4 dead in upstate NY group home fire
WELLS, N.Y. - Fire has killed four of the nine residents of a state-run group home in upstate New York.
Gov. David Paterson said the fire started around 5:30 a.m. Saturday in the Riverview group home operated by the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in the town of Wells. The community is about 60 miles northwest of Albany.
Office of Mental Retardation spokeswoman Nichole Weinstein said that when the fire alarm went off in the ranch-style house the two staff members on duty found the back section of the house fully engulfed in flames.
Weinstein characterized the residents as 'developmentally disabled and medically frail.'
The Hamilton County fire investigator and a state fire investigator were at the scene of the fire.
Officials: 4 kids killed in mobile home blaze
ST. PARIS, Ohio - The state fire marshal's office said four children have been killed in a mobile home fire in western Ohio.
State Fire Marshal's spokesman Shane Cartmill says firefighters responded to a heavy blaze in a mobile home park in St. Paris early Saturday. He said all four children were under age 12, but their names and ages have not been confirmed.
Cartmill said two adults and a baby escaped through a window, and at least one was injured.
Officials do not know if the people in the home were related. Cartmill said the home had a fire detector, but it wasn't functioning.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Brazen turkeys ruffle feathers at Mich. business
JACKSON, Mich.- Wild turkeys are turning into bullies in one Michigan town.
Tri-County International Trucks employee Dave Dodes told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that three of the birds scared a truck driver so much he stayed in his vehicle when he stopped at the truck service shop Friday.
He said a company worker had to create a diversion so the driver could escape, and the turkeys chased both men inside the building in an industrial area at the edge of Jackson, Mich.
Dodes said the birds had been seen near the building for a long time but only recently turned aggressive.
He said 'they're not afraid of traffic, and now they chase people around.'
Missing Italian statue found in couple's home
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A 350-year-old statue of a saint and former pope, taken from an Italian church nearly two decades ago, has been found in the home of a North Carolina couple who had no idea it was stolen, authorities said.
The intricately carved bust of St. Innocent will be returned to the church in Naples, Italy, U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement agents said.
The statue was one of 17 similar busts and two oil paintings taken from the church in November 1990. Authorities told The Charlotte Observer the trail went cold until two years ago, when officials in Rome let federal agents know an Italian citizen sold a similar statue to an antiques dealer from Greensboro.
Astronauts go on 2nd walk at space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronauts took another spacewalk at the international space station Saturday, this time to lighten the workload for future crews.
As soon as they floated outside, Steven Swanson and Joseph Acaba made their way all the way to the end of the space station's power-grid framework. They loosened bolts holding down batteries that will be replaced on the next shuttle visit in June.
Complete dino skeleton doesn't sell at auction
NEW YORK - A New York gallery says a 150-million-year-old complete skeleton of a dinosaur has failed to sell at auction.
Josh Chait of I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers said two museums interested in the fossil failed to meet the minimum price of nearly $300,000 during the auction Saturday. He declined to identify the two parties.
Chait said the gallery is still trying broker a deal to sell the 9-foot-long dryosaurus fossil to a museum. Dryosauruses were two-footed, plant-eating creatures.
The auction also included the 7-foot-tall complete skeleton of a 20,000-year-old wooly mammoth