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oakland battalion chief: 1 dead, 4 hospitalized in 3-story residential fire


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oakland fire battalion chief fears 1 dead in 3-story residential blaze


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south san francisco: three-alarm fire displaces 14


south san francisco — a three-alarm fire tore through a south city apartment complex wednesday afternoon, destroying three units and displacing 14 people, authorities said.no people or pets were injured in the blaze, which was reported at 4:50 p.m. in the 600 block of olive avenue, said battalion chief matthew samson of the south san francisco fire department. the residents had all evacuated by the time firefighters arrived.second and third alarms were called as the flames spread through the seven-unit complex.a contingent of 11 engines, three trucks and five battalion chiefs responded to the fire, which was knocked down just before 6 p.m.“it took a good amount of effort to contain and suppress,” samson said.three apartment units were significantly damaged and 14 people were displaced, sai






fire in oakland: firefighters battle 4-alarm blaze


oakland, calif. -- a four-alarm fire swept through an oakland residential building early monday, killing at least two residents including one who was not able to escape the deadly blaze, cbs san francisco reports.oakland fire battalion chief erik logan also said monday that two residents of the building are missing.logan says two adults and two children who were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries will be released later in the day.firefighters battle an early morning apartment fire mon., march 27, 2017, in oakland, calif. ap dazed oakland residents who escaped report being wakened by neighbors’ screams and the popping of windows grown too hot from the heat. residents said they didn’t see or feel any sprinklers as they ran out, and no one reported hearing fire alarms in t






gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


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gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: long time ole smoky candy kitchen employee speaks on economic impact of fires | 0:47ole smoky candy kitchen employee patsy reagan speaks about business since the november wildfire. 1 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: firestorm devastates gatlinburg | 0:33a look back at the nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that devastated the gatlinburg area. don jacobs2 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: a look at chimney tops trail post-wildfire | 2:13great smoky mountains national park spokeswoman dana soehn talks about the damage done on the iconic chimney tops trail on thursday, feb. 16, 2017. caitie mcmekin3 of 63closeskip in skipxembe






gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: long time ole smoky candy kitchen employee speaks on economic impact of fires | 0:47ole smoky candy kitchen employee patsy reagan speaks about business since the november wildfire. 1 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: firestorm devastates gatlinburg | 0:33a look back at the nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that devastated the gatlinburg area. don jacobs2 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: a look at chimney tops trail post-wildfire | 2:13great smoky mountains national park spokeswoman dana soehn talks about the damage done on the iconic chimney tops trail on thursday, feb. 16, 2017. caitie mcmekin3 of 63closeskip in skipxembe






gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: long time ole smoky candy kitchen employee speaks on economic impact of fires | 0:47ole smoky candy kitchen employee patsy reagan speaks about business since the november wildfire. 1 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: firestorm devastates gatlinburg | 0:33a look back at the nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that devastated the gatlinburg area. don jacobs2 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: a look at chimney tops trail post-wildfire | 2:13great smoky mountains national park spokeswoman dana soehn talks about the damage done on the iconic chimney tops trail on thursday, feb. 16, 2017. caitie mcmekin3 of 63closeskip in skipxembe






gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: long time ole smoky candy kitchen employee speaks on economic impact of fires | 0:47ole smoky candy kitchen employee patsy reagan speaks about business since the november wildfire. 1 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: firestorm devastates gatlinburg | 0:33a look back at the nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that devastated the gatlinburg area. don jacobs2 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: a look at chimney tops trail post-wildfire | 2:13great smoky mountains national park spokeswoman dana soehn talks about the damage done on the iconic chimney tops trail on thursday, feb. 16, 2017. caitie mcmekin3 of 63closeskip in skipxembe






gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: long time ole smoky candy kitchen employee speaks on economic impact of fires | 0:47ole smoky candy kitchen employee patsy reagan speaks about business since the november wildfire. 1 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: firestorm devastates gatlinburg | 0:33a look back at the nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that devastated the gatlinburg area. don jacobs2 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: a look at chimney tops trail post-wildfire | 2:13great smoky mountains national park spokeswoman dana soehn talks about the damage done on the iconic chimney tops trail on thursday, feb. 16, 2017. caitie mcmekin3 of 63closeskip in skipxembe






gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: long time ole smoky candy kitchen employee speaks on economic impact of fires | 0:47ole smoky candy kitchen employee patsy reagan speaks about business since the november wildfire. 1 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: firestorm devastates gatlinburg | 0:33a look back at the nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that devastated the gatlinburg area. don jacobs2 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: a look at chimney tops trail post-wildfire | 2:13great smoky mountains national park spokeswoman dana soehn talks about the damage done on the iconic chimney tops trail on thursday, feb. 16, 2017. caitie mcmekin3 of 63closeskip in skipxembe






gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: long time ole smoky candy kitchen employee speaks on economic impact of fires | 0:47ole smoky candy kitchen employee patsy reagan speaks about business since the november wildfire. 1 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: firestorm devastates gatlinburg | 0:33a look back at the nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that devastated the gatlinburg area. don jacobs2 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: a look at chimney tops trail post-wildfire | 2:13great smoky mountains national park spokeswoman dana soehn talks about the damage done on the iconic chimney tops trail on thursday, feb. 16, 2017. caitie mcmekin3 of 63closeskip in skipxembe






gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: long time ole smoky candy kitchen employee speaks on economic impact of fires | 0:47ole smoky candy kitchen employee patsy reagan speaks about business since the november wildfire. 1 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: firestorm devastates gatlinburg | 0:33a look back at the nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that devastated the gatlinburg area. don jacobs2 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: a look at chimney tops trail post-wildfire | 2:13great smoky mountains national park spokeswoman dana soehn talks about the damage done on the iconic chimney tops trail on thursday, feb. 16, 2017. caitie mcmekin3 of 63closeskip in skipxembe






gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: long time ole smoky candy kitchen employee speaks on economic impact of fires | 0:47ole smoky candy kitchen employee patsy reagan speaks about business since the november wildfire. 1 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: firestorm devastates gatlinburg | 0:33a look back at the nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that devastated the gatlinburg area. don jacobs2 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: a look at chimney tops trail post-wildfire | 2:13great smoky mountains national park spokeswoman dana soehn talks about the damage done on the iconic chimney tops trail on thursday, feb. 16, 2017. caitie mcmekin3 of 63closeskip in skipxembe






gatlinburg took $19m tourism hit after november wildfire


closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: long time ole smoky candy kitchen employee speaks on economic impact of fires | 0:47ole smoky candy kitchen employee patsy reagan speaks about business since the november wildfire. 1 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: firestorm devastates gatlinburg | 0:33a look back at the nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that devastated the gatlinburg area. don jacobs2 of 63closeskip in skipxembedxsharevideos: gatlinburg, sevier county wildfiresvideo: a look at chimney tops trail post-wildfire | 2:13great smoky mountains national park spokeswoman dana soehn talks about the damage done on the iconic chimney tops trail on thursday, feb. 16, 2017. caitie mcmekin3 of 63closeskip in skipxembe






man survives fall into red river in downtown fargo


fargo, n.d. — authorities say a man has survived a fall into a dangerous stretch of the red river in downtown fargo.the man was walking on the rock riprap at the bottom of a dam when he fell into the river saturday afternoon. the current in that area is treacherous but he was able to make it to shore.fargo fire department battalion chief chris rasmussen says a passer-by put the man in a car to keep him warm until first responders arrived. he was treated at the scene by f-m ambulance and then taken to a hospital to be checked for possible hypothermia.kfgo-am (http://bit.ly/2nctt6r ) reports the man's name and condition are not available.






yiannopoulos responds to video posted by conservative site


los angeles — right-wing provocateur milo yiannopoulos was trying to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men after a conservative site posted a collection of edited video clips that set social media abuzz.after the polarizing breitbart news editor was invited this weekend to speak at the annual conservative political action conference sparked a backlash, the reagan battalion tweeted video clips sunday in which yiannopoulos discusses jews, sexual consent, statutory rape, child abuse and homosexuality.yiannopoulos wrote on facebook blamed deceptive editing and his own "sloppy phrasing" for any indication he supported pedophilia.the british author says he spoke of his own relationship when he was 17 with a man who was 29. the age of consent in the u.k. is 16.it's unc






two hurt in brooklyn park apartment fire


an early morning fire left five residents of a brooklyn park apartment building without a place to live.flames were seen coming from a building and a dumpster at the windsor gates apartments on the 6200 block of 78th avenue n. about 12:20 a.m. monday. the fire on the first floor spread quickly, said dan smith, battalion chief of operations for the brooklyn park fire department.the fire grew to four alarms and took hours to put out, he said.one resident and one firefighter were hurt.crews remained on the scene to check for spots in concealed roof spaces, smith said.






multi-car crash spurs i-680 traffic alert – the mercury news


concord — a traffic collision involving five vehicles forced the california highway patrol to issue a sig-alert and close multiple lanes of interstate 680 wednesday afternoon, authorities said.the crash was reported just before 2 p.m., and officers responded to southbound i-680 lanes near the concord boulevard off-ramp, chp officer ron simmons said.by 2:30 p.m., all but two right-hand i-680 lanes had reopened to traffic.the contra costa fire protection district also responded with 10 firefighters aboard three engines and a battalion chief, fire district spokesman robert marshall said.three ambulances also responded, and at least one person was taken to a hospital for treatment, marshall said.check back for updates.contact george kelly at 408-859-5180.






1 dead, 4 injured as san jose-bound plane crashes in riverside – the mercury new


riverside — one person is dead and four are injured after a plane crashed into a house in riverside, said riverside fire department battalion chief david bakas.the crash, just before 4:45 p.m., set several houses ablaze on rhonda avenue, in a neighborhood just east of riverside municipal airport.neighbors say it felt like an earthquake that was followed by a “big orange ball of fire.”the plane had just taken off, airport manager kim ellis said.faa spokesman ian gregor said the plane was a cessna 310 whose destination was san jose. the circumstances of the crash were not immediately known, gregor said.the plane, which was built in 1974 is registered to hijazi nouril, of san jose, according to faa records.h.l. reyes lives about a mile from the scene and said she felt what seemed like a small






suspect explodes bomb, dies at bangladesh security camp


new delhi — a suspected militant died friday when he exploded a bomb at the future headquarters of a bangladesh security agency, officials said.the elite rapid action battalion comprises military and police personnel and has conducted numerous raids on militant hideouts over the years. its future headquarters is being constructed at a site in the ashkona area, opposite dhaka's international airport.the explosion happened when security officials challenged the man as he entered the camp, rapid action battalion spokesman mufti mahmud khan said.some security officials were in the camp, but it was not immediately known whether the blast caused any other deaths or injuries.the suspect died at the scene. khan said security agencies did not have any clue about the identity of the suspect or invol






outcry over firefighters making up to $400,000


san ramon, calif. -- despite ever-tightening budgets, hefty paydays are actually becoming the norm for a lot of firefighters.in 2015, some firefighters with the san ramon valley fire district were making as much as $400,000 a year in total compensation, cbs san francisco reports. more than half of the full-time employees at the department make more than $300,000 in total compensation a year, according to data collected by the watchdog group transparent california. “does it make sense that a battalion chief in san ramon should earn $300,000 when our governor only earns $180,000 a year in compensation?” said jack weir, president of the contra costa taxpayers association.but one department said that paying out a lot of overtime is actually saving taxpayers money.san ramon valley fire chief pa






uk troops in estonia to deter 'russian aggression'


media captiontroops and tanks set off for estonia in nato deploymentthe first of 800 uk troops being sent to bolster nato defences in the baltic have arrived in estonia.the 120 soldiers from the 5th battalion the rifles will set up a uk headquarters in the country before the remaining troops arrive in april.the defence secretary said they would deter "russian aggression".the uk is taking a leading role in nato's "enhanced forward presence" operation, aimed at reinforcing the alliance's eastern border.tensions between estonia and russia increased as a result of the ukraine conflict, which resulted in the annexation of crimea by russia in 2014.commander of the battalion lt col mark wilson said the british force would "integrate into the estonian defence force, and bolster their capabilities"






naked man rescued from vent at napa sandwich shop – the mercury news


napa  — a naked man was rescued from a hollow vent shaft on the exterior of a togo’s sandwich shop in napa on tuesday morning, according to firefighters.emergency crews were dispatched to 269 soscol ave. around 8:30 a.m. on report of a man stuck in a vent shaft.when they arrived, they found that a door panel on the roof had been forced open and someone made access into a void space in the roof before falling into the shaft on the side of the building.“we found him in a fetal position when we opened the space from the exterior,” battalion chief charlie rhodes said. “it was an unusual rescue for us.”rhodes did not know the extent of the man’s injuries, but said he was transported to a hospital.rhodes referred further questions about the case to the napa police department. copyright © 2017 by






the fire department where no one wants to be chief, montreal widens search as va


montreal — no one, it seems, wants to lead quebec’s largest and busiest fire service. the montreal fire department has now gone without a chief longer than anytime in the past 80 years.the last director of the department, françois massé, quit at the end of september, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. and it is an open secret that no one from outside the service and only one person from inside applied for his job. the hopeful was low enough on the management ladder to prompt the department to extend its search.an acting director, who was temporarily hoisted from a lower management job to the superior position while the department posted help-wanted ads, also recently left the service. in fact, besides the director, the montreal fire department has lost both its deputy fir






yiannopoulos responds to video posted by conservative site


los angeles (ap) — right-wing provocateur milo yiannopoulus was trying to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men after a conservative site posted a collection of edited video clips that set social media abuzz.after the polarizing breitbart news editor was invited this weekend to speak at the annual conservative political action conference sparked a backlash, the reagan battalion tweeted video clips sunday in which yiannopoulus discusses jews, sexual consent, statutory rape, child abuse and homosexuality.yiannopoulus wrote on facebook blamed deceptive editing and his own “sloppy phrasing” for any indication he supported pedophilia.the british author says he spoke of his own relationship when he was 17 with a man who was 29. the age of consent in the u.k. is 16.mos






a couple hundred marines sent to syria in fight with islamic state for raqqa


marines from an amphibious task force have left their ships in the middle east and deployed to syria, establishing an outpost from which they can fire artillery guns in support of the fight to take back the city of raqqa from the islamic state, defense officials said.the deployment marks another escalation in the u.s. war in syria, and puts conventional u.s. troops in the battle there. several hundred special operations troops have advised local forces there for months, but the pentagon has shied away from using conventional forces in syria.the force is part of the 11th marine expeditionary unit, which left san diego on navy ships in october. the marines on the ground include part of an artillery battery that can fire powerful 155-millimeter shells from m777 howitzers, two officials said,






floor-pounding party north of regis university leads to collapse, broken gas lin


a packed, floor-pounding party in a north-metro condo near regis university grew so intense that the floor collapsed and a gas line broke, leading to a fire early sunday that burned and blackened the building.no injuries were reported.adams country fire rescue crews fought the fire in the wee hours.fire battalion chief clinton garner confirmed the incident at 5233 grove st. adams county authorities received notification around  11:25 p.m. saturday and were investigating.“there were a lot of people inside that unit,” garner said.“i don’t know what they were playing on the inside, music, or what they had going on there,” he said. “when the crews arrived, there wasn’t anything showing. they had people come up and say: ‘hey, i think there’s a fire inside.“there was a gas leak on the inside. it






floor-pounding party north of regis university leads to floor collapse, broken g


a packed, floor-pounding party in a north-metro condo near regis university grew so intense that the floor collapsed and a gas line broke, leading to a fire early sunday that burned and blackened the building.no injuries were reported.adams country fire rescue crews fought the fire in the wee hours.fire battalion chief clinton garner confirmed the incident at 5233 grove st. adams county authorities received notification around  11:25 p.m. saturday and were investigating.“there were a lot of people inside that unit,” garner said.“i don’t know what they were playing on the inside, music, or what they had going on there,” he said. “when the crews arrived, there wasn’t anything showing. they had people come up and say: ‘hey, i think there’s a fire inside.“there was a gas leak on the inside. it






texas mosque destroyed in early-morning blaze; cause unknown


victoria, texas — an early-morning fire has destroyed a texas mosque that had been a target of hatred in the past.the victoria advocate (http://bit.ly/2k388pz ) reports that a convenience store clerk spotted smoke and flames billowing from the islamic center of victoria at around 2 a.m. urday and called the fire department.jeff cowan, battalion chief for the city's fire department, says firefighters and police officers found the mosque completely consumed in flames when they arrived.the blaze was extinguished about four hours later. no injuries have been reported.victoria fire marshal tom legler has asked for help from state and federal fire investigators to determine what caused the blaze.the islamic center's president, shahid hashmi, wouldn't speculate about whether it was arson, but he






fire in oakland: firefighters battle 4-alarm blaze


oakland, calif. -- authorities in california fear at least one person is dead after an early morning four-alarm fire swept through a residential building in oakland.officials said they received calls reporting the fire around 6 a.m. and crews were quickly on the scene, cbs san francisco reports. the fire department tweeted that multiple rescues were being made, and at one point said crews were being withdrawn from the building because the roof and floors were compromised.oakland fire battalion chief erik logan said later that rescuers spotted what looked like a body on the third floor, but crews had to retreat before they could confirm.  logan said about 50 to 60 people lived in the building, which is in a mixed-use neighborhood of warehouses and auto shops. crews rescued seven people, log






1 dead, 4 injured as san jose-bound plane crashes in riverside – the mercury new


riverside — at least one person is dead and four are injured after a plane crashed into a house in riverside, a fire official said.the crash, just before 4:45 p.m., set several houses ablaze on rhonda road, in a neighborhood just east of riverside municipal airport.a witness saw the plane make a turn, then nosedive. neighbors say the crash felt like an earthquake that was followed by a “big orange ball of fire.”the plane had just taken off, airport manager kim ellis said.faa spokesman ian gregor said the plane was a cessna 310 whose destination was san jose. the circumstances of the crash were not immediately known, gregor said.the plane, built in 1974, was registered to hijazi nouri of san jose, according to faa records.riverside fire department battalion chief david bakas provided the nu






construction worker hurt after falling at waukegan courthouse project


a steelworker was in good condition after he fell from the seventh floor to the sixth floor at the criminal courts building under construction in downtown waukegan on thursday, and rescuers used a construction crane to get him to the ground and an ambulance.waukegan fire department battalion chief doug camarato said the incident occurred just before 9 a.m. when a worker fell off a ladder approximately 12 feet and was injured. camarato said at the construction site the elevator only goes to the fifth floor, and from there, steel and other construction workers take a series of temporary staircases to get where they need to go. the elevator is not very big, he said.the victim was immobilized and the waukegan fire department's special rescue team executed a high-angle rescue, determining that






9 displaced in oak park extra-alarm apartment fire


nine people were displaced friday in an extra-alarm fire in oak park that officials believe started in the utility room of a three-story apartment building.the fire started about 1:20 a.m. in the basement utility room of the building in the 300 block of west washington street, said kevin fadden, the battalion chief for the oak park fire department.residents of the six-unit building got out on their own. the building's mana ent secured temporary housing for the families. the red cross said nine people were displaced by the fire, wgn-tv reported.when firefighters arrived, the blaze was elevated to a three-alarm fire. firefighters were concerned the flames could have s up along the walls because of how the older building is structured, fadden said. they also raised the incident because of the






construction worker hurt after falling at waukegan courthouse project


a steel worker was in good condition after he fell from the seventh floor to the sixth floor at the criminal courts building under construction in downtown waukegan on thursday, march 2, and rescuers used a construction crane to get him to the ground and an ambulance.waukegan fire department battalion chief doug camarato said the incident occurred thursday just before 9 a.m. when a worker fell off a ladder approximately 12 feet and was injured. camarato said at the construction site the elevator only goes to the fifth floor, and from there, steel and other construction workers take a series of temporary staircases to get where they need to go. the elevator is not very big, he said.the victim was immobilized and the waukegan fire department's special rescue team executed a high-angle rescue






freight cars derail in lake forest; no injuries or health risks reported


about 10 freight cars derailed early wednesday in north suburban lake forest, but no injuries were reported, officials said.the derailment happened about 3:10 a.m. and involved a union pacific train near u.s. highway 41 and deerpath road, according to a news release from the lake forest police and fire departments.no hazardous materials were found leaking from any cars, according to the news release. one of the cars was carrying molten sulfur, according to fire department battalion chief matthew penar.no one in the area was evacuated, penar said. air quality was being monitored, officials said.metra was reporting no delays in its commuter service, an agency spokesman said.the lake county and mchenry county hazardous material teams were called to the scene as a precaution, according to the






trump is giving putin everything he wanted


at last year’s republican national convention, donald trump insisted the rnc soften its platform to not provide military aid to crimea—just what vladimir putin wanted.after trump recently proposed a massive 37 percent cut to the state department budget, more than 120 retired generals and admirals sent the white house a letter stating that state department funding is “critical to keeping america safe.” it was ignored.secretary of state rex tillerson has just announced the layoffs of dozens of career foreign service officers, each with 30 or 40 years of irreplaceable diplomatic experience—just what putin wants.trump and tillerson, awarded the russian order of friendship by putin in 2013, are weakening the state department–just as putin wants.it’s becoming clear that putin helped trump win so






fire in oakland: firefighters battle 4-alarm blaze


oakland, calif. -- a four-alarm fire swept through an oakland residential building early monday, killing at least three residents including one who was not able to escape the deadly blaze, cbs san francisco reports.the alameda county coroner’s office identified one of the deceased victims as 64-year-old edwarn anderson. he was one of two victims found dead on the building’s second floor, according to oakland fire battalion chief erik logan.one resident remains missing.logan says two adults and two children who were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries will be released later in the day.firefighters battle an early morning apartment fire mon., march 27, 2017, in oakland, calif. ap dazed oakland residents who escaped report being wakened by neighbors’ screams and the popping






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n