CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles fire

checked for arson

Crews were dousing hot spots and tearing down unsafe sections of an unfinished apartment complex Tuesday, a day after a fire reduced most of it to a block-long wall of charred timber.

Smoke still rose from the Da Vinci complex more than 24 hours after it caught fire.

Arson experts were unable to enter the building until it was declared safe. The Fire Department requested federal help, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were expected to arrive Wednesday.

Fire officials said they suspect arson because the blaze erupted so quickly over so much of the building. - AP

MISSISSIPPI

Woman burned, dies

State authorities have launched a homicide investigation into the death of a 19-year-old woman who was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire. Panola County Coroner Gracie Gulledge says the cause of death was thermal injuries. Gulledge was hoping to have final autopsy results late Tuesday. Authorities say initial results reveal Jessica Chambers died from burns that covered 98 percent of her body. - AP

NEBRASKA

Superfluous sweater

A sheep wearing a festive red-and-green sweater was found wandering around Omaha over the weekend. The Nebraska Humane Society is trying to find the owner. - AP