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3 children among victims in New York City house fire

Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:52pm

A fast-moving fire killed five people, including three children, as flames surged through a New York City home on a sunny spring afternoon, leaving authorities to scour for clues about what sparked the deadly blaze.

Pilot killed in crash of replica WWI-era plane in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:50pm

Authorities say a pilot was killed when a replica World War I-era biplane crashed in a field on California's central coast.

Judge: Suspect in California school killings fit for trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:42pm

A California judge has decided that a defendant is mentally competent to stand trial for killing seven former classmates at a small Christian college in 2012.

College student killed during hammer throw at track meet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:41pm

A college student has died after being struck during a hammer-throw event at a track meet in suburban Chicago.

The Latest: California police ask for help to find boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:40pm

The Latest on a missing boy whose father was found passed out in a Los Angeles County park (all times local):

The Latest: Fire marshals begin fatal blaze investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:30pm

The Latest on a fire that killed five people, three of them children, in Queens (all times local):

Mother of South Carolina cold case suspect dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:00pm

A South Carolina woman whose son faces seven murder charges has died.

Restoration mantra has created a bump for logging

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 5:40pm

Logging is up in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest under the U.S. Forest Service timber program that focuses less on commercial sales and instead sees logs as a byproduct of restoration and efforts to cut the risk of fire.

Grand Canyon tram project stalls before Navajo council vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:54pm

A project to build a 1.6-mile tram that would take visitors into the Grand Canyon is on hold for a few months after failing to gain enough support from Navajo Nation lawmakers.

Convicted jihadist with California ties loses US citizenship

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:53pm

A federal judge revoked the U.S. citizenship of a man who prosecutors say ran a communications hub for an Egyptian terrorist group out of his Northern California apartment, authorities said.

Caldwell facing serious shortage of affordable housing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:50pm

The southwestern Idaho city of Caldwell has no vacancies for those seeking affordable housing, and there's a waiting list of nearly 500 families hoping for subsidized housing units.

Local bulldog named Drake University's beautiful bulldog

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:33pm

The blue tutu and diamond necklace that Prudence was wearing helped win over the judges at this year's Beautiful Bulldog contest at Drake University.

Scams push foreclosure fraud to limit, taking victims' homes

Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:02pm

The phone call came as Raymond Murray neared the bottom of his luck. His wife had died, his career had been ended by injuries, and struggling to get by on his disability check, he had scraped together just enough to pay a lawyer to avoid imminent foreclosure on his modest Brooklyn home.

US gas prices rise 3 cents over 2 weeks, to $2.46 a gallon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:33pm

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46.

Tight, tense French presidential vote echoes around world

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:05pm

Whatever the result of France's presidential election, the choice will resonate far beyond France's borders, from Syrian battlefields to Hong Kong trading floors and the halls of the U.N. Security Council.

Costs mount despite Waco motorcycle gang trials on hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:56pm

Costs are mounting for the Texas county where a fatal gunfight involving two motorcycle gangs and police led to the indictments of more than 150 bikers.

On Holocaust day, Netanyahu says its lessons guide him

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:30pm

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened Israel's annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II by saying the lessons of the Holocaust guide him daily and issuing a warning to Israel's enemies not to test it.

Rubik's cube competitions take hold in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:25pm

Competitions in which participants race to solve Rubik's cubes with their eyes closed or even with their feet have become popular in Utah nearly four decades after the puzzle was first introduced in the U.S.

New York reopens oldest surviving theater in Hudson

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:10pm

New York has renovated the state's oldest surviving theater.

North Carolina civil rights center faces conservative ire

Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:16pm

A center founded at the University of North Carolina by a civil rights attorney to help the poor and disenfranchised is the latest institution to come under fire from conservatives as they work to leave their mark on the state's higher education system.