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Lifeguards assist a person who was in the water and apparently struck by lightening Sunday July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. Authorities said lightning struck 14 people, leaving two critically injured, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steve Christensen)

Rare storm at California beach hard to see coming

Although lightning does strike Southern California frequently, it rarely hits the beach. When it does, the consequences can be chaotic and deadly, as they were Sunday when a huge lightning bolt descended on Los Angeles' bohemian Venice Beach, killing 21-year-old Nick Fagnano and injuring 12 others. Climatologist Bill Patzert says ...

Report: Man climbed atop basketball hoop in escape

A physically fit inmate who was a known flight risk escaped from a central Arizona jail by hoisting himself atop a basketball hoop, grabbing on to an overhead security fence and breaking it apart, according to an investigative report released Monday. No one was directly supervising the recreation yard when ...

CORRECTS TO A 1997 FILE PHOTO FROM 1987 - FILE - In this 1997 file photo, Kenneth Trentadue, shown in the poster hanging in the office of Oklahoma City lawyer Scott Adams, is pictured in Oklahoma City. Prison officials maintain that Trentadue committed suicide by hanging himself. Trentadue's family and Adams claim that the bruises covering his body are inconsistent with that type of death. Starting Monday, July 28, 2014, in a federal court trial in Salt Lake City, the FBI will have to persuade a judge they’ve really done everything possible to find video tapes of Timothy McVeigh minutes before he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995 and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people. The trial is the culmination of a nearly two-decade long quest by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago in Oklahoma. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter, File)

FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were involved in the 1995 attack. Additional searches for videos that Salt Lake City ...

Police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting, Monday, July 28, 2014, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood in New York. Authorities said a sex-assault suspect got in a shootout with law enforcement in New York City that left the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police officer wounded. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt

A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustling neighborhoods, officials said Monday. The man, Charles Richard ...

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Slain family of 5 was murder-suicide, police say

A maintenance worker with financial problems killed his wife and three children with a shotgun, then committed suicide, over the weekend in what state police called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Maine history, investigators said Monday. Joel Smith presented a friendly face at the 61-unit apartment ...

Lightning strikes over downtown in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Authorities say powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed at least 10 homes and damaged others. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)

Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston

A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close. The tornado, a rarity in Massachusetts, touched down in Revere, a coastal city of nearly 52,000 residents just north ...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, during the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Lawyers for Sterling plan to argue Monday, July 28, 2014, that Shelly Sterling had no right to make the deal with Ballmer, even though Donald Sterling had given her written authority to pursue a sale. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ...

Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights groups say. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil ...

FILE - Thsi Oct. 30, 2012 file photo shows Sveinn Storm, owner of Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory measuring flood waters outside his store in Annapolis, Md. in the aftermath of  Superstorm Sandy that passed through the East Coast. A new federal report says that along much of America’s coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years. And scientists blame rising seas, saying this is one of the ways global warming is changing everyday lives. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied nuisance flooding, where no one is hurt but people have to deal with flooded roads and buildings.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts

Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday. Scientists blame rising seas, saying this is one of the ways global warming is changing everyday lives. The National Oceanic ...

FILE - This Sept. 4, 2011, file photo shows the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station, as seen from Lake Powell in Page, Ariz. The federal government has come up with a final version of a rule meant to cut haze-causing emissions from the largest coal-fired power plant in the West. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision Monday, July 28, 2014, reflects a compromise by tribal and federal officials, environmental groups and the owners of the Navajo Generating Station, which is on track to cease operations in 2044. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Rule aims to help clear air around Grand Canyon

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the ...

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