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Crash deaths worse in U.S. than other affluent countries

NEW YORK—Traffic deaths are down, but a new report shows fatalities on the road are still a bigger problem in the United States than in other affluent countries.

The U.S. had by far the highest fatality rate for car crashes of the nearly 20 countries studied.

The U.S. rate in 2013 was more than twice as high as in most of the other countries.

Fire chief: Man saved from blaze by son’s cackling chickens

CREEKSIDE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania fire chief says some cackling chickens turned out to be cock-a-doodle-do-gooders.

Creekside Fire Chief Pete Yacovone says David Wells escaped from his burning Indiana County home at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after his son was awakened by his chickens. The chief says the chickens might have been startled by the fire.

Jays down Rockies

DENVER—Aaron Sanchez kept the Colorado Rockies’ potent offence grounded yesterday.

He induced 14 groundouts—a great idea at Coors Field.

Sanchez allowed one run in eight innings while Josh Donaldson homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies.

Giant diamond doesn’t find buyer at Sotheby’s sale in London

LONDON — Turns out the largest diamond discovered in over a century may not be worth all that much.

The tennis ball-sized Lesedi la Rona failed to find a buyer Tuesday, a disappointing result for a stone which had described as “the find of a lifetime” by David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry division.

Nats finally end skid

MILWAUKEE—Tanner Roark did a stellar job in taking the place of Stephen Strasburg.

Roark—called on to replace the Nationals’ injured ace—held the Brewers without a run over seven innings as Washington snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday.

“We had the off day so I was on five days’ rest anyway, so I felt good,” Roark noted.