Funeral Services Set For Ferguson Teen
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Funeral services for the black 18-year-old killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri are planned for Monday. Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of Michael Brown, says the exact time and location for the memorial has not been finalized. The shooting of the unarmed Brown by officer Darren Wilson has stoked more than a week of unrest in the city. Police have used tear gas, sound projectors and other means to turn back demonstrators, some of whom have lobbed Molotov cocktails and bottles at officers. The volatile scenes prompted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard in an effort control the unrest. (photo: NBC News)
Rt. 19 Project On Schedule
The massive Route 19 project in the Erie-Highland section of the city remains on schedule to be finished by late October. PennDOT officials announced today that paving of streets in that area will begin in early September. There will also be a road closure at College for about a week early next month. The contractor says pedestrians are still trying to walk through the construction area near Locust and are being asked to refrain from doing so for their own safety.
One Dead In Crash Involving Coal Truck
TWIN ROCKS, Pa. - The coroner says one person has died in a crash that closed a stretch of U.S. Route 422 in western Pennsylvania for several hours. The Indiana County coroner's office did not immediately release details, but confirmed one person was killed. The coroner expected to release more information later Tuesday. County dispatchers say the accident was reported about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday in Pine Township between a coal truck and a sport-utility vehicle. Dispatchers say several people were also flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. State police were not immediately releasing details on the crash, which forced troopers to close the highway between Red Mill Road and Route 403. The highway reopened about 11:30 a.m. The scene of the crash is about 55 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Wildfires Force Evacuations
OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a California wildfire that has forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills near Yosemite National Park is holding steady amid higher humidity and calmer winds. The blaze around the Madera County community of Oakhurst remained at a little under 2 square miles on Tuesday. It has destroyed eight structures and was threatening about 500 homes around Oakhurst, which is about 16 miles from a Yosemite entrance. The wildfire began Monday and was fueled by gusty winds and dry brush. Farther south, another out-of-control wildfire has scorched about 5 square miles of dry brush and prompted evacuations in Southern California's Kern County. The U.S. Forest Service says the blaze burning near Lake Isabella northeast of Bakersfield has expanded in several directions. Some structures have burned and residents of about 200 homes are under recommended evacuation orders. (photo: NBC News)
Peanut Butter/Almond Butter Recall
NEW YORK (AP) - Peanut and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other grocers are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination.
A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. says there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and private label brands for Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Kroger and Safeway. They were sold in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates as well as the U.S. The company says it learned of the contamination risk after routine FDA testing. The Food and Drug Administration says it does not know how many jars of nut butters were recalled. The company would not comment.