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A water heater is suspected of igniting spray paint fumes from a craft project in a home in Franklin, leading to an explosion and fire that injured a woman and caused more than $100,000 in damage.

A flying squirrel, a cuttlefish, a cheetah and a triceratops skull — these are just a few things inspiring industrial design students at the Milwaukee Institute for Art & Design as they develop designs for cars.

A look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday.

A woman is accused of chatting on Facebook while driving just before a crash in Pierce County that killed her 11-year-old daughter and two 5-year-old nieces, WISC-TV in Madison reported Thursday.

Scott Walker’s political operation is attacking Hillary Clinton for using a private email account as secretary of state even though Walker had a similar setup in his office when he was Milwaukee County executive.

Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage airplane at a Los Angeles golf course Thursday, an official said. He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital.

A Cottage Grove man is charged with setting a fire that destroyed the future home of a convicted sex offender.

The forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures near 50 degrees by Wednesday.

To Matt Garza, spring training is a process. So there was no panic for him last spring when he compiled a 19.06 ERA over his first three starts. As he makes his first Cactus League start Friday he’s again confident that “when the bell rings, I’ll be ready,” no matter what happens in March.

Frontcourt of Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes spark Badgers

ARI Network Services Inc., a Milwaukee provider of software tools and marketing services, erased a quarterly loss from a year earlier as revenue rose almost 25%.

CDI sold its human cells to 200 customers in 2014, up from 150 a year earlier, and its top 10 customers contributed an average of $1.1 million of revenue, up from an average of $830,000 last year.

The County Board narrowly rejected Northwestern Mutual Life’s $14 million offer on a 9-8 vote at a December meeting, prompting the company to abandon plans to buy the property.

New this afternoon from PolitiFact Wisconsin:

The appeal hearing for a former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton at Red Arrow Park has been scheduled for March 19.

An online fundraiser for Faith Cruz, a 3-year-old who died in a house fire in Wauwatosa Feb. 22, raised $5,920 for the girl's funeral expenses. Some of the money will also go toward the family who lost their home in the fire, the GoFundMe page notes.

It was the fourth consecutive year of earnings growth from Madison-based CUNA Mutual Group, which provides insurance and financial services to credit unions, their members and customers worldwide.

Runaway cookbook! Even with the exclamation point, it lacks the drama of, say, a train out of control or a bride bolting on her wedding day.

Abusers who may not know what they are taking die in seconds from potent doses of the high-powered painkiller fentanyl.