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Man, 77, dies in Illinois home explosion

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. -- The body of a 77-year-old man has been found after a house exploded in suburban Chicago.

First responders found the home leveled after the explosion about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lake Zurich, according to the Lake County sheriff's office.

The man's body later was recovered from the rubble. His identity has not been released.

Two other homes were damaged. A utility company crew had to dig up gas lines to shut off natural gas to the property. That allowed firefighters to put out the flames, authorities said.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause.

GOP chairmen seek inquiry of 2 Bidens

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans Wednesday urged the Justice Department to charge Hunter and James Biden, the president's son and brother, with making false statements to Congress in the impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden.

The chairs of three House committees claim that both men misrepresented the president's involvement in his family's business dealings. They also accused Hunter Biden of perjury.

In a statement, House Speaker Mike Johnson said Attorney General Merrick Garland, whom Republicans have accused of anti-conservative bias, should prove his independence by taking immediate action on the accusations.

"If the attorney general wishes to demonstrate he is not running a two-tiered system of justice and targeting the president's political opponents, he will open criminal investigations into James and Hunter Biden," Johnson said.

Reps. James Comer, the Oversight chair; Jim Jordan, the Judiciary chair; and Jason Smith, the Ways and Means chair, signed off on the new referrals.

Hunter Biden testified in February and rebuked House Republicans' impeachment inquiry during a closed-door deposition as a "partisan political pursuit" that was based on a "false premise" and fueled by "lies." James Biden also testified that his brother had no "involvement or any direct or indirect financial interest" in his business.

Runaway ship plows out of S.C. harbor

A large cargo ship lost control of its engines and went nearly full throttle through a South Carolina harbor Wednesday, prompting the closure of one of the busiest bridges in the state.

Harbor pilots were able to help the nearly 1,000-foot ship, which was going nearly 20 mph, get under the Ravenel Bridge safely and eventually anchor several miles offshore while the Coast Guard investigates, said Randy Preston, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard's Charleston Section.

Police cleared traffic, cyclists and pedestrians from the eight-lane bridge before the ship arrived, keeping it closed for 10 minutes as the Michigan 7 steamed underneath, authorities said.

The only damage was caused by the giant ship's wake, which knocked aground a small boat and caused minor injuries to two people, Preston said.

The ship is registered in Liberia to Mediterranean Shipping Company, which did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. It was heading to Savannah, Ga., from Charleston's port.

Engineers decided to shut down the bridge once it was clear that the ship was out of control.

Police officers gave rides to people who were walking or biking across the span, Charleston Police Chief Chito Walker said. The bridge was empty within minutes.

The ship's crew regained control after leaving the bridge and was able to stop and anchor about 10 miles off the coast, Preston said.

13 arrested in Stanford University protest

STANFORD, Calif. -- Police arrested 13 people at Stanford University after pro-Palestinian demonstrators occupied the school president's and provost's offices early Wednesday, causing what officials described as "extensive" vandalism inside and outside the building.

The takeover began around dawn on the last day of spring classes at the university in California's Silicon Valley, and ended three hours later. Some protesters barricaded themselves inside the building while others linked arms outside, The Stanford Daily reported. The group chanted "Palestine will be free, we will free Palestine."

The student newspaper said one of its reporters was among those detained.

Stanford students who participated in Wednesday's protest would be immediately suspended, and any seniors would not be allowed to graduate, university President Richard Saller and Provost Jenny Martinez said in a joint statement.

"The situation on campus has now crossed the line from peaceful protest to actions that threaten the safety of our community," they said, adding that demonstrators had recently tried to occupy a different building.

One law enforcement officer was lightly injured when he was shoved by protesters interfering with a transport vehicle, university spokesperson Dee Mostofi wrote in an email to The Associated Press. Other campus activities were not affected, she said.

Students walk by graffiti near the office of the president at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., on Wednesday. (AP/Nic Coury)

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