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Destructive California wildfire burns on as weather heats up

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:17

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Crews fighting a California wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and charred 28 square miles of forest land have made progress, but officials said on Monday the return of high temperatures and low humidity could fuel a new flare-up. The so-called King Fire, which broke out on Sept. 13, was burning through drought-parched timber and brush in the popular El Dorado National Forest and Tahoe National Forest, areas northeast of Sacramento. No residents have been hurt, said fire service spokesman Tom Piranio, but 2,800 people had been evacuated. ...

3 missing Afghan soldiers found

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:54

Soldiers who went missing from a Cape Cod military base over the weekend have been found.

Ebola toll passes 2,800: WHO

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:35

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been largely contained in Senegal and Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, but the disease is still spreading elsewhere and has now killed over 2,811 people in the region. Senegal and Nigeria, the most recent of five nations to record cases of Ebola, implemented strict measures to isolate the ill and track down further possible cases -- steps that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have failed to impose, allowing the disease to take hold in cities and rural communities. ...

White House intruder to face charges in court

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man who jumped the fence at the White House in a major security breach was due in court on Monday amid reports that U.S. authorities are considering widening the security buffer around the executive mansion. Omar Gonzalez, 42, who ran into the White House on Friday while carrying a knife, faced charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon." The charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Gonzalez was expected in U.S. District Court in Washington, a court spokesman said. ...

Cops: Bear kills hiker near N.Y.

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:24

A 22-year-old hiker walking with friends in the woods just an hour's drive from New York has been killed by a bear, police said Monday.

Lawyer: Exonerated NYC man dies from asthma attack

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:44

A New York City man freed after serving 23 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit died over the weekend.

Arias trial: Judge maintains camera restrictions

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:54

A judge refused to lift camera coverage restrictions in the penalty phase of Jodi Arias' retrial.

NTSB investigating fatal Delaware bus crash

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:41

Vehicle overturned, leaving 2 dead, dozens injured; police say no drugs, alcohol involved.

Texas soldier beat daughter to death for soiled diaper, police say

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:20

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Fort Bliss, Texas, soldier beat his 2-year-old daughter to death after he became upset that she soiled her diaper, police said on Monday. Dartarious Graham, a 20-year-old U.S. Army specialist, was arrested by El Paso police and charged with capital murder in the death of his daughter. Peyton Graham was found unresponsive with suspicious injuries in her father's apartment and later died at a hospital on Saturday, police said. ...

Australian jets to join fight against Islamic State

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:12

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Australia's defense minister David Johnston said on Monday during a visit to Baghdad that his country's fighter jets will play a part in U.S.-led air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq. Johnston told reporters that up to eight Super Hornet aircraft will participate in a U.S.-led coalition "delivering air strikes to degrade, disrupt and ultimately seek to destroy ISIL (Islamic State)". Australian Special Forces will be serving as advisers to Iraqi forces, Johnston said after a meeting with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. ...

Ex-NYC mayor Giuliani joins Activision's 'Call of Duty' legal team

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:11

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining a video game company's legal fight against disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who is suing Activision over his inclusion in one of its popular "Call of Duty" games.

American would-be jihadis return home to FBI scrutiny

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:09

An estimated 100 Americans have tried to get to Syria and join up with groups like the Islamic State.

Weather may worsen for Calif. wildfires

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:06

Hotter temperatures and erratic winds are expected after a cooler, wet weekend.

Ex-New York Mayor Giuliani to defend Activision in Noriega lawsuit

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:56

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Monday he would defend Activision Blizzard Inc in a lawsuit filed by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega over his depiction in the company's popular "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" video game. As co-counsel, Giuliani will defend Activision on the grounds that Noriega's depiction in the game is protected under the right to free speech. ...

Illinois town's birthday mega-bratwurst and bun

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:42

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Residents in the southwest Illinois city of Belleville celebrated its 200th birthday with a 200-foot bratwurst, complete with a 200-foot bun.

New Jersey man attacked and killed by black bear, police say

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 05:49
(Reuters) - A man hiking in a heavily wooded area of northern New Jersey was attacked and killed by a black bear during the weekend, police said on Monday. Darsh Patel, 22, of Edison, New Jersey, and four friends encountered the bear on Sunday afternoon in the Apshawa Preserve, about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of New York City, according to the West Milford Township, New Jersey, police department. The bear began to follow the hikers and they scattered, police said in a statement. Four of them regrouped but Patel was missing and they contacted police, it said. ...

Hot property: Apple sets iPhone sales record over weekend

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 05:39

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays. Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more if supplies had been available. Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, based on record first-day pre-orders. The new phones, which went on sale in 10 countries, drew more than 4 million pre-orders on Sept. ...

#FloodWallStreet target NYC's financial district

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 05:24

Activists to rally against "corporate polluters ...profiting from the fossil fuel industry."

Rockefeller heirs dump fossil fuels

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 03:41

A family foundation is part of a $50 billion movement to divest in old energy.