Exclusive: In Florida Zika probe, federal scientists kept at arm's length
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:31:48 -0400
The state of Florida, the first to report the arrival of Zika in the continental United States, has yet to invite a dedicated team of the federal government's disease hunters to assist with the investigation on the ground, health officials told Reuters. While Florida has a strong record of battling limited outbreaks of similar mosquito-borne viruses, including dengue and chikungunya, the risk of birth defects caused by Zika adds greater urgency to containing its spread with every available means, they say. Other states have quickly called in CDC teams to help track high-profile diseases.
At least 16 feared dead in fiery Texas hot air balloon crash
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:20:49 -0400
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - At least 16 people were feared dead after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture near the central Texas city of Lockhart on Saturday morning, according to federal and local authorities. "It does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash," Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law said in a statement, according to his office. Emergency responders in Texas said the fire hit the basket portion of the hot air balloon.
Deadly California wildfire expected to widen severely
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:52:21 -0400
By Michael Fiala CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. (Reuters) - A deadly blaze near California's Big Sur coast could widen to more than five times its current size and has destroyed some 60 homes, threatened hundreds of others and spurred mass evacuations, authorities said on Saturday. The so-called Soberanes Fire, which started on July 22 and is burning just south of the oceanside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, has roared through nearly 32,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral, grass and timber in the Los Padres National Forest. The blaze is estimated to have a final size of 170,000 acres (265 square miles), according to California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, which is comprised of federal, state and local authorities.
Judge refuses to dismiss sex suit against Derrick Rose
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:29:31 -0400
LOS ANGELES (AP) â A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging New York Knicks player Derrick Rose and two friends drugged and gang-raped a woman.
Man shot and killed after party in South Philadelphia
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:25:14 -0400
A shooting victim has died and one man was taken into custody, after a police chase and crash in South Philadelphia.
3 dead, 1 hurt in shooting near Seattle; suspect in custody
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:20:05 -0400
SEATTLE (AP) â A gunman attacked a gathering of young adults at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday, killing two people at a fire pit before firing more shots from the roof, the grandmother of one of the witnesses said.
Montana to revisit incest law allowing charges against teens
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:15:15 -0400
HELENA, Mont. (AP) â Lawmakers will review a loophole in Montana's incest law that allows 16- and 17-year-olds to be held as complicit as their parents.
Questions remain about killing of San Diego policeman
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:13:38 -0400
SAN DIEGO (AP) â San Diego police were trying to determine whether a shooting that killed a veteran officer and wounded another was a deliberate attack.
The Latest: 'Significant loss of life' in balloon crash
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:11:43 -0400
LOCKHART, Texas (AP) â The Latest on the hot air balloon that crashed in Central Texas (all times local):
Water main break closes outer lanes of Roosevelt Blvd.
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:01:35 -0400
Crews are working to fix a water main break that forced police to detour traffic off the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia.