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Koreas trade warnings...Federal officer in court over meth blast...One still missing in Alaska slide

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 3:50 a.m.



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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A testy back-and-forth continues today between the Koreas. South Korean President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay) is warning she won't tolerate any provocation by North Korea. That came after cross-border artillery shelling from the North and a response by the South. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today declared his troops in a "quasi-state of war." Pyongyang denies firing at a border town.

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former federal police officer is due in court today to face charges he tried to manufacture methamphetamine at a government science lab that was rocked by an explosion last month. The lawyer for 41-year-old Christopher Bartley says his client will enter a guilty plea today in federal court in Maryland. But Defense attorney Steven VanGrack says Bartley was "conducting an unauthorized training experiment which failed."

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The search continues for the body of the last man believed buried by a landslide in a coastal Alaska town. Searchers are going log-by-log through a debris field, careful not to trigger any more movement of the mass of unstable, tree-tangled muck. Two other bodies have been recovered.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Devotion to a fictional horror character they wanted to prove is real could land a pair of 13-year-old Wisconsin girls in prison for long terms if they're convicted in the 2014 stabbing of a friend. The girls, accused of luring the friend into the woods to stab her as a sacrifice to Slender Man, are expected to enter pleas today. The victim survived.

TIANJIN, China (AP) — State media reports technicians have detected levels of cyanide as much as 356 times the national safe level within the evacuated area of the Chinese port city of Tianjin (tyan-jihn) following a warehouse explosion a week ago. Levels outside the zone show no undue contamination. Workers have already begun to clear wreckage, including charred cars and crumpled shipping containers.

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