More crews arrive to help battle Idaho wildfire
HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — Fire officials say a wildfire pushed by strong gusts and fed by dry timber and brush made a push north and forced more evacuations near the Idaho resort town of Ketchum.
Still, firefighters made some progress on the Beaver Creek Fire Saturday as five more hotshot crews arrived to slow the march of flames toward homes in the affluent town and neighboring Hailey.
The fire grew to 144 square miles Friday night and pushed north of Ketchum near U.S. Highway 75. Officials will have a better sense of the size after flyovers with infrared cameras Saturday night.
So far, 2,300 residences have been evacuated since the lightning-ignited fire began Aug. 7.
Elsewhere, in northern Utah, about 10 homes were destroyed when a wildfire raced through the community of Willow Springs late Friday.
UPS PLANE CRASH
NTSB: No problem with controls in fatal UPS crash
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal investigators haven't found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots.
National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt says the cockpit controls in the A300 aircraft appeared to be working before the crash, and they matched the positions of the airplane's flaps and rudder.
Sumwalt's comments came during a news conference Saturday at Birmingham's airport, where the jet went down early Wednesday about one mile from the runway.
Investigators previously said they don't see any problems with the plane's engines, but that a cockpit warning went off seconds before the crash indicating the plane was descending faster than normal.
The plane's data recorder shows the autopilot was engaged, but Sumwalt says that's not unusual.
Government: Bomb wounds 5 policemen in Bahrain
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Authorities say a bomb blast has wounded at least five policemen in the restive Gulf kingdom of Bahrain.
The Interior Ministry on its official Twitter feed said the homemade bomb went off Saturday evening in the al-Diar area on the island of Muharraq, northeast of the capital, Manama.
Authorities are describing the bomb attack as "an act of terror," and say two of the wounded policemen suffered serious injuries but are in stable condition.
There has been an increase in attacks in recent weeks targeting security personnel and government institutions in Bahrain, including some using bombs made with natural gas canisters.
The island nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, has been gripped by unrest since February 2011 when the country's Shiites began an uprising.
Ex-nuke chief says Iran has 18,000 centrifuges
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's outgoing nuclear chief says Tehran has a total of 18,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment — a process that can be a pathway to making nuclear weapons. The number is higher by a third than publicly known.
Fereidoun Abbasi's announcement came as he handed over his post Saturday to Ali Akbar Salehi, appointed by new President Hasan Rouhani.
Abbasi says 10,000 centrifuges currently operating are of an older model, IR-1, while about 7,000 more of the same model are ready to be installed along with just over 1,000 centrifuges of an advanced new model.
The U.S. and its allies fear Iran is seeking to produce nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful.
Rouhani has pledged to follow a policy of moderation and ease tensions with the outside world.
Iraq premier warns of weapons smuggled from Syria
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says weapons and fighters flowing into Syria are ending up in Iraq, contributing to the spiraling violence in his country.
More than 3,000 people have died in violence across Iraq during the past few months.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) says weapons that some countries are providing to the Syrian rebels and foreign fighters attempting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad are being smuggled into Iraq.
Iraqi border guards frequently clash with militants and smugglers who are attempting to move across the borders.
Officials say nine soldiers have been killed in three attacks today. They also say attackers detonated explosives on a key oil pipeline yesterday, disrupting crude oil exports.
Security forces storm mosque, round up protesters
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces have stormed a Cairo mosque and rounded up hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
The protesters and armed men had barricaded themselves in the mosque. They had sought refuge there on Friday, trying to escape angry vigilantes and avoid arrest on a day of violence that left 173 people dead.
Security officials say officers raided the Ramses Square mosque Saturday out of fears the Muslim Brotherhood intended to set up an encampment there.
Hundreds of people have died in days of violence that began on Wednesday, when riot police, military helicopters, snipers and bulldozers broke up two sit-ins by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
The government now says it's considering banning Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood. The group had been outlawed for decades before it was swept to power a year ago in the country's first democratic elections.
Egypt: Islamists hit Christian churches
CAIRO (AP) — In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps of supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority.
The campaign of intimidation appears to be a warning to Christians outside Cairo to stand down from political activism.
Christians have long suffered from discrimination and violence in Muslim majority Egypt but attacks increased after the Islamists rose to power in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Christians have come further under fire since President Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3.
Nearly 40 churches have been looted and torched, while 23 others have been attacked and heavily damaged since Wednesday, when chaos erupted after Egypt's military-backed interim government moved in to clear two camps of protesters calling for Morsi's reinstatement, killing scores of protesters and sparking deadly clashes nationwide.
Many Morsi supporters say Christians played a disproportionately large role in the days of mass rallies, with millions demanding that he step down ahead of the coup.
DRUG WAR-MEXICO-GULF CARTEL
Mexico detains key leader in Gulf Cartel
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say a key leader of the Gulf Cartel has been arrested after a major confrontation near the Texas border.
An armed forces officer says the leader has been taken to Mexico City.
The officer, who was not authorized to speak to the press, would not name the person arrested Saturday. Mexican media reported that it is Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, leader of the Gulf Cartel in Reynosa, who is responsible for much of the violence in the border city across from McAllen, Texas.
Tamaulipas state government spokesman Rafael Luque confirmed that there was a major operation of the Mexican army and marines about 1 p.m. local time with helicopters in the town of Rio Bravo. He could not confirm if anyone was killed, injured or detained.
Lawyer says first Penn State abuse claim settled
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer says his client is the first to settle a civil claim against Penn State related to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case.
Attorney Tom Kline confirmed in an email that the client known as Victim 5 when he testified at Sandusky's criminal trial has agreed to terms with the university.
The deal was first reported Saturday by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The paper says it's among 26 settlements expected soon among the 31 young men who have pressed claims over the actions of the university's former assistant football coach. A Penn State spokesman says the school "continues to make progress on multiple settlements" but isn't commenting on the newspaper's report of a multimillion-dollar deal.
Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.
Obama golfs with Larry David on last vacation day
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama wrapped up his Martha's Vineyard vacation by playing golf with comedian Larry David.
The president hit the links for five hours Saturday in an unlikely foursome that included the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star, former U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and businessman Glenn Hutchins, a part owner of the Boston Celtics.
Obama has golfed most days during his weeklong getaway, which ends Sunday.
Obama spent a couple hours Saturday morning with his wife and daughters on a private beach on the island's south shore. The first family went out for dinner Saturday night at The Boathouse Restaurant, which overlooks the harbor in historic Edgartown.
The president has kept a low profile during his stay. He spoke out publicly only once, to condemn escalating violence in Egypt.
Created: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 01:14:41 EST
Updated: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 01:14:41 EST