WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence is still trying to determine if Syria's government is engaging in chemical warfare. President Barack Obama met with his national security team on Saturday and received a detailed review of the options available if the fact-finding process concludes it is. Obama also discussed the Syrian situation by phone with Britain's prime minister.
GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias in the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park. A wildfire on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada has burned more than 200 square miles. More than 5,500 homes are threatened and four have been destroyed. Evacuations are under way.
SANTEE, Calif. (AP) — A priest in California is calling the deaths of a mother and young son killed by a family friend who also abducted the woman's teenage daughter "an abomination." A public memorial service was held Saturday for Christina Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson at a Catholic church in Santee. The two were found at the home of James Lee DiMaggio, who set it ablaze earlier this month. DiMaggio was later killed by FBI agents in Idaho. His captive, Hannah Anderson, was not physically harmed.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge is being asked to order Newtown school officials to release the school records of the gunman who killed 26 people at an elementary school last December. The state's attorney general says Adam Lanza's records should be released to the state child advocate office so its Child Fatality Review Panel can examine the attack.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has claimed the final share of this month's $448 million Powerball jackpot. Lottery officials say Mario Scarnici of South Brunswick held one of the three winning tickets sold for the Aug. 7 drawing and has chosen the cash option. He will get about $62 million after taxes. Scarnici bought his winning ticket at a South Brunswick supermarket.
Created: Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:14:43 EST
Updated: Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:14:43 EST