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Americans subdue train gunman...Tensions rising in Koreas...EPA knew of potential mine danger

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 12:01 a.m.



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PARIS (AP) — One of the three Americans who helped subdue a gunman on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris says the attacker never said a word during the incident. Officials say the gunman opened fire, wounding two people before the three American passengers subdued him, beating him unconscious. One of the Americans is hospitalized but the U.S. says the wounds are not life-threatening. Two of the men are in the military.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean bombers are flying simulated missions is a show of force against increasing threats from North Korea. The allies are prepared for a possible military clash Saturday as the North's deadline loomed for Seoul to dismantle loudspeakers broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda. It's the most serious confrontation between the rivals in years.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has released documents that contain warnings of a possible blowout at a long-closed gold mine releasing "large volumes" of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals. EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater on Aug. 5 as they inspected the idled Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. The water tainted rivers in three Western states.

UNDATED (AP) — Massive wildfires in Washington state have exploded in intensity and overtaxed exhausted firefighters. The federal government has declared an emergency and state officials are seeking volunteers to help fight the flames. Three firefighters have been killed and entire towns were evacuated. Evacuations have been ordered in northern Idaho as a group of wildfires has already destroyed 42 homes.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of demonstrators marched in Charlotte, North Carolina, after a judge declared a mistrial in the case of a white police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man. The judge took the action after the jury reported being deadlocked. Prosecutors are considering whether to seek a new trial.

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