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

New Mexico budget crisis rears its head in courts, colleges

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP)(STL.News) — New Mexico’s grinding budget crisis is taking a toll in courtrooms where overburdened attorneys have denied legal counsel to poor defendants, at museums reeling from layoffs and admission hikes, and at state universities and colleges grappling with steep spending cuts. A prolonged downturn in oil and natural gas markets continued … Continue reading New Mexico budget crisis rears its head in courts, colleges

“Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards has a cameo in the film

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Director Gareth Edwards says he gave himself a cameo in the “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” But, as with most things “Star Wars,” Edwards is staying mum on what exactly that entails. The reveal, he said, might have to wait for the DVD extras. Edwards is a … Continue reading “Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards has a cameo in the film

Committee picks Alabama, Washington, Ohio State and Clemson

(STL.News) — Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals. The selection committee stayed with the same top four as it had going into championship weekend, leaving out Penn State even though the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten title game and beat Ohio State … Continue reading Committee picks Alabama, Washington, Ohio State and Clemson

NFL’s 13th Sunday leads off with Chiefs-Falcons

(STL.News) — The NFL’s 13th Sunday gets underway with eight early afternoon games highlighted by the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons lead the NFC South by one game over Tampa Bay, which plays at San Diego in a late afternoon game. The Chiefs are in second place in the AFC West, … Continue reading NFL’s 13th Sunday leads off with Chiefs-Falcons