Nation briefs


Officials: Power lines sparked wildfire

SAN FRANCISCO — California fire authorities said Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines sparked the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.

Cal Fire said Wednesday the lines in the Pulga area ignited the Nov. 8 fire that killed 85 people in Paradise.

The investigation also identified a second nearby ignition site involving vegetation and electrical distribution lines, also owned and operated by the San Francisco-based utility.

New York

Helicopter goes down in Hudson River

NEW YORK — A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport Wednesday and partially sank, but not before the pilot was able to escape.

New York City Fire Department officials said the pilot was being treated for a non-life-threatening injury after the helicopter landed in the river at around West 30th Street.


Video of man pushed off bus released

LAS VEGAS — Police in Las Vegas have released security video they said shows a woman shoving a 74-year-old man off a public bus after witnesses said he asked her to be nice to other passengers.

The video shows Serge Fournier landing face-first on a sidewalk east of downtown on March 21. He died April 23.

The Clark County coroner ruled Fournier’s death a homicide resulting from his injuries.

Cadesha Michelle Bishop, 25, has been charged with murder.