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Cars catch fire in Disneyland structure

ANAHEIM, Calif. Nine cars were destroyed or damaged by fires in the main parking structure Monday at Disneyland, and seven people were treated for smoke inhalation but their injuries aren t serious, authorities said. The fires that broke out at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure were extinguished about 30 minutes after they were reported, and firefighters were working to clear smoke so they could work to determine a cause, fire officials said. Seven people, all Disney employees, were treated for smoke inhalation, but only one was taken to a hospital and none of the injuries were life-threatening, Anaheim fire Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

Gray smoke could be seen pouring out of the structure when the blazes were first reported on the level 3 Mickey section at the height of the flames. Hundreds of park visitors and employees were stuck outside the structure unable to get to their cars until the evacuation and shutdown ended after about two hours.

A lot of people are just tired, they ve been here all day. It s more of a nuisance than anything, Darren Clark, whose family of four couldn t get to their car because of the shutdown, told KNBC-TV. I m kind of hoping it s not my vehicle. The Mickey & Friends Structure, with sections named for Disney characters and trams that take visitors to the entrance to the Disney Resort s two theme parks, is a familiar spot for millions of visitors who pay $18 to park then return to their cars exhausted after long days. The Disney parks themselves remained open. Disney representatives referred questions about the blaze to fire officials.

Snow storm wallops northeastern US

PORTLAND, Maine Plow trucks and shovelers in the Northeast attacked the region s latest winter storm, which dumped 30 inches of snow on a Maine town, made roads unsafe and immobilized millions of residents Monday. The storm was most active from New York to Maine, where blizzards shut down towns and left more than 2 feet of snow in many areas. Strong winds created problems in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where a tree branch crashed through car windshield in Mechanicsburg, killing the driver. Many Maine residents will be unable to dig out until Tuesday morning, as the daylong snowfall only began to let up Monday evening.

Some schools already had canceled school for Tuesday, and more snow was forecast for Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts on Wednesday. In Hopkinton, New Hampshire, attorney Matt Lane said he was a bit surprised by how much snow had fallen.

Up until last week we didn t have very much; we had a little but not like this. And now suddenly, you can t see over the snowbanks when you re backing out of the driveway, and we ve been running the snow blower 24-7, he said. Snow totals in Maine included 30 inches in Cary, near the Canadian border; 27 inches in Nobleboro; 25 inches in Starks; and 20 inches in Harpswell.

In New Hampshire, up to 14 inches fell in Ossipee, and a foot covered Berlin. Scattered power outages were reported, and the forecast of strong winds and coastal flooding remained a concern. Several crashes were reported between Sunday and Monday. Schools around the region delayed or canceled classes, including in Boston and some areas of New York state. Virginia judge temporarily bars ban

McLEAN, Va. A federal judge Monday granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those already in place challenging the ban s constitutionality.

A federal appeals court in California has already upheld a national temporary restraining order stopping the government from implementing the ban, which is directed at seven Muslim-majority countries. But the preliminary injunction issued Monday night by U.S. District Court Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria is a more permanent type of injunction than the temporary restraining order issued in the Washington state case. Brinkema s injunction, though, applies only in Virginia. Attorney General Mark Herring had asked the judge to issue the injunction nationwide, but Brinkema limited it to Virginia, saying that the nationwide restraining order in place out of the Washington state case already provides much of the relief Virginia is seeking.

Virginia s lawsuit also does not challenge the portion of the executive order directed at refugees. The 9th Circuit case in California also covers refugees. Virginia based its arguments on the harms the state would suffer if the travel ban were allowed to go forward. The state has said for instance, that 1,000 students at its universities and dozens of university staff members and professors could be affected by the ban. In her 22-page ruling, Brinkema said the Trump administration offered no justification for the travel ban, and wrote that the president s executive power does not mean absolute power.

She also writes that Trump s promises during the campaign to implement what came to be known as a Muslim ban provide evidence that the current executive order unconstitutionally targets Muslims in violation of the First Amendment.

The president himself acknowledged the conceptual link between a Muslim ban and the EO (executive order), Brinkema wrote. She also cited news accounts. Alleged shooter lied on guard application

ANCHORAGE, Alaska The man charged with killing five people at a Florida airport lied on his application to be a security guard in Alaska, and he was fired after only a few months on the job because of the state of his mental health. The new information is contained in the security guard application Esteban Santiago filed last summer for a license from the state of Alaska so he could work at Signal 88 Security in Anchorage.

The state released the application Monday to The Associated Press after initially refusing to release the document under an open records request. Santiago twice incorrectly asserted in the application that charges in a domestic violence case from January 2016 either didn t exist or were dismissed. The company fired him as an unarmed guard after he spent five days at a mental hospital. He wound up there after telling the Anchorage FBI that he heard voices in his head.

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