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Oregon Bookstore Goes Up In Flames

The Oregonian | Alexandra Manzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A bookseller mourned the loss of his livelihood and more than 100,000 books as firefighters continued extinguishing a three-alarm fire that engulfed t...

Fire on the Bayou: Non-Stop River of Oil Heads to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

April 30, 2010 The Coast Guard estimates 5000 barrels of crude oil a day, 210,000 gallons a day, are pouring out of a damaged British Petroleum (BP) ...

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...

Dog Leads Alaska State Trooper To Fire (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)-- A dashcam video from the Alaska State Troopers shows a dog leading them through winding back roads to a blazing fire at his o...

Arson Suspected As More Than 1,000 Homes Evacuated In Arizona

AP | FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The second wildfire to hit Flagstaff in two days quickly spread Sunday to more than 4 square miles, driving residents from hu...

Muzzle Tov, Southwestern College & Your 'Free Speech Patio'!

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Congratulations to the administration, and President Raj K. Chopra, of Southwestern College (SWC) in Southern California for being awarded a 2010 Jefferson Muzzle Award for achievement in censorship!

Homeless Man Saves Clarice Jeffrey, 97-Year-Old Woman, From Fire

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Ninety-seven-year-old Clarice Jeffrey was sound asleep in her Bakersfield, Calif. home when fire broke out just after midnight on Wednesday morning. ...

Many U.S. Hotels Lack Fire Sprinklers Under Legal Patchwork

AP | BOB JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A fast-moving fire that killed four college students in a suburban Birmingham motel illustrates a deadly problem facing travelers...

Bangladesh Fire Kills 116, Injures Over 100

AP | FARID HOSSAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DHAKA, Bangladesh — An electrical explosion plunged a neighborhood of Bangladesh's capital in darkness and ignited a shop of flammable chemicals...

Pittsboro Courthouse FIRE: Site Of John Edwards Sex Tape Debate Severely Damaged

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A severe fire engulfed the Pittsboro courthouse last night, causing serious damage to the historic building in North Carolina that housed debate over ...

Late Dinner Arson: Man Sets Blaze Over Wife's Late Meal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — Kanawha County authorities said a marital spat over a late dinner has landed a man in jail on an arson charge. Lt. Sean Cro...

Up in Smoke: The Reality of Preventing Fire Deaths

Christopher Gavigan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christopher Gavigan

Generally, I'm a strong advocate for prevention. But what happens when your method of prevention creates its own set of risks? This is increasingly the case with flame retardants.

Fred Phelps' Hatemongering and the First Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Fred Phelps and his "church" are the ones who arrive at various places and events all across the country, waving hate-filled signs which convey his belief that God hates the US, homosexuals, the U.S. military, and dead American soldiers.

Is College Censorship Destroying Our Society's "Sophistication Machine"?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I firmly believe that if more people knew how common violations of free speech, due process, and other basic rights are on campus, the public will to end those abuses would be virtually unstoppable.

Hampton Beach Fire: Surf Hotel Blaze Spreads To Adjacent Buildings

AP | KATHY McCORMACK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

HAMPTON, N.H. — A fire that started in an unoccupied oceanfront hotel was fanned by hurricane-force winds and spread to several nearby buildings...

Macy's Fire: Fire Breaks Out At Flagship Store

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A fire broke out at the Macy's store in Herald Square at 11:40 this morning, sending shoppers streaming into the streets. This marks the second fire ...

Carlton Towers fire: 9 dead in Bangalore's | CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Bangalore: At least nine people are feared dead and 60 others injured, many of them seriously, after a major fire broke out on Tuesday evening at the...

Disaster Prep With a Twist

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Block

The emergency supplies most of us own are pitiful, outdated or non-existent; and who can remember thing one about that CPR class from years ago?

Mai's Houston Fire: Blaze Consumes Popular Vietnamese Restaurant

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Mai's Restaurant, a popular Asian restaurant in Houston, was hit by a major fire earlier today. Mai's had been in existence since 1978 and grown to...

Haiti's Tomorrow May Be Rooted In Trees, Fertilizer

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

The task of restoring Haiti's countryside is extremely difficult and could even be impossible. But the restoration work for a healthy countryside would provide more food and jobs, and make flooding less severe.

Texas Churches Struck By Fires Following Arson Announcement

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DALLAS — A sheriff's dispatcher says fires have struck two more rural east Texas churches, just hours after investigators announced that a blaze...

House Fire in Warwick, RI, kills 5, including baby

AP | RAY HENRY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WARWICK, R.I. — A house fire that officials said might have simmered undetected for hours Saturday killed five people, including a mother and he...

Costas Destroyed In Fire: Greektown Restaurant A 'Complete Loss'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A popular Greektown restaurant was destroyed and neighboring businesses damaged when a fire broke out just before midnight Sunday and raged until near...

Bensonhurst Fire Kills 5, Critically Injures Baby

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A suspicious fire tore through a building that housed Guatemalan immigrants, gnawing gaping holes in the structure's backside, partia...

Tanker Explodes On Long Island Expressway

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

MELVILLE, N.Y. — A fuel truck flipped and exploded on New York's Long Island Expressway on Saturday morning, killing the driver and creating a f...