Two minors were killed in Yosemite National Park early on Friday when an oak tree limb fell on the tent where they were sleeping, a park spokesman said. Park rangers responded to the scene of the accident, at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, but both minors were deceased, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. Yosemite declined to release the names, ages or place of residence of the victims but said the incident was under investigation.
If convicted, Christopher Henderson, 40, and Rhonda Carlson, 42, will face either life in prison or the death penalty. The Aug. 4 fire killed Kristen Henderson, 35, and her unborn child, as well as her 8-year-old son from another relationship and her mother, 67. The fire happened at a home in Maysville, Alabama, west of Huntsville, police said.
What is different now under what is called an interim patrol plan, however, is university officers will not be allowed to make traffic stops, abiding by a recent Cincinnati City Council decision, the university said in a statement. On July 19, Raymond Tensing, a white university police officer, shot Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black man, in the head during a traffic stop off campus.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year.
A former Texas county judge was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in a federal prison for illegally dealing in firearms and making false statements to government agents about the weapons, some of which were smuggled into Mexico, prosecutors said. Tim Wright, 70, had entered a plea bargain with prosecutors earlier this year and will be placed on supervised release for three years once he completes his prison sentence, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. human rights experts on Friday called on Iran to immediately release a Washington Post reporter who has been detained for more than a year on charges including espionage and distributing propaganda against the Islamic Republic. A verdict on Jason Rezaian's case could come as early as next week.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Struggling against winds up to 40 mph, an off-duty California sheriff's deputy died trying to save a friend in deep water during an outing on Lake Tahoe, authorities said Friday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson city officials on Friday defended interim Police Chief Andre Anderson after an online report raised concerns about his record as an officer in Glendale, Arizona.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A safety inspection found no major problems with a roller coaster that struck and killed a man who entered a restricted area to look for a lost cellphone at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park, a spokesman said Friday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Iowa residents were sentenced to decades in prison Friday for forcing a young woman into prostitution and torturing her, leaving her with physical and psychological scars that a judge said might never heal.
A safety inspection found no major problems with a roller coaster that struck and killed a man who entered a restricted area to look for a lost cellphone at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park, a spokesman said Friday.
Philadelphia police are searching for a thief who stole a purse from a Center City restaurant last month.
New York on Friday became the most populous U.S. state to ban the sale of powdered alcohol, a controversial just-add-water beverage that opponents say will lead to a rise in underage drinking and abuses. "For every substance or drug that has been abused by people in our communities, we often look back and ask ourselves if there is anything we could have done differently to prevent a wave of addiction from reaching the point of no return," said state Senator Joseph Griffo, who sponsored the New York legislation. Arizona-based Lipsmark LLC, the company approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to sell the drink, called Palcohol, argues that its product is safer than liquid alcohol.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is being fined $100,000 a day by the state Supreme Court because justices say lawmakers have failed to adequately pay to educate the state's 1 million school children.
By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Firefighters battling a raging California wildfire near the state's celebrated wine region turned a corner by Friday as they managed to draw containment lines around half of the blaze ravaging drought-parched brush and dry timber. The 24,555-acre Jerusalem Fire broke out Sunday afternoon in rural ranch land north of Napa County's wine-producing region, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The flames spread rapidly, and while it grew by several hundred acres overnight, firefighters have now contained 52 percent of the flames, according to Cal Fire, as the department is known.
A 17-year-old high school football player in western Kentucky was killed when a heavy piece of metal equipment struck him, police said on Friday. Jayvon Quarles was helping move the football equipment for the Hopkinsville High School team on Thursday afternoon, when it fell and struck him, Hopkinsville, police said. Quarles was taken to the Jennie Stuart Medical Center in the city 70 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
MIAMI (AP) — The latest on an internal affairs investigation of a Miami police officer; video shot by a bystander shows him jumping on top of a handcuffed teenager in the back of a patrol car (all times local):
Police say a mother was arrested in Toms River, New Jersey for DWI after she crashed her car with her 6-year-old son inside.
The Stars and Stripes rose Friday over the newly opened U.S. Embassy for the first time in 54 years, making a symbolically charged victory lap for the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with Cuba.
Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford won't play in Sunday's exhibition opener against the Indianapolis Colts.