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  • Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes. Nearly 1 square mile in Madera County had been scorched, revising earlier estimates that it had spanned about twice as much ground, state fire...

  • Blast in China coal mine kills 2, traps 25 miners

    BEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported. Twelve other miners were rescued from the privately owned mine in Huainan city in Anhui province after Tuesday's blast, one of whom suffered burns, the...

  • Rep. Lummis wins Wyoming GOP congressional primary

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Rep. Cynthia Lummis has won the Republican primary election for Wyoming's lone congressional seat, defeating a little-known challenger and all but assuring she will win a fourth term in November. Lummis beat Jason Senteney, a state corrections officer from Yoder in Tuesday's primary. Lummis was first elected to the House...

  • Hardy wins Wyoming Democratic US Senate primary

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Charlie Hardy has won the Wyoming Democratic primary election for U.S. Senate, defeating three challengers. Hardy is a 75-year-old former priest who says he lived in a cardboard shack when he ministered in Venezuela in the 1980s and 1990s. Hardy beat Al Hamburg of Torrington, Rex Wilde of Cheyenne and William Bryk of...

  • Lawyer: Man shot trespasser he thought pointed gun

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 73-year-old former schoolteacher facing a murder charge in the death of an unarmed trespasser should have his $2 million bail reduced dramatically because he poses no flight risk and opened fire in self-defense when he thought the man pointed a gun at him, his new defense attorney said. Wayne Burgarello has been in jail...

  • Lucrative Grand Canyon contract up for bid again

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A lucrative contract to operate some of the most iconic lodging and food locations at the Grand Canyon has been reopened for bidding in a process that will bring changes affecting the millions of people who visit the landmark each year. The contract first went out for bid a year ago. But Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave...

  • Grand jury could hear case against police officer

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against the white suburban police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. State prosecutors are wading through contradictory narratives as they decide which account to present. Federal authorities also could...

  • Arizona man wins Wyoming Democratic US House vote

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Arizona resident Richard Grayson has won the Democratic primary election for Wyoming's lone congressional seat. Grayson, of Apache Junction, Arizona, was unopposed. No one from Wyoming's struggling Democratic Party registered for the race. Incumbent GOP Rep. Cynthia Lummis faced one challenger in her party's primary as...

  • Expert: DNA evidence links suspect to killing

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — DNA evidence taken from the clothing and body of Carol Alford a quarter-century after her death linked her slaying to a serial killing suspect with such certainty that no other person on Earth could have deposited the cells, an expert testified Tuesday. Forensic DNA analyst Amanda Mendoza was asked during the trial if she...

  • Police: Sikh man called a terrorist, is mowed down

    NEW YORK (AP) — A 55-year-old New York man accused of mowing down a Sikh man with his pickup truck after calling him a terrorist has been arrested on hate charges. Joseph Caleca, of Setauket on Long Island, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of attempted murder as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime and leaving the scene without reporting. He...

  • Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the courthouse as part of sweeping disciplinary reforms announced Tuesday by Los Angeles schools. Under the new policy, police officers at Los Angeles Unified School District won't arrest or cite...

  • NTSB: Crash wiped out signal that could hold clues

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal investigator said Tuesday that a signal that would have given a final instruction to the crew of a railroad train involved in a fatal head-on collision was damaged in the accident but could still hold clues as to what happened. Crews are hopeful they can recover data from the signal, which was alongside a...

  • Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. At least three Palestinians were killed. The burst of violence, which erupted in the...

  • Arizona flooding creates several dramatic scenes

    PHOENIX (AP) — A series of storms dumped more than 4.5 inches of rain on areas north of Phoenix on Tuesday, requiring several dramatic rescues and resulting in many visible examples of damage. Here are some examples of the destruction brought on by the floodwaters: HOUSE RESCUE As violent floodwaters submerged a house in New River, two women...

  • Death penalty sought in Indy officer's slaying

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor filed court papers Tuesday seeking the death penalty against a man charged with murder in the killing of an Indianapolis police officer during a shootout in an alley. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced the move during a news conference. Major Davis Jr., 25, of Indianapolis could be sentenced to...

  • Gunmen kill 9 in attack inside morgue in Honduras

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran official says gunmen attacked a family retrieving a body from a state morgue in the city of San Pedro Sula, killing seven of the dead man's relatives and two bystanders. San Pedro Sula Forensic Medicine director Hector Hernandez says five masked, heavily armed men arrived at the morgue in two pickup...

  • NY took quick precautions after in-custody death

    NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of two unarmed black men came barely three weeks apart, generating immediate and potentially volatile outrage. But compared with the violent aftermath of Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, the fallout from the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York now seems notable for what's been absent:...

  • Sheriff: Ex-Marine inquired about body disposal

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said. Christopher Lee, 24, admitted conducting Internet searches on human body disposal, and a witness told...

  • Rights groups call for openness in Brown case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen civil and human rights groups are appealing for openness in the investigation of the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Members of the coalition, including the ACLU and National Bar Association, have filed lawsuits seeking the incident report in the shooting of Brown by Ferguson, Missouri,...

  • Mexico says mine firm lied about chemical spill

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream. Environment Secretary Juan Jose Guerra Abud said the mine falsely claimed the spill earlier this month was caused by unusually heavy...

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