World briefs: Limo fire kills 5, incluiding bride-to-be

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A limousine taking nine women to a bachelorette party erupted in flames, killing five of the passengers, including the bride-to-be, authorities and the mother of one of the survivors said Sunday.

The limo caught fire around 10 p.m. Saturday on one of the busiest bridges on San Francisco Bay, California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel said.

Five of the women were trapped, but the four other women managed to get out after the vehicle came to a stop on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, the patrol said.

Investigators haven't determined what sparked the fire, but the patrol said the white stretch limo became engulfed in flames after smoke started coming out of the rear of the vehicle.

Courage award for Giffords

BOSTON -- Caroline Kennedy was not even 6 years old when her father was assassinated 50 years ago. And on Sunday, she said the hurt never heals.

"Our family is still suffering the heartbreak caused by gun violence," Ms. Kennedy said here at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Ms. Kennedy bestowed on former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who since being shot and nearly killed in 2011 has devoted herself to pressing for measures to prevent gun violence, the Profile in Courage Award in a small ceremony on Sunday at the library.

The award is given annually to someone who demonstrates the kind of courage that President John F. Kennedy highlighted in his book "Profiles in Courage," which praised eight senators who risked their careers by taking principled stands on unpopular positions.

Average gas prices rise

HOUSTON -- The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps rose 0.84 cent a gallon in the past two weeks to $3.5447 a gallon, according to Lundberg Survey Inc. It's the first price increase in eight weeks.

The increase is due to a combination of factors, including rising crude oil prices, more expensive summer gasoline specifications, higher costs for ethanol and an expected rise in demand as the summer driving season kicks into gear.

60,000 bees discovered

SALT LAKE CITY -- It was the biggest beehive that Ogden beekeeper Vic Bachman has ever removed -- a dozen feet long, packed inside the eaves of a cabin in Ogden Valley.

Mr. Bachman was called to the A-frame cabin last month in Eden, Utah. Taking apart a panel that hid roof rafters, he had no idea he would find honeycombs packed 12 feet long, 4 feet wide and 16 inches deep, in which there were an estimated 15 pounds of bees, or about 60,000 in number.

The honeybees had been making the enclosed cavity their home since 1996, hardly bothering the homeowners. The cabin was rarely used, but when the owners needed to occupy it while building another home nearby.

-- Compiled from news services

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