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California wildfire in national forest threatens at least 1,600 homes

Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh PondBy Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said. The increasing danger from the so-called King Fire came after firefighters battling nearly a dozen major blazes across the drought-parched state managed to halt the advance of another destructive blaze on Tuesday that charred 150 homes in a town near the Oregon border. ...

As U.S. lawmakers vote on arming Syrian rebels, big questions remain

Mitc McConnell speaks to reporters at the Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives votes on Wednesday on legislation to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants. The vote is a test of support within President Barack Obama's own party for his stepped-up campaign to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. ...

Cop who killed Missouri teen testifies before grand jury: newspaper

Activists raise their hands as they demand justice for the killing of Michael Brown while marching to the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse from City Hall in downtown St. Louis, MissouriBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The Ferguson, Missouri police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has ignited weeks of protests testified Tuesday before a St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Darren Wilson, who has been in hiding since the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, spent nearly four hours telling his version of events to the 12 members of the grand jury who are weighing possible charges against him, the newspaper said on Wednesday, citing a source. ...

Judge won't release Colorado woman in terror case

DENVER (AP) ? A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who pleaded guilty to trying to help the Islamic State militant group will remain in jail before her sentencing.

PHOTOS: Suspects in Center City gay couple attack

PHOTOS: Suspects in Center City gay couple attackAs many as 12 suspects are being sought for an attack on a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia.

Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

In this undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police, Eric Frein is shown. Frein, the suspect in last week's fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks belonged to a "military simulation unit" whose members play the role of soldiers from eastern Europe, police said Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks.

Taxi group seeks to stop Uber, Lyft in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? A group of taxi and limousine operators has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop ride-sharing services from operating in New Mexico.

DC leaders propose concealed handgun permits

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.

ON VIDEO: Man steals banana, pretends it's a gun, robs clerk

ON VIDEO: Man steals banana, pretends it's a gun, robs clerkPolice are searching for a suspect who was caught on camera using a hidden banana to rob a grocery store in West Philadelphia Tuesday morning.

Mother surprised to learn son killed by Louisiana police

By David Minsky LAFAYETTE La. (Reuters) - For six months, Catherine Cortez believed that her 30-year-old son, who died in March after a scuffle with police in Louisiana, had succumbed to brain damage from chronic cocaine use. Earlier this month, she was horrified to learn from an 11-page state forensic pathologist's report that Robert Minjarez Jr.'s death was instead a police-caused homicide by suffocation, Cortez said on Wednesday. "I read to the part where he begged for his life and I just lost it," Cortez said. "It was like he died twice. ...