WYOMING: Liz Cheney in the running
Saying it's time for a new generation of leaders in Washington, Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced Tuesday she will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary. She is taking on popular Sen. Mike Enzi, who announced almost simultaneously his plan to seek a fourth, six-year term. Liz Cheney, 46, is the elder of the two Cheney daughters. Married with five children, she was a resident of Virginia until she and her husband bought a home last year in Jackson Hole. "I think it's time for a new generation, for a new generation to come to the fore. I don't see seniority as a plus, frankly," she told The Associated Press.
PENNSYLVANIA: Prison for extremist talk
A man authorities called a "homegrown, radical extremist" was sentenced Tuesday to 8 1/2 years in prison for helping to lead an Internet forum that promoted terrorist attacks against American military and civilian targets. The sentence for Emerson Begolly, 24, formerly of Redbank Township, also includes time for having a concealed gun and biting an FBI agent when he was arrested in 2011. Begolly apologized for his posts and disavowed his stated beliefs, telling the judge his comments were "completely reckless. His online rants were primarily meant to attract attention and kudos from others on the forum, public defender Marketa Sims had argued. Begolly's online persona, "Abu Nancy," referred to a fantasy female friend.
ARIZONA: How tragic fire developed
A new report shows the wildfire that began with a lightning strike and caused little immediate concern because of its remote location and small size quickly grew into an inferno, leading officials to rapidly order more resources in the hours before the flames killed 19 members of an elite Hotshot crew. The report from the Arizona State Forestry Division provides precise detail about the response to the fire that began June 28 outside the small town of Yarnell, including the unpredictable weather around the blaze. It doesn't address the question of why the fire crew was still on the mountain above the town more than an hour after the winds shifted about 180 degrees and brought the fire back toward them.