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August 3, 2016 12:09 AM Mental Exam Ordered for Suspect in Homeless Killings

A mental evaluation has been ordered for a man charged with brutal attacks that killed three homeless men in San Diego and badly injured two others. KFMB-TV says ( http://bit.ly/2awdHnm ) the competency exam for Jon Guerrero was ordered Tuesday after his public defender said the 39-year-old was severely mentally ill and might not understand the charges 44

August 2, 2016 7:39 PM Official Says Car Bombing in Eastern Libya Kills 23 People

A Libyan hospital official says 23 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suicide car bombing in the eastern city of Benghazi. The official says that bodies are still arriving at the hospital in the aftermath of the bombing Tuesday evening in the al-Qawarsha district on the outskirts of the city. For the past two years, fighting has been raging 38

August 2, 2016 6:32 PM Body Count Rises as Philippine President Wages War on Drugs

Scribbled in block letters on a cardboard sign left near his body was the word “pusher.” His family members insist that he was not involved in the drug trade, though they said he sometimes used meth. Indirectly acknowledging criticism that his policies trample over the standard judicial process, Mr. Duterte said that human rights “cannot be used as a shield 76

August 2, 2016 12:48 PM Pilot in hot air balloon crash had convictions, complaints

DALLAS (AP) - The pilot of the hot air balloon that crashed Saturday in Texas had at least four drunken-driving convictions, two prison stays and more than 40 customer complaints in his past, records show. Alfred “Skip” Nichols was identified by friends and colleagues as the pilot of the downed balloon, operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides 28

August 1, 2016 11:10 PM No, Asteroid Bennu Won't Destroy Earth

NASA's new asteroid-sampling mission will do a lot of interesting things, but helping prepare humanity for Earth's imminent destruction is not among them. There is indeed a chance that the 1,650-foot-wide (500 meters) asteroid Bennu — the target of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch next month — could hit Earth late in the 22nd century 78

August 1, 2016 9:42 PM UT-Austin remembers tower shooting 50 years ago

AUSTIN — Bells from the tower at the University of Texas-Austin rang at precisely 11:40 a.m. Monday, signaling an Army color guard to lower flags to half-staff and a bagpiper to play, as several hundred people moved silently past the tower. At this time 50 years ago, Charles Whitman, a UT engineering student and former Marine, made his way to the top of the 307-foot 30

August 1, 2016 9:38 PM Pilot of doomed hot air balloon was convicted of drunken driving 4 times

LOCKHART, Texas – The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Texas, killing 16 people, was able to keep flying despite having at least four convictions for drunken driving in Missouri and twice spending time in prison. Whether the pilot's drinking habits had anything to do with the crash is unclear. A former girlfriend described Alfred "Skip" Nichols 29

August 1, 2016 6:18 PM Rain that caused deadly Md. flood a '1-in-1,000' year event

See the path of destruction left by a major flood in historic downtown Ellicott City, Maryland. Rushing waters took the lives of two people after tearing away streets and ripping apart buildings. The rainfall that caused the devastating flash flood Ellicott City, Md., Saturday evening, killing two people, was a 1-in-1,000 year weather event, meteorologists 38

August 1, 2016 12:01 PM Russian Military Helicopter Shot Down in Syria; 5 Killed

MOSCOW — A Russian military helicopter was shot down over Syria on Monday killing all five people on board, officials told state-run media. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman told reporters the Mi-8 chopper had just delivered humanitarian aid to the besieged city of Aleppo when it was downed in Syria's Idlib province. Dmitri Peskov said the crew "died 49

August 1, 2016 11:49 AM Historic Maryland town faces long recovery after flooding

The picturesque Main Street of Ellicott City, Maryland, faces a months-long recovery that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars after devastating flooding that damaged nearly every home and business along the road, officials said. Two people were killed when the town about 14 miles west of Baltimore took on 6.5 inches of water Saturday night, most of it between 36