Mainstream relief as leftist candidate wins in Austria

VIENNA (AP)(STL.News) — Left-leaning Alexander Van der Bellen triumphed over his right-wing rival Sunday in the vote for Austria’s presidency, a victory welcomed by moderate politicians across Europe as a blow against the populist forces looking to weaken the European Union. While the Austrian presidency is a mostly symbolic post, it had attracted attention from … Continue reading Mainstream relief as leftist candidate wins in Austria

Death toll hits 30 in inferno at art studio ‘horror house’

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)(STL.News) — The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party jumped to 30 on Sunday as firefighters painstakingly combed through rubble for others believed to still be missing. Only a fraction of the charred remains of the partly collapsed structure had been searched, and crews … Continue reading Death toll hits 30 in inferno at art studio ‘horror house’

Leftovers ‘Moana,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ rule box office again

LOS ANGELES (AP)(STL.News) — Audiences came back for a second helping of “Moana” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” this weekend. Both family-friendly films topped the post-Thanksgiving box office charts, with “Moana” bringing in $28.4 million and “Fantastic Beasts” earning $18.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Disney’s animated “Moana,” in only its … Continue reading Leftovers ‘Moana,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ rule box office again

Experts warn of mental health woes as wildfires ravage South

ATLANTA (AP)(STL.News) When U.S. Forest Ranger Jody Bandy confronted the man in the Pisgah National Forest, he said he’d been at the nearby wildfire and “couldn’t take it anymore.” Then he ran from the officer, tumbling head-over-head down the mountainside, into the river below and slamming into boulders in the water, Bandy said in a … Continue reading Experts warn of mental health woes as wildfires ravage South

Death toll in warehouse fire rises to 24, with more expected

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)(STL.News)(warehouse fire) — The death toll in a late-night dance party fire at a converted Oakland warehouse rose to 24 on Sunday as firefighters dug slowly through the charred remnants of the building in their search for what they expect will be more victims. Crews in Oakland, California, are removing debris “bucket by … Continue reading Death toll in warehouse fire rises to 24, with more expected

US gas prices hold steady despite production cut

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP)(STL.News)(US gas prices) — The average price of regular grade gasoline is unchanged nationally over the last two weeks, holding steady at $2.20 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that refiners have had little time to react to last week’s announcement by major oil-producing countries to slash output. Many retailers have … Continue reading US gas prices hold steady despite production cut

Report: Company sold turf product after learning of defects

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP)(STL.News) — The country’s leading maker of artificial sports turf sold more than 1,000 fields to towns, schools and teams nationwide after its executives knew they were falling apart faster than expected and might not live up to lofty marketing claims, according to an investigation by a news organization. Montreal-based FieldTurf said that … Continue reading Report: Company sold turf product after learning of defects

46 claims filed in 2 months to priest abuse victims program

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News)(priest abuse) — In less than two months, 46 people have filed claims in a compensation program for people abused by Roman Catholic priests in New York. The Archdiocese of New York established the initiative. It could become the church’s largest program of its kind to date. The archdiocese already had heard from … Continue reading 46 claims filed in 2 months to priest abuse victims program