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Labor confirmation hearing delayed...4 Guatemala burn victims being treated in Texas...Landfill slide kills dozens in Ethiopia

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department has been delayed. Alexander Acosta had been slated to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday. But a spokesman for the panel's chairman, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, says the hearing will now be held on March 22. A scheduling conflict is blamed.

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Four burn victims have been flown from Guatemala to Texas to be treated at a Shriners Hospital in Galveston. They were injured in a fire that tore through a children's shelter after mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents. The death toll in the Wednesday fire rose to 40 today.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Officials in Ethiopia expect to find more bodies in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts Addis Ababa (AD'-ihs AB'-uh-buh). At least 46 people were killed when a mountain of trash gave way, and dozens are missing. One resident says about 150 people were at the landfill when the landslide occurred. Some people live there in homes built of mud and sticks.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania fire official injured in a crash while responding to a fatal house fire has died of his injuries. Police say Lt. Dennis DeVoe was on his way to his station in Harrisburg Friday when a vehicle that had been reported stolen went through a stop sign and struck DeVoe's vehicle. The fire he was responding to killed a 3-year-old girl and critically injured two other girls. It was blamed on a recharging hoverboard.

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A survey finds the average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline has gone up 2 cents during the past two weeks, to $2.35. The national average is 51 cents a gallon higher than a year ago. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says that despite the rise, gas prices are poised to dip slightly because crude oil costs are falling and refinery production is strong.

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