5 killed in Idaho house fire after electrical short

An extension cord hooked to an electric grill on a porch shorted out and started a house fire that killed five people Saturday morning, a northern Idaho fire official says. Orofino Fire Chief Mike Lee said the house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived after a neighbor reported the fire at 1:38 a.m.

He said smoke inhalation likely killed the two adults and three teens whose bodies were also badly burned in the blaze. He said the dead were a family of four plus a teenage friend who was sleeping over to help celebrate a birthday. He said he didn’t know the genders of the teens who died. Lee said two of the teens attended the local school that houses 7th through 12th grade, and that one was home schooled. Continue Reading

Medal of Honor soldier killed in Korean War to receive hero's burial

The remains of a soldier awarded the Medal of Honor after being killed in the Korean War will be returned to his relatives for burial with full military honors more than 62 years after his death, officials announced this week. Army Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr., of Washington, Ind., will be buried April 17 in Arlington National Cemetery, officials from the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office said. Faith, a veteran of World War II who continued to serve in the Army during the Korean War, was seriously injured by shrapnel on Dec. 1, 1950, and died a day later from those injuries. Continue Reading

3 missing in 2 avalanches east of Seattle

Authorities in Washington state say three people are missing after two avalanches in the mountains near Snoqualmie Pass. KOMO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/17xZzAA ) one avalanche occurred Saturday afternoon off Exit 47 from Interstate 90. The King County Sheriff’s office says two people were injured and one is missing. Two people also are missing from the second avalanche, near the Alpental Ski Area off I-90. Both avalanches occurred as heavy snow was falling in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle. Continue Reading

Police say homeless man sets California man on fire

Police say a homeless man set a 63-year-old California man on fire outside a 7-Eleven store by throwing a flammable substance inside the man’s parked SUV. Long Beach Sgt. Aaron Eaton says the man suffered severe burns in the Friday evening attack. Bystanders helped douse the flames and 38-year-old Raymond Sean Clark was arrested a block away. Eaton says the attacker and victim apparently didn’t know each other and the motive was murky. Continue Reading

Ex-AP writer McArthur, who covered Vietnam, dies

Former Associated Press foreign correspondent George McArthur, who reported all over the world and spent years in Saigon covering the Vietnam war, has died. He was 88. His wife, Eva Kim McArthur said he died Friday night in a hospice in Fairfax County, Va., of complications from a stroke. Born in the Deep South, McArthur was one of several youthful AP staffers first dispatched to Seoul after communist North Korea’s invasion of South Korea in 1950. He later reported from Paris, Cairo and Manila, serving as AP bureau chief at the latter two posts. Continue Reading

North Texas man charged with 'terroristic threat'

Kaufman County authorities say the former justice of the peace has been charged with making a “terroristic threat.” A Kaufman County Jail spokesperson said Saturday that Eric Williams is in custody and is scheduled to go in front of a judge Saturday morning, where bond will be set. Federal and local authorities had searched Williams’ home on Friday as part of an investigation into the March 30 slayings of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. Two months earlier, assistant DA Mark Hasse was fatally shot as he was leaving work in Kaufman, about 30 miles southeast of Dallas. Williams hasn’t been named as a suspect in any of the deaths. Continue Reading

Kerry: US, China pledge to work together on NKorea

U.S. and Chinese leaders said Saturday that their countries are committed to finding a peaceful way to ensure a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. “We are determined to make that goal a reality,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after talks with Chinese officials and before having dinner with China’s foreign policy chief, Yang Jiechi. “China and the United States must together take steps in order to achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula. And today we agreed that further discussions to bear down very quickly with great specificity on exactly how we will accomplish this goal,” America’s top diplomat told reporters. Yang, speaking through an interpreter, said China was “firmly committed to upholding peace and stability and advancing the denuclearization process on the Korean peninsula. Continue Reading

3 found fatally shot in Topeka home, Kansas police search for person of interest

Police say three people have been found shot to death inside a home in Topeka, Kan. Topeka police Lt. Scott Gilchrist says officers and emergency medical responders arrived after getting a 911 call around 9:15 p.m. local time Friday from a woman at the home reporting that several people had been shot. He declined to give any identifying information about the three people who were found dead, including whether they lived in the house. Gilchrist tells the Topeka Capital-Journal that police were searching for a person of interest. He says the person isn’t believed to be a threat to the general public. Continue Reading

Workers at Philly abortion clinic saw few options

They say they were just doing what the boss trained them to do. But eight former employees of a run-down West Philadelphia abortion clinic now face prison time for the work they did for Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Three have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. And Gosnell, 72, is on trial in the deaths of a patient and seven babies allegedly born alive. In testimony at the capital murder trial this past month, an unlicensed doctor and untrained aides described long, chaotic days at the clinic. Continue Reading