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National News Articles for Wednesday, October 01 2014
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California wildfires: 2014 budget spent, as typical high-fire season begins

Facing historic drought conditions, California firefighters are tapping into a state backup fund. As a result, firefighting crews can still be deployed and water tankers flown, despite spending beyond annual firefighting budget.

UPDATE 1-Colorado movie theater massacre trial may be televised, judge rules

A judge presiding over the Colorado theater massacre case ruled on Tuesday that he will allow the murder trial of accused gunman James Holmes to be recorded for television despite opposition from lawyers on both sides, a court ruling showed.

Secret Service let armed felon ride in an elevator with Obama

President Obama shared an elevator earlier this month with an armed security contractor who has three felony convictions relating to assault and battery, in the latest report of a serious violation of Secret Service security protocols.

California becomes first in nation to ban plastic bags at stores

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law Tuesday legislation that will prohibit large grocery stores from offering single-use plastic bags to consumers, starting next July. Other restrictions will also phase in.

Shots reported fired at Kentucky high school, 1 injured school, lockdown ordered

A Kentucky high school was put on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after shots were reported and one student injured, WDRB.com reported.

Living wage: New York mayor gives thousands of workers a raise

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive order requires business tenants in certain city-subsidized building projects to raise their minimum wages to $13.13 for employees who don't receive benefits.

Reporter claims she was told not to talk to crowd at Michelle Obama event

A Milwaukee reporter is claiming that journalists covering first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at a campaign rally for Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke were told not to speak with the crowd at the event.

Bats May Mistake Wind Turbines for Trees

Some species of bats may mistake wind turbines for tall trees, and follow seemingly familiar air flow patterns to their doom.

Transparency groups press White House on FOIA delays

Government watchdog groups and transparency advocates are asking the Obama administration to review its policy of having the White House sign off on an expanded number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests—a procedure they say causes significant delays.