Outrage, praise as New Mexico compound members granted bail

Outrage, praise as New Mexico compound members granted bailDistrict court Judge Sarah Backus on Monday ruled prosecutors failed to show the defendants posed a threat to the community, despite accusations an abducted toddler died at their compound near Amalia, New Mexico, as his father prayed from the Koran to cast out "demonic spirits." "I believe that decision is endangering our community and our people," said Larry Salazar, 67, a rancher who lives about 2 miles from the high-desert compound where police discovered a boy's body on Aug. 6. Where are they going to be going to?" The two men, their wives and a sister must wear GPS ankle bracelets once released on $20,000 bail each and are not allowed back to the compound, Backus ruled.



Nine hurt as Denver gas explosion levels residential building

Nine hurt as Denver gas explosion levels residential buildingNine people were injured, one critically, on Tuesday when a natural gas explosion leveled a Denver apartment house, a fire department spokesman said. First responders rescued two victims trapped inside the building, described as a "fourplex," in Denver's historic Baker neighborhood, said Denver Fire Captain Greg Pixley. No one else was believed trapped in the rubble, alive or dead, Pixley said, but firefighters were conducting a thorough search to make sure.



Ford to invest $740 million in Detroit train station, city development project

Ford to invest $740 million in Detroit train station, city development projectFord aims to turn the building into a campus of offices for up to 5,000 tech workers and software engineers focused on self-driving vehicles and ancillary technologies and services. The second largest U.S. automaker based in Dearborn, Michigan, about 10 miles from Detroit, announced the project in June, but had not previously disclosed costs until a community meeting on Tuesday. The company said Tuesday in a statement it is "working with federal, state and local economic development groups and officials, seeking at least $250 million in tax or other incentives to support the development of the five Corktown sites Ford has purchased." Ford said total investment in the development of the train station and developing 45 acres of vacant land will cost approximately $740 million over the next four years.



U.S. lawsuit over photos at U.S.-Mexico border crossings is revived

U.S. lawsuit over photos at U.S.-Mexico border crossings is revivedThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, ruled 3-0 that a lower court judge acted too hastily in dismissing Ray Askins' and Christian Ramirez's First Amendment claims against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection officials. It faulted the judge for deciding in a "conclusory fashion" that the case should be dismissed because of the government's "extremely compelling interest" in border security and general interest in protecting U.S. territorial sovereignty. While reasonable restrictions on speech might be justified, "it is the government's burden to prove that these specific restrictions are the least restrictive means available to further its compelling interest," Circuit Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the appeals court.



Nine hurt as gas explosion levels Denver building

Nine hurt as gas explosion levels Denver buildingDENVER (Reuters) - Nine people were injured, one critically, on Tuesday when a natural gas explosion leveled a Denver apartment building, a fire department spokesman said.



Pennsylvania report details decades of sexual abuse by priests

Pennsylvania report details decades of sexual abuse by priestsAn 884-page report made public by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro after a two-year investigation contained graphic examples of children being groomed and sexually abused by clergymen. It was largely based on documents from secret archives kept by the dioceses, including handwritten confessions by priests, he said.



Yosemite reopens its valley, as flames and smoke linger

Yosemite reopens its valley, as flames and smoke lingerThe reopening of Yosemite Valley, by far the most heavily touristed area of the park, came as firefighters continued to make slow, steady progress containing the last hot spots of the Ferguson Fire, which erupted July 13 at the edge of Yosemite. The blaze, one of the largest of dozens that have burned across California this summer, has charred nearly 97,000 acres around the park's northwestern corner, but fire crews have carved containment lines around 86 percent of its perimeter. The road into Yosemite Valley was reopened on Tuesday for the first time since July 25, along with two highways into the park.



Puerto Rico utility completes restoration 10 months after Maria

Puerto Rico utility completes restoration 10 months after MariaIn a message on twitter, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said it had restored power to the last customer that was still offline, a family in Ponce, on the island's southern side. Hurricane Maria devastated the island last September and the bankrupt utility struggled to restore service to its customers.



Boy, 11, hacks into replica U.S. vote website in minutes at convention

Boy, 11, hacks into replica U.S. vote website in minutes at convention(Reuters) - An 11-year-old boy managed to hack into a replica of Florida's election results website in 10 minutes and change names and tallies during a hackers convention, organizers said, stoking concerns about security ahead of nationwide votes. The boy was the quickest of 35 children, ages 6 to 17, who all eventually hacked into copies of the websites of six swing states during the three-day Def Con security convention over the weekend, the event said on Twitter on Tuesday. The National Association of Secretaries of State - who are responsible for tallying votes - said it welcomed the convention's efforts.



Top West Virginia judge retires after impeachment vote

Top West Virginia judge retires after impeachment voteJustice Robin Davis, 62, said she would retire after state legislators accused her of corruption and neglect of duty, including spending $500,000 on office renovations that featured a $20,000 rug and an $8,000 desk chair. Davis, a Democrat, retired on the last possible day that would trigger a special election to choose her replacement instead of having Republican Governor Jim Justice appoint a new judge.



Evacuations, rescues as 'historic' floods hit northeastern U.S.

Evacuations, rescues as 'historic' floods hit northeastern U.S.(Reuters) - New Jersey declared a partial state of emergency on Tuesday as forecasts for further heavy rainfall posed new danger in parts of that state, New York and Pennsylvania, where rescuers hauled people from waterways, flooded cars and homes. Following several days of torrential rain throughout the northeastern United States, the National Weather Service issued new warnings for flooding in areas around Binghamton, New York, near the Pennsylvania border, and in New Jersey.



Nebraska carries out its first execution since 1997

Nebraska carries out its first execution since 1997Carey Moore, 60, was put to death at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, a state official told local media at the site. The execution also marked the first time Nebraska has used a lethal injection to kill an inmate since the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976.



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