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.


8.18.14:  Wedding moved for dad at Ohio Alzheimer’s home


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A Michigan woman who had been planning a traditional wedding at her church instead took the ceremony to an Ohio nursing home so her father could walk her down the aisle.


Miriam and Mark Davis, of Canton, Michigan married Saturday at the Foundation Park Alzheimer’s Care Center in Toledo, Ohio.


A beaming Bernard Reeves gave his daughter away as many of the 30-some wedding guests struggled to hold back tears.


The 64-year-old Reeves is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s.


Miriam Davis tells The Blade that her father, a Vietnam War veteran, remembers who she is, though he rarely talks and can’t care for himself.


Her mother, Marie Reeves, says even though her husband may not have understood everything that was going on, the family felt his presence was important.

8.18.14:  Report: Cost to raise today’s child tops $245,000


WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal report finds that an American child born last year will cost a middle-income family an average of more than $245,000 until he or she becomes an adult.


The Agriculture Department’s report found that families in the urban Northeast tend to pay more on average than the rest of the nation. The costs of food, housing, childcare and education have risen 1.8 percent since 2012.


The USDA’s report was first issued in 1960, when a middle-income family spent about $25,230 per child. That’s about $198,000 in 2013 dollars.


Housing expenses made up 30 percent of the cost, followed by childcare, education and food. The report didn’t factor in expenses after a child turned 18, such as college tuition.

8.15.14  Kidnapped Amish Sisters Found Safe

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two missing Amish sisters have turned up safe, about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted from their family’s roadside farm stand in northern New York.

Authorities say 12-year-old Fannie and 7-year-old Delila Miller were dropped off Thursday evening in Richville, about 13 miles from where they disappeared in the rural town of Oswegatchie, on the Canadian border.

They knocked on someone’s door, asking for help. Investigators believe more than one person is responsible for the girls’ disappearance.