Couple Accused Of Sexual Assault
Chartiers Township police accuse Kimberly Campbell and her boyfriend, Gary Bates, of sexually abusing two girls inside their Railroad Street home in Houston. Police told our news partners at WPXI that Campbell told a 13-year-old to go upstairs to her bedroom because it was cooler and she would give her cake. That's where they said Bates was waiting and the couple sexually assaulted the girl. Police said the couple also assaulted a 19-year-old with mental disabilities. According to police, they removed the girl's clothes, saying they were checking for cancer, before they sexually assaulted her. When officers arrived to arrest the couple Thursday, Bates needed an ambulance. "He came down the steps. He had a blanket wrapped around him, and we noticed blood on his hands. As the blanket opened up, they saw a wound in his abdomen," said Police Chief James Horvath. Campell was taken to the Washington County Jail, where police said Bates was headed after his medical treatment. Officers asked Bates what happened. Bates told them he fell on a knife, police said.
Layoffs At Alpha Natural Resources
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Alpha Natural Resources expects to lay off 1,100 workers at 11 West Virginia surface coal mines by mid-October, with the company citing dismal markets and federal regulation.
An Alpha news release says the company notified employees Thursday afternoon that it expects to idle mines and related facilities.
Alpha says the mines produce about 75 percent thermal coal for power generation, and 25 percent metallurgical coal for steel production.
The company cited weak domestic and international coal markets and federal limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
In the past three years, the Bristol, Virginia-based company says it has laid off 4,000 employees and idled 60 mines and 35 million tons of production.
Alpha is one of the country's biggest coal suppliers. It also has mines in Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.
Coal Dust Limitations Begin
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Obama administration's push to reduce black lung disease by limiting coal dust in mines is taking effect. Initial requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor's coal dust rule become effective today. It was proposed in 2010. New requirements include increased dust sampling in mines and citations when coal operators don't take immediate action for high levels. In February 2016, better monitoring equipment will be required. In August 2016, the allowable concentration of coal dust will drop. Ohio-based Murray Energy and the National Mining Association sued separately over the rule. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says black lung has killed more than 76,000 miners since 1968. It is an irreversible and potentially deadly disease caused by coal dust exposure, where particles accumulate in the lungs.
Wildfire Progress At Yosemite National Park
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Residents in California's Foresta community near Yosemite National Park will be allowed to return home later today, now that firefighters are making progress battling a more than 6-square-mile wildfire.
About 50 homes have been evacuated for several days. The blaze is now 58 percent contained, up from 34 percent contained early Thursday. There are still worries that the wildfire could move west toward the Merced Grove of giant Sequoias about 2 miles away. The trees grow only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and can live longer than 3,000 years. Other fire crews are battling a blaze in Sierra National Forest about 60 miles northeast of Fresno. It's creeping closer to the Mammoth Pool Reservoir, a popular recreation spot that supplies drinking water. The blaze is only 15 percent contained.
Tropical Storm Forms In Atlantic
MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Bertha has formed. It's the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The Hurricane Center in Miami says the tropical storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday night were near 45 mph. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados and Dominica.
Tank Fire Shatters Cease Fire
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Gaza officials say at least four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli tank fire nearly two hours after Israel and Hamas began observing a three-day cease-fire.
The Health Ministry and Gaza police say 15 other Palestinians were wounded in the shelling east of the southern Gaza city of Rafah.
An Israeli Army spokesman in Jerusalem says the military is looking into the incident.
Travel Warning After Ebola Outbreak
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an Ebola outbreak. The deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the purpose of the travel warning is to not only protect U.S. travelers, but limit their use of overburdened clinics and hospitals for injuries or other illnesses.