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New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size, scorching more than 100 sq m (259 sq km) of drought-parched timber and brush. More than 3,800 firefighters battled to stop the march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but had managed to cut containment lines around just 10 percent of the flames, officials said. ...


In shift, U.S. officials fight release on bond of migrants: lawyers

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is routinely arguing against the release on bond of Central American women and children at a New Mexico detention center in a policy shift meant to discourage others like them from entering the United States, say lawyers for the detainees. The lawyers, representing women and children being held at the detention center in Artesia, 170 miles (275 km) from El Paso, Texas, say the government has for the last two months routinely argued against granting bond. ...


6 children, 2 adults dead in Florida shooting

BELL, Fla. (AP) — A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at the man's home in a small North Florida town Thursday, a sheriff said.


Man kills daughter, six grandchildren in Florida murder-suicide

TAMPA (Reuters) - A 51-year-old Florida man shot dead his daughter and six grandchildren in his home before killing himself on Thursday, authorities said. Don Spirit, identified by authorities as the suspect, called the 911 emergency line and killed himself after a sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said. Everyone in the house was killed, Schultz said. The youngest child was less than three months old and the oldest was 10 years old, he added. "We're all family here. What can you say?" Schultz said. ...

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law. Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no. ...


Police seek gunman at Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport

Police in Arizona arrested one man and were seeking another at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday after officers pursued a car there carrying suspects in a shooting at a nearby gas station forecourt, authorities said. No one was being allowed into the airport's Terminal Four due to police activity, and people were told to avoid the area, said Sergeant Steve Martos, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman. Sergeant Mike Pooley of the Tempe Police Department said a patrol car had followed the suspect vehicle from the scene of the shooting to the airport. ...


Fatal police shooting near St. Louis — 2nd since Ferguson

Officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis, the second fatal police shooting of a black suspect in the region since the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.


8 killed in attack on Guinea Ebola education team

Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday. "The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. Three of them had their throats slit," Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters by telephone in Conakry. However, Guinea's Prime Minister Mohamed Saïd Fofana, speaking in a television message that had been recorded earlier, said 7 bodies of 9 missing people had been found. ...


30 killed in series of attacks in Iraq

Iraqi authorities say a suicide bombing and mortar fire have killed another 15 people in the capital late Thursday, raising the day's death toll from attacks to 30.


FBI adds name of suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush to most wanted list

(Reuters) - The FBI on Thursday added the name of the suspect in last week's ambush of two Pennsylvania troopers to its list of the 10 most wanted fugitives, almost a week after the manhunt began for the person who killed one officer and wounded another. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, has been identified as the prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and the wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove late last Friday. ...

Federal charges for couple in Amish kidnapping case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters in northern New York were charged Thursday in federal court with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography.


The U.K.'s other 'yes' vote—at Royal and Ancient golf club

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - After 260 years of exclusion, women will be allowed to join the Royal and Ancient golf club after an overwhelming members' vote opened the doors to the famous St Andrews clubhouse and paved the way for them to play a role in the governance of the game. More than 75 percent of the club's 2,400 worldwide members, voting in person and via proxy and postal votes, took part and 85 percent were in favour of the change. ...


Home Depot says breach affected 56M payment cards

The Home Depot says it has eliminated malware from its U.S. and Canadian networks that affected 56 million unique payment cards between April and September. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer ...


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