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Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 17

59 min 24 sec ago

Rescue personnel search the floodwaters along Brays Bayou in southwest HoustonBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 17 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas.

1 dead, 3 wounded in Chester shooting

1 hour 13 min ago

1 dead, 3 wounded in Chester shootingPolice say one person is dead and three others were wounded after a shooting in Chester, Pennsylvania late Thursday night.

Flames damage twin home in Delco

1 hour 17 min ago

Flames damage twin home in DelcoA fire damaged a twin home in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania early Friday morning.

Tropical Storm Andres expected to become a hurricane

1 hour 31 min ago
MIAMI (AP) — The first named tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season is expected to soon become a hurricane far off Mexico's coast.

Strong earthquake strikes off Alaska coast

1 hour 39 min ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck in a remote region off the coast of Alaska and officials say there is no tsunami threat or immediate report of damage.

Toughest words aren't tough enough for 2 spelling bee champs

1 hour 58 min ago

Vanya Shivashankar, 13, left, of Olathe, Kan., left, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of St. Louis, hold up the trophy as co-champions after winning the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — For the second straight year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended with co-champions each holding onto one side of the golden trophy while they were showered with confetti.

Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter knew what he was doing

2 hours 10 min ago

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, file photo, District Attorney George Brauchler leaves district court after a brief status hearing regarding Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo. Prosecutors are methodically building a case that Holmes knew right from wrong when he planned and carried out the deadly Colorado theater shooting, hoping to convince jurors that he should be convicted and executed and not sent to a mental hospital. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes was mentally ill but legally sane when he opened fire in a suburban Denver movie theater, killing 12 people and wounding scores of others, a court-appointed psychiatrist has testified.

7.0 magnitude quake strikes offshore Alaska: USGS

2 hours 16 min ago
(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake's epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) south-southeast of Ugashik and 61.7 km deep. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that based on its available data, no tsunami was expected.

Anthrax shipments came from military site in Utah desert

2 hours 41 min ago

In this May 11, 2003, file photo, Microbiologist Ruth Bryan works with BG nerve agent simulant in Class III Glove Box in the Life Sciences Test Facility at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The specialized airtight enclosure is also used for hands-on work with anthrax and other deadly agents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to government and commercial laboratories occurred at a military post in a desolate stretch of the Utah desert that has been testing chemical weapons since it opened in 1942.

Republican Wyoming on board with federal sage grouse policy

2 hours 54 min ago

FILE - In this July 25, 2005 file photo, a sage grouse stands in a meadow at the Smith Creek Ranch, east of Fallon, Nev. On Thursday, May 28, 2015, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is expected to announce new measures to help conserve habitat in 10 states for the imperiled ground-dwelling bird. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison, File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse — but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the birds and more energy development in their habitat than any other.

Assisted suicide bill advances in California legislature

3 hours 24 min ago
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Thursday revived a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, after a renewal of debate on end-of-life issues prompted by the death of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard last year. It was approved by the state Senate appropriations committee days after the powerful California Medical Association dropped its opposition. Another co-author, Democratic state Senator Bill Monning, said the bill was inspired by the death of Maynard, who moved to Oregon from California so that she could commit suicide under that state's aid-in-dying law.

Quotations in the News

3 hours 25 min ago
"You won't get anyone to say anything bad about him out here. Everybody loved him. The kids loved him and they still do." — David Corwin, whose son wrestled in high school for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Hastert was indicted for agreeing to pay millions in hush money to keep a person from the Illinois town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct."

Officials eye river levels in Texas, with focus on Houston

3 hours 42 min ago

A house built on tall piers is surrounded by flood water from the San Jacinto River Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Kingwood, Texas. Although the deadly thunderstorms that lashed much of Texas have tapered off, many cities were still in danger of flooding Thursday as heavy rain from earlier in the week poured downstream, swelling rivers. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — Officials are closely monitoring the levels of rivers in Texas engorged by the deluge of last weekend.

Arraignment for woman accused of killing fiance on Hudson

3 hours 57 min ago
GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her fiance by sabotaging his kayak on the Hudson River is due in court to answer murder and manslaughter charges.

Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert

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In this March 5, 2008, file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks to lawmakers on the Illinois House of Representatives floor at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Federal prosecutors have indicted Thursday, May 28, 2015, the former U.S. House Speaker on bank-related charges. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican. Before the indictment handed down Thursday, Hastert was remarkable for being a little-known state lawmaker from suburban Chicago who eventually rose to the third-highest office in the land.

Washington farmers are dumping unprofitable apples

4 hours 5 min ago

In this photo taken Feb. 6, 2015, container ships sit moored at a dock at the Port of Seattle during a slowdown in work there in a labor dispute, in Seattle. A record crop of apples, coupled with the port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers. Nearly $100 million worth of apples that cannot be sold have been dumped into fields across central Washington, the nation's most productive apple region. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers.

California horseman, beaten by deputies, is charged

4 hours 7 min ago
(Reuters) - A California man who received a $650,000 settlement after being beaten by about a dozen sheriff's deputies in a failed attempt to flee on horseback has been charged with felonies connected to the incident. The criminal complaint, which was filed in a San Bernardino County court, charged Francis Pusok with 14 crimes, including grand theft of livestock, animal cruelty, evading a police officer, and reckless driving. The complaint, a copy of which was published online by the Los Angeles Times, said Pusok, 30, was under the influence of marijuana and amphetamines at the time.