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By: AP
By: AP
AP Photo / Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher

AP Photo / Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher

SHOPPING CENTER KILLINGS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco police have identified the man who was arrested in an attack at a jewelry store that left two women dead and one man wounded.
In a statement Saturday, police identified the man as 23-year-old Barry White of Antioch. Police say he had been in the store at least once before and they don't believe robbery was a motive for the attack.
White was arrested after opening fire on officers Friday afternoon.
Officers encountered him outside the San Francisco GiftCenter and JewelryMart, They say he began shooting at officers while running toward a restaurant and surrendered after apparently running out of ammunition.
Inside the Victoga jewelry shop, officers found the women dead and the man wounded. Witnesses say the women were employees and the man is the owner.

PLANE SKIDS
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Military officials say a chartered Delta Airlines jet has run off the runway at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida during stormy weather.
The 167 passengers aboard the flight were coming from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba when the Boeing 737 ran into mud after leaving the runway Saturday night.
A base public affairs officer says no one was injured and the incident is under review.
The Florida Times-Union reports that Delta was arranging a flight through Jacksonville International Airport to carry passengers headed to Norfolk, Virginia.

NEVADA WILDFIRES
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Some residents will be allowed to return to their mountain homes near Las Vegas on Sunday, 10 days after they were forced to flee because of a wildfire.
About 30 residents of Trout and Lovell canyons got the good news Saturday, while some 350 residents of Lee and Kyle canyons are awaiting word on when they can go home.
The fire was 60 percent contained Saturday.
Fire information officer Larry Helmerick says rain and cloud cover allowed firefighters to increase containment of the Carpenter 1 Fire on Mount Charleston, 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa says officials hope further improvement will allow other residents to return home as soon as possible.
The 44-square mile wildfire was sparked by lightning on July 1.

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) -- Canadian authorities say the remains of 33 people have now been recovered in the small Quebec town devastated by a fiery train derailment. Seventeen others are missing and presumed dead.
It was a week ago today that a locomotive and 72 tankers carrying shale oil slammed into downtown Lac-Megantic (lak-MAH'-gan-tihk) after rolling down a slope and gathering speed. The crash and ensuing explosions destroyed homes, businesses and a bar filled with people.
The unattended Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train had been parked overnight a few miles away.
Earlier today the town's church bells tolled 50 times in memory of those who died.

BOSTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney is scheduled to attend an August fundraiser for the New Hampshire GOP. It's the first time the 2012 Republican presidential nominee will headline a political fundraiser since his November loss.
The Aug. 6 event will be held in New Hampshire's Lakes Region near Romney's summer home in Wolfeboro.
Romney has spent recent months largely in seclusion. But he has repeatedly hinted at a desire to play a more active role ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
His brand suffered after losing what was widely considered a winnable election, but Romney maintains a national fundraising network that could help generate millions of dollars for candidates, super PACs and party committees.
New Hampshire GOP chair Jennifer Horn says she's thrilled that Romney has agreed to help the state party.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky farmer Jason Elliott had one of his best stands of burley tobacco growing until the rains started. Five days and seven inches of precipitation later, about a quarter of his crop was ruined.
The thunderstorms trimmed thousands of dollars from his payday when he hauls his leaf to market.
Fields across tobacco country have been soaked. Without a stretch of dry weather in coming weeks, Elliott's predicament could play out many times over.
More than half of top grower North Carolina's crop is in jeopardy. In Kentucky, the nation's second-leading producer, the toll could hit as much as $100 million if the crop doesn't rebound.
It threatens to become the latest setback for a sector of agriculture that has endured sluggish prices, higher production costs and uncertain markets due.

UNDERWATER MUSIC
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) -- It seems music sounds good underwater, too -- even to the fish.
About 200 divers and snorkelers submerged Saturday to listen to a radio station's subsea concert in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Music broadcast by WWUS was piped beneath the waves through waterproof speakers suspended under boats.
The Underwater Music Festival took place just south of Big Pine Key, along the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef.
The broadcast's playlist included Stones' classics and ocean-themed tunes such as the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden" and Jimmy Buffett's "Fins."
One snorkeler said she thought the fish were enjoying the unaccustomed concert. As she described it, "There were about 100 angelfish and they were all going back and forth underwater with the music."

MUSIC-MARIAH CAREY
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mariah Carey has a new accessory: the stylish sling holding up her injured shoulder.
The pop diva performed in a fashionable sling that matched her shimmering white dress on Central Park's Great Lawn on Saturday for the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert. It was for the benefit of Superstorm Sandy victims.
The 43-year-old went to the hospital Sunday after dislocating her shoulder while filming a music video. She told the crowd Saturday she "was in a tiny bit of pain, but I'm OK."
Carey performed four songs with the New York Philharmonic, including "(hash)Beautiful" and "Hero."
After two songs and a break, Carey switched into a black dress, though she had three getups for her sling.
She joked to the crowd: "I'm filming this for my own self for incredible laughs."

BOSTON (AP) -- The Charles River may be famous for its filth, but it's clean enough now for its first public swim since the 1950s.
The Boston Globe reports (http://bo.st/13YvHhh) dozens jumped into the river Saturday in swimsuits, not hazmat suits.
Over the past eight years, the river has hosted a mile-long race for elite swimmers. But Saturday's event was the first time in decades officials allowed a community swim.
The water quality meets standards for swimming most days, a big improvement since the EPA gave it a grade of D in 1995. But the bottom remains polluted, so the swimmers had to avoid it.
Some swimmers described the water as orange or resembling beef broth. Charles River Conservancy head Renata von Tscharner said she preferred to describe it as resembling tea.


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