Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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Wildfires burn LA homes
LOS ANGELES - Two wildfires driven by strong Santa Ana winds threatened neighborhoods near Los Angeles on Monday, killing a man, destroying several dozen mobile homes and forcing evacuations.
Firefighters were struggling with a 3,700-acre blaze in the San Fernando Valley's northeastern corner when a new blaze erupted at midmorning a few miles to the west in mountains above the Porter Ranch area and quickly grew to 2,000 acres.
NY blaze likely caused by play
NEW YORK - A blaze that claimed the lives of a couple and their three children in a Manhattan apartment was likely caused by a child playing with a lighter or matches, authorities said Monday.
The couple's 10-year-old son survived the fire Saturday, but remained hospitalized with critical injuries.
Two die in chopper crash
HOUSTON - A television station says two people died when its helicopter crashed in a rural area north of Houston.
KTRK, an affiliate of ABC, reported Monday that a pilot and a photographer were on their way to a shooting scene in Montgomery County when the news chopper crashed.
The station showed video of pieces of the helicopter smashed against a tree in a forested area with part of the station's logo visible on a piece of debris.
Pooh characters adorn vacant Mich. house
FLINT, Mich. - Characters from the beloved story of Winnie the Pooh are brightening one of the many vacant homes in the struggling industrial city of Flint.
Twenty-year-old Kristina Pringle has a sketch pad full of cartoon characters. Since August, she's been applying her hobby to beautifying an unoccupied house near her own home.