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Judge asked to keep public away from ex-nuke weapons plant

Jul. 17, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A retired professor testified Tuesday he found evidence that billions of particles of plutonium had escaped from a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado and settled on land that is now a wildlife refuge, raising concerns about whether the site is safe for the public. But an attorney for...

San Francisco bans tour buses from 'Full House' residence

Jul. 17, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tour buses will no longer be swinging by a San Francisco house made famous in the popular 1990s sitcom "Full House." The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted Tuesday to ban commercial vehicles from Broderick Street after neighbors complained. Vehicles that seat nine or...

2 dead, 1 critical in small plane crash near Lake Tahoe

Jul. 17, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A small airplane crashed near Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, killing the pilot and a passenger and critically injuring the only other person on board the single-engine aircraft. The 60-year-old pilot from suburban Sacramento, who was declared dead at the scene, reported engine trouble...

Hawaii lava boat tours continue after explosion, injuries

Jul. 17, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people. The Coast Guard prohibits vessels from getting...

The Latest: California pilot killed in crash near Tahoe

Jul. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a small plane crash near Lake Tahoe (all times local, PDT): 4 p.m. Authorities have identified the 60-year-old pilot from suburban Sacramento who died in a small airplane crash near Lake Tahoe. The Placer County sheriff says Kenneth Whittall-Scherfee of Carmichael was...

Massachusetts grad student dies on school trip to Ecuador

Jul. 17, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts graduate student and former employee of a district attorney's office has died during a school-sponsored trip to Ecuador. Officials say University of Massachusetts Boston student Fatima Breton died Sunday. The cause of Breton's death wasn't immediately...

Smoke clogs Yosemite Valley as firefighters battle blaze

Jul. 17, 2018 6:55 PM EDT

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Hot and dry weather on Tuesday hindered efforts to slow the growth of a forest fire near Yosemite National Park that killed a California firefighter last weekend, leading some tourists to cut short their visits although all park trails remained open. The blaze roaring through dry...

Jet fuel spike sends 2Q profit lower at United Airlines

Jul. 17, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Rising fuel prices are cutting into profit at United Airlines, although strong travel demand is helping the airline cope by pushing travelers' prices higher as the summer travel season hits full speed. United reported Tuesday that second-quarter profit was $684 million, down 17 percent from a...

Portland chosen for self-driving car pilot program

Jul. 17, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine city is among seven municipalities that have been selected to help test self-driving car technology. The Portland Press Herald reports Washington-based transportation technology firm Inrix announced Tuesday that Portland would help pilot the AV Road Rules program. Inrix says...

Sharp teeth: Jaguar may have bitten through steel cable

Jul. 17, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat, the zoo's managing director said Tuesday. Kyle Burks told reporters at a zoo news conference...