U.S. highway safety regulators also confirmed that the death of Jewel Brangman in a 2001 Honda Civic is the seventh U.S. death, and the eighth fatality worldwide related to Takata airbag inflators that can explode, sending shards of metal through the passenger compartments of cars. U.S. regulators have ordered the recall of vehicles equipped with about 34 million Takata airbag inflators. Honda, in a statement, said the 2001 car had been issued a salvage title in October 2011, and then purchased by a rental car agency in San Diego, California.
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - A woman whose six-year-old daughter and unborn child were killed in the Colorado movie theater massacre in 2012 gave a heartrending account on Friday of the shooting, as prosecutors wrapped up their case against gunman James Holmes. "I went to stand up to reach for her hand to try to exit," partially paralyzed survivor Ashley Moser said, weeping. Veronica died after Holmes shot her several times.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google plans to censor unauthorized nude photos from its influential Internet search engine in a policy change aimed at cracking down on a malicious practice known as "revenge porn."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Friday passed a compromise budget to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's demands for restrained spending, even as the package sends billions more to public schools and increases spending on health care and social services.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston attorney on the National Rifle Association's board of directors is blaming the deadly Charleston church shooting on one of the victims, saying the slain pastor had opposed concealed carry legislation as a state senator that could have saved him and his fellow worshippers.
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the second time in two weeks, South Carolina prosecutor Scarlett Wilson finds herself at the center of a racially charged murder case generating national headlines, after the shooting of nine black men and women at a historic church in Charleston. Wilson will prosecute Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man accused of shooting black worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new program to deliver health care to veterans across the nation has jeopardized a system it used for a model, triggering outrage from Alaska's U.S. senators and frustration from vets.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The son of an inmate who died at the Utah state prison has sued corrections officials and health care providers, accusing them of violating his father's civil rights by failing to give him dialysis for two days.
By Steve Quinn and David Schwartz JUNEAU, Alaska/PHOENIX (Reuters) - Firefighters were working on Friday to contain several massive wildfires raging from Alaska to drought-hit California that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes and damaged dozens of structures. The so-called Lake Fire in a mountainous national forest outside Los Angeles had swelled to 11,000 acres (4,500 hectares) on Friday from 7,500 acres (3,000 hectares) the day before as it scorched old-growth timber on steep slopes and threatened some 150 structures, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. In Alaska, about 900 firefighters were battling two major blazes in a state that has 56 active wildfires ranging from a few acres to 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares), officials said.