Ill. apartment fire kills 3 adults, 3 kids
AURORA, Ill. (AP) Some residents jumped from their windows to escape flames as a fire ripped through a suburban Chicago apartment building early Sunday, leaving six dead and a dozen others injured.
At least 35 people lived in the three-story building in suburban Aurora, where the fire started about 4 a.m. Sunday, city public information officer Dan Ferrelli said in a statement. Three of those killed were children.
Several residents said they were forced to jump from their windows as the fire tore through their apartments.
The victims identities have not been released.
Endeavour ready; Giffords arrives
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) With wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on hand to watch, the space shuttle Endeavour is poised to give the work week a roaring and historic start this morning, overcoming wiring problems that grounded it last month.
Giffords arrival Sunday afternoon included a quick fly-by of Endeavour on the launch pad, then she bid husband Mark Kelly goodbye at the bucolic beach house used by shuttle crews before launch.
Gabrielle is excited for tomorrows launch. Do you plan to see history in the making? her staff tweeted. Later, her staff added: Gabrielle & Mark said goodbye during visit before launch. Beach House made for picturesque setting.
NASA officials said conditions from weather to technical issues couldnt look much better for the scheduled launch at 6:56 a.m. MDT.
Nathans Famous hot-dog king dead
MIAMI (AP) Murray Handwerker, who helped grow Nathans Famous from his fathers Coney Island hot-dog stand into a national franchise, died Saturday at his home in Palm Beach Gardens. He was 89.
His son, Bill, said his father had suffered from dementia and died in his sleep.
Handwerkers father Nathan opened the Coney Island stand in 1916, four years after emigrating from Poland. Murray was born five years later, on July 25, 1921, and spent so much time in the restaurant he said he came to regard the frankfurter bun boxes as his playpen.
Murray went on to work in nearly every aspect of the business, from stacking pallets of hot dogs to manning the grill. As a teenager, Murray told his son he sometimes worked at the grill so long his body had trouble recovering.
His fingers started flapping like he was using the pincher when he came home from the store, Bill Handwerker said.