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  • Bus rolls over on Hwy 36 near Rising Star, no fatalities

    Published On: Aug 29 2015 09:25:07 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 31 2015 07:34:50 AM CDT
    COMANCHE COUNTY, Texas -

    A charter bus rolled over on Hwy 36 near Rising Star Saturday evening.

    The incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. just inside the Comanche County line, and Hwy 36 was shut down by law enforcement officials at the scene.

    According to a DPS trooper on the scene, there were no critical injuries and no fatalities from the crash. The trooper confirmed at least 10 people injured. He said four individuals were evacuated by helicopter due to the number of people injured and the availability of ambulances. 

    According to officials, individuals were taken to hospitals in Eastland, Brownwood, and Abilene.

    The trooper confirmed that the passengers were members of a volleyball team from the New Mexico Military Institute. Officials are still gathering names of those involved.

    The trooper said the bus, owned by New Mexico Texas Coaches LLC, was traveling north on Hwy 36 when another vehicle traveling south drifted into the bus's lane. The bus driver swerved to avoid the oncoming vehicle before the bus slid and flipped on its right side.

    The bus did not strike the other vehicle, but the vehicle did not stop when the bus flipped, the trooper said.

    A KTXS photographer on scene witnessed at least one helicopter and more than five ambulances depart the scene.

    KTXS will continue to update this article as we learn more.

  • Authorities: 4 dead in fiery Austin car crash

    Published On: Aug 30 2015 01:35:05 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 31 2015 07:32:45 AM CDT

    AUSTIN, Texas -

    Four people are dead after what appears to be a one-vehicle crash overnight in north Austin.

    KXAN-TV reports that the crash occurred around 5 a.m. Sunday, when a potentially speeding car crashed through a concrete barrier and landed in a parking lot.

    The car caught on fire.

    Austin fire officials say firefighters put out the vehicle fire and found four victims inside.

    The four were not immediately identified.

  • Obama to rename tallest U.S. peak

    Published On: Aug 30 2015 04:02:12 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 30 2015 04:00:20 PM CDT
    Mt. McKinley

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -

    To hear the White House describe Alaska, the state has become the canary in the climate change coal mine, complete with raging wildfires, accelerating ice melt in the arctic, vanishing glaciers and whole villages forced to relocate away from rising seas.

    President Barack Obama will carry that urgent message to Alaska this week in the hopes his long journey away from his busy agenda in Washington will begin to change the national conversation on global warming.

    His first step while he's there: officially renaming the country's tallest mountain from Mt. McKinley to Denali, an historic nod to the region's native population, which the White House says is under threat from the already-present threat of climate change.

    "This is all real. This is happening to our fellow Americans right now," Obama said in his weekly address Saturday.

    All week long, Obama will try to call attention to Alaska as a kind of climate change ground zero. Whether it's a hike on a melting glacier near the town of Seward or his visit with a fisherman in the remote coastal village of Dillingham, the President wants a distracted public to see the jarring effects of global warming through his own eyes.

    To maximize the impact of the historic trip, which will make Obama the first sitting U.S. president to visit the arctic, the White House plans to devote all of the resources of its potent social media operation.

    It's also using the trip to formalize the Denali name change, which native Alaskans have sought for decades. Named McKinley in 1896, shortly after President William McKinley was nominated as a candidate for office, the 20,320-foot peak has long been known locally as Denali, its name in the indigenous Athabascan language.

    The national park that surrounds the mountain was named Denali in 1980, but the peak itself is still listed in official federal documents as McKinley. Past attempts to make the change were blocked by lawmakers from McKinley's home state of Ohio.

    Obama is set to meet Monday with members of the native population to discuss ways the federal government can help them prepare for the effects of a changing climate, which the White House says include interrupted winter hunting seasons, newly hostile conditions for fish and wildlife and seawater encroaching on long-settled territory.

    "The issue of climate change is not an issue of the future tense in Alaska, it is affecting people's lives and their livelihoods in real ways," White House senior adviser Brian Deese said in a preview of the three-day trip.

    During a conference call with reporters, Deese laid out the administration's latest data on the climate challenges facing Alaskans.

    The arctic has warmed almost twice as fast as the rest of the world and portions of northern Alaska have lost a "football field's worth of land a day to coast erosions and sea-level rise," Deese said.

    Wildfires have scorched "5 million acres of land, which is approximately the size of my home state of Massachusetts," he added.

    Obama will deliver remarks at a conference of arctic nations in Anchorage to foreign ministers representing counties with a vested interest in the region. Secretary of State John Kerry, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other top administration officials are also making the 4,000-mile plus journey for the gathering.

    The foreign policy implications of a changing arctic are quickly coming into focus for the Obama administration, as Russia is increasingly behaving like a military rival in the area.

    The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think-tank recently warned Moscow is boosting its military presence in the arctic, dubbing the Russian ambitions as "the ice curtain."

    The rapid ice melt in the Arctic is more than just a military concern. There are also vital economic considerations, as the evolving climate is opening up new shipping opportunities over the top of the world for counties from China to Scandinavia.

    But for fishermen who have relied on the predictability of Alaska's frigid temperatures for generations, the stakes are much higher. As the President noted in his weekly address, the state's independent governor warns four Alaskan villages are in "imminent danger" and must be relocated.

    "Think about that. If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we'd do everything in our power to protect ourselves," Obama said in the address. "Climate change poses the same threat, right now."

    Even though environmentalists welcome the President's focus, some conservationists have accused Obama of climate hypocrisy, citing the recent approval for Royal Dutch Shell to begin oil and gas drilling in the Chukchi Sea off of Alaska's northwest coast. Also of concern to climate change activists is the administration's looming decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

    "Climate leaders don't drill in the arctic," tweeted the progressive group, Credo. The tweet featured a rendering of Obama wearing a Shell oil patch on his chest and standing on an aircraft carrier with a banner reading "Mission Accomplished," a reference to the image of President George W. Bush during the Iraq War.

    The President defended the decision in favor of Shell's application as part of a balanced energy approach which he describes as the development of domestic resources of oil and natural gas until more sustainable, alternative fuel sources become the norm.

    "I share people's concerns about offshore drilling. I remember the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico all too well," Obama said in his weekly address. "That's precisely why my administration has worked to make sure that our oil exploration conducted under these leases is done at the highest standards possible."

    One White House official dubbed the journey to Alaska a "signature" trip of the Obama presidency, noting climate change will come to be seen as a top priority in the administration's "fourth quarter."

    Just last week, Obama paid visits to Nevada to discuss initiatives to expand solar power and New Orleans where he marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and warned about the effects of severe weather.

    Later this year, Obama will return to the issue of global warming when he meets with Pope Francis in September and again at a climate conference in Paris in December.

  • Brain-eating amoeba kills 14-year-old athlete

    Published On: Aug 31 2015 05:32:05 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 31 2015 07:32:33 AM CDT
    Naegleria fowleri amoeba

    CDC/CNN

    (CNN) -

    The fatal brain-eating amoeba has struck once again, this time claiming the life of a 14-year-old star athlete.

    Michael John Riley Jr. was just days away from starting his freshman year of high school. The Houston teen, who qualified for the Junior Olympics three times in track, was swimming in with his cross-country team on August 13 at Sam Houston State Park.

    That's when Michael encountered the Naegleria fowleri amoeba. Within days, the teen's bad headache turned into a total loss of brain function. He died Sunday.

    While infections from Naegleria fowleri are rare, they're usually fatal. Here's what to know about the brain-eating parasite:

    What is it?

    Naegleria fowleri is a single-celled organism that can cause a brain infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

    It's typically found in warm fresh water such as lakes, rivers and hot springs.

    "These disease-causing organisms are naturally present in most lakes, ponds, and rivers but multiply rapidly in very warm and stagnant water," the Oklahoma State Department of Health said.

    How do you get it?

    People can get infected by swimming or diving into infected, warm bodies of water, the CDC said. The amoeba enters the nose and travels to the brain.

    In extremely rare cases, swimmers can get infected from pools that are not adequately chlorinated.

    But it's impossible to get infected by drinking water contaminated with the amoeba. And infections are not contagious.

    How often does it strike?

    Very rarely. In the past 53 years, only about 133 cases have been documented, according to the CDC.

    Most of those cases happened in Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Arizona and California.

    How often is it fatal?

    Very often. Of those 133 cases, only three people survived.

    Who else has gotten infected recently?

    Earlier this month, an Oklahoma man died after swimming in Lake Murray in Ardmore, CNN affiliate KFOR said.

    Last summer, 9-year-old Hally Yust of Kansas died after swimming in several bodies of fresh water.

    "Our precious daughter, Hally, loved life and part of her great joy was spending time playing in the water," her family said in a statement.

    "Her life was taken by a rare amoeba organism that grows in many different fresh water settings. We want you to know this tragic event is very, very rare, and this is not something to become fearful about."

    In 2013, 12-year-old Zachary Reyna of Florida became infected after he went knee-boarding in fresh water near his home. He later died.

    That same summer, Kali Hardig of Arkansas went for a swim and was infected by the parasite.

    Despite the incredible odds against her, Kali survived.

    How can you prevent it?

    The extreme rarity and randomness of such infections can make it difficult to predict where they might occur.

    "It is unknown why certain persons become infected with (Naegleria fowleri) while millions of others exposed to warm recreational fresh waters do not, including those who were swimming with people who became infected," the CDC said.

    The Kansas health department advises swimmers to use nose plugs when swimming in fresh water.

    It also suggests not stirring up the sediment at the bottom of shallow freshwater areas and keeping your head above the water in hot springs.

    The Oklahoma health department also said people shouldn't swim in stagnant water, water that is cloudy and green, or water that has a foul odor.

    It also said signs that say "no swimming" should be taken seriously.

  • Teen charged with pushing Texas boy, 3, into pond, drowned

    Published On: Aug 29 2015 03:04:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 30 2015 03:03:31 PM CDT

    LUFKIN, Texas (AP) -

    Officials say an East Texas teen has been accused of pushing a 3-year-old boy into a pond in a drowning allegedly to make room for his pregnant girlfriend's child to live at a residence.

    Angelina County jail records show 17-year-old Bobby W. Woods was being held without bond Saturday on a charge of capital murder of a person under age 6. Online records don't list an attorney to speak for Woods, who was arrested Friday and booked as an adult.

    Mason Cuttler's body was discovered Aug. 18 in a pond near Lufkin, a day after he disappeared outside as his parents cleaned their home.

    An affidavit says Woods, who lived at the home, says he pushed Mason into the water and left. The suspect's girlfriend is related to Mason's father.

  • Wind-blown branch kills Washington girl, 10

    Published On: Aug 30 2015 12:01:50 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 30 2015 04:06:37 AM CDT

    A branch broke off a tree without warning, killing a 10-year-old Washington state girl

  • Marc Orner weighs in on cheating website hacking scandal

    Published On: Aug 26 2015 09:06:58 AM CDT
  • Despite unusual images, NASA says no life found on Mars

    Published On: Aug 29 2015 04:17:23 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 29 2015 03:57:11 AM CDT

    NASA officials say Internet images purporting to show life on Mars are not evidence of aliens.

  • Woman, officer dead in Louisiana standoff

    Published On: Aug 27 2015 04:12:50 AM CDT

    Police in Louisiana say a man killed a police officer with the officer’s own gun after stabbing three women -- including his wife. The officer and a woman are now dead.

  • Dominica flooded by Erika's rains

    Published On: Aug 28 2015 09:29:30 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 29 2015 04:20:45 AM CDT

    Tropical Storm Erika is headed for Florida after killing 20 people in Dominica.