California wildfire moves toward Yosemite, small mountain towns

California wildfire moves toward Yosemite, small mountain townsBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A fierce California wildfire crept toward the boundary of Yosemite National Park on Tuesday as crews fought through steep, often inaccessible terrain and thick smoke to protect a string of small mountain communities in the path of the flames. "The fire continues to grow," fire spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman said. "There's a lot of vegetation and it's very, very dry, there's a significant amount of beetle kill (in the trees)." "The story is, this is steep terrain," Freeman said.



U.S. motor travel rose by 0.8 percent in May: DOT

U.S. motor travel rose by 0.8 percent in May: DOTMotorists traveled 0.8 percent more miles on U.S. roads and highways in May compared with last year, data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) shows. Travel for the month is estimated to be 286.2 billion vehicle miles, DOT says, up from 283.9 billion miles last year. The seasonally adjusted vehicle miles traveled for May is 269.1 billion miles, a 0.4 percent increase over last year.



Jury convicts ex-N.Y. state senate leader of soliciting bribes

Jury convicts ex-N.Y. state senate leader of soliciting bribesFormer New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos was found guilty of soliciting bribes and other federal corruption charges by a jury on Tuesday, nearly a year after an appeals court threw out an earlier conviction. The federal jury in Manhattan also convicted Skelos' son, Adam. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, who presided over the trial, scheduled sentencing for Oct. 24.



Ex-Ohio State wrestlers sue school claiming it ignored sexual abuse

Ex-Ohio State wrestlers sue school claiming it ignored sexual abuseThe lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, claimed the university ignored abusive behavior by the late Dr. Richard Strauss and said coaches and higher level officials were aware of his abuse. "The rampant sexual abuse and culture of sexual abuse was reported to Ohio State administrators and to the head of the athletic department," the complaint said.



Suspected Houston serial killer in custody after crime spree: police

Suspected Houston serial killer in custody after crime spree: policeOfficials said they arrested Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, who they described as having gang ties and having days earlier removed a monitoring device that he wore as a condition of his parole before his crime spree. Police said they would release more details on Rodriguez' capture later on Tuesday. The Houston area had been on edge after three people were killed beginning Friday.





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