Thursday, January 16
GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — Crews are battling a wildfire that's burning out of control in the foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains, while sheriff's officials are questioning two "persons of interest." Gusty Santa Ana winds have been fanning the blaze just north of the community of Glendora and television images show several structures engulfed in flames. Police officers have been going door to door ordering residents to leave. The area has been historically dry and red flag warnings are posted from Santa Barbara County south through Los Angeles to the U.S.-Mexico border.
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A public defender is calling the execution of a convicted killer this morning "a failed, agonizing experiment by the state of Ohio." Dennis McGuire appeared to gasp several times and took more than 15 minutes to die as he was given a new combination of lethal drugs. His attorneys had tried to stop the execution, arguing that McGuire would be at substantial risk of "agony and terror" as he experienced a medical phenomenon known as air hunger. McGuire was convicted in the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of a pregnant woman.
GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor has told a U.N. committee that "the Holy See gets it" and needs to handle things differently when it comes to allegations of priest sex abuse. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child grilled Vatican officials at U.N. headquarters in Geneva today over charges the church protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims. The head of a group representing victims says the Vatican's responses seem like "more of the same."
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. still has a long way to go to open the door to college for low-income Americans. More than 100 college leaders attending a White House education summit today are vowing to take steps to expand access to higher education. And First lady Michelle Obama is pushing them to follow through on those pledges. She says the nation can't encourage young people to pursue college, then provide no help when they do.
PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities are crediting a quick acting a teacher with preventing a possible shooting at a high school in northern New York yesterday. Indian River High School teacher Bob Kuba (KOO'-buh) says a 15-year-old student had told him he wanted to show an experiment to his earth science class. But when the student removed a blanket from the supposed experiment, Kuba saw a gun case and grabbed it. The student was taken into custody, but has hasn't been charged yet.