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Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire on the 700 block of W. Oakton that claimed the lives of 5 people, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Des Plaines, Ill. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)

Mother, 4 children killed in fire at suburban Chicago home

Jan. 27, 2021 9:57 PM EST

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — A mother and her four daughters were killed in a Wednesday fire that swept through their home in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, the city’s fire chief said. Killed in the fire in the two-story apartment building were Renata Espinosa, 6; Genesis Espinosa, 5; Allizon...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, people look at a house where five people were found dead after a fire in Denver. Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the fire that killed five recent immigrants, including two children, from the West African nation of Senegal, police said Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert, File)

3 teens arrested in house fire that killed 5 from Senegal

Jan. 27, 2021 7:16 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with a house fire in Denver that killed five recent immigrants, including two children, from the West African nation of Senegal, police said Wednesday. Chief Paul Pazen said the suspects — two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old — were...

This undated photo provided by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, in Florida, shows Joshua Colon. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, officials said that Colon, who had been recently named “Paramedic of the Year,” helped a supervisor steal COVID-19 vaccines meant for first responders. (Polk County Sheriff's Office via AP)

'Paramedic of the Year' accused of helping to steal vaccine

Jan. 26, 2021 7:26 PM EST

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who had been recently named “Paramedic of the Year” helped a supervisor steal COVID-19 vaccines meant for first responders, sheriff's officials said. Joshua Colon, 31, forged the vaccine screening and consent forms to help cover up the theft of three vials...

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, Tony Hsieh speaks during a Grand Rapids Economic Club luncheon in Grand Rapids, Mich. Hsieh, retired CEO of Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Zappos.com, has died. Hsieh was with family when he died Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, according to a statement from DTP Companies, which he founded. Downtown Partnership spokesperson Megan Fazio says Hsieh passed away in Connecticut, KLAS-TV reported. Hsieh recently retired from Zappos after 20 years leading the company. He worked to revitalize the Las Vegas area. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)

Officials: Cause of fire that killed Tony Hsieh undetermined

Jan. 26, 2021 3:49 PM EST

In the hours before the fire that killed Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of the online shoe retailer Zappos, two previous fires were extinguished in the shed where he slept and his brother and a friend checked on him in regular intervals before the final fire, according to a Connecticut investigator's report released...

Man charged in deadly shooting, setting vehicle on fire

Jan. 26, 2021 8:58 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been charged with killing a man last month and setting a vehicle containing his body on fire. Twenty-two-year-old Keith Hernandez, of Kansas City, is charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and burning and tampering with physical evidence in...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, SoCal Edison trucks arrive at the site of a transformer tower in Sylmar, Calif., suspected of being responsible for starting the Saddleridge fire. Southern California Edison will pay $2.2 billion to settle insurance claims from a deadly, destructive wildfire sparked by its equipment in 2018, the utility announced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa, File)

Utility to pay $2B settlement in deadly 2018 California fire

Jan. 25, 2021 9:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison will pay $2.2 billion to settle insurance claims from a deadly, destructive wildfire sparked by its equipment in 2018, the utility announced Monday. Edison, which acknowledged no wrongdoing, said the agreement covers all claims in pending lawsuits from...

Several injured in St. Louis County house fire

Jan. 25, 2021 9:35 AM EST

AFFTON, Mo. (AP) — Four people are hospitalized after fire broke out at a St. Louis County home. Authorities say the fire was reported at 9:40 a.m. Sunday. Several fire departments responded and firefighters say five people were inside the home. St. Louis County police say a 7-year-old child is...

FILE - This file photo from exclusive video provided by San Francisco TV station KGO-TV, made late Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, shows Derick Ion Almena, right, and Micah Allison, the couple who operated the Ghost Ship warehouse where dozens died in a fire, at an Oakland, Calif., courthouse. Almena, facing a second trial after a 2016 fire killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse he's accused of illegally converting into a cluttered artists enclave, is expected to plead guilty later this month, relatives of several of the victims said. Almena, 50, is expected to plead guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter on Jan. 22, 2021. (KGO-TV via AP, File)

Man pleads guilty to deaths of 36 people in warehouse fire

Jan. 22, 2021 5:38 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished when a fire ignited during a 2016 dance party pleaded guilty Friday to the deaths, avoiding a second trial after the first ended in a hung jury. Derick Almena, 50, pleaded guilty to 36 counts of...

Man charged in deaths of 36 people in 2016 San Francisco Bay Area warehouse fire pleads guilty, avoiding second trial

Jan. 22, 2021 1:14 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Man charged in deaths of 36 people in 2016 San Francisco Bay Area warehouse fire pleads guilty, avoiding second trial.
Smoke rises from the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker that is manufacturing the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine for the coronavirus, in Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

5 killed in blaze at Indian producer of COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 21, 2021 8:35 PM EST

PUNE, India (AP) — At least five people were killed in a fire that broke out Thursday at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, officials said. The company said the blaze would not affect production of the COVID-19 vaccine. Murlidhar...