Fireworks-filled van explodes on California freeway

In this photo provided by Jay Rutherford, smoke rises from a burning truck packed with fireworks after it exploded on Interstate 15 near Ivanpah, Calif., close to the Nevada state line Thursday, July 2, 2015. The Chevrolet box van had ignited shortly before 1:30 p.m., burning to the ground and clogging the main artery between Los Angeles and Las Vegas for hours. (Jay Rutherford via AP)

BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) — Jay Rutherford and his bandmates were mesmerized by the billowing smoke and small “psychedelic explosions” emanating from the van on the side of the freeway.

No end in sight for Yellowstone Club founder’s jail time

In this April 29, 2009, file photo, Tim Blixseth arrives at the federal courthouse in Missoula, Mont. Attorneys for the ex-billionaire and real estate developer who's been jailed for more than two months for contempt of court are due before U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon to seek his release. But creditors of Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth have said he should stay behind bars until he comes clean on what he did with $13.8 million from a property sale in Mexico. (AP Photo/Mike Albans, File)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The founder of a Montana club for the ultra-rich will stay in jail until a federal judge is satisfied that he understands what happened to the money from a Mexican resort sold in violation of a court order.

California delays plan to replace statue of soon-to-be saint

Capitol Hill visitor walk in front of a statue of missionary Junipero Serra, center, located in Statuary Hall, also known as the Old Hall of the House, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 2, 2015. California lawmakers are shelving a plan to replace the statue with astronaut Sally Ride, bowing to pressure to drop the idea until after Pope Francis's September visit to the U.S., when he plans to make the 18th century missionary a saint. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker announced Thursday that he is delaying a plan to replace a statue of the missionary Rev. Junipero Serra with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride in the U.S. Capitol, succumbing to criticism from Roman Catholics ahead of Pope Francis’ planned visit to the United States in September.


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