• Tour bus belonging to musical group catches fire

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A tour bus belonging to a classical trio vocal group, The Texas Tenors, caught fire behind the Embassy Theatre Friday.
    The tour bus was driven into Fort Wayne at 7:30 a.m. ahead of the group’s Friday evening show at the Embassy. The Fort Wayne Fire Department told a NewsChannel 15 photographer that the bus caught fire 30 minutes after arriving.
    The bus driver was the only person on the bus when it caught fire. Firefighters said that the entire bus was e
  • New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through canyons and down hillsides toward coastal towns.
    Crews with help from water-dropping aircraft saved several homes as unpredictable gusts sent the blaze churning deeper into foothill areas northwest of Los Angeles that haven’t burned in decades. New evacuations were ordered in Carpinteria, a seaside
  • Aggressive wild turkey in Ohio hurt after being hit by car

    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) — A wild turkey that’s become semi-famous for chasing pedestrians and bicyclists in northeast Ohio has been struck by a car and injured.
    Cleveland.com reports a wildlife team took the male turkey known as Frank to an exotic animal veterinarian with a broken leg after he was struck Thursday in the Akron suburb of Cuyahoga Falls.
    It’s been reported on Facebook that Frank became aggressive toward people after a female turkey he was often seen with was str
  • Sandy Hook’s legacy: More security in elementary schools

    NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting five years ago, districts have moved to bolster security, especially at elementary schools, which traditionally have not had police assigned to them like many high schools and middle schools.Many have hired retired officers, firefighters and other responsible adults — an approach that’s less expensive and potentially less intrusive than assigning sworn police. But it also has raised questions
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  • Wrestler Rich Swann arrested, charged with battery of wife

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment.Swann, who is 26 and a former WWE cruiserweight champion, was arrested Saturday.
    According to Gainesville Police, Swann was arguing with his wife, who is also a wrestler. His wife — whose name is Vannarah Riggs but goes by Su Yung — had wrestled earlier. A police report said Swann criticized her performance and the pair
  • Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials with the federal government say it’s time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.North Atlantic right whales are among the rarest marine mammals in the world, and they have endured a deadly year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said there are only about 450 of the whales left and 17 of them have died so far in 2017.
    The situation is so dire that A
  • Winter Art Market to showcase 23 artisans

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – If you’re still searching for the perfect holiday gift, you may want to considering stopping by the Art Market on Saturday. The winter edition will feature contemporary crafts and handmade goods.
    The Art Market Winter Edition is on Saturday, December 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Artlink.
    The market strives to bring the highest quality handmade goods to the people of Fort Wayne.
    It’s the perfect place to pick up all of those last minute holiday
  • Video: Best places to work in 2018

    Glassdoor, a job and recruiting website revealed its annual Employees’ Choice list of the 100 best companies to work for in 2018.These companies all have 1,000 or more employees.
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  • Indiana State Police investigating two fatal crashes in Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – State troopers stayed busy Saturday responding to dozens of crashes in the Indianapolis area. Two of them were fatal.
    The first fatal crash happened just before 5 a.m. on I-465 near mile marker 19.
    Police said Jamel Roscoe, 18, Indianapolis, was driving fast when he clipped another car and hit a guardrail. Roscoe was not wearing a seat belt and got ejected from the vehicle as it rolled.
    He was taken to a hospital where he later died.
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  • Fundraising effort underway after child’s wheelchair stolen

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A fundraising campaign is underway to buy a custom wheelchair for a 6-year-old girl with spina bifida after hers was stolen from in front of her family’s Cincinnati home.
    WXIX-TV reports kindergartner Austyn Bloebaum’s wheelchair was stolen Thursday after her mother, Casey Hamilton, went back into their house to make a call because a bus with no wheelchair lift had arrived to take Austyn to school.
    Hamilton says she and Austyn waited
  • 2 dead after small plane crashes into house in San Diego

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities in southern California say at least two people are dead after a small plane crashed into a home in San Diego.
    Local news media report the plane crashed into the house in San Diego’s Clairemont neighborhood about 4:40 p.m. Saturday.
    The single-engine, six-seat Beech BE36 Bonanza had taken off from Montgomery Field about a half mile away.
    The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the pilot and a passenger were taken to a hospital with burns, and two pa
  • 2 women hurt in crash with pole

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Two women were seriously hurt after they crashed into a pole holding a sign early Sunday morning.
    Emergency services responded to the crash around 4:30 a.m.
    An SUV sits with heavy front-end damage after crashing into a pole at Broadway and Lavina Street.Police said the SUV appeared to have slid off the road while heading north on Broadway at Lavina Street. The vehicle hit a pole head-on and snapped it, bringing down a sign it was holding at what used to be a spay
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  • Man hit on I-65 running from police

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – A man is in critical condition after a vehicle hit him on I-65 Friday night.
    Indiana State Police said Timothy Williams Jr., 26, New Castle, was hit while running from an officer just after 9 p.m.
    The incident began when a trooper pulled over to help a disabled vehicle on the side of the interstate.
    The officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside the car while talking to the occupants. According to police, the officer asked the female driver and ma
  • ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stormtroopers marched the red carpet as Star Wars music blared and fans cheered Saturday at the world premiere of latest installment in the beloved space opera franchise.
    The elaborate premiere for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” included a procession of Stormtroopers and a squad of elite guards clad in red armor walking the red carpet. Fans cheered, some waving stuffed Porgs, a new character being introduced in the eighth film in the core Star Wars franchise.
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  • Family, friends of slain gas station attendant want bulletproof glass

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Family and friends of Jacob Walerko want bulletproof glass installed at Meijer gas stations.
    Walerko was shot and killed while working at the company’s Lima Road location on Thanksgiving.
    A small memorial sits inside the Lima Road Meijer gas station.Saturday, a group visited the gas station and have started their push to get bulletproof glass installed. They’d also like Meijer to install the glass and memorialize it in Walerko’s name.
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  • Car crashes, playtime as first snow of the season arrives

    Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) – The first real snow for the Summit City brought a lot of slipping and sliding for drivers. All day long, emergency teams were constantly sent out to crashes all over the area.
    Emergency dispatchers tell us there have been more than 100 car accidents today.
    Fort Wayne resident Steve Haag wasn’t surprised by all the accidents.
    “I see a lot of cars their tires spinning,” he said. “I think the roads are probably a little slick. The sidewal
  • 100+ car crashes as first snow of the season hits Fort Wayne

    Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) – The first real snow for the Summit City brought a lot of slipping and sliding for drivers. All day long, emergency teams were constantly sent out to crashes all over the area.
    Emergency dispatchers tell us there have been more than 100 car accidents today.
    Fort Wayne resident Steve Haag wasn’t surprised by all the accidents.
    “I see a lot of cars their tires spinning,” he said. “I think the roads are probably a little slick. The sidewal
  • 3 hurt after Ohio fire caused by attempt to kill bed bugs

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities say that three people have been injured and 10 people left homeless after a woman accidentally started a fire while trying to kill bed bugs with rubbing alcohol at a multi-family home in Cincinnati.
    WXIX-TV reports it’s the second time in two weeks that a fire sparked by attempts to kill bed bugs has caused extensive damage in Cincinnati.
    Officials say the fire late Friday heavily damaged a five-unit building and sent three people to a hospital to be tre
  • Rescue Mission Readies for winter, seeks donations

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) As the winter weather entered the Summit City Saturday, the staff at The Rescue Mission prepared for their busy season.
    “We get really busy this time of year with a lot of guys,” Intake Coordinator Jared Ballenger said. “It’s super cold out there. “We want to make sure that everybody here in Fort Wayne is in a warm place.”
    The staff expects up to 40 to 50 men a night looking for a place to sleep during the cold nights. The facility
  • Firefighters respond to electrical fire at Spiece Fieldhouse

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Fire crews responded to a small electrical fire at Spiece Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.
    The call came in around 3 p.m.. When they arrived they found a fire in the men’s locker room sauna.The incident was under control a short time later.Normal activity resumed a short time later.
  • Electrical fire at Spiece Fieldhouse prompts evacuation

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne firefighters responded to a small electrical fire at Spiece Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.
    The fire was reported around 3 p.m..
    When firefighters arrived found fire in the men’s locker room sauna.
    The fire was out quickly and operations at the sports complex returned to normal soon after.
    Around 100 people were evacuated.
  • Snow slows or shuts down much of normally sunny Deep South

    ATLANTA (AP) — Snowfall shrouding much of the Deep South began tapering off early Saturday, but freezing temperatures kept roads slick and thousands without electricity throughout the region while planes remained grounded at the world’s busiest airport.
    Forecasters warned that moisture on the roadways could freeze and cause black ice to form. The National Weather Service said that while snow flurries would end by midday in areas including metro Atlanta, temperatures at or below freez
  • I-69 Southbound lanes near Huntington Closed

    HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE)- Lanes southbound on I-69 at mile marker 273 were closed Saturday afternoon due to a semi-truck rollover.
    Huntington County Police are assisting Grant County Police with traffic control. Both departments are on the scene.Details are limited on the rollover.
    It is not known how long the stretch of road will be closed.
  • 1 hurt after double semi crash in Grant County

    GRANT COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A crash in the southbound lanes of I-69 in Grant County closed the interstate for several hours Saturday.
    ISP said a semi traveling south near the 268 mile marker was traveling over a bridge when it slid sideways. The semi was pulling a double trailer that overturned onto the driver’s side.
    The driver, Corneliu Costecu, 68, Urbana, Ill., suffered a cut to his head but did not require medical attention.
    The overturned semi blocked both lanes. ISP said a sem
  • PM announces on state TV Iraq’s war against IS has ended

    BAGHDAD (AP) — After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country’s security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, that key challenges remain despite the military victory.
    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally announced the victory in an address to the nation aired on Iraqi state television Saturday evening.
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  • Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt’s Luxor

    LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country’s efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector.
    The tombs, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, are the latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs spanning different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.
    “It’s truly an excepti
  • Push gains ground to honor Ernie Pyle with national day

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A push to honor acclaimed World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle with a national day of recognition is gaining steam in Congress.
    U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, who represents northeastern Indiana’s 3rd District, is preparing a resolution similar to one Indiana’s two senators recently introduced.
    The resolution penned by Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young seeks to make Aug. 3, 2018, National Ernie Pyle Day.
    Owen Johnson is the author of “At Home With Erni
  • ‘Firefighting at Christmas’ may become normal in California

    FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms.
    Well into what’s considered the wet season, there’s been nary a drop of rain. That’s good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring from a yearslong drought and now has firefighters on edge because of parched conditions and no end in sight to the typical fire season.
    “This is the new normal,” Gov. Jer
  • Firefighters forced to step aside as winds powered infernos

    FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out.
    But once flames met ferocious winds, fire crews were mostly powerless to stop infernos that destroyed more than 500 buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced hundreds of thousands of people to run from six out-of-control fires that have burned over 260 square miles (673 square kilometers) since Monday.
    “The crews were trying to stay
  • Ohio couple told again to get rid of ‘support’ goats

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple who say their three goats have helped ease the husband’s depression has been ordered once again to get rid of them.
    The Blade reports that Justin and Amanda Held were told during a court hearing Friday in Bowling Green they must remove the animals from their property for a misdemeanor zoning violation to be dismissed.
    It’s not the first time the Helds and the village of Grand Rapids have butted heads over the goats. The couple removed t

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