FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man who ran an unlikely campaign for governor of California earlier this year has been arrested on suspicion of shooting his neighbor in the stomach and killing a horse, officials said Friday.
The U.S. launched two more airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Friday, hitting a vehicle convoy and two mortar positions, the Pentagon said.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Authorities on Friday released the names of two of the six people whose bodies were discovered in two cars in an Oklahoma lake by police testing sonar equipment, ending decades-old disappearance cases. The bodies were of Jimmy Allen Williams, 16, who went missing in 1970 and Cleburn Hammack, 42, who went missing in 1969, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's office said. The bodies were pulled out from two cars, a 1952 Chevrolet and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, discovered in western Oklahoma's Foss Lake in September. Williams, Thomas Michael Rios, 18, and Leah Gail Johnson, 18, were last seen in Williams' Camaro on their way to a football game in Elk City on Nov. 20, 1970, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of fatally stabbing his infant cousin and critically wounding his aunt before being shot and killed by a police officer in Northern California might have wanted to die at the hands of police, authorities said Friday.
A total of $51,000 in reward money is now being offered in connection with the murder of a mother of two in Pennypack Park.
BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old Michigan woman who went missing after reporting she'd stopped to check on a person lying in a roadside ditch has been found alive in suburban Detroit.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A wealthy businessman who showered former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans made a major error in judgment, one of his associates said Friday.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia public schools denied the right of education to emotionally disabled students after discovering teachers had frequently secluded and restrained them. The department wrote in a July 29 letter of findings that it had entered an accord with the two public schools in Prince William County, PACE East and PACE West, to correct the problems. The schools are for students with serious emotional and behavioral problems. According to the letter from the department's Office for Civil Rights, school employees in some cases physically forced students to lie face down on the floor or put them into solitary padded areas.
ATLANTA (AP) — An American doctor infected with Ebola while working in Liberia indicated Friday he's getting stronger every day, and the husband of a second aid worker with the deadly virus said his wife also seems to be improving.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma teen has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher as investors were relieved by reports of easing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
The Yazidis are a small, misunderstood and long-persecuted religious sect rooted in the town of Sinjar, in northern Iraq, and in parts of Syria and Turkey.
Officials in the Lehigh Valley are investigating a train derailment near a casino in Bethlehem.
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A fast-spreading wildfire threatened 740 dwellings in northern Oregon on Friday after destroying a home and five other buildings overnight in what officials said could be one of the state's worst blazes for years. About 600 households have already been evacuated from the path of the so-called Rowena Fire, which has almost doubled in size since Thursday and is burning to around 3,400 acres in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. In Oregon alone some 4,600 firefighters are battling a dozen blazes across more than 105,000 acres of forests and grasslands. "This is shaping up to be one of the more active fire seasons we think we will see in decades," Alisa Cour, a spokeswoman for crews fighting the Rowena Fire, said on Friday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mother of three children killed when a carjacked sport utility vehicle crashed into a group selling fruit on a street corner for a church fundraiser has died, officials said Friday.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review its rules about ivory imports after two New Hampshire teenagers' bagpipes were seized at the Canadian border, a spokesman said Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — There are changes coming to FICO, a broadly used credit score, that may mean higher credit scores for many consumers. Banks, credit card issuers, auto lenders and other businesses use those scores to decide whether to lend to consumers and how much interest to charge them. A higher score could get you better terms on loans for cars and homes.
(Reuters) - Hawaii's two refineries continued operating on Friday as Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on the archipelago's Big Island, the companies said. The refineries on the island of Oahu, about 187 miles (300 km) northwest of the Big Island, were monitoring weather conditions and taking precautions. "We are continuing to operate the refinery at moderate throughput," said Lance Tanaka, spokesman for Par Petroleum Corp's 94,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Kapolei near Honolulu, the larger of the two plants. Chevron Corp said it would adjust operations at its 54,000-bpd Honolulu plant accordingly if necessary.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say the wildfire burning in Oregon's wind-swept Columbia River Gorge has destroyed a home, damaged two others and is threatening 740 more.
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The University of Southern California announced a series of security improvements on Friday in response to the brutal murder of a Chinese graduate student who was beaten to death with a baseball bat last month near his off-campus apartment. The measures mark the second major security upgrade since the 2012 murder of two graduate students from China sent shockwaves through the prestigious private school and ignited a debate over whether USC and the Los Angeles Police Department had provided adequate security in the neighborhoods surrounding the urban campus. "USC evaluates and upgrades its security measures and safety procedures on an ongoing basis, and we are glad that we have been successful working with LAPD in reducing crime overall,” Todd Dickey, senior vice president for administration, said in a statement.