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Police officers salute the hearse as they attend the funeral of slain Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith in DallasBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - The Dallas Police Department, which was struggling to recruit officers, has seen a surge in job applications after the ambush shooting this month that killed five officers and brought global attention to the Texas city, officials said on Friday. During the 12 days following the July 7 shooting, the department said it got 467 job applications, a 344 percent increase compared with the 136 in a similar period in June.  That is an average of 38.9 requests per day to become a police recruit compared with an average of 11.3 submissions a day for 12 days in June. Potential officers in the north Texas region have often opted for departments in fast-growing cities surrounding Dallas where starting pay is typically higher than in Dallas.


A fast-moving wildfire that has already blackened some 11,000 acres (4,450 hectares) of drought-parched land northwest of Los Angeles was threatening some 1,000 structures on Saturday, fire officials said. "Because this is the fifth year of an ongoing drought we have a lot dry vegetation," Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told a news conference.
(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Darby bore down on Hawaii on Saturday, prompting its governor to declare an emergency over a storm expected to make landfall with strong winds and heavy rain later in the day. Forecasters said Darby would reach the U.S. state's Big Island on Saturday when maximum sustained winds could near 50 mph (80 kph) and as much as 15 inches (40 cm) of rain could fall, the National Weather Service said in an advisory. The storm was about 100 miles (160 kms) southeast of Hilo as of 5 a.m. local time on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

Smoke from a nearby wildfire looms over Los Angeles on Friday, July 22, 2016. Smoke drifted over the city's downtown, about 30 miles from the fire's location in Santa Clarita. It's one of several blazes burning in Southern California as the region swelters under triple-digit heat. (AP Photo/Amanda Myers)SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials with regional carrier Compass Airlines say a flight from Seattle to San Diego landed in Portland because of an unverified threat.

Woman shot multiple times in WilmingtonPolice are searching for a suspect after a woman was shot multiples times in Wilmington, Delaware.


Man dies after being found shot in Port RichmondA man is dead after being found shot inside a home in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.


Texas deputies: Man drives off after fight with wife, dies in crashThe man reportedly swerved across a Texas highway and slammed into a concrete truck as his wife followed him in a separate vehicle.


WAUSEON, Ohio (AP) — The remains of a college student whose disappearance several days ago prompted a search in Ohio are believed to be found, authorities said Saturday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It's extra sunny in Philadelphia, just in time for the Democratic National Convention.

1 dead, 1 injured after crash in Newark, Del.One person was killed and another was injured after a crash in Newark, Delaware.


Car strikes family in South Philadelphia, mother killedA car struck three family members after a crash in South Philadelphia, leaving the mother dead.


A worker wires a phone on the convention floor as setup continue before the 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, Saturday, July 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Protesters, party leaders and city officials were making final plans as Philadelphia prepared to host the four-day Democratic National Convention that starts Monday.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nearly 50,000 people are making their ways into Philadelphia this weekend for the 2016 Democratic National Convention that begins Monday.

Matthew Ward, an employee with the Baton Rouge Sheriff's office who knew slain deputy Brad Garafola, touches his photograph while visiting a makeshift memorial for the officers who were killed and wounded in Sunday's shooting, at the B-Quik gas station on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hundreds of people lined up Saturday to pay their respects to the family of a Louisiana sheriff's deputy killed by a gunman six days earlier.


The morning sun over Pasadena, Calif., is reduced to an orange disk by smoke from a wildfire burning north of Los Angeles on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The fire erupted Friday afternoon amid a withering heat wave and spread over thousands of acres while sending up a plume of smoke that spread widely and dropped ash across the region. (AP Photo/John Antczak)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildfires burned out of control Saturday in mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California's scenic Central Coast, posing a threat to some 1,300 homes and a sanctuary for exotic animals which was being evacuated, authorities said.


POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials hope that a former tanker that will be sunk Saturday off the state's southern coast will become a major scuba diving attraction — and one of the biggest contributions to the state's artificial reef system.

Matthew Ward, an employee with the Baton Rouge Sheriff's office who knew slain deputy Brad Garafola, touches his photograph while visiting a makeshift memorial for the officers who were killed and wounded in Sunday's shooting, at the B-Quik gas station on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral for Brad Garafola, one of three law enforcement officers shot and killed in Baton Rouge (all times local):


WASHINGTON (AP) — Power has been restored to several museums and other buildings along the National Mall.

Man shot 6 times in Strawberry Mansion, in critical conditionA man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot six times in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia on Saturday.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The family of a black man killed by police in southern New Jersey in 2014 has reached a tentative settlement in its federal lawsuit.
CENTER LINE, Mich. (AP) — Police seized a dozen rifles and six handguns from the home of a suburban Detroit man after a witness reported the man said he wanted to kill police officers, authorities said Saturday.

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015, file photo, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt talks to lawmakers at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Schmidt filed a lawsuit Friday, July 22, 2016, in federal court in Kansas against the U.S. Department of Defense to obtain documents related to planning by President Barack Obama's administration to move prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Fort Leavenworth. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — In a story July 22 about Kansas' attorney general suing the Department of Defense over a freedom of information request, The Associated Press misidentified the rank of department spokeswoman Valerie D. Henderson. She is a lieutenant colonel, not a lieutenant.


This undated photo provided by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department show police Captain Robert Melton. A suspect in a drive-by shooting fatally shot Melton on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, as the officer was sitting in his patrol car, police said. (Kansas City, Kan. Police Department via AP)KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral for a Kansas City, Kansas, police captain shot to death on duty.


NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — North Charleston is selling some city land to help offset the cost of a $6.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black man shot and killed by a white city police officer.
BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — Some 48 people were uninjured after a charter bus erupted into flames on an interstate near the Mall of Georgia.

Clinton and Kaine debut as Democratic ticket in FloridaHillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are sharing a stage at their first public campaign event as the Democratic ticket.


Clinton and Kaine debut as Democratic ticket in FloridaHillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are sharing a stage at their first public campaign event as the Democratic ticket.


WENTWORTH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor says no charges will be filed against two sheriff's deputies in the death of a man killed in front of his family.

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. The league took the 2017 game out of Charlotte on Thursday, July 21, 2016, because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars they would bring to the local economy. New Orleans is the favorite, with one official familiar with the discussions telling The Associated Press that the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game's exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far.


PHOENIX (AP) — A 12-year-old boy has died after he was out hiking in north Phoenix amid triple-digit temperatures.

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2016, file photo, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., gives a 'thumbs-up' as he takes his seat at the head table for the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Kaine is one of several Democrats that Hillary Clinton is considering for her vice presidential running mate. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tim Kaine's selection as Hillary Clinton's running mate could totally upend Virginia politics, and would all but certainly result in the most expensive election cycle in the state's history next year if he becomes vice president.


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