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  • Sheriff's search for 13 members of LA-area 'cult'

    PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say five adults and eight children from a "cult-like" group in Southern California have been reported missing by their families.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's captain Mike Parker says the group from the Palmdale area disappeared Saturday and left behind evidence that they were awaiting the rapture or some catastrophic event.

  • Fire facility to debut

    Construction of an addition to the training tower at Fire Station 2 on DP Road is finished.
    The tall metal firefighter Practical Learning Center will accommodate training in search and rescue, high-rise attacks, single and multiple company evolutions, confined space rescue, lost or trapped firefighters, victim removal and other simulations.
    “We’ll be able to do live structured fire drills here instead of bringing the whole department down to the training academy in Socorro,” Lt. Larry Romero said.

     

  • Americans’ wealth fell in spring as stocks tanked

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ wealth shrank in the spring for the first time since early 2009 as financial turmoil eroded stock portfolios.
    The Federal Reserve says household net worth fell 2.7 percent — or $1.5 trillion — in the April-to-June quarter. The decline left Americans’ net worth at $53.5 trillion.
    Shriveled stock portfolios were the biggest force dragging down wealth. Wall Street was shaken by fears over Europe’s debt crisis. Since then, stocks have recovered most of their losses from the April-June quarter.

  • Tornado may have hit NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Residents, utility crews and railroad workers cleaned up debris Friday after a brief but fierce storm barreled through New York City, tearing up trees, stripping roofs from homes, disrupting train service and killing at least one person.
    The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down Thursday evening during the storm. Tornado warnings had been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

  • Council seeks input on flyovers

    The Los Alamos County Council is seeking feedback on proposed low-altitude flights by the U.S. Air Force in northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
    Called Low Altitude Tactical Navigation, airspace would be provided for aircrew members to train on C-130 aircraft and the CV-22 Osprey.
    The input is needed for the Air Force’s Environmental Assessment to evaluate the potential consequences of the LATN, according to a written statement from the county.

  • Gunman shot and killed on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities in Washington say police shot a man who pointed a gun at them on Capitol Hill.

    U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider says officers were told around 5 a.m. Friday to be on the lookout for a man with a gun.

  • Weather service to probe if tornado hit Big Apple

    NEW YORK (AP) — Residents, utility crews and railroad workers cleaned up debris Friday after a brief but fierce storm barreled through New York City, tearing up trees, stripping roofs from homes, disrupting train service and killing at least one person.

    The National Weather Service planned to spend the day investigating whether a tornado touched down Thursday evening during the storm. Tornado warnings had been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

  • CDD seeks public input to crackdown on eyesores

    The Community Development Department (CDD) wants feedback from residents and commercial property owners about ways the county code can be made clearer regarding compliance and enforcement of yard and property maintenance and safety issues on private and commercial property.
    Two public meetings will be held and the information will help the county draft a nuisance ordinance.
    The first meeting was Thursday at Fuller Lodge and a second meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at White Rock Town Hall.

  • Census: 1 in 7 Americans lives in poverty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty.
    The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said Thursday in its annual report on the economic well-being of U.S. households. The report covers 2009, President Barack Obama’s first year in office.
    The poverty rate climbed from 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million people, in 2008.

  • Police: Hopkins gunman shot himself and relative

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A gunman who wounded a doctor at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore and then holed up inside a room has shot and killed himself and a relative during a standoff with authorities, police said Thursday.
    Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press that the suspect and his relative died in a hospital room.
    The standoff lasted more than 2 hours.