Teen's killer asks board to spare his life, cites bad health

Teen's killer asks board to spare his life, cites bad healthCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned inmate scheduled to die next month for killing a teenage boy is in such poor health he should be spared, according to attorneys who are asking the governor for mercy for him....

Hundreds missing, 29 dead in California wildfires as crews gain ground

Hundreds missing, 29 dead in California wildfires as crews gain groundBy Noel Randewich SONOMA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters began to gain ground on Thursday against wildfires that have killed at least 29 people in Northern California and left hundreds missing in the chaos of mass evacuations in the heart of the state's wine country. The latest casualty figures, revised upward by six fatalities on Thursday, marked the greatest loss life from a single California wildfire event in 84 years. The fires have scorched more than 190,000 acres (77,000 hectares), an area nearly the size of New York City, reducing whole neighborhoods in the city of Santa Rosa to gray ash and smoldering ruins dotted with charred trees and burned-out cars....

The Latest: Boy found shot dead after 3 adults slain in Ohio

The Latest: Boy found shot dead after 3 adults slain in OhioIRONTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on searches related to an Ohio triple-slaying and stabbing (all times local):...

California fires kill 31, deadliest in state's history

California fires kill 31, deadliest in state's historyThe death toll from raging California wildfires rose to 31 Thursday as body recovery teams used cadaver dogs to locate victims, making it the deadliest series of blazes in the state's history. The fires, which began on Sunday, have swept through California's wine country, leaving thousands of people homeless and burning over 190,000 acres (76,000 hectares) of land. Gusty winds on Thursday were hampering the efforts of the 8,000 firefighters battling 20 blazes, and weather conditions were not forecast to improve....

The Latest: California wildfires bring record 31 deaths

The Latest: California wildfires bring record 31 deathsSONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):...

Rick Perry Mistakenly Calls Puerto Rico A Country

Rick Perry Mistakenly Calls Puerto Rico A CountryEnergy Secretary Rick Perry had yet another “oops” moment after he referred to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, as as a country....

Agent: Man charged with setting woman on fire offered alibi

Agent: Man charged with setting woman on fire offered alibiBATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A man charged with burning to death a Mississippi woman told an FBI agent he was miles away buying a debit card when she was set on fire....

Scorched earth: Aerial views of the California wildfire aftermath

The fires, which began on Sunday, have swept through California's wine country, leaving dozens of people dead, thousands homeless and burning over 190,000 acres (76,000 hectares) of land....

Scorched earth: Aerial views of California wildfire aftermath

The fires, which began on Sunday, have swept through California's wine country, leaving dozens of people dead, thousands homeless and burning over 190,000 acres (76,000 hectares) of land....

Japan's Kobe Steel scandal spreads, 500 firms affected

Japan's Kobe Steel scandal spreads, 500 firms affectedJapan's Kobe Steel admitted Friday that a snowballing falsified data scandal had affected around 500 customers, more than twice as many as initially thought. More than 30 foreign customers were affected, including Boeing, Airbus, General Motors, Tesla, German automaker Daimler and PSA of France, according to Japan's leading Nikkei business daily. The new estimate comes as Kobe Steel's battered stock fell almost nine percent to finish at 805 yen ($7.20), down more than 40 percent since the start of the week after it admitted falsifying strength and quality data for a string of products -- a practice it said may have started a decade ago....

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