BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires, like earthquakes, are a frightening fact of life in California, just more predictable. So as thousands of firefighters made progress in taming more than a dozen blazes that have pockmarked the northern half of the state, fire officials and anxious residents of drought-afflicted rural communities breathed a shallow sigh of relief they knew might not last long.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen probed their personal life on Wednesday, with an ex-aide saying the first lady had wanted more time with her husband and yelled at staffers. The testimony by Mary Shea Sutherland, Maureen McDonnell's former chief of staff, counters defense contentions that the marriage was so frayed that the couple could not have conspired to take $165,000 in loans and gifts from a businessman. Sutherland testified in U.S. District Court that Maureen McDonnell had asked about having more time with her husband, and staffers tried to get them together for dinner as often as possible. The McDonnells face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr in exchange for supporting his former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. Defense attorneys have asserted that the couple’s marriage was crumbling and that the first lady had a “crush” on Williams.
Donald Trump wants his name taken off two Atlantic City, New Jersey, casinos he founded but no longer controls, saying in a lawsuit that they have become so dilapidated that they damage his brand image. Trump says Trump Entertainment Properties, which owns and operates the Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza, have let the casinos fall into “an utter state of disrepair,” said a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in New Jersey Superior Court. The Plaza in particular, the lawsuit states, “has failed to meet industry standards across a wide range of categories, ranging from food and beverage services to overall cleanliness of the property.” Trump founded the Plaza in 1984 and helped usher in a new era in Atlantic City, bringing in big name concert groups such as the Rolling Stones, along with high-profile boxers including heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Trump's stake in Trump Entertainment Properties was wiped out when the firm filed for bankruptcy in 2009.