Colleen Slevin Associated Press Published 12:49 p.m. UTC Jun 14, 2018 Denver – A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken U.S. West on Wednesday. The blaze in Moab, known for its dramatic red rocks, started in a wooded area Tuesday night and quickly spread to homes over less than a square mile (kilometer), Police Chief Jim Winder said. He said the early investigation has ruled out natural causes for the blaze that ignited near a creek that is frequently used as a walkway in a largely blue-collar neighborhood. It’s not near the tourist-heavy areas in the town known for its proximity to Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Moab resident Shane Tangren told the Salt Lake Tribune that he arrived home from work Tuesday evening to find flames nearby. He was trying to protect the house he’s lived in since he was 16 by … [Read more...] about Wildfires destroy Utah homes, prompt Colo. evacuations
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ALBANY — Hold on to your MV-44 forms. Waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles has just gotten worse. New Yorkers, facing a 2020 deadline to obtain far more secure driver’s licenses to comply with a federal edict to combat terrorism, are flocking to DMV offices statewide in recent months, said Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, speaking on behalf of the state Association of County Clerks. “Unfortunately, it is not a simple process,” Tanner said. “People have to have the right documentation and they often don’t have the right documents. . . . We have to reject those people. “There are also some people who think they might have to do this, so they care coming in off-cycle,” before their licenses are due for renewal, she said. She said the rush has increased traffic at DMV offices 20 percent to 30 percent, according to county clerks’ offices, which staff DMV offices as part of a shared services agreement. The increased … [Read more...] about New secure license requirements drives demand at DMV offices
Kathleen Gray Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Published 10:17 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 LANSING — State Rep. Tim Sneller, D-Burton, has owned dogs all his life, including his current rescue pet Oscar, a miniature Dachsund whose woof is always welcome. He wants to make sure that other pet owners appreciate that a dog’s bark is an essential multi-purpose signal —that they need to go out, eat or provide a warning of impending danger — and prohibit veterinarians from performing debarking procedures. He’s introduced a bill that bans the procedure of removing tissue from a pet’s vocal cords in order to reduce or soften a dog’s bark. “That’s the way the dog communicates with us,” he said. “To have this done just because you don’t want to hear a dog bark is cruel and unusual punishment.” More: Neglected dogs leave neighbors barking mad More: Looking to adopt? 70 homeless dogs land in Michigan … [Read more...] about Michigan lawmaker introduces bill that would ban debarking of dogs
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Politics by Eli Rosenberg by Eli Rosenberg Email the author April 18 at 10:41 PM Email the author A federal judge has found Kansas’s chief elections official — Kris Kobach, a Republican who helped lead a much-criticized commission set up by President Trump to investigate supposed voter fraud — in contempt of court in a sharply worded ruling that said Kobach acted “disingenuously” and that ordered him to pay the plaintiff’s attorney fees. The order stems from a 2016 lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Kansas voters in federal court against a … [Read more...] about Kobach helped lead Trump’s election panel. A judge just found him in contempt in a voter ID case
Volvo is clearly on a roll, producing one of the best large SUVs (XC90) and now clinching the European Car of the Year title with the small XC40. We’re trying the mid-size XC60 to see whether its Swedish style is more than skin deep. Our car: Volvo XC60 D5 PowerPulse AWD R-design List price when new: £43,505 Price as tested: £53,580 Official fuel economy: 54.1mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests June 5th, 2018 Fuel consumption this week: 38.7mpg For those who have been watching The Bridge unravel on BBC2, Sweden appears a rather dangerous place. The Nordic Noir police drama has a high body count and is eerily dark – like Midsummer Murders by moonlight. However, having driven across Scandinavia many times, I know it is remarkably safe. People adhere to the speed limits and nobody uses a mobile phone behind the wheel. There’s probably a campaign to fit wandering elks with high visibility vests. We’ve already … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 – long-term test: the ultimate middle-class car?
Lally Weymouth, Donald Trump and Melania Trump at the 2011 White House correspondents’ dinner. (Clint Spaulding/Sipa Press via AP) If some media and political pundits are to be believed, President Trump sits in the White House today as the result of several hours one warm April evening about seven years ago: the 2011 White House correspondents’ dinner. That year, at the invitation of none other than The Washington Post, Trump — then best known for being the host of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” — attended the event, an annual gathering of journalists that typically has been headlined by the sitting president. But Trump announced over the weekend that he won’t attend this year’s version of the dinner. Trump was no ordinary celebrity guest in 2011, however. In addition to being a reality TV fixture, he was then one of the most vocal opponents of President Obama, leading the “birther” movement that had … [Read more...] about Trump was mocked at the 2011 White House correspondents’ dinner. He insists it’s not why he ran.