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Hummer catches fire after driver fills 4 containers of gasoline

A Hummer in Florida burst into flames right after a driver filled four containers with gas. 

Citrus County Fire Rescue said they responded to a call at a Texaco Food Mart in Homosassa, Fla. for a vehicle on fire on Wednesday.  

Four 5-gallon containers filled with gasoline were in the back of the vehicle when it caught fire, officials said. 

One person was injured but refused to be treated. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office. 

Thousands have been running to gas stations after the Colonial Pipeline shutdown caused panic buying. Videos and photos circulated of long lines and some putting extra gas in plastic bags. 

The pipeline restarted its system on Wednesday and by Thursday the Colonial Pipeline Co. said product delivery had commenced for all the markets they serve.  

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What to Cook This Weekend

By Sam Sifton

Good morning. I wrote about the Texas restaurateur Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin for The Times this week, and of course there’s a recipe: the red-cooked short ribs (above) served at Best Quality Daughter, the restaurant Dobbertin runs with the chef Quealy Watson in San Antonio. It’s a really delicious feed, to eat as they do at the restaurant, with lettuce wraps and rice.

With contract expiring, Chris Webber, TNT to part ways before NBA playoffs

One notable NBA analyst won't be on playoff broadcasts this year. 

Chris Webber will not have his contract renewed and is leaving Turner Sports ahead of the NBA playoffs that begin next week, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person was granted anonymity because the move is not yet official. 

The New York Post first reported the news Thursday night. 

The five-time All-NBA star who rose to fame during college as part of the Michigan Wolverines' "Fab Five" in the early 1990s, Webber has been a broadcast analyst with Turner Sports since 2008, when his playing career ended. 

Webber, 48, had been on the network's top broadcast team with legendary play-by-play man Marv Albert, whose contract is also up after this season. Albert will still call playoff games this postseason. 

Vandenberg Air Force Base to be renamed Space Force Base

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base will be renamed as a U.S. Space Force Base on Friday.

The name will be changed to Vandenberg Space Force Base during an afternoon ceremony on the parade field at the sprawling base on the state’s Central Coast, which tests ballistic missiles and conducts orbital launches for defense, science and commercial purposes.

The Space Force was created as the sixth uniformed military branch in 2019 during the administration of former President Donald Trump. Personnel assigned to the Air Force Space Command were reassigned to the Space Force, ending its Air Force lineage.

“Redesignating Air Force installations as Space Force installations is critical to establishing a distinct culture and identity for the Space Force,” a base statement said.

Vandenberg’s host unit, the 30th Space Wing, will be redesignated Space Launch Delta 30, under Space Operations Command.

Vandenberg was originally established in 1941 as Camp Cooke, an Army garrison for tank, infantry and artillery training.

Its geographical location made it ideal for missile tests and launches into polar orbit. During the Cold War, it was redesignated as Cooke Air Force Base and then Vandenberg in honor of Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, the second chief of staff of the Air Force.

UK reports 17 new deaths from COVID-19, 2,193 new cases

FILE PHOTO: NHS workers are seen next to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mobile testing unit in Tower Hamlets, London, Britain, May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain reported 17 new deaths from COVID-19 within 28 days of a positive test on Friday and a further 2,193 cases of the disease, down from 2,657 new cases the day before.

Government data showed that 36.1 million people had received a first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19.

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What to Know About ‘Spiral’ and the ‘Saw’ Franchise

Not sure if the new horror movie “Spiral: From the Book of Saw” is for you? Our primer will help you decide.

By Erik Piepenburg

You don’t have to know a thing about the horror movie “Saw” or its spawn before watching the latest movie in the franchise, “Spiral: From the Book of Saw,” opening in theaters on Friday.