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Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

Aug. 17, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding...

Neighbors injured while saving child from burning home

Aug. 16, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two people are being treated for injuries in Missouri after entering a neighbor's burning home to rescue a child. The St. Louis Fire Department says a blaze broke out Thursday afternoon at a home on the city's south side. The department says two neighbors rescued a child and were injured...

Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze

Aug. 15, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A couple whose flattened trailer tire accidentally started a massive fire in Northern California has received more than 100 cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty. The outpouring of support for an 81-year-old man and his wife started after Rachel...

Police: Man flies plane into his home after fight with wife

Aug. 13, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

PAYSON, Utah (AP) — A Utah man flew a small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said. The pilot, Duane Youd, died. His wife and a child who were in the home...

Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California

Aug. 10, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters fought to spare homes Friday from a growing Southern California forest fire, a day after flames came perilously close to neighborhoods and destroyed one house. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties as the fire carved its...

The Latest: Winds still driving Southern California fire

Aug. 10, 2018 11:32 PM EDT

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Gusty winds continue to drive a wildfire through the Cleveland National Forest south of Los Angeles and crews are still struggling to keep the flames away from homes. Fire officials say the blaze near homes in the...

Man says he killed city worker over yard rule 'harassment'

Aug. 10, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who shot and killed a city worker, torched her truck and set his neighbor's house on fire told witnesses that he did it after "years of harassment" over laws requiring cleanup of trash and weeds outside his home, police said Friday. Kevin Wayne Billings, 64, said the code...

Police: Mom sets herself on fire, kills herself and twins

Aug. 9, 2018 8:31 PM EDT

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — Northern California police say a woman set herself on fire inside her home last weekend, killing herself and her twin 14-year-old daughters. Vallejo police Capt. Lee Horton said Thursday that 47-year-old Mau Dao's suicide also injured her 11-year-old daughter. He says detectives are...

Police fatally shoot Florida man after standoff at home

Aug. 8, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Police in South Florida fatally shot a man who started a fire inside his home and confronted officers who had responded to the scene. WPLG-TV reported that a man called the television station about 3 a.m. Wednesday and requested a reporter be sent to his home in Hollywood because...

Oklahoma mom charged with stabbing daughter to stand trial

Aug. 7, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman accused of stabbing her 11-year-old daughter 50 to 70 times, hitting her in the head with an ax, then setting their home on fire has been ordered to stand trial. Tulsa County court records indicate that 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad waived her right to a preliminary...