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Wildfire spreads...Air show crash kills 7 in England...Killer of NYC security guard described as whistleblower

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 11:11 a.m.



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TWISP, Wash. (AP) — A series of wildfires in north-central Washington has grown by more than 100 square miles since yesterday. Officials say the Okanogan (oh-kah-NAH'-guhn) Complex of fires was measured at 355 square miles today. With fire crews stretched thin, officials plan to provide some basic fire training today to about 200 volunteers who have machinery like backhoes and bulldozers that can be used to dig fire lines.

LONDON (AP) — A military jet has crashed while performing in an air show in England, killing seven people and injuring more than a dozen others. Witnesses told local TV that the jet failed to pull out of a loop maneuver and crashed on a busy road, hitting several vehicles.

ARRAS, France (AP) — Three Americans are being hailed as heroes for tackling and disarming a gunman aboard a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. One serves in the Air Force, another recently served in Afghanistan in the National Guard and the other is studying physical therapy in California. Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone is in the hospital with stab wounds suffered during the struggle with the gunman. A French citizen and a British businessman also helped subdue the gunman.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey congressman says a man who killed a security guard at a New York City federal building was a whistleblower who had been given "a raw deal" by the agency that fired him. Authorities say Kevin Downing killed himself after shooting the security guard last evening. Rep. Bill Pascrell says several members of his staff had worked with Downing to resolve his case and Downing never showed any violent tendencies.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a man was shot and killed by officers when he charged at them with a knife. Local media outlets report that Alan Rushton died today at a hospital in Raleigh. Wake Forest police say Rushton had barricaded himself in a home last night and charged at officers who tried to arrest him.

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