Salt Lake City: Hospital Checks 9 Firefighters after Station Catches Fire

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nine Salt Lake City firefighters who escaped a fire that erupted at their own station have been taken to a hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation. Authorities say the building caught fire early Tuesday. Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay says in a statement that the nine firefighters fled the building and then quickly returned with a truck to fight the blaze. Two dozen additional firefighters soon joined them. When the fire was extinguished, the nine were taken to a hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation. Continue Reading

Could Have Fooled Anyone: Nebraska Police Find Pot Inside Container Labeled ‘Not Weed’

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been cited for possessing pot inside a container that had been slapped with a label reading: “Not Weed.” The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Lancaster County deputies stopped the man’s vehicle around 9 p.m. Saturday. Officers found the plastic sour cream container during a search of his car, and the driver acknowledged that the pot belonged to him. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and cited for having less than an ounce of marijuana. Continue Reading

Cleveland Police: Boy Shot by Cop Died because of His Own Actions

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland says it isn’t to blame for the death of a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police near a recreation center. In court documents, the city says Tamir Rice’s injuries and the subsequent complaints for damages were the result of his own actions and a failure “to exercise due care to avoid injury.” That’s among 20 defenses in Cleveland’s response to a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Tamir’s family. The city also says it didn’t violate Tamir’s federal rights and is entitled to certain legal immunities. An officer responding to a call about someone with a firearm shot the boy on Nov. Continue Reading

NASA Spacecraft Nears Second Stop: Dwarf Planet Ceres

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is preparing to rendezvous with the largest object in the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. The Dawn craft is on target to slip into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday after a three-year journey. It’ll be the second stop for Dawn, which earlier visited the asteroid Vesta. Dawn has been snapping pictures of Ceres as it nears the Texas-sized object. Continue Reading

Nurse who Survived Ebola says Hospital Failed Her

DALLAS (AP) — A nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease tells a newspaper that the hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her during the medical crisis. Nina Pham tells The Dallas Morning News she is preparing to file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources. Pham says she continues to suffer from body aches and insomnia after contracting Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan, who died after catching the disease during an outbreak in West Africa. Wendell Watson, a spokesman for Texas Health Resources, says the hospital system continues “to support and wish the best for her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this matter.” Continue Reading

Christie to Calif. Republicans: No Rush to Pick 2016 Nominee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is telling California Republicans the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pundits and donors. Christie addressed about 500 lunch guests Saturday at the California Republican Party’s convention in Sacramento. He says news stories in the coming months will say Republicans can’t afford a long nomination battle and should “unite behind whatever candidate appears to have the most money, the most endorsements or the best press coverage.” But he reminded the audience that former California Gov. Ronald Reagan didn’t win the presidential nomination until May 1980, and President Barack Obama didn’t win the Democratic nomination until June 2008. Continue Reading

Seven Killed in Missouri Shootings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says seven people have been killed in overnight shootings in southeastern Missouri and that the gunman is also dead. Sergeant Jeff Kinder says the 36-year-old suspect was found dead in Shannon County early Friday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators say the attacks took place in multiple locations in and around the town of Tyrone, in Texas County, about 40 miles north of the Arkansas border. Authorities have not named the victims or the gunman. Continue Reading

Custom Dress Worn by Lupita Nyong’o at Oscars Stolen

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of a $150,000 pearl-adorned dress worn by actress Lupita Nyong’o at Sunday’s Academy Awards. Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Bowman says the dress was reported stolen from a West Hollywood hotel around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. The ivory Calvin Klein dress featured 6,000 pearls of various sizes. Detectives are reviewing whether security footage is available that would aid the investigation. Continue Reading

NY Transit Officials Review Safety After Train-Car Collision

NEW YORK (AP) — The chairman of New York’s transportation agency says officials are reviewing safety practices at railroad crossings after an SUV drove onto the tracks and collided with a commuter train. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast said Wednesday the agency is partnering with a nonprofit that educates the public about the dangers at railroad crossings. The crossing where the crash occurred in the Westchester County community of Valhalla has no barrier between the street and the tracks. Prendergast said such crossings present safety issues. He said it would cost millions to build an overpass or tunnel at the many street-level crossings on the Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road. Continue Reading