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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:00 am

Nation/World

California building blast kills 1, injures 3

Associated Press

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – An explosion rocked a Southern California medical office building Tuesday, killing one person and injuring three others, authorities said.

Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy said 70 firefighters were dispatched in response to a 1:09 p.m. Tuesday call from Aliso Viejo. The blast involved a building under renovation, but the cause was not immediately known, Fennessy said.

Mother of 10 says state saw no abuse

The mother of 10 children who suffered “horrific” abuse inside their Fairfield, California, home, according to authorities, told reporters that social services interviewed the kids three years ago but nothing came of the visit.

Sheriff's and prosecutors say the children were rescued from a filthy house in March and had suffered puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun.

Their father, Jonathan Allen, 29, is in Solano County Jail on counts of torture and child abuse. Prosecutors said Tuesday they would charge Ina Rogers, 31, at a court hearing today.

18 dead in India as highway collapses

A highway overpass being built in north India collapsed, killing at least 18 people when an immense concrete slab fell onto the crowded road below, disaster officials said.

Five injured people were pulled from the wreckage, police said. Two were seriously hurt. Local media reports said four officials from the state construction agency were suspended in the wake of the collapse Tuesday.

Study: 1 in 7 adults have tried vaping

New research shows 1 in 7 U.S. adults have tried electronic cigarettes. That's an increase, but it's offset by a small decline in the number currently using the devices.

About 3 percent of adults were current users in 2016, down from almost 4 percent in 2014, the study found. Adults who said they have tried vaping at least once reached just over 15 percent in 2016, versus 12.6 percent in 2014. That means an estimated 33 million U.S. adults have tried e-cigarettes, said University of Iowa researcher Dr. Wei Bao, the lead author.