Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:32:53 -0400

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National ForestBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:04:02 -0400
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean marines arrested an American man late on Tuesday who had been swimming in a river that flows towards North Korea and said he had been trying to go to the North to meet its leader, Korean media reported. South Korean marines guarding the Han river, which flows into an estuary and meets the North's Imjin river, found the man lying on the river bank, apparently suffering from exhaustion, the South's Yonhap news agency said, citing a South Korean government official. ...
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:42:17 -0400
(Reuters) - Los Angeles schools' police said on Tuesday it would give up three grenade launchers it acquired for free through a federal program now facing mounting scrutiny for supplying local agencies with military-grade equipment, the L.A Times newspaper reported. The move follows scrutiny over the Department of Defense's program, begun in 1991, which gives unused equipment to police forces across the U.S., including ones that serve school districts. ...
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:29:53 -0400
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:54:32 -0400

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in white, walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping after officially launching a project to construct a $1.4 billion port city being built on an artificial island off Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The Colombo Port City, funded largely by Chinese loans, is designed to become a key link in a maritime route China hopes will boost trade with Europe. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday inaugurated a $1.4 billion port city being built in Sri Lanka with loans from Chinese banks, underlining his country's growing role in the region ahead of a state visit to India.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:27:40 -0400

FILE - This Dec. 20, 2013, file photo shows shoppers passing through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta. Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted earlier this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping reform that Republicans had pushed, according to an Associated Press review. As a result, it's unclear if the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had touted. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:24:39 -0400
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff's deputy has been accused of sexually assaulting two women at a Tulsa County home, a case that follows a state trooper being arrested on a rape complaint and an Oklahoma City officer being accused of sexually assaulting several women.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:03:14 -0400
"To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president." — Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on whether American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:01:45 -0400

Firefighters hose down a hot spot in the rubble of home Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, that was destroyed by a wildfire in Weed, Calif. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)WEED, Calif. (AP) — Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:52:04 -0400
PHOENIX (AP) — A cold case homicide has been solved after a man, apparently racked with guilt, drove across the country to confess killing an Arizona woman with a flashlight more than 15 years ago.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:45:44 -0400

Julio Valenzuela Jr. and Julio Valenzuela Sr. take free sandbags to protect their homes, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. Phoenix area residents are filling sandbags in anticipation of the remnants of Category 3 Hurricane Odille which decimated Mexico's Baja California. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile barreled toward Arizona on Wednesday and threatened to swamp some areas with 5 inches of rain in the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the last two weeks.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:41:13 -0400

This undated PennDOT identification photo released Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Penn., being sought in Friday's shooting that left one trooper dead and another critically wounded at a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. A gunman killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks during a late-night shift change, then slipped away. (AP Photo/PennDOT via Pennsylvania State Police)BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a heavily armed survivalist with a vendetta against law enforcement is the suspect in an ambush that killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a heavily forested region of northeastern Pennsylvania. State police have warned the public that 31-year-old Eric Frein of Canadensis is dangerous, saying he's talked about committing mass murder. One local school district has closed Wednesday because of safety concerns for students and staff.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:39:58 -0400

In this Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 photo, Michael Eisenberg, sits on the customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in “Easy Rider” at the Profiles in History auction house in Calabasas, Calif. Eisenberg, a California businessman who once co-owned a Los Angeles motorcycle-themed restaurant with Fonda and “Easy Rider” co-star Dennis Hopper, owns the motorcycle that has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. The auction house Profiles in History tells The Associated Press it estimates the Harley-Davidson will bring between $1 million and $1.2 million at its Oct. 18, 2014 sale. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)NEW YORK (AP) — The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:03:38 -0400

In this Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt poses for a portrait at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. Eberhardt was named Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, as one of 21 people to receive a "genius grant" from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)CHICAGO (AP) — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:00:55 -0400

Firefighters hose down a hot spot in the rubble of home Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, that was destroyed by a wildfire in Weed, Calif. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)WEED, Calif. (AP) — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:00:41 -0400
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking an extra-long sentence for a woman who bought the guns used by her former neighbor to kill two upstate New York firefighters on Christmas Eve.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:47:32 -0400

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 file photo, an ambulance departs Bellevue Hospital in New York where patients were being evacuated. When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn’t get to work _ problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Inspector General Office released a study Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014 on the emergency preparedness and response during the storm at 172 hospitals in the hardest-hit areas of New York, most of Connecticut and all of New Jersey. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work — problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:44:08 -0400

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Luger told the AP about the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul participating in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to detect American extremists who are looking to join terrorist organizations overseas. Authorities have said a handful of people have left Minnesota to join militant groups in Syria. At least one man has died while fighting for the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:11:34 -0400

FILE- In this June 2, 2014, file photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Mufid Elfgeeh, of Rochester, N.Y., is shown. Elfgeeh, who was accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others, is now facing new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Monroe County Sheriff's Office, File)ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others faces new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:02:18 -0400

AccuWeather: Just ChillingMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a cool workweek and a warmer weekend.


Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:23 -0400
Today is Wednesday, September 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:48:44 -0400

Bucket list response amazes expecting parentsA mom and dad from our area are helping their baby live its life to the fullest before it is even born.


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:47:23 -0400

CHOP: 4 patients tested positive for Enterovirus D68Four children in the Philadelphia area have tested positive for enterovirus D68, according to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:46:27 -0400

Up to 12 suspects sought in Center City Philadelphia hate crimePhiladelphia police say as many as 12 suspects are being sought for an assault in Center City that is being characterized as a hate crime.


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:26:06 -0400

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo is Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington. Ginsburg discusses the work of the court in an appearance Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at the University of Minnesota Law School. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states' gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday.


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:15:01 -0400

Three images of Edouard are shown as it transitions into a hurricane, from September 12, to September 13 and as a hurricane on September 14 in the Atlantic Ocean(Reuters) - Hurricane Edouard, the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, is weakening and accelerating north-eastward, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday. Edouard was about 495 miles (795 km) east-northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained wind of 90 mph (150 kph), NHC said. (Reporting by Anupam Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Anand Basu)


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:58:48 -0400
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is organizing a summit on U.N. peacekeeping on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week that will be addressed by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:54:43 -0400

St. Louis activist Anthony Shahid confronts councilman Steve Stenger during the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown disrupted a government meeting Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government meeting Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case and vowing political retaliation against an elected official tied to the prosecutor.


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:52:27 -0400

This undated PennDOT identification photo released Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Penn., being sought in Friday's shooting that left one trooper dead and another critically wounded at a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. A gunman killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks during a late-night shift change, then slipped away. (AP Photo/PennDOT via Pennsylvania State Police)Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday as they tracked a survivalist with two high-powered rifles and a grudge against police, identified as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks.


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:39:47 -0400
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was found guilty on Tuesday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for his role in trying to thwart a federal probe into prisoner abuse and other misconduct inside the United States' largest jail system. A U.S. District Court jury convicted James Sexton of charges he helped hide an inmate informant from federal investigators after the inmate's cover was blown, altering computer records to make it appear the informant had been released, then re-booking him under false names. ...
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