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Jimmy Carter announces cancer has spread to his brain

Jimmy Carterimmy Carter’s melanoma, a form of skin cancer, has been discovered in four places on his brain and is likely to “show up other places in my body”, the former US president said on Thursday.

Carter told a news conference he would be undergoing radiation treatments and injections to fight the cancer, which was discovered after he underwent surgery to remove a growth on his liver, where melanoma also had been discovered, he said.

Carter, 91, first announced the cancer diagnosis last week.


Nashville hotel cancels rooms for white supremacist event

White SupremecistsThe Nashville hotel where white supremacists planned to host an annual event this weekend has canceled reservations for the event, according to Guesthouse Inn director of sales Michelle Jameson.

Jameson said the hotel on Music Valley Drive decided three days ago to cancel reservations for a Council of Conservative Citizens event. She said the hotel decided to cancel reservations after "it was brought to our attention to what this group might possibly be."


3 firefighters killed after 'hellstorm' overtook vehicle

washington firestormsA "hellstorm" of flames apparently enveloped a vehicle that crashed while carrying firefighters battling a blaze in Washington state, killing three of them.

Four other firefighters were hurt, including one critically, on Wednesday as crews fought raging wildfires advancing on towns in the north-central part of the state, some of the many blazes burning uncontrolled throughout the arid West.

Drought and heat have combined to make this fire season one of the most explosive in recent years. Nearly 29,000 firefighters are battling some 100 large blazes across the West, including in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington and California.


Citigroup to pay $15 million to settle U.S. compliance charges

Citigroup fined againA unit of Citigroup Inc (C.N) will pay $15 million to settle civil charges alleging it failed to enforce policies designed to prevent and detect insider trading, U.S. regulators said.

Wednesday's settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission marks the second time this week that Citigroup has been dinged for regulatory failures.

Earlier this week, two units of the bank also agreed to pay another $180 million to settle charges it defrauded hedge fund investors during the financial crisis. A Citigroup spokeswoman said the company is "pleased to have the matter resolved."


Three missing, one critically injured after Motel 6 gas leak explosion

Motel 6 explosionA gas leak explosion at a Motel 6 in a Seattle, Wash., suburb caused a partial building collapse and injured at least one person as three others remain missing.

The explosion in the Bremerton suburb was so severe it blew firefighters who were on the scene about 20 feet back. Hotel employees reported a gas leak after detecting a natural gas smell at 7:54 p.m. local time and people began to evacuate. The explosion happened at 8:24 p.m.


IRS hack far larger than first thought

IRS hackedA hack of the Internal Revenue service first reported in May was nearly three times as large as previously stated, the agency said Monday.  Thieves have accessed as many as 334,000 taxpayer accounts, the IRS said.

In May, the IRS reported that identity thieves were able to use the agency's Get Transcript program to get personal information about as many as 114,000 taxpayers.


Former Fairfax Co. officer indicted in John Geer shooting

Adam Torres indictedA former Fairfax County police officer has been indicted for murder in the fatal 2013 shooting of John Geer, who was shot and killed on his doorstep while standing with his hands raised Adam Torres, who is no longer with the police department, has been indicted by a special grand jury. Torres turned himself in Monday night and is being held without bond.

"I am quite happy that they did things in an expeditious way because they could've taken six months to come to a decision," said Don Geer, John Geer's father. "I figured that eventually justice would prevail, although it took longer than I would've liked."




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