SARGENT, Ga. (AP) -Would-be cleaners take note: A blowtorch is not a good substitute for a broom.

Coweta County authorities say Galen Winchell set fire to his west Georgia home Wednesday as he cleaned cobwebs from exterior eaves with a blowtorch. Winchell noticed the blaze when he saw smoke pouring from the attic.

Coweta Fire Investigator James Gantt says the fire was contained to one part of the house, but the entire home had smoke and water damage.

No one was hurt. No phone number was listed for Winchell.

Landmark visiting Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)- You can call it a moveable national historic landmark.

The schooner Roseway, built 83 years ago, is visiting Charleston through Friday. The schooner is used for educational programs of the World Ocean School based in Maine and is open to the public for free tours.

It’s on its way to the Virgin Islands for the winter.

The schooner, designated a national landmark, was built in 1925 after a newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia, challenged the fishermen of Gloucester, Mass., to a race. Just last month, the Roseway won her class in the Fisherman’s Cup held off Provincetown, Mass.

I-95 closed after spill of jet fuel

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) – A stretch of Interstate 95 southbound was closed for much of the day Thursday after a tanker truck rolled over, spilling thousands of gallons of jet fuel, injuring three people and forcing the evacuation of 14 nearby homes.

State police said the truck rolled after colliding with a car about 4:45 a.m. in Attleboro, near the Rhode Island line. Northbound lanes reopened a couple of hours later, but the southbound lanes were closed until about 3:30 p.m.

The truck spilled about a third of the 11,000 gallons of fuel it was carrying. The fuel flowed into storm drains, prompting authorities to evacuate the nearby homes. Residents were allowed to return home after the cleanup was completed.

State police said a preliminary investigation found that the driver of a 1997 Volvo lost control while attempting to pass another vehicle. The car struck a barrier on the left side of the highway, swerved back across all travel lanes and collided with the tractor trailer.

The drivers of the car and the truck and a passenger in the car were treated for minor injuries.

Survey says young boosted Obama

AUGUSTA (AP) – Fashioning an easy win in Maine, Barack Obama benefited from strong support among the youngest voters who made up about one in six of the electorate.

The Democratic winner took the grouping of voters age 18-29 by 67 percent to 30 percent for Republican John McCain, according to Associated Press exit polls.

Nationally, two-thirds of voters under age 30 voted for Obama. In Maine, Democratic Senate candidate Tom Allen did his best among the same voters, but even there couldn’t pull ahead of Republican victor Susan Collins’s modest majority.

According to Stephen Ansolabehere, a political science professor at Harvard and MIT using exit polling data, young voters didn’t show up nationally as heavily as some predicted.

But Heather Smith, the executive director of Rock the Vote, said young voters turned out in record numbers.

The exit poll of 1,541 Maine


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