Fine approved in deaths of firefighters

An Arizona commission has approved a nearly $560,000 fine against the state Forestry Division in the deaths of 19 firefighters. The state Industrial Commission voted Wednesday in favor of the recommended fine at its meeting in Phoenix.

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health had proposed a trio of citations with financial penalties after investigating workplace violations in the Yarnell Hill fire northwest of Phoenix. The Forestry Division oversaw the blaze that trapped the Granite Mountain Hotshots. All but one of the crew members died on June 30.

— Associated Press

Airport suspect appears in court

A man charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three others during a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport made his first court appearance Wednesday with bruises on his face and a bandage on his neck.

Paul Ciancia, 23, appeared before a judge in the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, about 45 miles east of Los Angeles. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Bristow ordered him to remain behind bars. The unemployed motorcycle mechanic did not enter a plea to a murder charge in the Nov. 1 incident.

— Associated Press

Paramedic sentenced in pipe bomb case: A former paramedic in West, Tex., where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people on April 17, was sentenced to 21 months in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty in a pipe bomb case that is not linked to the blast.

— Associated Press