By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seven children from an Orthodox Jewish family died early on Saturday when flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City's deadliest fires in years, officials said. The two were taken to a local hospital and were in critical condition, New York Fire Department spokesman Michael Parrella said. The blaze erupted in the single-family dwelling around 12:30 a.m. It apparently was started accidentally by a hot plate, used by many Orthodox families to warm food on the Sabbath, said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. "This is an unbelievable tragedy," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters after seeing the devastation at the site of the blaze.
By Elvina Nawaguna COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, a hoops fanatic who relishes the annual March Madness college basketball tournaments, on Saturday cheered on the undefeated Princeton women's team that includes his niece Leslie Robinson as the school's fans chanted "four more years." Obama, an avid basketball player, attended Princeton's 80-70 NCAA Tournament victory over the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay at the XFINITY Center arena in the Washington suburb of College Park, Maryland. The president was joined by his daughter Malia, his brother-in-law Craig Robinson, a former Princeton basketball star, his mother-in-law Marian Robinson and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a former Harvard basketball star.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze — not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year.
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A hefty fundraising shortfall has dashed plans to send a replica of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train car to trace the journey that brought the assassinated president's body back to Springfield, Illinois, from Washington.
IOTO, Japan (AP) — Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.
PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — The body of a black man found hanging in a tree in Mississippi has been sent from a state crime lab to a funeral home, but the FBI said it will be days before autopsy results are complete. Until then, investigators are holding off on saying whether Otis Byrd was killed or took his own life, and they're urging people to be patient.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A policy of routing calls about emergencies on the Metro subway to a supervisor at the District of Columbia's 911 call center contributed to delays in getting firefighters to a fatal rail malfunction early this year.