SAN FRANCISCO

Legendary rocker dies

Paul Kantner, an original member of the 1960s rock group Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the San Francisco-based band through its transformation from hippies to hit makers as the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74. Kantner, who drew upon his passion for politics and science fiction to help write seminal favorites such as Wooden Ships and Volunteers, died on Thursday of organ failure and septic shock at a San Francisco hospital where he was admitted earlier in the week, his former girlfriend and publicist Cynthia Bowman said.

HAGERSTOWN, Md.

Blizzard ranks as fourth worst

Last weekend’s blizzard was the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. The agency gave the storm a rating of 7.66 on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, which ranks storms according to inches of snowfall, geographic reach and population affected. That bumps down to No. 5 the Presidents Day weekend storm of 2003. The blizzard last Friday through Sunday affected 102.8 million people and covered about 434,000 square miles in 26 states, NOAA spokeswoman Maureen O’Leary said.

CHESAPEAKE, Va.

Six dead in murder-suicide

Six members of a family that friends and neighbors called religious and hard-working were killed in an apparent murder-suicide after a failed negotiation, police said Thursday. Chesapeake police said they believe Cameron Dooley, 26, killed his parents, brother, sister and another relative before killing himself after an hours-long negotiation with officers.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska

Ohio near bottom in rankings

If you want to improve your sense of well-being, leave the Lower 48. A new report ranking all 50 states based on residents’ sense of well-being puts Hawaii at No. 1, followed by Alaska, which held the top spot last year. Hawaii has been No. 1 in the poll five times since 2008. “Alaska and Hawaii are both beautiful states in their own way but distinctly different,” said Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Montana, Colorado and Wyoming rounded out the rest of the top five in the report, compiled from a non-scientific telephone survey of residents across the country. The survey listed the bottom five as Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia, which has been last in the rankings for the past seven years.

Compiled from wire reports.