Across The Nation


Some evacuations were lifted Wednesday as firefighters, aided by cooler weather, held back the progress of a wildfire burning through bone-dry brush and threatening hundreds of structures in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains.

Mandatory evacuations were lifted Wednesday for Santa Cruz County residents, but road closures remain in effect for non-residents. Evacuation orders remain in effect for neighboring Santa Clara County, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.


A man suspected in a pair of Dallas-area killings was in the country illegally and had been deported three times to Mexico, U.S. immigration officials said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Dallas County jail officials discovered the suspect initially identified as Silvestre Franco-Luviano was using an alias. The 40-year-old suspect’s true identity is Juan Navarro Rios, said Dallas County sheriff’s spokeswoman Melinda Urbina.

The false identity was discovered as Navarro Rios was being booked into the Dallas County jail after his transfer from the Williamson County Jail in Georgetown. He is suspected of killing a motorist in Dallas and a man at a gas station in nearby Cedar Hill. Police have not released a motive for either slaying, both of which occurred on Sunday night.


Union members are calling on the public to boycott Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s businesses nationwide because he isn’t negotiating a contract with the more than 500 eligible workers at his high-rise Las Vegas hotel.

UNITE HERE announced the effort this week. The group is the parent organization of the Culinary Union, which represents about 57,000 Las Vegas-area hospitality workers.


Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts is calling on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal a new law that spells out guidelines for release of police camera and video recordings.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Roberts called specifically on Wednesday for a special session to repeal HB 972. The call comes a week after Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer.

Protesters have demanded that Roberts and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney release the video of the shooting.


• EL CAJON, Calif. — The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived at the scene where a mentally unstable man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

• NEW YORK — The New York Police Department says it has arrested a man in connection with a house explosion that killed a fire battalion chief. Police say Manhattan resident Garivaldi Castillo was arrested Wednesday on charges of criminal possession of marijuana. Police haven’t said how he’s connected to the Bronx explosion.

• SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man who mysteriously contracted Zika from his infected father may have got it by touching his dad’s tears or sweat with his bare hands, according to new research unveiled Wednesday that found the unusual transmission method was likely caused by his dying father having 100,000 times the normal level of the virus.

Compiled from wire reports