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Hundreds of new evacuations across West as wildfires surge

June 21, 2016 • National NewsComments (0)

A large plume of smoke from a wildfire rises above a hillside just north of Azusa, Calif., Monday, June 20, 2016. New wildfires erupted in Southern California as an intensifying heat wave stretching from the West Coast to New Mexico blistered the region with triple-digit temperatures. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Surging wildfires [&hellip...

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Judge: US agency lacks authority to set rules on fracking

June 21, 2016 • National NewsComments (0)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ruled that federal regulators lack the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing, dealing another setback to the Obama administration’s efforts to tighten how fossil fuels are mined. In an order signed Tuesday,...

New fires erupt in California as heatwave sears Southwest

June 20, 2016 • National NewsComments (0)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New wildfires erupted Monday near Los Angeles and chased people from their suburban homes as an intense heatwave stretching from the West Coast to New Mexico blistered the region. Towering columns of smoke rose from the San Gabriel...

NYC police officials charged in bribery corruption scandal

June 20, 2016 • National NewsComments (0)

NEW YORK (AP) — Two high-ranking New York Police Department officers were arrested Monday on charges they took over $100,000 worth of free flights, prostitutes, expensive meals and other bribes in exchange for providing a “private police force”...

911 transcript: Orlando gunman said he was Islamic soldier

June 20, 2016 • National NewsComments (0)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando gunman Omar Mateen identified himself as an Islamic soldier in calls with authorities during his rampage and warned a crisis negotiator that in coming days “you’re going to see more of this type of action going...

Colorado woman pries open mountain lion’s jaws to rescue son

June 18, 2016 • National NewsComments (0)

DENVER (AP) — Summoned by the sound of screams, a Colorado woman raced to her front yard to find a terrifying sight: A mountain lion was hunched over her 5-year-old son, biting him. The woman charged the animal, yanked away one of its paws and discovered...

Alabama police officer fatally shoots armed drunk-driver

June 18, 2016 • National NewsComments (0)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Police say a police officer has fatally shot an armed man who was driving drunk in northern Alabama. Huntsville police spokesman Lt. Stacy Bates tells local news outlets that an Alabama state trooper approached the man in the Central...

Officials reviewing hydropower project proposal at McKay Dam

June 18, 2016 • National NewsComments (0)

PENDLETON, Oregon (AP) — An eastern Oregon engineer says he’s interested in producing hydro power at McKay Dam. Bill Hampton submitted paperwork this month for permission to install a small generator and powerhouse at the dam near Pendleton, the East...

Police arrest protesters forming blockade along rail tracks

June 18, 2016 • National NewsComments (0)

VANCOUVER, Washington (AP) — Police arrested more than 20 people who formed a human blockade on tracks near the Washington-Oregon border in response to a recent oil train derailment along the Columbia River. More than a 100 protesters attended...

3 indicted for role in ex-Waffle House CEO sex tape case

June 18, 2016 • National NewsComments (0)

ATLANTA (AP) — A woman and her attorneys have been charged with secretly videotaping her having sex with a former CEO of Waffle House, and using the recording to try to extort millions of dollars from him. Mye Brindle, John Butters and David Cohen were...