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Alarms, firework report investigated in fatal fire
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- The building where five members of one family died along with two other victims in an intense blaze had an alarm system, yet witnesses say no warning sounded. That's one thing investigators are focusing on, along with reports that sounds of fireworks or an explosion preceded the flames....
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Landmark thermometer relit after renovation
BAKER, Calif. (AP) -- A giant thermometer rising from the Southern California desert is once again a beacon for tourists headed to and from Las Vegas....
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1 woman dead in New Jersey rowhouse fire
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say one woman is dead in a rowhouse fire in New Jersey. Jersey City police and fire department spokesman Bob McHugh says the blaze broke out in the home's basement at around 10 p.m. Thursday. Three others in the single-family home were able to escape the flames. McHugh says the 32-year-old woman was found by firefighters on the top floor of the two-story home....
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California man who hoarded snakes is sentenced
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California teacher who had 400 snakes in his home, many of them dead or dying, pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to provide proper care for them....
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Gunman demanded to know ex-wife's whereabouts
SPRING, Texas (AP) -- A man charged with killing four children and their parents forced his way into the family's suburban Houston home, tied them up and shot them in the back of the head when they refused to tell him where his ex-wife was, authorities said Thursday....
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Central Washington wildfire grows dramatically
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- One central Washington wildfire has burned across 28 square miles in just two days while another has broken out in hot, tinder-dry conditions....
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Man left in DEA cell says lights were turned off
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A San Diego college student who was locked and handcuffed in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration cell for five days without food or water says he exchanged words with a man through his cell door just before a light was turned off....
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State: Michigan boy found in basement was abused
DETROIT (AP) -- A 12-year-old Detroit boy found in his basement after a widely publicized 11-day search was abused by his father and stepmother and forced to rise before dawn for intense workouts of 100 pushups and even more situps, according to Michigan's child-welfare agency....
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10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:...
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Slain author feared Ventura tale had eclipsed book
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Jurors in Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit on Thursday heard a slain military sniper say in a recording that he didn't want his book overshadowed by a story about his alleged bar fight with the former Minnesota governor....
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Guns found at teen slaying suspect's home in Tenn.
LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police found a store of firearms Thursday at the home of a 15-year-old boy charged with shooting a longtime member of the National Guard at a Tennessee armory as investigators explored possible motives, an official said....
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Fireworks reports checked in deadly apartment fire
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- A fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors....
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Arizona inmate's bid to postpone execution denied
PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday denied an Arizona death-row inmate's request to postpone his July 23 execution until officials reveal details about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death....
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Florida executes man for 1994 rape, murder of girl
STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida has executed a man for the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl....
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Police: Another body part found on Long Island
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- Police are investigating another body part found in a Long Island town....
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