Forecasters: Floridians should prepare for hurricane
MIAMI - Florida's governor declared an emergency for the state Saturday due to the threat of Tropical Storm Fay, which forecasters say could bring hurricane-force winds to the Florida Keys as soon as Monday.
Fay could hit as a Category 1 or 2 hurricane, with winds perhaps reaching more than 100 mph, forecasters said, stressing that it was too early to tell how intense the storm would become.
In anticipation, Gov. Charlie Crist declared the emergency to help protect communities from the storm, which 'threatens the state of Florida with a major disaster,' the executive order said.
5 children among 7 killed in Memphis house fire
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - An early Saturday morning fire killed five children and two adults, but three youths were able to escape and were being treated for burns.
Next-door neighbor Lamar Boyce said he was awakened about 5:30 a.m. by the victims' cries for help and saw two of the survivors jump from a second-story window.
The two teenagers and an 11-year-old boy who escaped were hospitalized with second-degree burns on their faces and hands, Fire Department spokesman Lt. Keith Staples said.
Bear attacks in Anchorage have people on edge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Even in a city whose logo is 'Big Wild Life,' the summer of 2008 is testing residents' tolerance for large carnivores.
The problem is bears, black bears and bigger grizzlies. So far this summer, three people have been mauled in the city.
Some people said humans are to blame for the confrontations and insist that no bears should be killed because of the attacks.
$10M lotto winner gets prison in fatal SoCal crash
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - A man who won $10 million in a California lottery game has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that killed three people.
Thomas Turnour had pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and causing injury while driving intoxicated.
The winner of a SuperLotto game in 2001 was sentenced Friday in San Bernardino.
Protesters take over grounds of Hawaiian palace
HONOLULU - For the second time this year, a Native Hawaiian sovereignty group has taken over the grounds of Iolani Palace, residence of Hawaii's last monarch.
About a dozen men, wearing red shirts with 'security' stenciled in yellow on the back, locked the gates of the landmark Friday evening and posted no trespassing signs that read: 'Property of the Kingdom of Hawaiian Trust.'
The action came on Admission Day, a state holiday marking Hawaii's admission to the Union on Aug. 21, 1959.
Killers of Calif. student gets death sentence
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Two men who tortured an Irvine college student to reveal where her family kept valuables and then strangled her in her home have been sentenced to death.
Ronald Tri Tran and Noel Jesse Plata, both 33, were sentenced Friday in Orange County Superior Court for the November 1995 slaying of 18-year-old Linda Park in Irvine.
They were arrested in 2001 after tests on DNA found at the crime scene linked them to Park's killing.
Construction begins on $57M San Diego
SAN DIEGO - Scrapers and bulldozers began filling a deep canyon Friday to make way for a border fence in the southwestern corner of the United States after 12 years of planning, environmental reviews and legal challenges.
The 3 1/2 mile stretch extends from a state park on an oceanfront cliff through a canyon known as Smuggler's Gulch. The gorge was overrun by illegal immigrants until U.S. authorities launched a crackdown in the 1990s that pushed traffic to the remote mountains and deserts of California and Arizona.