Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Cooler weather aids fight against Calif. wildfire Apollo 11 artifacts for auction Limousine fire kills 5 School alums sponsor prom
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Cool, moist air moving into Southern California on Sunday helped firefighters build containment lines around a huge wildfire burning through coastal mountains.
The 44-square-mile blaze at the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains was 60 percent surrounded.
Full containment was expected today, according to Ventura County fire officials.
The progress led authorities to lift all remaining evacuation orders.
"We've really transitioned from a fire attack to a mop-up patrol," Nick Schuler, battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the Ventura County Star.
The National Weather Service said an approaching low pressure system would bring a 20 percent chance of showers Sunday afternoon, with the likelihood increasing into the night and into today.
Nearly 2,000 firefighters using engines, bulldozers and aircraft worked to corral the blaze.
AMHERST, N.H. -- A New Hampshire auction house will soon accept bids on space and aviation artifacts, including an electrocardiogram of Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong's heartbeat taken when he first set foot on the moon.
Amherst-based RR Auction will take bids on the EKG, which registered a normal heartbeat, and other artifacts during an online auction from May 16 through May 23.
Other artifacts include the joystick controller operated by Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in the Apollo 11 command module.
Auction officials say over 85 lots of Apollo 11 material will be featured in the auction.
Armstrong took his "giant step for mankind" on July 20, 1969. Buzz Aldrin later joined him on the moon's surface.
Armstrong, an Ohio native, died in August at age 82.
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- A bride-to-be was among five killed when a limousine carrying nine women as part of a bridal shower burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward bridge, authorities said.
Four of the women and the driver escaped the fire in the 1999 Lincoln Towncar limousine as it was burning on the westbound side of the bridge about 10:05 p.m. Saturday. The victims' names were not released because authorities need dental records to confirm the identities of the severely burned women.
A dispatcher for Limo Stop, the Towncar's operator, said the company is cooperating with the California Highway Patrol's investigation. Pam Kaur She said she didn't have any further information about the fire and a message left for company chief executive Kultar Singh wasn't returned.
CINCINNATI -- Students at a southwest Ohio high school have had a spring prom after all.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that some 200 Withrow High School students showed up in formal attire Saturday night at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Alumni sponsored the replacement prom after Withrow's principal canceled their prom because of a senior prank.
Withrow alumnus Jay Rodgers says he put up money for facility rental because he didn't think students should miss their last chance for a prom, especially since many weren't part of the prank.
Principal Sharon Johnson had warned students against the prank, a mass in-school water balloon fight. She says it was a painful decision, but she told them of the consequences.