Fatal NYC subway fire investigated as crime

NEW YORK — A fire in a shopping cart on a New York City subway train led to the death of the conductor and injuries to several other people early Friday, and authorities are investigating it as a crime, officials said.

Fires were reported at three other stations along the same subway line, and authorities are investigating whether one person set all of them in an act of vandalism.

The death came a day after two other New York City Transit employees fell victim to the coronavirus.— AP

Temperature hits 100 in Oklahoma as South heats

Stunning summer weather is on tap for much of the southern and southeastern U.S. into this weekend, barely a week deep into spring.

Record-challenging warmth has already swelled from the Southern Plains into the Southeast, due to a sprawling dome of hot air more characteristic of May or June.

The temperature soared to 100 in Hollis, Oklahoma, at 4:20 p.m. Thursday. Average high temperatures this time of year in southwest Oklahoma tend closer to 70.— The Washington Post

Venezuela's telecom satellite is lost in space

BOGOTA, Colombia — Venezuela's only telecommunications satellite has veered off its orbit and stopped working, creating a logistical headache for the cash-strapped South American nation.

The Chinese-built satellite was launched with much fanfare in 2008 under the watch of former President Hugo Chávez. But it has become useless three years before its planned expiration.

The satellite was helping to provide Internet services to rural areas that are not connected to fiber optic cables.— AP

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