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Feb 5, 2014

Four U.S. congressmen urge North Korea to free missionary Bae

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The last surviving members of the U.S. Congress to have served in the Korean War have sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asking him to release imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae.

North Korea in December released 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill E. Newman, a former U.S. special forces soldier who had been held since October after visiting the country as a tourist, and the members of Congress mentioned that case in seeking Bae’s freedom.

Feb 3, 2014

Abuse allegations against Woody Allen prompt new legal questions

LOS ANGELES, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Woody Allen contends that
renewed accusations by the filmmaker’s adopted daughter that he
sexually abused her at age 7 are “untrue and disgraceful,” a
spokeswoman for the director said on Sunday, a day after her
letter detailing the allegations shook up Hollywood.

Dylan Farrow, 28, the daughter of Allen’s former girlfriend,
actress Mia Farrow, challenged the acclaim the 78-year-old
Oscar-winner has received in recent years, as she told her side
of the decades-old case in an open letter published by New York
Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, a friend of the Farrows.

Jan 29, 2014

U.S. border officials ground fleet of drones after crash at sea

LOS ANGELES, Jan 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Customs and Border
Protection has indefinitely grounded its remaining fleet of nine
drones after operators were forced to crash a pilotless aircraft
off the Southern California coast because of a mechanical
problem, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

The mishap on Monday marked the second crash of one of the
agency’s drones since it began using the unnamed aerial
surveillance technology in 2006.

Jan 18, 2014

Firefighters hold line against southern California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters sought to prevent a wildfire in the foothills near Los Angeles from flaring up on Saturday, as they put out embers from a blaze that has destroyed five homes, officials said.

The so-called Colby Fire, which officials said started from a campfire early on Thursday, has blackened nearly 1,900 acres of drought-parched chaparral and is 30 percent contained, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Robert Brady.

Jan 17, 2014

Wildfire destroys homes near Los Angeles, three arrested

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving California wildfire, started accidentally by three campers, roared out of control in foothills above Los Angeles on Thursday, destroying at least two homes and forcing more than 1,000 residents to flee, fire and law enforcement officials said.

The wind-whipped blaze erupted before dawn in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Jan 16, 2014

Boy, 12, faces battery charge in New Mexico school shooting

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Karen Brooks

(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy accused of opening fire with a shotgun at a New Mexico middle school, seriously wounding two students, has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, authorities said on Thursday.

The boy, Mason Campbell, will be tried as a juvenile in connection with what authorities have described as a planned attack at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, said New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Emmanuel Gutierrez.

Jan 16, 2014

Wildfire rages in forest outside Los Angeles, residents evacuated

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving wildfire that broke out on Thursday in a national forest east of Los Angeles, whipped up by winds and fueled by bone-dry brush, had damaged homes and forced the evacuation of dozens of residents, officials said.

The so-called Colby Fire broke out before dawn in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and by mid-morning had blackened more than 1,700 acres, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said.

Jan 16, 2014

Boy in New Mexico school shooting took gun from home, police say

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy who wounded two students when he opened fire with a shotgun at a New Mexico middle school took the firearm from his home, modified it and planned the attack in advance, police said on Wednesday.

Investigators were also continuing to look into the possibility that the boy, who has not been publicly identified by authorities, warned some friends before carrying out the attack on Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, police said.

Jan 15, 2014

Boy, 12, opens fire at New Mexico school, wounds two students

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding two students before a staff member persuaded him to put down the firearm, authorities said.

The shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell took place in a gym where students had gathered to stay warm from the frigid weather outside before the start of class, Governor Susana Martinez told reporters.

Jan 14, 2014

Two students hurt in New Mexico school shooting, suspect in custody

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A shooter opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding at least two teenage students before being taken into custody, police and hospital officials said.

“The shooter has been apprehended,” police in Roswell, New Mexico, said in a statement, without giving any further details on the incident or the suspected gunman.