Sunday, July 31
HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH-TEXAS
Sources: Heart of Texas operated balloon
LOCKHART, Texas (AP) — Two officials familiar with the investigation into the crash in Texas of a hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people say it was operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides.
The officials spoke Saturday on condition that they not be named because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.
The hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture Saturday morning near Lockhart, which is about 30 miles south of Austin. Authorities have said there do not appear to be any survivors.
If 16 people were killed, it could be the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history.
Wildfire near Big Sur destroys 57 homes
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say a wildfire burning near California's dramatic Big Sur coast has destroyed 57 homes and is threatening 2,000 more.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Saturday that the blaze has grown to 52 square miles.
The blaze a few miles north of Big Sur has also killed a bulldozer operator working the fire line.
More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the week-old wildfire that officials expect to linger until the end of August.
Officials say flames are concentrated in forested ridges above the summer fog line along the coast. Many patches of fire were in areas too steep to be reached.
SKYDIVING WITHOUT PARACHUTE
Skydiver successfully lands without parachute
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Skydiver Luke Aikins has become the first person to jump from a plane into a net on the ground without the benefit of a parachute.
Aikins hit the 100-by-100-foot net perfectly, quickly climbed out of it and walked over to hug his wife, who had been watching with other family members.
Just before climbing into a plane to make the jump, Aikins said he had been ordered to wear a parachute but indicated he wouldn't open it.
As the plane was climbing to 25,000 feet above the drop zone he said the requirement had been lifted and he took off the chute.
He fell for about two minutes, then flipped onto his back at the last second and landed perfectly to cheers from those gathered to watch.
CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP ELEVATOR RESCUE
Donald Trump rescued from stalled elevator in Colorado city
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Springs Fire Department says that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had to be rescued from an elevator that was stuck between the first and second floors of a resort.
In a statement released Saturday, the department says that it was called at 1:30 p.m. Friday to rescue about 10 people, including Trump, trapped inside the elevator at The Mining Exchange resort.
The department says the firefighters opened the top elevator hatch and lowered a ladder into the elevator. Trump and the others used the ladder to climb out of the elevator to the second floor. The department says no injuries were reported.
The Trump campaign confirmed that the incident occurred but did not provide details.
During a rally Friday at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Trump criticized the city's fire marshal for limiting the number of people allowed to attend his speech at the building where the event was held.
Cowboys pay tribute to Dallas police before start of camp
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys paid tribute to Dallas police and the five officers killed by a gunman with a ceremony before the start of training camp.
Dallas players walked arm-in-arm onto the field Saturday with police Chief David Brown, Mayor Mike Rawlings and members of four of the five families of officers who were killed in an ambush in downtown Dallas during a Black Lives Matter rally.
After taking the field in four waves, players and coaches formed a circle for a moment of silence with the Dallas contingent, which included children. Brown addressed the team and shouted "Dallas strong" as he wrapped up his remarks.
During the preseason and possibly regular season, the Cowboys will wear a decal on their helmet that says "arm in arm."
Third Chicago police officer relieved of powers
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has relieved a third officer of his police powers following a police-involved shooting that left a suspect dead.
The move comes after the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office on Saturday released autopsy results that determined 18-year-old Paul O'Neal died of a gunshot wound to the back. His death has been ruled a homicide.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Superintendent Johnson spent hours reviewing video evidence with other officials following the release of the autopsy report.
Guglielmi also says a formal investigation is still ongoing, adding that "Johnson has pledged that CPD will conduct a thorough and fact based administrative review."
Two other officers were relieved of their powers on Friday.
O'Neal was shot and killed Thursday night during a stolen vehicle investigation. O'Neal was black; police have not provided any identifying information about the officers who were involved.
ARIZONA POLICE SHOOTING
Justice Department to review fatal Arizona police shooting
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says will investigate the fatal shooting of a Navajo woman by an Arizona police officer.
Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said Friday that the Civil Rights Division will review the local investigation into the March 27 shooting death of Loreal Tsingine (SIN'-uh-jin-ee) in Winslow.
Tribal officials have been urging federal officials to look into the treatment of American Indians in towns that border the Navajo Nation.
Maricopa County prosecutors announced last week that Officer Austin Shipley would not be charged.
Shipley was responding to a shoplifting at a convenience store when he shot 27-year-old Tsingine on a nearby sidewalk.
Body camera video released shows Tsingine walking quickly toward him with a pair of medical scissors in her left hand, pointed down.
Organizers say 1.6 million at event with pope
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Organizers of World Youth Day, a global Catholic celebration, say that 1.6 million attended an event with Pope Francis in a huge meadow in a village outside of Krakow, Poland, on Saturday evening.
Pope Francis called on the young pilgrims to not be "couch potatoes" but to take risks as they seek to build a better world.
The pope spoke of a paralysis that comes from seeking convenience and from "confusing happiness with a sofa." He warned that such a state would deprive people of freedom and the ability to determine their own fates.
He said: "Dear young people, we didn't come into this world to 'vegetate," to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: To leave a mark."
Francis called Jesus the "Lord of risk."
CAMPAIGN 2016-CONSTITUTION SALES-AMAZON
Pocket US Constitution becomes best-seller after speech
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pocket version of the U.S. Constitution has become a best-seller on Amazon.com.
The 52-page pamphlet printed by the National Center for Constitutional Studies sells for $1 and was in the Top 10 best-selling books on Amazon on Saturday afternoon. The site produces an hourly list of its best sellers.
The Constitution emerged as a best-seller days after Muslim-American lawyer Khizr Khan, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq, flashed a pocket Constitution and offered to lend it to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a speech at the Democratic National Convention.
The version Khan used at the convention did not appear to be the same as the one that became popular on Amazon.
A message sent to Amazon seeking sales details for the Constitution pamphlet was not immediately returned.
Numbers drawn in $487 million Powerball jackpot
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The winning numbers for the Powerball are 11-17-21-23-32 and Powerball 5.
Saturday's $487 million jackpot is the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot, but the odds of winning are incredibly small: one in 292.2 million.
It's unclear if a winning ticket has been purchased. If there isn't a winner, the jackpot will increase and another drawing will be held Wednesday.
There has not been a winner since May 7, when a family from New Jersey won a $429.6 million jackpot.
Tickets are sold in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.