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8.22.14:   Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

 

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters who were injured when a fire truck’s ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an “ice bucket challenge.”

 

Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette says the power line wasn’t touched, but it carried such a high voltage that it was able to energize the ladder truck, shocking the firefighters.

 

He says the two in the bucket are at a hospital burn unit. One is in critical condition and the other is in fair condition. The other firefighters were treated and released.

 

The firefighters had just taken part in the challenge that helps raise money for ALS research. They dumped water on Campbellsville University’s marching band.


8.22.14:  Ford recalling more than 160,000 vehicles

 

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues.

 

The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate or stall because of a wiring problem.

 

Ford also is recalling 616 Focus and C-Max cars made earlier this month because their steering gears don’t have the proper number of ball bearings. That can potentially degrade the remaining ball bearings and lead to a loss of steering control.

 

Ford says there have been no accidents or injuries related to either recall. The 616 cars are still at dealerships and haven’t been sold.

 

Ford Motor Company will notify customers and repair the vehicles for free.


8.22.14:  American missionaries released from hospital

 

ATLANTA (AP) — An American missionary infected with Ebola while serving in Liberia has left his isolation unit at an Atlanta hospital and says his recovery is “miraculous.”

 

Officials at Emory University Hospital say Dr. Kent Brantly poses no public health threat. Fellow medical missionary Nancy Writebol was quietly discharged two days ago.

 

Brantly used his discharge to thank the medical staff, those who prayed for him and to express the role of his faith in his recovery. Ebola is often fatal.

 

Brantly says he didn’t realize that so many people had prayed for him while he was in isolation. He said he started praying after he was first diagnosed a month ago that God would give him the strength to maintain his faith.

 

Brantly and Writebol were infected while working with Ebola victims in Liberia. Their charity organizations, Samaritan’s Purse and SIM, reached out to top infectious disease experts for help. They were given the experimental drug known as Zmapp.

 

The son of American medical missionary Nancy Writebol says his mother’s condition is getting “better and better.” Writebol was quietly released on Tuesday from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where she was treated after contracting Ebola while working in Liberia.

 

Jeremy Writebol says his mother is recuperating at an “undisclosed location” and wants time to gain strength and to be with her husband.

 

Writebol says the medical staff, medicine and science contributed to what God is doing in his mother’s body.

 

He says it’s too early for her to make plans but that she remains open to what God wants.


8.21.14:  Calmer night in Ferguson

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities in Ferguson, Missouri say Wednesday’s crowds of protesters were much smaller than they’ve been, since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

 

State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says there were no fires and no shootings, and officers used no tear gas or mace.

 

Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson Wednesday and met with federal officials investigating the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

 

Holder also met with Brown’s parents.


8.21.14:   Hospital to discuss discharge of Ebola patients

 

ATLANTA (AP) — The charity an American doctor infected with Ebola works for says he’s now recovered from the virus and will be released today from an Atlanta hospital.

 

Dr. Kent Brantly and colleague Nancy Writebol were flown out of the West African nation of Liberia earlier this month and have been getting treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

 

The hospital will hold a news conference later this morning to discuss the release of both health care workers.

 

Dr.  Brantly works for Samaritan’s Purse. The president of their group says, “Today I join all of our Samaritan’s Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly’s recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital.”


8.20.14:  The West is dealing with wildfires and flooding

 

OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Some of the more than 1,000 people who evacuated because of a fast-moving wildfire have returned to their homes near Yosemite National Park in California.

 

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson says, “We’re not seeing the fire expand like we thought.”

 

He says the one-square-mile blaze is now 35 percent contained.

 

Fire officials had previously thought the fire had been twice that size.

 

Meanwhile,  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says Tuesday’s floods in her state “looked absolutely devastating.”

 

The Phoenix area was battered by torrential rain storms Tuesday that caused severe flooding across the desert region.

 

Rescuers across the state rushed to save people trapped in cars and homes.

 

One helicopter crew rescued two women and three dogs from a home surrounded by swift-moving waters in a town about 30 miles north of Phoenix.


8.20.14:  Holder gets ready to visit Ferguson

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is promising a thorough investigation into the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old.

 

Holder travels to Ferguson, Missouri today to meet with authorities taking part in a federal investigation into the death of Michael Brown.

 

Meanwhile, Holder is calling for “an end to the acts of violence in the streets.”

 

He says Ferguson’s citizens should “join with law enforcement in condemning the actions of looters, vandals and others seeking to inflame tensions.”

 

 

Police in Ferguson, Missouri say they made 47 arrests of mostly people who refused to leave last night’s protests.  But the demonstrations were a lot calmer, lacking the tossing of rocks and Molotov cocktails from some in the crowd and tear gas from police.


8.19.14:  Recaro recalls over 39,000 child safety seats

 

DETROIT (AP) — Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child’s head move too far in a crash.

 

The recall covers ProSport model 385 seats made from June 16, 2010, to Jan. 31, 2013. The problem happens when the seats are installed with the lower latch anchors and without the top tether.

 

Recaro will notify owners and provide set of new instructions telling owners not to use the lower latch system with a child weighing 40 or more pounds. The company also will send a new instruction label for the seat.

 

The problem was discovered in testing by Recaro. The company says in documents sent to U.S. safety regulators that it cannot determine if the problem caused any injuries.


8.19.14:  California wildfire threatening 500 structures

 

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters from throughout California are being dispatched to protect homes that are under threat from a wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park.

 

Fire officials said on Tuesday morning that the blaze in Madera County had destroyed eight structures and was threatening 500 others. It isn’t clear how many of those structures are homes, but officials said mandatory evacuation orders had gone out to some 13,000 phone numbers for homes and businesses. The fire has burned through nearly 2 square miles.

 

Four hotels in the community of Oakhurst about 16 miles away from an entrance to Yosemite were evacuated and Tuesday classes have been canceled for most of the Yosemite Unified School District.

 

The fire was burning near a propane business with 30,000 gallon tanks on site, but the Modesto Bee reports the tanks were spared and the threat to them was brief.


8.19.14:  National Guard in Ferguson, but keeping distance

 

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say at least two people were shot and 31 were arrested in clashes last night in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed by a white police officer ten days ago.

 

Protesters filled the streets after nightfall Monday, and police say bottles and Molotov cocktails were thrown from the crowd and that some officers had come under heavy gunfire. Officers fired tear gas and flash grenades.

 

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol called the scene a dangerous dynamic and urged protesters to only come out in the daylight if their intentions are truly peaceful.

 

The National Guard is in the area but keeping its distance for now.

 

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to travel to Ferguson tomorrow to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into the death of Michael Brown.