OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.
Two people are hospitalized after a crash in Camden County.
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The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives. "He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person," Diane Foley said in a post on a website set up by the Foley family. James Foley was abducted in Syria in November 2012 while reporting on the conflict there for GlobalPost. A video released on Tuesday by Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, appeared to show Foley being beheaded.
Marine Corps Pacific commander has approved the life sentence recommended by a court martial for a former U.S. Marine who murdered a Las Vegas prostitute in Hawaii, a spokesman said Tuesday. The military court found Nathaniel Cosby, a former Master Sergeant, guilty in April of murdering Ivanice "Ivy" Harris, 29, who was last seen alive outside a Waikiki bar on May 16, 2013. A social media page set up by friends after she disappeared identified Harris as a Las Vegas prostitute who was visiting Hawaii.
By Alexander Dziadosz and Oliver Holmes BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media websites.
One person was killed and another critically injured in an accident in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
A yoga instructor fell to his death while he scaled rocks during a climb in Yosemite National Park on Saturday, just after his girlfriend had his accepted his marriage proposal.
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Banners flutter along the main street of downtown Ferguson but instead of the protest signs that read "Hands Up Don't' Shoot," these are ads for everyday events like a local farmers market and a church fish fry. With nightly protests and police lobbing tear gas along West Florissant Avenue, locals in the small Missouri town of just 6 square miles (16 square km) are trying to get on with their normal lives. "Things are so disruptive." "I'm wishing it would all go away, but then I have to catch myself because a young man is dead and another man is being held up to all kinds of scrutiny." In the warren of residential streets lined with small single-story brick houses nearest to West Florissant, residents said they are growing exasperated by the violence and its fallout. You have to give the police time to do their job right." Waiting to get her car repaired in downtown Ferguson, 81-year-old Helen Robinson fretted that she couldn't make her regular drive down West Florissant, a major thoroughfare.
By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of several hundred people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen quickly and radically changed. By the end of another night of violence, dozens of people had been arrested, marking the latest outbreak of rancor in the St. Louis suburb where calls for peaceful protests have been overshadowed by episodes of looting, arson and clashes with police over the last 10 days. Civil rights leaders and police - at odds over much of what has occurred in this small, mostly black St. Louis suburb - agree on at least one hypothesis: Many of the perpetrators are not local residents. After Monday's violence, 56 people were arrested overnight, most on a charge of failure to disperse, according to the St. Louis County Justice Services Center.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 73-year-old former schoolteacher facing a murder charge in the death of an unarmed trespasser should have his $2 million bail reduced dramatically because he poses no flight risk and opened fire in self-defense when he thought the man pointed a gun at him, his new defense attorney said.
By Richard Weizel WESTPORT Conn. (Reuters) - Two Connecticut men suspected of robbing a bank led police on a wild car and foot chase on Tuesday before being arrested, authorities said. Jermaine Cowan, 35, and Carmello DeKane, 30, face charges including second-degree robbery after holding up a bank in Westport, according to authorities. Police said the suspects then fled in a car, driving the wrong way down Merritt Parkway.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Singer Ray J has pleaded not guilty to groping a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel bar and resisting arrest afterward.
NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of two unarmed black men came barely three weeks apart, generating immediate — and potentially volatile — outrage.
NEW YORK (AP) — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook.
CHICAGO (AP) — A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against the white suburban police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.
Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw has announced that he has ALS.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A lucrative contract to operate some of the most iconic lodging and food locations at the Grand Canyon has been reopened for bidding in a process that will bring changes affecting the millions of people who visit the landmark each year.
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state's rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women. “Pressuring a vulnerable population into making permanent reproductive choices without informed consent violates our most basic human rights.” The measure passed the Senate floor with a unanimous vote of 33-0 and now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. An audit released in June showed that errors were made in obtaining informed consent from 39 women inmates out of 144 who had their tubes tied while incarcerated between 2005 and 2011. Prison rules make tubal ligation available to inmates as part of regular obstetrical care.