Firefighter dies in Mo. ambush

MAPLEWOOD, Mo. - Firefighters became victims of what appeared to be an ambush Monday when they were fired upon from a house as they worked to put out a vehicle fire across the street, police said. One young firefighter was killed, two police officers were wounded and the house where the shots were fired later burned to the ground.

It was unclear Monday afternoon whether the gunman died in the house fire; authorities were searching the remains of the brick bungalow, St. Louis County police spokeswoman Tracy Panus said.

Little was known about the man who lived in the house in Maplewood, a suburb just southwest of St. Louis.

Texas, Mexico prepare for storm

McALLEN, Texas - Residents along the Texas-Mexico border kept a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Dolly on Monday, stocking up on plywood, generators and flashlights as forecasters predicted the storm would strengthen into a hurricane later this week and make landfall.

The storm was expected to bring high winds and dump 10 to 20 inches of rain in coastal areas near the U.S.-Mexican border. Emergency officials feared major flooding problems and urged coastal residents to prepare.

Shell Oil said it was evacuating workers from oil rigs in the western Gulf of Mexico.

Police: Soldier's husband raped, stabbed her

EL PASO, Texas - A Fort Bliss soldier's husband kicked her in the face, stabbed and raped her before abducting her from her off-post apartment last week and taking her to Nevada, police said Monday.

The soldier, who turned up wounded but alive in El Paso Sunday night, was attacked as she entered her apartment about 5:15 p.m. Thursday, police said in an affidavit charging Clinton W. Lewis, 34, with aggravated kidnapping.

The Associated Press has previously identified the 29-year-old soldier but is no longer naming her because of the sexual assault allegations. The AP does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent.

Crash of B-52 bomber kills at least two

HONOLULU - The Air Force said at least two crew members are dead after the crash of a B-52 bomber off Guam.

Rescue teams were searching a vast area of the Pacific Ocean on Monday for the remaining four airmen.

The Coast Guard said six vessels, three helicopters, two F-15 fighter jets and a B-52 bomber are involved in the search.

Grandma says mom knows who has missing girl

ORLANDO, Fla. - The grandmother of a 2-year-old girl missing since early June said Monday the girl's mother, jailed after police said she failed to report the disappearance for more than a month, knows who has the toddler.

A lawyer for the Orlando girl's mother, Casey Anthony, said his client wants to help investigators and urged authorities to release her.

Anthony, 22, was arrested last week after telling authorities her daughter Caylee Marie Anthony had been missing since June 9. Casey Anthony was charged with child neglect and criminal obstruction for allegedly lying to detectives.

S.C. mother sentenced for setting fires

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A suburban South Carolina mother who admitted burning down four homes near her neighborhood has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.

Kimberly Wooten was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday. Two of those years have been suspended by a judge and she also received credit for time served.

The 42-year-old mother of two pleaded guilty but mentally ill in June to seven counts of second-degree arson and other charges related to the fires.

Judge in driver's war crime trial bars evidence

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The judge in the first American war crimes trial since World War II barred evidence on Monday that interrogators obtained from Osama bin Laden's driver following his capture in Afghanistan.

Prosecutors are considering whether to appeal the judge's ruling - a development that could halt the trial of Salim Hamdan that began Monday after years of delays and legal setbacks.

- From wire reports