On the Radar: Texas fires, IHOP shooting, Knox trial
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September 7th, 2011
06:51 AM ET

On the Radar: Texas fires, IHOP shooting, Knox trial

Wildfires raged across Texas early Wednesday as they have each of the last 295 days, charring nearly 120,000 acres in the last week alone.
"I cannot emphasize enough to Texans in the impacted areas the importance of heeding all warnings from local officials, especially evacuation orders, as these fires are mean, swift and highly dangerous," Gov. Rick Perry said. The largest fire, near Austin, has spread across 33,000 acres, claiming two lives and forcing the evacuations of at least 5,000 people.

Another person has died from the shooting rampage that occurred Tuesday at an IHOP near Carson City, Nevada, officials said early Wednesday. A gunman carrying a variant of an AK-47 rifle opened fire on uniformed Nevada National Guard members as they were having breakfast. In all, 11 people were shot, and the gunman turned his weapon on himself.

There's more from the Amanda Knox hearing in Italy. On Wednesday, a forensic expert testified that DNA on the knife used to kill British student Meredith Kercher could not have been from blood. Carlo Torre, one of Italy's best-known forensics experts, presented a detailed technical argument about the DNA on the knife as Knox appeals her 2009 conviction for the murder of her housemate. Prosecutors contend there were traces of Knox's genetic material on the handle and Kercher's in a tiny groove on the blade. Kercher's semi-naked body was found in the house that she and Knox shared in Perugia, Italy. For complete coverage of the Knox case, click here.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. gung hoe

    If they could only get a tropical depression to come in from the gulf This would not be in the headlines

    September 7, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    Maria is a little over a week out. Maybe they'll get lucky this time.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Good morning, gung hoe and leeintulsa.

    Hopefully, Texas will meet a girl like Maria very soon.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      'it may come cannon-ballin down from the sky, gleam in its eye, bright as a rose.. Who knows?'

      September 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      And mornin', banasy 🙂

      September 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Why do we try to save these killers To kill them later

    September 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    @lee tulsa maria sounds like a good tex mex name dont it Hopefully it wont take a week Mayby it can catch a good tradewind and cut the time in half GOOD MOURNING PRECIOUS ONE BANASY

    September 7, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    @lee ya guess so seems to me like a waste of resourses on trash Hows the weather in your neck of the woods

    September 7, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Unseasonably cool.. Wierd, but sweeeeet. 70s and 80s. 50s im the ams. Get back into the 90s next week.

      So far so good on the drama. Goons think he'll be back – they may know better than i. I think he's puzzed out.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    Good morning, gung ho, banasy, morning all.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @gung hoe:
    Oh, how sweet!
    Thank you!

    I've got your back, but somehow I think you don't need me...
    Soggy leeintulsa has that cat all washed up!

    September 7, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Hey, skel...whassup?
    I read your account of 9/11; you have my deepest admiration for your contribution. You are an unsung hero!

    September 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. FrankTrades

    As the liberal media tries to spin the NV shootings on the topic of mental health, no one is reporting the citizenship status of the shooter - my guess is he probably did not belong in the USA.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    It was an act of terrorism and should be treated as such. Regardless of media spins.
    In another not so unrelated news, the suspect terrorist in the foiled bomb plot in Spokane Wa. Kevin Harpman has admitted to plotting to bomb the MLK Day parade. He has extensive ties to white supermacist groups in US. Had that bomb gone off hundreds, perhaps thousands would have died. The terrorist has entered some kind of a plea- bargain.
    Also news came in today that an AWOL US military medic is in custody for plotting to plant an explosive device in a school in Cal.
    Mental Health issues?

    September 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert

    What's up with the IHOP shooter having an alias? Is anybody investigating the two names?

    September 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |