By 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.