Officials: stove may be to blame for fatal fire
A fire that swept through a mobile home early Thursday killed two children and three adults in southern Indiana. It took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the blaze that gutted the home near Sulphur, about 30 miles west of Louisville, Ky. Authorities suspected the fire was sparked by a wood stove that served as the source of heat. The mobile home's owner, John Denton, 32, died in the fire along with his 8-year-old daughter, Kara Denton, and Denton's half-brother, Bill Turben, 35, relatives said. John Denton's girlfriend and her 3-year-old son also died in the blaze.
Pemex workers return after blast
Workers at Mexico's state-run oil company have begun returning to the job — some apprehensively — amid official declarations of back-to-normal conditions at the headquarters that suffered a deadly work-hours blast last week. Some workers expressed concern and doubt over the government's initial explanation that the blast was caused by an accumulation of gas ignited possibly by an electrical spark. The blast at the headquarters of Petroleros Mexicanos, or Pemex, Jan. 31 killed 37 people and injured more than 120.
Kansas City, Mo.
Judge: Teen can stay in foster care
A Kansas City teenager who was found handcuffed to a steel pole in his basement will continue to stay with a foster family and plans to start attending classes again next week, a court officer said Thursday. At a probable cause hearing, juvenile court officer Alan Gremli urged a judge to allow the 17-year-old to stay with foster parents because the living conditions at his home were dangerous. Circuit Judge K. Elizabeth Davis agreed and set a March 7 hearing to revisit the custody issue.
First lady to attend funeral for teen
First lady Michelle Obama, the Illinois governor and Chicago's mayor will attend Hadiya Pendleton's funeral on Saturday. The shooting death of the 15-year-old King College Prep honor student last week put an international spotlight on Chicago at a time when gun violence is at the center of an intense debate in Washington and across the country. Hadiya, was killed about a mile from President Barack Obama's Kenwood home just days after performing in inaugural festivities near Washington.
Zambia: A bus operated by Zambia's postal service smashed into a semitrailer truck and a car Thursday, killing at least 53 people in one of the worst traffic crashes in the nation in recent history, officials said.
Sydney: Aid workers struggled to reach remote, tsunami-ravaged villages in the Solomon Islands on Thursday and the death toll rose to at least nine as more bodies were found in wrecked homes and debris in the South Pacific country.