Martin Luther King during his "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963
MARCH ON WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Martin Luther King III says today is "not the time for nostalgic commemoration" or "self-congratulatory celebration."
The oldest son of the slain civil rights leader told a crowd at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington that "The journey is not complete. We can and we must do more."
Tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall today to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Georgia Congressman John Lewis, the only surviving speaker from the 1963 march, railed against a recent Supreme Court decision that effectively erased a key anti-discrimination provision of the Voting Rights Act.
Lewis was a leader of a 1965 march where police beat and gassed marchers who demanded access to voting booths. He says he "gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Ala., for the right to vote."
Attorney General Eric Holder praised those who faced repression and brutality to march a half century ago. The nation's first black attorney general said that without them, he'd never be the attorney general and Barack Obama wouldn't be president.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department is trying to stop the state from distributing school vouchers in any district that remains under a desegregation court order.
In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, the Justice Department said Louisiana distributed vouchers in 2012-13 to nearly 600 public school students in districts that are still under such orders, and "many of those vouchers impeded the desegregation process."
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal called the department's action "shameful" and said President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder "are trying to keep kids trapped in failing public schools against the wishes of their parents."
The Justice Department says Louisiana has given vouchers this school year to students in at least 22 districts remaining under desegregation orders.
Jindal called school choice "a moral imperative."
GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) -- As a wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park, officials are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to save two groves of giant sequoias.
The iconic trees can resist fire, but park spokesman Tom Medena said dry conditions and heavy brush are forcing fire officials to take extra precautions in the Tuolumne and Merced groves. About three dozen of the giant trees are affected.
The trees grow naturally only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada.
The fire has burned more than 200 square miles near the park's northern boundary. It is just 5 percent contained.
More than 5,500 homes are threatened and four were destroyed. Voluntary and mandatory evacuations have been ordered.
The fire has been burning for a week. The cause is under investigation.
SANTEE, Calif. (AP) -- Calling their deaths "an abomination," a priest memorialized a mother and young son killed by a family friend who also abducted the woman's 16-year-old daughter.
The service Saturday for Christina Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson at the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church in Santee was open to the public.
The Los Angeles Times reports Rev. Kevin Casey told the memorial gathering that the community was "touched by this evil and we can never be the same again."
The mother and son were found at the home of James Lee DiMaggio, who set it ablaze earlier this month.
DiMaggio was killed by FBI agents Aug. 10 in the Idaho wilderness, six days after abducing 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, who was not physically harmed.
Authorities have declined to discuss a possible motive.
TRUCKING COMPANY SHOOTINGS
LAKE BUTLER, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a longtime employee of a Florida trucking company killed himself after fatally shooting his former boss and a coworker and wounding two others.
A news release from the Union County Sheriff's Office says gunman Hubert Allen Jr. drove to several locations Saturday morning and shot the four men. Three of them were Allen's former co-workers at Pritchett Trucking Inc., and the fourth was company owner Marvin Pritchett.
The sheriff's office says the gunman fatally shot Pritchett and Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado.
One of the wounded men was in critical condition and the other was in good condition.
Authorities say the 72-year-old Allen returned to his home in North Florida's Lake Butler and fatally shot himself.
Investigators declined to discuss a motive. Messages left seeking further comment from the sheriff's office weren't immediately returned.
99-YEAR-OLD WOMAN KILLED
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) -- Police have arrested a man they say killed a 99-year-old woman inside her upstate New York home.
Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP'-see) City Police say 20-year-old Javon Tyrek Rogers was arraigned Saturday, charged with burglary and first-degree murder in the death of Fannie Gumbinger. They say he was arrested at 11 p.m. Friday night.
Gumbinger's body was found Wednesday morning after a caretaker suspected something was wrong inside the woman's house and called police. An autopsy Thursday determined that Gumbinger died from multiple injuries inside the home she'd lived alone in since her husband's death in 2007.
Police tell the Poughkeepsie Journal Rogers is suspected in other recent burglaries in the city.
Rogers was being held without bail Saturday and unavailable for comment.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials say the U.S. government's efforts to determine which highly classified materials leaker Edward Snowden took from the National Security Agency have been frustrated by Snowden's sophisticated efforts to cover his digital trail by deleting or bypassing electronic logs.
Such logs would show what information Snowden had viewed or downloaded.
Government officials tell The Associated Press that investigators are wrestling with Snowden's apparent ability to defeat safeguards established to monitor and deter people looking at information without proper permission. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the sensitive developments publicly.
The disclosure undermines the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the NSA surveillance programs can't be abused because its spying systems are so aggressively monitored and audited for oversight purposes.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Authorities will try to determine what caused two barges to break free on the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock, prompting five bridges to temporarily shut down.
The runaway barges struck the Interstate 30 bridge that connects the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock on Friday night. The barges also hit the Clinton Pedestrian Bridge, part of the cities' riverfront trail system.
Authorities reopened the bridges after determining that two barges that escaped from a tugboat only hit an earthen berm protecting the largest of the spans.
The barges made it past the Clinton Presidential Library about a quarter-mile from the Interstate 30 bridge before the tugboat operator caught up and pushed them to the riverbank.
No injuries were reported.
WEST CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Broadway star Julie Harris has died.
Actress and family friend Francesca James says Harris, who won an unprecedented five Tony Awards for best actress, died Saturday at her home in West Chatham, Mass at the age of 87. She had previously suffered two strokes.
Harris' Tony-winning roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in "I Am a Camera" to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman show.
Television viewers knew Harris as the free-spirited Lilimae Clements on the prime-time soap opera "Knots Landing."
In the movies, she was James Dean's romantic co-star in "East of Eden" (1955), and had rolls in such films as "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1962), "The Haunting" (1963) and "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (1967).
GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) -- Hospital technicians have taken X-rays of a wooden beam that could be part of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the French explorer La Salle that's been missing for more than three centuries.
A team of divers removed the timber from northern Lake Michigan in June after discovering it wasn't attached to buried wreckage. They hope the CT scan of the beam will help pinpoint its age, which could be a significant clue in determining whether it came from the long-lost vessel.
The Griffin disappeared in 1679 with a six-member crew.
The scan was done Saturday at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. Images will be sent to a Cornell University tree expert.
Expedition leader Steve Libert says he'll keep searching for the Griffin while awaiting the results.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A team of panda caretakers at Washington's National Zoo will have to wait at least one more day to get the first close look at a day-old panda cub during an exam.
The minutes-long health assessment was planned for Saturday, but panda mom Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) didn't give keepers an opportunity to take her cub, which is about the size of a stick of butter. Zookeepers will try again Sunday. During the exam, they'll try to listen to the cub's heart and lungs, record its weight and collect a DNA sample.
The cub born Friday evening is Mei Xiang's third, but the cub she gave birth to last year died after living just a week. Before that, her last cub was born in 2005.
Zookeepers plan to be more hands-on with this cub after last year's death.
Obama weighs which Dems to help in key races
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is planning to steer clear of New Jersey's high-profile race for governor. But he'll probably give at least some help to the Democrat in the Virginia governor's race.
Both candidates could use Obama's help. But Democrats concede they'll probably lose to Republican Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey, meaning an Obama visit is unlikely unless the race tightens.
That's according to a Democratic official who wasn't authorized to talk publicly about strategy and insisted on anonymity.
Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe is embroiled in a scandal, but the race is highly competitive.
The White House will have to make these delicate calculations constantly next year, when the stakes are higher. Congressional elections will determine how much Obama can accomplish in his final two years.
Paul: GOP big enough to accommodate him, Christie
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will continue to disagree over national security and other issues, but the Republican Party is big enough to accommodate both men's views.
In an apparent shot at Christie, Paul says Sunday "there's room for people who believe in bigger government in our party." The New Jersey governor is considered a moderate whose views on government spending differ sharply from the libertarian Paul's.
The two men, potential rivals for president in 2016, have been sparring for weeks.
Paul told "Fox News Sunday" that Republicans should concentrate growing the party instead of bickering. He said the GOP "is shrinking almost down to nothing" in the Northeast, Christie's home base, and needs people with new ideas to attract independents and Democrats.
Popular Pa. teacher vanishes in Calif. wilderness
When the fall term begins at Pennsylvania's Nazareth Area High School on Monday, one teacher will be conspicuous by his absence.
Matthew Greene was a popular math teacher at the school 65 miles north of Philadelphia when he vanished while on a backpacking trip in California last month.
Police say the 39-year-old Greene was in California to hike and climb the Eastern Sierra, a region that features extremely steep and rugged terrain. The last time anybody heard from him was July 16.
Searches of the vast wilderness area have turned up no trace of the former Peace Corps volunteer.
His disappearance has baffled friends and family who call Greene a highly experienced, cautious outdoorsman.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sixty-eight dogs have been rescued from a blaze in a New York City home.
Fire officials say the fire in the two-story house in Staten Island was reported on Friday evening. It was extinguished in about a half hour.
No injuries were reported.
Officials say the owner of the single-family home was a hoarder who collected small-breed dogs as well as trash. Some of the animals were kept in a yard next to the house.
Richard Gentles of Animal Care & Control of NYC says the dogs were removed to a shelter. He says a medical team is evaluating them and caring for them.
Fire marshals are investigating the cause of the blaze.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A comprehensive encyclopedia of one of the world's major religions is set to be unveiled next week in South Carolina. The 11-volume work covers Hindu spiritual beliefs, practices and philosophy, and is the culmination of a 25-year academic effort.
The encyclopedia is written in English and includes about 7,000 articles on Hinduism and its practices. The work also deals with Indian history, languages, art, music, dance, architecture, medicine, and women's issues.
The first volumes arrived at the University of South Carolina on Wednesday. They are to be donated to the university's library system.
USC Professor Hal French is associate editor of the "Encyclopedia of Hinduism" and says the goal was to have a definitive work. He calls the effort a milestone of research that brought Eastern and Western scholarship together.
Trump lawyer denies NY AG's lawsuit claims
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Donald Trump's attorney accuses New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of trying to extort campaign contributions from the real estate mogul through his investigation of Trump University.
Trump attorney Michael D. Cohen tells The Associated Press that Schneiderman's lawsuit against Trump and Trump University filed Saturday is filled with falsehoods. Cohen says Trump and his university never defrauded anyone.
Cohen says Trump won't be extorted by anyone, including the attorney general.
Schneiderman sued Trump for $40 million, saying the celebrity businessman helped run a phony "Trump University" that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.
Regulators close small banks in Tennessee, Arizona
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Regulators have closed small banks in Tennessee and Arizona, bringing the number of U.S. bank failures to 20 this year.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. says it seized Community South Bank, based in Parsons, Tenn., with 15 branches and about $386.9 million in assets and $377.7 million in deposits as of June 30. It also shuttered Phoenix-based Sunrise Bank of Arizona, with six branches, $202.2 million in assets and $196.9 million in deposits.
CB&S Bank, based in Russellville, Ala., agreed to assume all of Community South Bank's deposits and to buy about $121.7 million of its loans and other assets.
First Fidelity Bank, based in Oklahoma City, agreed to assume all of Sunrise Bank's deposits and to buy all its assets.
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