WILLOWS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released the cause of death for nine of the 10 victims of a Northern California crash between a charter bus full of students and a FedEx tractor-trailer.
HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers for a former Hawaii-based soldier who avoided a death sentence for his 5-year-old daughter's killing want him to consult with an appellate attorney before deciding whether to appeal his murder conviction.
Authorities say that two young men are dead in eastern Pennsylvania after being struck by a freight train while crossing railroad tracks.
NEW YORK (AP) — "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies in Utah arrested nearly two dozen environmental protesters who chained themselves to fences and construction equipment on Monday at a tar sands mining project in the remote Book Cliffs mountains, an activist group said. The Tar Sands Resistance group said about 80 activists set up a "blockade" at the PR Springs mine to highlight what it said would be huge environmental damage if it goes ahead. "These projects do nothing but devastate the land and pollute the water and air," said TSR spokeswoman Jessica Lee, adding that Monday's action followed years of protests, lawsuits and other attempts to stop the work. The mine, about 180 miles (290 km) southeast of Salt Lake City, is operated by Calgary-based U.S. Oil Sands [USO.V].
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was attacked by a brown bear while training in the woods near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, the second bear attack on a soldier from the base in two months, officials said on Monday. Sergeant Lucas Wendeborn suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the attack on Sunday morning while he was participating in a navigation exercise, Command Sergeant Major Alan Feaster of the Alaska Army National Guard said in a written statement. Wendeborn, 26, had been wading through dense woods when he encountered the bear and two cubs, Feaster said in the statement.
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional refused Monday to allow gay couples to begin marrying in Monroe County, citing a pending appeal by the state attorney general.
WORLEY, Idaho (AP) — A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado county clerk who issued nearly three dozen same-sex marriage licenses agreed on Monday to halt the practice after the state's highest court ordered another clerk to stop issuing the permits to gay couples. Pueblo County clerk Gilbert Ortiz said he would comply with the request by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, in light of Friday's ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that halted the practice in Denver County. Emboldened by a landmark federal appeals court ruling late last month in favor of gay marriage in neighboring Utah, the county clerk in Boulder became the first clerk in Colorado to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.
Two men were struck and killed by a train in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, police say.
(Reuters) - A man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old Kansas girl who died in a shootout between police and her alleged abductor was arrested in a hospital on Monday on suspicion of charges including first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping, authorities said. Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens said Marcus McGowan, 30, remained hospitalized under 24-hour guard after being injured in the shootout. Cadence Harris, 5, was reported kidnapped on Friday night. Police in Missouri and Kansas were involved in the chase as the suspect crossed the state line before the incident ended in Leavenworth, a town in northeast Kansas.
Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State.
A 19-year-old California man was charged Monday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers in a bank robbery and running gun battle.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said Monday.
A Philadelphia Eagles player is facing charges in Arizona after authorities say he pushed a police officer investigating a bar brawl.
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Attorneys for a Mississippi death-row inmate who was tried six times for the same killings told the state Supreme Court on Monday that his most recent trial was unfair and his conviction should be overturned. Lawyers for Curtis Flowers, a black man convicted in the 1996 slayings of four people at a furniture store from which he had been fired days earlier, said jury selection in his 2010 trial was racially biased and that evidence against him was both lacking and misrepresented by prosecutors. “No one can know what the jury would have done in the absence of those errors,” said Sheri Lynn Johnson, an attorney for Flowers, now 44. Flowers was convicted and sentenced to death in 1997, 1999 and 2004, but the state Supreme Court overturned each of those convictions – the first two because of prosecutorial misconduct and the third because of racial discrimination during jury selection.
(Reuters) - In a scene that could open the film "Snakes on a Jet Ski," New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong. Tales of the giant snake brought the state Department of Environmental Protection to the fresh water lake in northern New Jersey - the state's largest at 4 square miles (10 square km) - but the mystery has only deepened, DEP spokesman Bob Considine said on Monday. "One person says it's a boa constrictor, another says it's an anaconda," Considine said. "We don't have any confirmation of this snake at all." While a pet owner with a permit is allowed to keep a boa constrictor in New Jersey, anacondas are prohibited, Considine said.Initial reports of the creature surfaced more than a week ago when a resident of the lake popular with motor boat enthusiasts and jet skiers said he saw the snake under a dock at his boathouse.
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Prosecutors have charged three New Mexico teens with murder for allegedly beating to death two homeless men whose bodies were so badly disfigured they have yet to be identified, police and the Albuquerque District Attorney's Office said. Kayla Anderson, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said Alex Rios, aged 18, as well as a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old were arrested on Saturday and appeared in state court on Monday charged with open counts of first degree murder. According to a criminal complaint filed by police, the two younger teens live across the street from the vacant lot on Albuquerque's west side where the killings took place. The complaint filed by Detective Geoffrey Stone says the 16-year-old admitted to officers he and the other two defendants had beaten more than 50 people in random attacks over the past year, but that he said they went too far in the latest assault.
NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo is buying Flurry Inc., a startup that helps other programmers build better mobile applications and craft marketing campaigns for smartphones and tablets.