National

7.28.14:  Tennessee storms destroy homes

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Law enforcement officials have set up a command post and a school is open for anyone left homeless by Sunday’s severe storms in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

 

Authorities aren’t sure if it was a tornado that ripped through, destroying at least 10 homes.

 

The community of Speedwell is especially hard hit. There are no reports of deaths or injuries.


7.25.14: Deadly tornado hits Virginia

 

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will tour a campground on the Eastern Shore where two people were killed and dozens were injured after a tornado hit.

 

McAuliffe is scheduled to visit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort on Friday.

 

A married couple from Jersey City, New Jersey was killed when a tree fell on their tent Thursday. Their 13-year-old son was severely injured when the same tree fell on his neighboring tent.

 

State police say another 35 people were injured in the tornado. McAuliffe cut short a political fundraising trip in Aspen, Colorado, to survey the damage.

 

More than 1,300 people were at the campground in tents, campers and cottages when the storm hit, knocking down trees and flipping over some campers. A tractor-trailer driving on U.S. 13 was also knocked over during the storm.


7.25.14:  Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

 

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities hope to learn if a psychiatrist had concerns about a patient who allegedly killed a case worker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital before the doctor pulled out his own gun to protect himself.

 

Delaware District Attorney Jack Whelan says Dr. Lee Silverman was grazed in the temple as he exchanged gunfire with his patient, 49-year-old Richard Plotts.

 

Whelan says the case worker killed Thursday afternoon was 53-year-old Theresa Hunt of Philadelphia.

 

Authorities say Hunt had accompanied Plotts to an appointment with Silverman at a psychiatric crisis center adjacent to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.

 

Whelan says Plotts underwent surgery Thursday night at a Philadelphia hospital. Silverman was treated and released.

 


7.24.14:  Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.

 

The mistake primarily stems from an online form change to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, made Jan. 1 that expanded the field to enter income.

 

Many applicants unnecessarily entered a decimal point and cents that the system ignored. The error led to students being declared eligible for aid when they are not — and ineligible when they are.

 

The Education Department says fewer than 200,000 applicants have been declared eligible when they are not. Officials say data checks to try to identify those students are underway, and the form has been changed.


7.23.14:  Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs for ignition switches

 

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could cause engine stalling.

 

Tuesday’s recall covers 2005-2007 Grand Cherokees and 2006-2007 Commanders.

 

Chrysler says it’s not sure exactly how many will be recalled. The company says an outside force such as a driver’s knee can knock switches out of the “run” position, shutting off the engine. This disables power-assisted steering and braking and the front air bags might not inflate.

 

Engineers are working on a fix. Chrysler says it knows of no injuries and only one accident. The company says only a few complaints have been filed. Owners should keep clearance between their knees and keys until repairs are made.

 

The recall comes as U.S. safety regulators investigate ignition switch problems across the auto industry.


7.23.14:  Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

 

NEW YORK (AP) — A law enforcement official and online marketplace StubHub say cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 customers’ accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events.

 

The official tells The Associated Press that arrests are expected in a case that sprawls across international borders.

 

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is expected to hold a news conference Wednesday with English and Canadian officials.

 

San Francisco-based StubHub says the thieves got account-holders’ login and password information from data breaches at other websites or from malware on the customers’ computers. The company says it detected the unauthorized transactions last year and gave refunds.


7.22.14:  Courts disagree on health law

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are two conflicting court rulings today on the new health care law. A ruling from an appeals court in Washington could mean the loss of subsidies that help millions of low and middle-income people afford their premiums. That court said the financial aid can only be provided in states with their own insurance markets. But a court in Virginia came to the opposite conclusion. The White House says consumers will keep getting financial aid for their premiums as the administration appeals the decision that went against it.


 

7.22.14:  Perry sending National Guard to Texas border

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry says he’s deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tired of “lip service” from the federal government.

 

Perry said Monday that the National Guard will provide additional support to a state-funded border surge that is costing an additional $1.3 million a week.

 

Much of the area has been overwhelmed in recent months by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the U.S.

 

Perry says criminals are exploiting the situation for human and drug trafficking.

 

More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents currently work in the region.

 

The deployment of the National Guard is expected to unfold over the next 30 days.

 

Democrats and some Texas border sheriffs are criticizing the plan as an ill-conceived militarization.


7.22.14:  Better weather to aid in Washington wildfire fight

 

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A huge wildfire covering 379 square miles in Washington state is only 2 percent contained, but fire officials say things are improving.

 

Cooler temperatures and reduced winds are helping firefighters battle the blaze in Okanogan County, which fire officials estimate has burned about 150 homes.


7.21.14:  Train derailment in Wisconsin

 

SLINGER, Wis. (AP) — A fire official says two people are injured and several thousand gallons of diesel fuel have spilled after a train derailment in a small Wisconsin village.

 

Slinger Fire Department Chief Rick Hanke says three engines and 10 railcars derailed Sunday, forcing the evacuation of more than 100 nearby homes.

 

He says two people are being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.

 

Hanke says about 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from an engine. He says hazmat crews have dikes and booms in place.

 

A spokesman for Canadian National Railway Co. says preliminary reports indicate one of the company’s trains was headed south and struck cars on another train.

 

Slinger is about 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee.