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320-acre wildfire threatens homes in Northern California

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 04:37 AM

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that has burned more than 320 acres is threatening homes in a Northern California city.

KCRA-TV reports (http://apne.ws/1fd1gw5 ) that about 100 people have been evacuated in Vacaville.

The grass fire started around 10 p.m. Saturday, and winds of 30 mph are fanning the flames. The fire is near California State Prison, Solano.

Several fire crews are battling the fire.

Vacaville is between San Francisco and Sacramento.

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At least 14 hurt after deck collapse at North Carolina beach

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 02:13 AM

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — A deck collapsed at a North Carolina beach house as a family got set to take a group photo, leaving at least 14 people injured with two of those in critical condition, authorities said.

A spokeswoman at a nearby hospital later said 20 people, including a young child, were rushed to that one hospital alone following the Saturday evening incident, indicating the injury total was higher.


Threat to Southwest flight deemed not credible by FBI

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 11:54 PM

DENVER (AP) — The FBI says an unspecified security threat that led authorities to check a Southwest Airlines plane after it landed at Denver International Airport has been determined to be not credible.

Amy Sanders, a spokeswoman for the FBI, tells the Denver Post, "The threat was deemed non-credible at this time," but she isn't identifying the nature of the threat.

Sanders says no one has been detained or arrested "at this time."


Woman who tries to sneak on planes arrested twice in 2 days

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 11:18 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes has been arrested in Chicago twice in as many days, the latest incident while trying to get through security without a ticket at O'Hare International Airport.

Chicago police said 63-year-old Marilyn Hartman did not have a ticket on Saturday afternoon when she was detained at airport security. She was charged with criminal trespassing and with violating her bond on previous charges.


Billy Joel weds girlfriend during Fourth of July party

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 10:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party.

The singer's spokeswoman Claire Mercuri says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presided over Saturday's nuptials at Joel's Long Island estate. She says the small group of family and friends at the party didn't know the couple planned to exchange vows. Among those in attendance were Alexa Ray Joel, his daughter with his second wife, model Christie Brinkley, and actor Kevin James.

People magazine first reported the wedding.


Police: 14 hurt in deck collapse at North Carolina beach

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:57 PM

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a deck collapsed at a North Carolina beachhouse as a family was preparing to take a group photo, leaving at least 14 people injured with at least two of those in critical condition.

Emerald Isle Police Chief Jeffrey Waters says in an emailed statement that a caller in the Atlantic beach community reported the collapse about 7 p.m. Saturday and emergency crews arrived within minutes. Police say at least one victim was airlifted to a medical center.


Obama: Freedom is paid for by men and women of US military

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. service members make it possible to enjoy the "incredible blessings" in the greatest country on earth.

He says "freedom is not free" but is paid for by all the men and women of the military, including those who blanketed the White House South Lawn for a concert in their honor by Bruno Mars.

Obama spoke minutes before the annual Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky over the National Mall. He was accompanied by Michelle Obama.


Southwest flight to Denver checked for security threat

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:18 PM

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a Southwest Airlines plane finishing a flight from Baltimore to Denver was parked in a remote area at Denver International Airport Saturday evening because of an unspecified security threat.

Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery tells the Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1KFB4Wc) that the passengers were being shuttled to the main terminal by bus.

The Post reports that authorities were made aware of the threat about 5:15 p.m. and the plane landed safely at the airport at 6:36 p.m.


Arizona prison hit with 3rd disturbance by inmates in 4 days

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 08:33 PM

KINGMAN, Arizona (AP) — Authorities say that a third disturbance within four days broke out Saturday in a private prison in Kingman.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1HEwUyT) that units with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Mohave County Sheriff's Office are helping the Department of Corrections with the unrest at Arizona State Prison-Kingman.


Explosive device injures 6 teens at California house party

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 08:31 PM

MANTECA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said six teenagers were injured after someone tossed an explosive device into a backyard party in the Northern California city of Manteca.

Police officials said about 60 high-school aged teens were at the party Friday night when someone threw explosive device, possibly a modified firework, over a fence and into the backyard.

The explosion injured six juveniles, and five of them remain hospitalized Saturday.


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