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Over 1600 homes threatened in California fire

Chron.com  - ‎16 minutes ago‎
The smoldering empty shell of a local library and a Head Start center are all that remain Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, the day after a wildfire swept through Weed, Calif.
Weed »   California »
Officials: Wildfire destroyed, damaged 200 homes
As smoke lingers, plans to rebuild Weed start to take shape
Weed »   California »

Texas executes woman convicted of starving and torturing 9-year-old

Christian Science Monitor  - ‎47 minutes ago‎
Lisa Coleman became the ninth convicted killer and the second woman to receive the lethal injection in Texas this year. Coleman was found guilty of starving and torturing the 9-year-old son of her girlfriend in 2004.

Philly.com  - ‎47 minutes ago‎
In one of the largest gifts ever to a U.S. law school, Drexel University said Wednesday that Philadelphia trial lawyer Thomas R. Kline will give the eight-year-old institution $50 million to bolster its effort to reach the top ranks of legal education.

New York Times  - ‎50 minutes ago‎
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke on Wednesday in front of the statehouse in Des Moines as he helped a group of social justice activists kick off their 10-state “Nuns on the Bus” tour.

Videos offer clues in search for missing University of Virginia student

CNN  - ‎2 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Surveillance videos show her walking and running alone the night she went missing, but was there foul play in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student?

USA TODAY  - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with "so help me God," the service announced Wednesday.

New York Daily News  - ‎2 hours ago‎
The South Carolina man accused of strangling his five children to death then tossing their bodies along a highway told police he believed they were going to kill him just days before they were reported missing, according to a shocking new report.

DC leaders propose concealed handgun permits

Washington Times  - ‎4 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - Residents of the nation's capital will be able to get licenses to carry concealed handguns outside the home, but only after they provide a specific reason for needing one, officials said Wednesday.

Wall Street Journal  - ‎36 minutes ago‎
SALEM, N.H.—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has expanded his role in campaigning for Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, further testing his national appeal in races where the stakes are legislative control of Washington.

California governor signs ridesharing insurance legislation

Reuters  - ‎1 hour ago‎
(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Wednesday new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies, but the regulations come at a far lower costs to the industry than previously written into the bill, officials said.

VA inspector greeted with angry skepticism

WPTZ The Champlain Valley  - ‎36 minutes ago‎
A bipartisan group of lawmakers and two whistleblowers harshly grilled and criticized the top watchdog of the Department of Veterans Affairs for a recent report that could not conclude whether long wait times at the Phoenix VA might have caused veterans' ...

USA TODAY  - ‎2 hours ago‎
Citing Wall Street's "troubling return'' to risky conduct that preceded the 2008 financial collapse, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that federal authorities are poised to file criminal charges against an undisclosed number of individuals at various ...

UPDATE 3-Chinese hacked US military contractors, Senate panel finds

Reuters  - ‎41 minutes ago‎
(Adds FBI statement, paragraphs 10-11). By Ros Krasny. WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S.

Family of unarmed man shot by LA police files civil rights suit

Reuters  - ‎1 hour ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of an unarmed black man shot dead by Los Angeles police accused the officers of violating his civil rights in a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday and was seeking $75 million in damages from the city.

Disco queen LaBelle, ex-Army cadet offer 2 views of 2011 fracas

Chron.com  - ‎12 minutes ago‎
Richard King, right, West Point cadet, who was beaten by a Patti LaBelle bodyguard, enters the US Federal Courthouse for jury selection Tuesday, Sept.

Mechanical issue slows first lady's Tennessee trip

Lynchburg News and Advance  - ‎4 hours ago‎
President Barack Obama walks up the stairs to visit first lady Michelle Obama who was aboard the plane, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

US senators call for federal judge to resign over wife beating

Reuters  - ‎1 hour ago‎
(Reuters) - Three U.S. senators on Wednesday called for the resignation of a federal judge accused of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room last month.

Listen to police recording of 'Django Unchained' actress' 'PDA' incident

USA TODAY  - ‎1 hour ago‎
Last we heard, the LAPD was launching an “internal complaint investigation” after the Django Unchained actress made waves with claims she was detained by police last week for “showing affection.

Minneapolis Star Tribune  - ‎1 hour ago‎
In this Sept. 8 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, legal scholar Sarah Deer poses for a portrait at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

Benghazi hearing opens with little drama

Politico  - ‎1 hour ago‎
The inaugural hearing of the special House committee on Benghazi lacked the political fireworks that have dominated the broader debate over the terrorist attacks for more than two years.
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