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President Carter 'at ease'... Rampaging wildfires... Escapee in court

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 20, 2015 at 9:41 a.m.



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ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says his cancer is on four small spots on his brain, and that he will immediately begin radiation treatment. A seemingly upbeat Carter told reporters in Atlanta that he is "at ease with whatever comes." Carter announced last week that liver surgery found cancer that has spread to other parts of his body.

UNDATED (AP) — Wildfires are rampaging across the drought-stricken West as authorities scramble for resources to beat back the flames. The blazes took a deadly turn in Washington state, where three firefighters were killed and four others injured. Firefighters on several fronts are battling wildfires advancing on towns in the north-central part of the state.

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A convicted killer who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York has been arraigned on criminal charges stemming from the breakout. A judge entered a not-guilty plea for David Sweat at his arraignment. Sweat escaped June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility with fellow inmate Richard Matt. Matt was shot dead June 26, and Sweat was shot and captured two days later.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy declined slightly in July, yet still pointed to modest growth in the months ahead. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators dropped 0.2 percent in July, after healthy gains of 0.6 percent in both June and May.

MIAMI (AP) — The first hurricane of the Atlantic season has formed. Forecasters say Hurricane Danny is packing top sustained of nearly 75 mph, and additional strengthening is expected during the next two days. Danny is centered about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands and is moving west-northwest near 12 mph. It does not currently pose a threat to any land.

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