Among other items: A powerful storm pounded California for a second day yesterday, flooding freeways and triggering a rockslide; a small plane crashed yesterday near the airport in this northern Michigan town, killing all five people on board; and the Puerto Rico elections commission yesterday certified that Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá won the governor's race.

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Ramsey, Minn.


An explosion leveled a small commercial building yesterday, killing three workers and critically injuring a fourth.

The blast collapsed the single-story building into its basement, sheriff’s Capt. Robert Aldrich said. A gas leak was the most likely cause, but nothing was immediately ruled out, Aldrich said.

The building housed a real-estate business and bank offices. Ramsey, a town of about 12,500 people, is about 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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Los Angeles


Second day of storms batters California

A powerful storm pounded California for a second day yesterday, flooding freeways and desert roads, tossing boats ashore and triggering a rockslide that blocked Highway 1 on the central coast.

Three deaths were linked to the storm. One victim was apparently killed as he tried to surf big waves at Montara State Beach south of San Francisco. Also, a trucker died in a crash on an interstate north of Los Angeles and a sanitation worker was killed in the San Fernando Valley after touching a fallen power line.

Downtown Los Angeles got a record 3.98 inches of rain by yesterday. Flash-flood warnings were posted in southeastern California for parts of San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties.


Ironwood Township, Mich.


five family members die in small-plane crash

A small plane crashed yesterday near the airport in this northern Michigan town, killing all five people on board, authorities said.

The victims in the twin-engine Piper were the pilot, his wife and three children, Deputy Sheriff Jay Kangas said.

“The pilot reported an engine problem followed by a landing-gear problem, and was circling the airport at the time of the crash,” said Ted Lopatkiewicz, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.

Ironwood Township is on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin state line.


Cheyenne, Wyo.


Historic district ravaged by blaze

A fire that broke out in a bakery caused heavy damage to a historic district, where most of the buildings date to the late 1800s and some have elaborate brick-and-concrete facades.

The fire erupted in the three- and four-story buildings late Monday. Firefighters thought several times they had it under control only to encounter smoke elsewhere along the block. The fire was finally brought under control yesterday afternoon.

Eight city blocks were closed off during the fire, but authorities were reopening all but two blocks where it was uncertain whether the old facades were stable. The businesses in the affected area included a Western art gallery, a store that specialized in rustic furniture, two hotels and a bar.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.


San Juan, Puerto Rico


Pro-commonwealth candidate wins

Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá: Puerto Rico governor-elect


The Puerto Rico elections commission yesterday certified that Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá won the governor’s race, a victory for a politician who supports the island’s status as U.S. territory.

The announcement brought to a close a two-month recount and a court challenge from chief rival Pedro Rossello, a supporter of statehood who served as Puerto Rico’s governor from 1993 until 2001.

The panel announced last week that Acevedo-Vilá had an insurmountable lead, though not all votes had been counted.

In the final count released yesterday, Acevedo-Vilá of the Popular Democratic Party received 963,303 votes, 48.4 percent, compared with 959,737, 48.2 percent, for Rossello, election officials said.