Fire kills father, 3 kids
A fire at a rural wood home Saturday killed a father and his three children, while the kids’ mother escaped and was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said. The victims were identified as Benjamin Johnson III, 30, and the couple’s children: two boys, 9-year-old Ben and 4-year-old Ryan, and one girl, 8-year-old Leslie. Their mother, Christine Johnson, 31, escaped the pre-dawn fire and was being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Machinists end walkout
Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have approved a new contract that ends their monthlong strike at Bombardier Learjet in Wichita. A Bombardier spokeswoman said about 70 percent of the votes cast Saturday were in favor of the new five-year deal. Workers can return to their jobs as early as Monday.
2 dead after eating soup
Two residents of an assisted living facility died and four others were hospitalized after eating soup with wild mushrooms, authorities said. Placer County Sheriff’s officials said two residents of Gold Age Villa in Loomis — ages 86 and 73, both women — died Friday after eating the soup that had been prepared by a caregiver at the facility. The caregiver was among the six people sickened.
Ex-worker accuses CEO
A former female employee has filed a police complaint alleging the CEO of Waffle House demanded she perform sexual acts on him in exchange for keeping her job. The woman told Atlanta police the alleged harassment by Joseph Rogers Jr. lasted for nearly 10 years, from 2003 through June of this year. Police would not confirm that the Joseph Rogers Jr. cited in their report is the CEO. They said Thursday that they are investigating the allegations, but no charges have been filed. A lawyer for Rogers did not return a telephone call and email from the Associated Press on Thursday.
Compiled from wire reports.