Gas smell investigated in probe of deadly apartment fire

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — First came an explosion that witnesses likened to a boom, a bomb or maybe even an earthquake. Then, a fire that torched a four-story apartment building, forcing people to drop their children from balconies and firefighters to rescue trapped residents from upper floors.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

DEA to keep nearly $18K found at DC train station

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a court battle, a judge has ruled that federal agents will keep nearly $18,000 found in a backpack on an Amtrak train at Washington's Union Station.


Macy's plans to close 100 stores, boost online investment

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments, the nation's largest department store chain said Thursday, as it tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 percent of its stores under the Macy's brand.

  • Written by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Delta computer outage included 'small fire' at data center

NEW YORK (AP) — As flight cancelations and delays move into their fourth day, Delta Air Lines isn't providing details on a "small fire" Monday at its data center and whether that fire — or attempts to extinguish it — compounded the airline's troubles.

  • Written by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer

Fire official: Dozens hurt in Maryland apartment blaze

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Dozens of people, including three firefighters, were injured after an explosion and large fire at an apartment complex in a Maryland suburb of Washington and searchers are looking for up to seven people who were still unaccounted for, authorities said Thursday.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press