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Heat, humidity grips East Coast as central US sees reprieve

Jul. 21, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of heat and humidity in a stretch of weather so oppressive that a New Jersey drawbridge got stuck, Pennsylvania firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion and police departments from New York City to suburban Boston implored residents...

Owners of record-setting cats killed in fire sue chair-maker

Jul. 17, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The suburban Detroit owners of two record-setting cats killed in a house fire have filed a lawsuit blaming the maker of a massage chair for the blaze. William and Lauren Powers of Farmington Hills seek more than $1 million in damages from Fremont, Calif.-based American...

1 dead, 15 hurt in California home gas explosion

Jul. 15, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — A natural gas explosion destroyed a Southern California home, killed a gas company worker and injured more than a dozen other people Monday, authorities said. The explosion shortly after noon sent up a wall of fire and smoke and rocked nearby homes before the gas was shut off and...

The Latest: California home gas blast kills 1, injures 15

Jul. 15, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an explosion that destroyed a home in Southern California (all times local): 7: 30 p.m. Authorities say everyone has been accounted for after a natural gas explosion that blew apart a Southern California home and killed a gas company worker. The blast shortly after...

Suburban Chicago mother fatally shoots teen sons, herself

Jul. 15, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

ELMHURST, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a Chicago-area mother fatally shot her two teenage sons before setting their house on fire and turning the gun on herself. The DuPage County sheriff's office says 43-year-old Jamie M. Jones killed 16-year-old Jason M. Harris and 19-year-old Nathan A. Harris in their...

Man accused in slayings of son, 3 others pleads not guilty

Jul. 12, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man accused of killing four people including his ex-girlfriend and their 6-year-old son pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder Friday. Armond Johnson Sr., 26, appeared in court for the first time since his arrest on Tuesday. He is being held on a $5 million bail. Authorities said in a...

3 dead, 2 seriously injured in house fire

Jul. 10, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two adults and a 6-year-old girl were killed and two others were seriously injured in a house fire in New York, authorities said. The blaze was reported Wednesday afternoon in a two-story home in East Elmhurst in Queens. About 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was declared...

Artists' warehouse founder: City visited, had no complaints

Jul. 9, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The founder of an artists' collective in a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse that caught fire two years ago, killing 36, said that the many police, fire and other officials who visited the communal live-work space never notified him it might be a fire hazard. Derick Almena, 49, took...

Hoverboard fire lawsuit against Amazon can move forward

Jul. 9, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee family can press its lawsuit against online retailer Amazon over a hoverboard fire that destroyed their home, an appeals court has ruled, saying the company was aware of complaints about the devices catching fire and exploding. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals'...

Man held on $5M bail in mobile home fire that killed 4

Jul. 8, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Bail has been set at $5 million for a man arrested in connection with a Washington mobile home fire where the bodies of four people believed to be his wife and three children were found. Matthew Timothy Wetherington appeared Monday in a Clallam County court in Port Angeles. "The...