Rapidly Spreading California Wildfire Forces Hundreds To Evacuate



A rapidly spreading brushfire burning in parched timberland north of San Francisco has forced the evacuation of 500 people and destroyed several buildings less than 12 hours after it broke out, fire officials said on Thursday.

The blaze, named the "Rocky Fire," is one of a string of wildfires threatening homes and scorching parched wilderness in the U.S. West, where several regions have endured sustained drought.

The Rocky Fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in Lake County, 110 miles (180 km) north of San Francisco. By early Thursday it had covered 3,000 acres (1,200 hectares), according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

The agency said the fire was spreading rapidly through heavy brush and timberland. Rugged terrain made access difficult for firefighters.

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Spy For Israel Jonathan Pollard Granted Parole After 30 Years


Video: March 21, 2013

(CNN) - Convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard has been granted parole and will be released from an American jail on Nov. 21, his lawyer announced Tuesday.

Pollard's release -- exactly 30 years after his arrest -- could help ease the tensions between the United States and Israel that have grown over the Iran nuclear deal, which President Barack Obama supports and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently opposes.

Both the Justice Department and Pollard's pro bono attorneys, Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman, confirmed his release date Tuesday.

"Mr. Pollard is looking forward to being reunited with his beloved wife Esther," his lawyers said in a statement.

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Headline News For Tuesday 7/28/2015



Prison Seamstress Who Aided N.Y. Prison Escapees Pleads Guilty
A prison seamstress  pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping two murderers escape from a maximum security prison in upstate New York last month... 

Jen Welter To Become First Female Coach In NFL With Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals made history Monday when they announced the team has brought on Jen Welter to intern with their coaching staff for its training camp and preseason...

Escort Kills Possible Serial Killer
He pulled a gun on me! He was going to kill me! Those were the chilling words caught in the background of a 911 call...

Obama On Third Term: 'If I Ran Again, I Could Win'
President Barack Obama rebuked African leaders who refused to give up power Tuesday, joking the he thought he was "pretty good" at his job and could win a third term if he were allowed to run...

Florida Family Finds $1 Million Sunken Treasure
A Florida family who has hunted treasure for years has found more than $1 million worth of gold artifacts...

What Is Known About Survival Skills Of Teens Missing At Sea



The families of two teenage boys who are missing off the Florida coast after they set out three days ago on a fishing trip said they are confident that their sons have the skills to survive at sea.

The boat belonging to Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, was found capsized and damaged 67 nautical miles off the Ponce de Leon Inlet on Sunday, the Coast Guard said. Neither boy was in or around the boat.

The boys left on a fishing trip Friday morning and were reported missing Friday evening. As of early Monday morning, the search for the boys had covered 26,000 nautical square miles, the Coast Guard said.

“Currently we have searched the area the size of the state of Indiana,” Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Lehmann, Public Information Officer for the Coast Guard, said today.

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Headline News For Monday 7/27/2015



Obama Slams Huckabee For Comparing Iran Deal To Holocaust 
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama fired back at former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Monday after the 2016 Republican presidential candidate invoked the specter of the Holocaust in comments regarding the Iran nuclear deal...

Wall Street Dips After Chin Stocks Tumble
Wall Street began the week in the red on Monday and fell sharply on concerns about China's slowing growth in the wake of the biggest drop in Shanghai shares in eight years... 

Fiat Chrysler Must Buy Back Hundreds Of Thousands Of Ram Pickups
DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers hundreds of thousands of Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles...

2 Lives Cut Short: Remembering Young Women Shot At Movies
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - One was a talented artist who sang in an all-female band and planted trees to beautify her neighborhood. Another was studying to be a radiology technician and looking forward to a future with longtime boyfriend... 

U.S. Marines Killed In WWII Battle Finally Headed Home
Rows of American flag-draped coffins rested on pavement cracked by the relentless heat of a tropical summer sun. For decades, the Marines inside the caskets had been deemed "unrecoverable," lost in time...


Headline News For Saturday 7/25/2015



Fire Breaks Out At Las Vegas' Cosmopolitan Hotel
A massive fire broke out at Las Vegas hotel Saturday afternoon, has been extinguished...

Mourners Attend Illinois Funeral For Sandra Bland
Sandra Bland, the woman found dead in a Texas jail cell , was remembered Saturday as a courageous fighter for social justice...

More Bickering Between Clinton Team, House Benghazi Panel
The bickering has flared once more between Hilary Rodham Clinton's team and Republican-led House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks...

A federal judge has ruled that hundreds of immigrant women and children held in detention facilities should be released... 

Two low-profile Texas brothers have donated $15 million to support Sen. Ted Cruz, a record-setting contribution... 

3 Dead, Including Gunman In Louisiana Theater Shooting


LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A gunman sitting in a packed movie theater stood up about 20 minutes into the showing of "Trainwreck" and began firing into the crowd, killing two and wounding at least nine others before fatally shooting himself, authorities said.

The gunman initially tried escaping Thursday night by blending into the fleeing crowd, but turned back when he saw police heading inside from the parking lot, authorities said. Officers tailing him back into the theater then heard a single gunshot and found him dead inside, police said.

They described the shooter as a 58-year-old "lone white male" with a criminal history but did not immediately disclose his name. Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said the gunman was by himself and started the rampage by shooting the two people sitting in front of him.

At least one theatergoer described the attack, saying an older man stood up about 20 minutes into the 7:10 p.m. showing of the movie "Trainwreck" at the Grand 16 theater in Lafayette and began shooting.

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Police: 5 Dead In Oklahoma; 2 Teens In Custody



Two teens were taken into custody after five relatives were found stabbed to death at the Oklahoma home where they all lived, police told NBC News early Thursday.

The suspects, aged 18 and 16, allegedly ran out the back door when officers arrived at the scene in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.

As well as the five found stabbed to death, one juvenile girl family member was critically injured and taken to the hospital, according to Sgt. Thomas Cooper of the Broken Arrow Police Department. Another juvenile family member was found unharmed, Cooper said.

All of the victims and suspects were part of the same family and all lived at the home, he added.

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Obama Orders Flags To Half Staff For Chattanooga Victims



(CNN) - The White House and U.S. Capitol both lowered flags to half staff by Tuesday afternoon, after they were out of sync Tuesday in their tributes to the five U.S. service members who were slain by a gunman in Chattanooga last week.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky announced Tuesday that flags at the Capitol would be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims.

"Out of respect for their courageous service and sacrifice to our nation, flags at the U.S. Capitol are being lowered to half-staff," Boehner said in a statement.

But at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the flags at the White House noticeably remained at full-staff. Aides to the president have repeatedly declined to discuss whether the flags at the White House would be similarly lowered. Boehner's office said Tuesday that they had alerted the White House of their plans.

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Texas Officials Release Video In Jail Death Of Sandra Bland



HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a woman hanged herself in a jail cell said Monday that it is too soon to determine exactly how she died and that the ongoing case is being treated as thoroughly "as it would be in a murder investigation."

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said at a news conference that a Texas Rangers investigation into the death of Sandra Bland, whose family and friends dispute that she killed herself, is being supervised by the FBI.

Authorities have said Bland, a 28-year-old black woman from Naperville, Illinois, hanged herself with a plastic garbage bag July 13, three days after her arrest during a confrontational traffic stop. Her death at the Waller County jail, about 60 miles northwest of Houston, comes amid increased national scrutiny of police after a series of high-profile cases in which blacks have been killed by officers.

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More Than 100 Killed In Iraq Market Bombing



BAGHDAD (AP) — An attack by the Islamic State group on a crowded marketplace in Iraq's eastern Diyala province has killed 115 people, including women and children, in one of the deadliest single attacks in the country in the past decade.

The mostly-Shiite victims were gathered to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ended Friday for Iraqi Shiites and a day earlier for Iraqi Sunni Muslims.

Police said a small truck detonated in a crowded marketplace in the town of Khan Beni Saad Friday night in what quickly turned celebrations into a scene of horror, with body parts scattered across the market. At least 170 people were injured in the attack, police officials said, speaking anonymously because they are not authorized to brief the media.

Men quickly emptied boxes of tomatoes to use them for carrying the bodies of small children, witnesses said, while adult victims lay scattered around the attack scene waiting for medical assistance.

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Officials Probe Tennessee Gunman's Mideast Travel



U.S. authorities are investigating travel to the Middle East by the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee, including at least one trip to Jordan and possibly one to Yemen, a source close to the probe said on Friday.

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, who the FBI identified as the shooter, was shot to death in a rampage on Thursday at two military facilities in Chattanooga.

The suspect, seen driving an open-top Ford Mustang, sprayed gunfire at a joint military recruiting center in a strip mall, riddling the glass facade with bullet holes, then drove to a Naval Reserve Center about 6 miles (10 km) away, where he killed the four Marines before he died in a firefight with police.

The shooting, which comes at a time when U.S. military and law enforcement authorities are increasingly concerned about the threat 'lone wolves' pose to domestic targets, also injured three people, including a sailor who was critically wounded.

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Former Auschwitz Guard Covicted For Working At Death Camp



LUENEBURG, Germany (AP) — Oskar Groening confessed during his trial to feeling "moral guilt" for serving as an SS sergeant at Auschwitz. On Wednesday, a court ruled that he was guilty of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced him to four years in prison.

The 94-year-old, who testified that he oversaw the collection of prisoners' belongings and ensured valuables and cash were separated to be sent to Berlin, listened expressionlessly to the verdict after a 2 1/2-month trial that could set a legal landmark.

The verdict, and presiding Judge Franz Kompisch's thorough and impassioned detailing of the Lueneburg state court's ruling, renewed hope of more 11th-hour prosecutions of former members of the SS who served at death camps — no matter their age.

"This verdict was critical, because this is the first case brought where the prosecution charged a person who wasn't involved in the physical side of mass murder," said the Simon Wiesenthal Center's head Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, in a telephone interview from Belgrade.

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Iran, Six World Powers Reach Nuke Deal



VIENNA -- After 18 days of intense negotiations, the U.S. and five other world powers have reached a deal to freeze Iran's nuclear program for the next decade in exchange for gradual sanctions relief that rolls out as Iran complies with a multi-step process.

The accord will keep Iran from producing enough material for a nuclear weapon for at least 10 years and impose new provisions for inspections of Iranian facilities, including military sites. And it marks a dramatic break from decades of animosity between the United States and Iran, countries that alternatively call each other the "leading state sponsor of terrorism" and the "the Great Satan."

Touting the deal in an early morning news conference from the White House, President Obama said one of the greatest dangers facing the U.S. today was the "risk is that nuclear weapons swill spread to more and more countries, particularly in the Middle East, the most volatile region in our world."

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Obama Has Nuclear Deal, Now To Sell It To Congress

2016 GOP Candidates Slam Iran Nuke Deal

Greek Officials In Brussels For Crucial Talks With Creditors



BRUSSELS (AP) — After swaying a skeptical parliament to back a harsh austerity package to stave off financial collapse, the Greek government on Saturday faced an uphill task of persuading its international creditors that it could be trusted to enact the reform promises in full.

Finance ministers and top officials of the eurozone arriving for a key meeting on Greece's package said they needed more than a 13-page plan lacking full details and commitments before they could approve providing billions in aid and debt measures to keep the country afloat.

"We are still a long way out, both on the issue of content as on the tougher issue of trust," said Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem. "On paper it is not good enough yet — and even if it is good on paper, then we still have the question: will it really happen?"

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Chinese Stocks Plunge Losing Trillions



The Shanghai Composite plunged 8% at the market open on Wednesday, and spent the entire day in negative territory before closing down 5.9%. The vast majority of stocks listed on the benchmark index shed 10%, the maximum limit shares are allowed to fall before being halted.

The smaller Shenzhen Composite lost 2.5%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 5.8%.

"At the moment there is a mood of panic in the market and a large increase in irrational dumping of shares, causing a strain of liquidity in the stock market," China Securities Regulatory Commission said in statement.

Since June 12, the Shanghai Composite has lost an unnerving 32%...

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Lawyer Says FSU QB Who Punched Woman Was Provoked



The Florida State University quarterback seen on video punching a woman in the face was fighting back after being provoked, his lawyer told NBC News.

De'Andre Johnson, 19, has been charged with battery following the June 24 incident at a Tallahassee club. The freshman player was kicked off the FSU football team after surveillance video emerged which appeared to show the freshman quarterback taking a swing at the unidentified woman.

According to his lawyer, Johnson was not the initial aggressor — but is "owning this" and trying to learn from the experience.

The woman raised her fist and shouted "racial epithets" at Johnson when the player accidentally made contact when he was walking up to the bar, lawyer Jose Baez told NBC News.

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Confederate Flag Debate Kicks Off In SC Legislature



The fate of the Confederate flag on the South Carolina state capitol grounds is up for debate today as lawmakers launch into the controversial topic.

The state's general assembly is returning to Columbia to debate the use of the flag as well as finalize budget issues.

No decision is expected to be finalized today, but the topic is going to be raised in both the state Senate and the state House of Representatives.

Making any changes regarding the flag requires a two-thirds super-majority in both chambers under the terms of the 2000 deal that moved a square version of the flag from the top of the Statehouse dome to an area on the grounds that has a monument to Confederate soldiers, according to the Associated Press.

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UPDATE: SC Senate Votes To Remove Flag From Statehouse Grounds