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Weather helps corral wildfire...700 flights canceled in Chicago...4 college softball players killed in crash

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 27, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.



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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a Northern California wildfire is now 78 percent contained, after firefighters got some help from cool, wet weather. The King Fire has burned more than 150 square miles of a heavily forested region east of Sacramento, destroying about a dozen homes. About 300 structures are still threatened, down from about 21,000 earlier this week. More than 6,400 firefighters will continue to work on strengthening containment lines.

CHICAGO (AP) — Yesterday's fire at a suburban Chicago flight control center was quickly extinguished, but its effects are still being felt. More than 700 flights have been canceled today at Chicago's two international airports. Authorities say a contract employee started the fire in the basement of the Aurora control center and then attempted to commit suicide by slashing his throat.

DAVIS, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says four members of a North Texas community college women's softball team were killed when a tractor trailer collided with their bus last night on a highway south of Oklahoma City. Police say a tractor-trailer crossed the center median on Interstate 35 near Davis and collided with the women's southbound bus. Three women are in the hospital. Eight other team members and the coach driving the bus were treated and released.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The suspect in the abduction of a University of Virginia sophomore is back in Virginia, being held without bond at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail. Jesse Matthew was extradited from Texas late yesterday after he was found camping on a beach near Galveston. Meanwhile, the search for 18-year-old Hannah Graham continues. Searchers and canine units are fanning out across the hills outside of Charlottesville, looking for the 18-year-old who was reported missing Sept. 14.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who won a national contest to name the newest Goodyear blimp has been treated to a ride on the airship. Charlotte White spent about an hour flying aboard the "Wingfoot One" as her reward for coming up with the name. Goodyear's corporate symbol is the "Wingfoot," invoking Mercury, the speedy Roman god of commerce, trade and messages. The semi-rigid airship that was christened last month is longer, wider and faster than Goodyear's other two U.S.-based blimps and can hover like a helicopter.

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