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  • 911 caller warns of gas leak before fatal Wisconsin blast

    SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — Recordings show a construction worker called 911 to warn he could smell and hear a leak from a broken gas main, just before a massive explosion killed a firefighter and destroyed six buildings in southern Wisconsin. The worker told the dispatcher, “it’s bad,” after explaining a main had been struck […]
  • The Latest: Condemned killer meets with priests, friends

    LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Robert Van Hook (all times local): 8:45 a.m. An Ohio prisons spokeswoman says a condemned killed set for execution has spent the morning meeting with Roman Catholic priests and friends. Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says Robert Van Hook spent much of the night lying on his […]
  • Lawmakers confront May in rowdy House of Commons session

    LONDON (AP) — Lawmakers confronted U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on her plans for leaving the European Union on Wednesday, with testy exchanges in the House of Commons underscoring her weakening grip on power. May’s weekly question-and-answer session in Parliament came just days after her plans for exiting the EU were narrowly approved — but […]
  • “Starry Night” can stay on Florida home, mayor to apologize

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mayor must apologize to a couple fined thousands of dollars for having their home’s exterior painted to emulate a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece. The Orlando Sentinel reports the Mount Dora City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday that Lubomir Jastrzebski and Nancy Nemhauser can keep the blue-and-yellow paint swirled on their […]
  • US housing starts tumbled 12.3 percent in June

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders sharply curtailed the pace of construction in June as housing starts plummeted 12.3 percent. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million from 1.34 million in May. June’s pace of construction was the lowest since September 2017. Housing starts plunged […]
  • Man pleads guilty to killing man with samurai sword

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2008 death of a man found stabbed with his own samurai sword. The Republican newspaper reports that 25-year-old Ismael Rodriguez was sentenced Tuesday to up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing 45-year-old Humberto Brindis, of Holyoke. […]
  • In battle for Putin’s affections, cupid favors Xi over Trump

    BEIJING (AP) — In the race to woo Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping is beating Donald Trump. Trump’s quest to kindle a bromance with the Russian president has made some Americans squirm. His gushy performance in Helsinki, expressing confidence in Putin instead of U.S. intelligence agencies, ignited outrage across the political spectrum back home. Should […]
  • Giant pyramid tourist attraction burns in northern Illinois

    WADSWORTH, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say fire severely damaged a giant pyramid home that doubles as a tourist attraction in northern Illinois. Gurnee Fire Department firefighters responded to a report that an elderly man in a wheelchair and his dog were trapped by the fire at the Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth Tuesday afternoon. Fire […]
  • Woman with $92K in unpaid tolls and fees gets probation

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman who racked up more than $92,000 in unpaid tolls and fees for evading hundreds of tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike during a five-year period has pleaded guilty to theft of services. Lori Yearick entered her plea Tuesday. The 45-year-old Mount Joy woman was then sentenced to two years of […]
  • 3 victims identified after Florida Everglades plane crash

    MIAMI (AP) — Authorities have identified three victims of a collision involving two small planes over the Florida Everglades. In a Miami Herald report, Miami-Dade Police said 22-year-old Jorge Sanchez, 72-year-old Ralph Knight and 19-year-old Nisha Sejwal were killed Tuesday in the crash about 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) west of Miami Executive Airport. Police continued […]