4 children killed in fire

A fire tore through a home Friday night, spewing flames from the windows and killing four children, neighbors said in Elmira, south of New York’s Finger Lakes near the Pennsylvania line. The victims had been pulled from the two-story home by firefighters and medics but died later. Fire officials said the building was engulfed in flames when they arrived. Police didn’t immediately release the names and ages of the victims.


Pacific storm Kiko forms

A tropical depression has rapidly intensified into a tropical storm in the eastern Pacific Ocean, but poses no immediate threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday that Tropical Storm Kiko (KEE’-koh) was centered about 475 miles southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.


Smoke pours into valley

Dense smoke from a wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park on Saturday hampered both suppression efforts and the prized views sought by holiday weekend tourists. For the first time since the fire broke out in a neighboring forest two weeks ago, smoke obscured Yosemite Valley, home to the park’s most popular landmarks, spokeswoman Kari Cobb said. All the campgrounds in the Valley still were full as of Saturday morning, despite the thick blanket and burning smell that permeated the area and was expected to linger until at least Monday, she said.


Aftershocks by the dozen

Dozens of noticeable aftershocks above magnitude 4.0 are expected in the remote Aleutian Island region off Alaska in the days and weeks following a major 7.0 earthquake, the Alaska state seismologist said Saturday. A dozen measurable aftershocks have already hit the region since Friday’s earthquake, including one reaching 6.1 in strength, said seismologist Michael West. There have been more than 30 aftershocks measuring at least magnitude 2.5.

Compiled from wire reports.