WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Forest Service for the first time is spending more than half its budget to fight wildfires like those now ravaging the western United States, the agency said on Wednesday.
With the growing threat from climate change and other factors, firefighting costs are estimated to soar to two-thirds of the agency’s budget within a decade and divert hundreds of millions of dollars from programs that help prevent fires, the Forest Service said in a report.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Big city police chiefs on Monday met to discuss rising U.S. crime rates, especially homicides, and blamed repeat offenders, drugs and guns with larger magazines for part of the increase.
The meeting of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, attended also by some prosecutors, came as cities face a recent upturn in violent crime after it fell starting in the 1990s to half-century lows in 2013.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – Police in Illinois and Nevada are seeking links between cold-case killings and a man shot dead by a West Virginia prostitute when he tried to attack her, authorities said on Tuesday.
The suspect, Neal Falls, 45, was killed on July 18 in Charleston, West Virginia, when he threatened the prostitute’s life with a 9mm pistol. The woman, called “Heather” by police, seized the weapon during a struggle and shot him in the head.
By Ian Simpson
SWEET BRIAR, Va. (Reuters) – High school senior Alexis Zsamboran was devastated when she heard that Sweet Briar College was planning to close and join a long line of U.S. all-women’s schools that have shut their doors.
Recruited to play field hockey, the 19-year-old from Toms River, New Jersey, had fallen in love with the school when she visited its campus nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds has rejected two plea deals and said on Wednesday his trial would be a forum on the need for campaign finance reform.
Douglas Hughes, 61, a former mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, said he expected two trials from his illegal flight – one in U.S. District Court and a second in public opinion as he fights lobbyists’ influence in the U.S. capital.
By Ian Simpson and Donna Owens
(Reuters) – A Maryland judge has denied a prosecutor’s
request to keep lawyers for police charged in the death of a man
in April from publicizing evidence before the trial, the
Baltimore Sun reported late on Monday.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who is prosecuting six
police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, had wanted a
Circuit Court hearing to argue for a protective order barring
release of evidence.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – No injuries were reported at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington on Thursday, a spokesman for the Washington D.C. Fire Department said, after the facility was placed on lockdown following reports of a possible shooter.
A shooter had not been found as police swarmed the Navy Yard, according to a local CBS radio station, amid heightened security concerns ahead of the U.S. July Fourth holiday weekend.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Museum of American History opened a $63 million wing on Wednesday celebrating the rich U.S. history of innovation and invention, from 19th century revolvers to hip-hop music and Silicon Valley computers.
The 45,000-square-foot (4,180-square-meter) Innovation Wing is designed to show how for more than 200 years the United States has provided a fertile environment for turning new ideas into reality.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Powerful thunderstorms packing heavy rain and high winds lashed the U.S. Middle Atlantic region late on Tuesday, killing one person, snarling travel and cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of customers.
The fast-moving band of storms stretching from Virginia to southern New Jersey dumped up to one inch (2.5 cm) of rain in less than an hour in some places, said Jim Hayes, a National Weather Service meteorologist in College Park, Maryland.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Powerful thunderstorms packing heavy rain and high winds lashed the U.S. Middle Atlantic area late on Tuesday, snarling travel and cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of customers.
The fast-moving band of storms stretching from Virginia to southern New Jersey dumped up to an inch (2.5 cm) of rain in less than an hour in some places, said Jim Hayes, a National Weather Service meteorologist in College Park, Maryland.