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'Miracle Nobody Was Killed': NC GOP Office Bombing

'Nazi Republicans' was spray-painted on Hillsborough office wall

(Newser) - A local Republican Party office in North Carolina was damaged by fire and someone spray-painted an anti-GOP slogan referring to "Nazi Republicans" on a nearby wall, authorities said Sunday, per the AP . A news release from the town of Hillsborough said someone threw a bottle filled with flammable liquid... More »

Hero Driver Saves 20 Kids From Burning Bus

'My biggest reward is my babies are safe': Maryland bus driver Renita Smith

(Newser) - If you want any bus driver taking your kids to and from school, it's Renita Smith. That's likely the feeling of nearly two dozen sets of parents in Maryland's Prince George's County after Smith yanked their children off a school bus that burst into flames Monday,... More »

AC Cord Blamed for Fire That Killed 9

Sole survivor is fighting for his life

(Newser) - A faulty power cord to an air-conditioning unit was the cause of a horrific blaze that left Memphis firefighters in tears Monday, officials say. Six children and three adults died in the blaze, which the Memphis fire department says was the city's worst since a gas explosion killed 11... More »

Firemen Weep at Scene of Fire That Killed 5 Kids, 4 Adults

Fire officials say it was worst blaze city has had in almost a century

(Newser) - What local fire officials are calling the worst fire in Memphis, Tenn., in almost 100 years swept through a one-story home Monday, killing nine people, including five kids, USA Today reports. Per the Commercial Appeal , the city's fire director, Gina Sweat, confirmed the deaths at a press conference and... More »

Mosque Where Orlando Gunman Prayed Goes Up in Flames

Cops say it wasn't an accident

(Newser) - Before Omar Mateen shot up the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people in June, he had been a longtime regular at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, showing up at Friday services for 13 years. That mosque went up in flames early Monday, per the St. Lucie County... More »

Jeep Fire Blamed on Exploding Phone

'Not the barbecue I wanted on my day off'

(Newser) - One more reason to swap out your Note 7 : Nathan Dornacher says his Jeep Grand Cherokee was totaled in a fire after he left his Samsung smartphone charging in the console, reports Fox 13 . On Facebook , the St. Petersburg, Fla., resident says he opened the vehicle door to grab his... More »

Samsung Has to Replace 2.5M New Smartphones

The Galaxy Note7 has been recalled worldwide

(Newser) - Disaster for Samsung: The company is recalling its hot (and occasionally explosive) new phone worldwide because of a battery problem that can cause it to catch fire when charging, CNNMoney reports. Sales of the Galaxy Note7 have been halted. Samsung says it's aware of at least 35 cases of... More »

Teen Smacked by Mom Amid Riots Accidentally Burns Down Home

Money is being raised to help Toya Graham

(Newser) - Toya Graham, the mom who gained fame after smacking her rioting son in Baltimore last year , needs help. That son—Michael, now 17—was frying chicken tenders while home alone Saturday, and while he left the room briefly to use the bathroom, a grease fire broke out. He threw water... More »

Mystery Blast Rocks DC Suburb, Injures 30

At least 3 firefighters among the injured

(Newser) - Fire officials say at least 30 people, including at least three firefighters, have been injured in an explosion and fire at an apartment building in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC, reports the AP . First responders were dispatched to the scene in Silver Spring just before midnight Wednesday after a... More »

It Took a Year to Conceive. Fire Killed Her Newborn, 11 More

Fire ripped through maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital Tuesday night

(Newser) - Shaima Hassan stood dazed and trembling in shock after losing her two-day-old son. The 36-year old had spent more than a year visiting hospitals in and outside Iraq trying to conceive. "I waited for ages to have this baby and when I finally had him, it took only a... More »

Bar Fire in French City Kills 13

Birthday candles blamed for Rouen blaze

(Newser) - A fast-moving fire swept through a birthday party in the basement of a bar in the northwest French city of Rouen, killing at least 13 people and injuring six others, the AP reports. More than 80 firefighters battled the blaze after midnight Friday at the downtown bar in the city... More »

Home of Black Firefighter Torched After He Got Racist Letter

Note sent to Kenneth Walker's home earlier in week said 'resign ... or you will regret it'

(Newser) - Kenneth Walker's two cats were killed and he lost all of his possessions, but he, his wife, and their two kids are OK after a fire Wednesday in his apartment outside Buffalo, NY—a fire sparked after he received a racist letter telling him to quit the local volunteer... More »

Arrow Stunt Goes Wrong on America's Got Talent

Daredevil was hit in the throat by flaming arrow

(Newser) - Tuesday was a rough night for a Canadian daredevil on America's Got Talent. Judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell appeared horrified as Ryan Stock was hit in the throat by a flaming arrow fired by fiancee AmberLynn Walker live on TV, the New York Daily ... More »

New York Heat Makes Horse Manure Spontaneously Combust


(Newser) - How hot is it in upstate New York? So hot that horse manure is bursting into flames, the AP reports. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it received multiple complaints July 5 about the smell and smoke emanating from a burning pile of horse manure at a property in... More »

Massive Calif. Wildfire Moving Like 'Freight Train'

Fire officials say out-of-control Sand fire near LA has now spread to 33K acres

(Newser) - More than 1,600 firefighters fought an uncontrollable wildfire Sunday in California's Santa Clarita Valley, an inferno that fire officials say grew three times larger over the weekend due to hot, arid conditions and winds up to 20mph, NBC News and the Los Angeles Times report. More than 33,... More »

Odd New Tool in Study of Wildfires: Rattlesnakes

Researcher will track snakes near Washington burn site

(Newser) - Animals flee fire—but what happens when the flames are extinguished? That's exactly what Joey Chase of Central Washington University is trying to find out. Over the next year, he plans to track two male Northern Pacific rattlesnakes, each about 10 years old, found near the site of a... More »

NASA Just Lit a Big Fire in Space

The biggest one ever intentionally lit, as a matter of fact—all in the name of safety

(Newser) - NASA just started the biggest fire in outer space ever intentionally set—all in the name of safety, reports. The Spacecraft Fire Experiment , aka Saffire-1, took place Tuesday inside an unmanned Cygnus cargo vessel after it left the International Space Station, with what a press release describes as... More »

Car Wreck Sparks Brushfire, Turns LA-Area Hills 'Into Torches'

Thousands forced to evacuate around Calabasas

(Newser) - A car crash that downed power lines turned the hills northwest of Los Angeles into torches, forcing thousands from their homes and putting entire neighborhoods at risk in the prosperous semi-rural enclave of Calabasas, reports the AP . Fifty-foot-high flames erupted on the ridges and embers turned trees into candles Saturday... More »

Cops: Minn. Woman Set Another Woman on Fire

Suspect in custody after horrific St. Paul attack

(Newser) - A Minnesota woman who ran off after allegedly setting another woman on fire is now in custody, police say. St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Mike Ernster says the victim was hospitalized with severe burn injuries to her torso that "do not appear to be life-threatening" after the horrific Monday... More »

Family Says Toddler's Shoes Burst Into Flame

They were powered by lithium batteries

(Newser) - A Texas couple is warning parents about light-up shoes after their 2-year-old son's pair apparently burst into flame. Attila and Jovan Virag say they found a fire in the backseat of their SUV on Saturday. When the flames were extinguished, there was a hole in the floor, a melted... More »

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