August 31, 2013
NEW YORK
4 children dead after fire near Pa. border

A fire tore through a home in Elmira on Friday night, killing four children, neighbors said.

The victims had been pulled from the burning home by firefighters and medics but died later.

The fire swept through the two-story home in the riverside city, south of New York’s Finger Lakes near the Pennsylvania border.

Police did not immediately release the names and ages of the victims but confirmed Saturday that children were among them.

Neighbor Glen Bolt told the Elmira Star-Gazette that he ran across the street when he saw flames pouring out of the home’s windows and front door. He said the children ranged in age from about 5 to 15.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

— Associated Press

NEVADA
Burning Man crowd in desert tops 61,000

A federal official said that more than 61,000 people have turned out for the Burning Man outdoor art and music festival this weekend in the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Mark Turney said Saturday that gate management was tightened Friday when organizers got close to a permitted capacity of 68,000.

Attendance peaked last year at 56,000.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Bay Bridge to reopen decades after quake

Transportation officials said the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which failed in a deadly earthquake during the 1989 World Series, should be ready to reopen early Tuesday as preparations to inaugurate a new eastern section proceed as planned.

Caltrans spokesman Andrew Gordon said Saturday that crews are demolishing some parts of the bridge’s Oakland half in 1,000-foot increments to make way for the reconfigured design, including a path for cyclists and pedestrians that will take an additional six months to finish.

— Associated Press

Boy wins Alaska’s giant-cabbage contest:A 10-year-old boy has won Alaska’s annual giant-cabbage contest, submitting a 92.3-pound specimen named “Bob” to officials at the state fair. Keevan Dinkel of Wasilla produced this year’s winning entry, which rose to about thigh-height on an adult. Keevan, whose family operates a local farm, took home $2,000 for his prize winner.

More aftershocks expected in Aleutian region: Dozens of aftershocks above magnitude 4.0 are expected in the remote Aleutian Island region off Alaska in the days and weeks after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake. Alaska state seismologist Michael West said a dozen measurable aftershocks have already hit the region since Friday’s quake, including one reaching 6.1 in strength.

— From news services

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