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Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews were battling about a dozen major wildfires across California on Tuesday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest. Three years of drought in the most populous U.S. state has forced farmers to let fields lie fallow and left communities reliant on well water, with bone-dry brush fueling wildfires in temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). ...


Fatal police shooting in Utah fuels racial controversy

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A private autopsy has found a 22-year-old black man shot dead by police in Utah was fired at from behind six times, said a lawyer for the man's family. Authorities say the man was shot dead when he lunged at officers with a sword. The fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt in Saratoga Springs last Wednesday has raised tensions in the mostly white, fast-growing community 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Last month police shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, leading to a wave of violent protests in the community. ...


California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. Wright, who was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, was the first of three California Senate Democrats to face criminal proceedings this year. This effectively cost the party a cherished two-thirds majority in the California Senate. ...


Father kills man in daughter's bedroom in Northeast Philadelphia, police say

Father kills man in daughter's bedroom in Northeast Philadelphia, police sayPolice are looking into the possibility that the daughter knew the suspect. Both father and daughter were being questioned by police.



Limited service restored on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor

Limited service restored on Amtrak's Northeast CorridorLimited service has been restored on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor after downed wires prompted a shutdown early Tuesday morning.



Trump Plaza: 4th Atlantic City casino shutdown

Trump Plaza: 4th Atlantic City casino shutdownWhen Trump Plaza opened on May 14, 1984, Donald Trump called it the finest building in Atlantic City, and possibly the nation.



China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff

In this Sept. 11, 2014 photo, workers lay cables on a new oil rig under construction for China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) in a shipyard in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday, Sept. 16. The discovery by CNOOC was made about a month after its rig withdrew in July from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone to far less-contested waters closer to China. (AP Photo) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) ? The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday.



Man gunned down playing pool in Juniata bar

Man gunned down playing pool in Juniata barPolice say a man died after being shot inside a bar while playing pool in Philadelphia's Juniata section Monday night.



Downed wires suspend DC-Philly Amtrak service

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Downed wires have suspended Amtrak service between Washington and Philadelphia, and are affecting riders of Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains.


Amtrak shuts down service on Northeast Corridor

Limited service restored on Amtrak's Northeast CorridorDowned wires have prompted officials to shut down all Amtrak train service on the Northeast Corridor between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.