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    White flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

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    Police responded to the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday for a major security breach at one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City. Two white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the span connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. It is not clear who raised the flags that had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes or why.  The American flags that are normally up at the bridge were removed.
    Police responded to the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday for a major security breach at one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City. Two white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the span connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. It is not clear who raised the flags that had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes or why.  The American flags that are normally up at the bridge were removed.
  • Tempe band returns wallet full of cash while touring in Texas

    Tempe band returns wallet full of cash while touring in Texas

    A valley band is making news, not for what they did on stage, but rather for the good deed they did off the stage.The Black Moods hit the road on tour and during a stop at a gas station they found a wallet filled with cash.
    A valley band is making news, not for what they did on stage, but rather for the good deed they did off the stage.The Black Moods hit the road on tour and during a stop at a gas station they found a wallet filled with cash.
  • Lost memories? Some King Tapes customers get their videos back while others wait

    Lost memories? Some King Tapes customers get their videos back while others wait

    People dropped off their lifetime memories so they could be converted to DVD's, but when they go to pick them up they find a closed sign.We've not learned that the shop owner has started to give some of the customers their videos back.At King tape's in Mesa the closed sign remains, and customers still are showing up and calling, hoping to find the owner.
    People dropped off their lifetime memories so they could be converted to DVD's, but when they go to pick them up they find a closed sign.We've not learned that the shop owner has started to give some of the customers their videos back.At King tape's in Mesa the closed sign remains, and customers still are showing up and calling, hoping to find the owner.
HOUSTON (AP) - Gusty winds turned what had been a small rooftop fire into a massive blaze that destroyed a large apartment complex under construction near downtown Houston, authorities said.

The Tuesday fire gutted the 396-unit, 4½-acre Axis Apartments project in the city's hip Montrose district. The roof and the shell of the expansive structure collapsed as the flames turned it into a charred ruin.

All construction workers who had been in the high-rise building were accounted for, and no injuries have been reported. One man was rescued as he prepared to jump to safety, Fire Capt. Ruy Lozano said.

Fire officials said more than 200 emergency personnel battled the fire for 2½ hours before bringing it under control.

Witnesses said the fire started about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on the northeastern corner of the roof but spread rapidly through a breezeway.

"There was a report of a couple of guys working on the roof doing welding," Houston Fire Department Deputy Chief Greg Lewis said. "When our units arrived, there was a small fire and construction workers were attempting to put it out. There was sustained wind of 15 to 20 miles an hour, and it was a wind driven fire."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Lozano said.

The department said the blaze that sent thick, black smoke billowing in to the sky prompted the evacuation of nearby buildings.

Firefighters also sprayed nearby houses and apartment buildings with water to prevent heat and embers from spreading the fire. No other buildings were damaged, but plastic fixtures melted on some nearby vehicles.

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