDS. Cummings' long career spanned decades in Maryland politics. He rose through the ranks of the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in a special election in 1996.

Minneapolis residents tire of illegal junk dumping

Illegal dumping is a problem plaguing many Minneapolis residents, and city officials say it's been a problem for some time. Surveillance video shows a box truck unloading a refrigerator and pulling away, and photographs show a totaled Porsche dropped in a Minneapolis alley for someone else to clean up. Neighbors and city officials suspect at least some of the junk is dumped by people who live outside city limits because they know Minneapolis will pick it up. Each resident in Minneapolis is allowed to throw out two large items, like mattresses, every week. That's included in their garbage bill. But if the junk dumped by someone else goes beyond that free number, and the resident can't haul it to a city dumping site, then the resident is stuck holding the bill.

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