The U.S. Air Force on Monday said it is still examining a possible "block buy" that the Pentagon hopes to put together to lower the cost of U.S. and foreign military purchases of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet in coming years. Air Force acquisition chief William LaPlante said the U.S. military services and international partners are studying options for such a deal, which would pool planned purchases over a number of years to benefit from larger economies of scale and drive down the price of the new stealth fighter. If in fact there is merit to it, we have time to do it," he said at the annual Air Force Association conference.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge denied bail Monday for a white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist, saying his release would "constitute an unreasonable danger to the community."
Michael Slager, 33, has been jailed since his April arrest in the death of Walter Scott, 50. The shooting, caught on video by a bystander, renewed national debate over police treatment of minorities and led to Slager's firing from the North Charleston police force. In a hearing on Thursday, defense attorney Andy Savage argued that Slager was not a flight risk and that he had been violently attacked by Walter Scott, 50, in a confrontation after Scott had fled a routine traffic stop and Slager had chased him.
By Curtis Skinner LAKEPORT, Calif. (Reuters) - A Northern California wildfire ranked as the most destructive to hit the drought-stricken U.S. West this year has killed one woman and burned some 400 homes to the ground, fire officials said on Monday, and they expect the property toll to climb. The so-called Valley Fire erupted on Saturday and spread quickly to a cluster of small communities in the hills and valleys north of Napa County's wine-producing region, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. Evacuated residents recounted chaotic ordeals of having to flee their homes through gauntlets of flame.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The co-chairman of a reform panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown said Monday that the group's report calling for police departments and municipal courts to be merged and other changes "reveals uncomfortable truths about this region we call home."
In laying out the nearly 500 counts of theft and other charges, special agent Craig LeCadre told a court that investigators recovered 16,000 items in a storage facility and at Reed's home. "It was like (the television show) 'Hoarders,' on steroids," said LeCadre, chief investigator on Reed's case for the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office. At a preliminary hearing in the Dauphin County Courthouse, prosecutors must show Magisterial District Justice Richard Cashman that they have enough evidence to support the charges and move forward to the trial phase.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A motorist accused of deliberately and fatally hitting a firefighter with his car told police he was angry with the firefighters collecting money for charity and slowing traffic, court records show.
LA PLATA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman who was found pushing her dead son in a playground swing earlier this year has been indicted and charged with manslaughter and child abuse, authorities announced Monday.
Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo was suspended indefinitely by the school Sunday after being involved in an incident outside the team's stadium following the Scarlet Knights' 37-34 loss to Washington State on Saturday.