KANSAS CITY, Mo.
Dogs search fire rubble
Cadaver dogs searched the smoldering remains of a Kansas City restaurant that burned to the ground following a gas explosion and massive blaze, a fire official said. Kansas City fire Chief Paul Berardi said late Tuesday that the search for possible victims could take hours. The gas explosion occurred just after 6 p.m. and the resulting fire destroyed JJ’s restaurant. Officials say more than a dozen people were injured, with at least two reported in critical condition.
4 dead in rampage
A rampage that left four dead in Orange County began in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday when a 20-year-old killed a woman in his home and sped away in his parents’ car, authorities said. An hour later, it was over — but not before Ali Syed had killed two more people during carjackings, shot up vehicles on a freeway interchange and left three others injured in a trail of carnage stretching across 25 miles.
Biden backs shotguns
Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Americans don’t need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders. “Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun,” the vice president encouraged those worried about defending themselves. He was speaking in an online video as part of a Facebook town hall hosted by Parents Magazine on the Obama administration’s strategy for reducing gun violence.
Overdose deaths rise
Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers. “The big picture is that this is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which gathered and analyzed the data. In 2010, there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths nationwide. Medicines, mostly prescription drugs, were involved in nearly 60 percent of overdose deaths that year, overshadowing deaths from illicit narcotics.
Compiled from wire reports.