New chief to oversee DC fire dept. after Metro accident

03/02/2015 03:00 PM PST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C.'s mayor has named a new fire chief to take control of a department roundly criticized for poor service, including its response to a fatal subway accident in January. 
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Italian tourist killed when hit by piece of Alaska glacier
03/02/2015 03:00 PM PST - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities said. Full Story

Well-liked photo teacher found dead in California classroom
03/02/2015 02:50 PM PST - PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the Southern California teacher who committed suicide by hanging in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor. Full Story

Watchdog: 2 Syrian chemical weapons facilities destroyed
03/02/2015 03:15 PM PST - UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog said in a new report that it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities and expects the destruction of all 12 facilities to be completed this summer. Full Story

Oregon family hopes to free daughter jailed in Japan
03/02/2015 02:15 PM PST - PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon family is trying to win the release of a young woman jailed in Japan because she shipped in a medication containing amphetamine. Full Story

Lawyer for media fights gag order in mine disaster case
03/02/2015 02:00 PM PST - RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A gag order in the criminal case of the West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 men violates the First Amendment by barring virtually anyone from discussing it publicly, a lawyer for media organizations said Monday. Full Story

Plea deal for second suspect in Spokane beating death
03/02/2015 01:55 PM PST - SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The second teen accused of beating a World War II veteran to death during a robbery in Spokane accepted a deal Monday and pleaded guilty to murder. Full Story

Rallies to be held against states' push to control US lands
03/02/2015 01:45 PM PST - SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Advocates for retaining federal oversight of public lands plan rallies in the West on Monday to voice their opposition to efforts by some states to seize control of federal lands. Full Story