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Derek Richardson, 27, is accused in the killings of two prostitutes, nearly a year apart.
Derek Richardson, 27, is accused in the killings of two prostitutes, nearly a year apart. (Kansas City Police)
Posted: February 18, 2013

R.I. fire victims remembered

WEST WARWICK, R.I. - The 100 people killed in a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire have been remembered in a memorial service as beloved family members and friends during a ceremony at the site of the fire ahead of Wednesday's 10th anniversary.

The blaze happened when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable foam installed inside the club as soundproofing.

About 200 people braved bitterly cold winds Sunday to attend the outdoor service, which included music, comments by victims' relatives, and a reading of names.

Former Gov. Don Carcieri called it the state's worst tragedy but its people's finest hour because of the way they pulled together to help each other.

Plans for a permanent memorial were released, including a wind harp to serve as a reminder that music is what brought people together that night. - AP

2d medic dies of crash injuries

INDIANAPOLIS - A second medic has died from injuries sustained when a car collided with an ambulance in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services chief Charles Miramonti said that paramedic Cody Medley, 22, died early Sunday.

The driver of the ambulance, Tim McCormick, 24, died Saturday.

The accident happened shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday at an intersection near the Indiana Statehouse. Police said the ambulance was not on an emergency run and had the right of way. - AP

Man arrested in Mo. deaths

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City-area man was arrested Saturday in the killings of two prostitutes whose bodies were found posed on the sides of rural Missouri roads nearly a year apart.

At a news conference Saturday night, authorities said Derek Richardson, 27, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandonment of a corpse. His bail is set at $2 million.

Police had announced this month that the deaths of Tamara Sparks and Nicoleone Reed were linked.

"We absolutely stopped a person who was going to kill again," said Kansas City Police Sgt. Doug Niemeier. - AP

Artist, 10 teens settle abuse suits

AMARILLO, Texas - Stanley Marsh 3, an eccentric millionaire artist best known for his "Cadillac Ranch" art display along an interstate in the Texas Panhandle, has settled lawsuits from 10 teenagers who allege he paid them for sex acts, attorneys announced Saturday.

Marsh 3 (he uses the Arabic numeral in his legal name) also faces six counts of sexual assault and five counts of sexual performance of a child. The charges accuse the artist, 75, of molesting a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy in 2010. His attorneys have denied the allegations. - AP

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