PHOTOS: On this day — February 20, 2003 — The Station nightclub fire kills 100 in Rhode Island

The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam installed as soundproofing. The brothers who owned the club and Great White’s tour manager were charged in the fire. All three reached plea deals, with the tour manager pleading guilty to 100 counts of manslaughter and the brothers pleading no contest. Lawsuits brought by survivors and victims’ relatives were settled for $176 million. Editor’s note: Ad blockers can cause photos and captions to appear out of order or show information unrelated to the photo displayed. …read more Source:: The Denver Post –… Read More

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Teen gets 6-month sentence for smuggling tiger cub

Associated Press SAN DIEGO — A California teen has been sentenced to six months in prison for smuggling in a Bengal tiger cub from Mexico. The defense attorney for 18-year-old Luis Valencia told the court Tuesday in San Diego before his sentencing that his client had had a lapse in judgment and wanted the endangered tiger as a pet. But prosecutors argued Valencia’s cellphone data showed he was running an animal smuggling business and boasted about getting thousands for monkeys, jaguars and lions. The 6-week-old cub was found on the passenger-side floor in Valencia’s car in August at a San Diego border checkpoint. Tigers are endangered and it’s illegal to… Read More

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Analysis: Russia claims show Trump still fixated on Obama

By Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker | Washington Post To hear President Donald Trump tell it, he is tougher than former president Barack Obama. He is smarter than Obama – more shrewd, more effective, more respected. The 45th president is, by his own accounting, superlative to the 44th in almost every way. In private and in public, while devising policies and while crafting messages, Trump frequently draws flattering comparisons with his predecessor – and he does not let the truth intrude, as was the case Tuesday. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. “I… Read More

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Trump awards Medal of Valor to 12 officers

By Darlene Superville | Associated Press WASHINGTON — A dozen public safety officers received the nation’s highest honor for bravery from President Donald Trump on Tuesday, including six individuals who responded after a married couple shot and killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, more than two years ago. “Through your service and sacrifice we are reminded that America’s greatest treasure is her people,” Trump said at a White House ceremony before he clasped the Medal of Valor around each man’s neck. “In your courage we see America’s strength and in your character we see America’s soul.” Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and… Read More

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New rebellion against wind energy stalls or stops projects

By Scott McFetridge | Associated Press GLENVILLE, Minn. — Wind turbines have become as commonplace in parts of the rural Midwest as tree-sheltered farmhouses, gray-metal grain bins and deeply furrowed fields. The slowly spinning blades are a sign of investment in a region that often has few growth opportunities to brag about. But when a developer sought to put up dozens more of the 400-foot towers in southern Minnesota, hundreds of people in the heart of wind country didn’t celebrate. They fought back, going door-to-door to alert neighbors and circulating petitions to try to kill the project. They packed county board meetings, hired a lawyer and pleaded their case before… Read More

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