By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado needs to strengthen efforts to combat wildfires to prevent future destructive blazes but need not create its own state-run aerial fleet of water-dropping planes, a firefighting agency recommended on Friday. The agency‘s director, Paul Cooke, said in a statement that firefighting efforts should focus on early detection and suppression before blazes rage out of control. A series of wildfires burned almost 250,000 acres and killed six people in Colorado in 2012, making it the state's worst wildfire season on record. Last year, the state's single most destructive wildfire destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two people on the outskirts of Colorado Springs.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The civilian truck driver the Navy says killed a sailor aboard a ship in Virginia once faced a murder charge in North Carolina but ended up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was out of prison less than two years later, court records show.
CHICAGO (AP) — Survivors of a 1997 terrorist bombing blamed partly on Iran can't seize thousands of relics from U.S. museums to pay a $412 million judgment against the Iranian government, a federal judge in Chicago ruled Friday.