John Bacon, USA TODAY

John Bacon


Arlington, VA, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Vaping-related illnesses increase again, but at a slightly slower rate. At least 33 have died

The number of vaping-related deaths climbed to 33 and injuries rose to 1,479, a decline in the previous pace, the CDC said. → Read More

Fort Worth officer Aaron Dean free on bond after fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson in her home

Aaron Dean, the former Fort Worth officer who is accused of murder in the fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson, has been freed on bond. → Read More

Who was Atatiana 'Tay' Jefferson? Fort Worth woman killed by cop represented 'honor, integrity'

Atatiana Jefferson, who was fatally shot in her Texas home, was a college graduate, a pharmaceutical equipment sales rep and a loving daughter. → Read More

Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean resigns after fatally shooting Atatiana Jefferson, could face charges

An 8-year-old boy was in the room when his aunt, Atatiana Jefferson, was fatally shot by a Fort Worth officer while she played video games in her home. → Read More

Power returns to Northern California; firefighters gain on wildfires in SoCal

The lights were back on for more than 2 million Northern Californians after strong winds fueling wildfire concerns prompted a preemptive outage. → Read More

Power may be shut off for more than 700,000 customers in California to prevent wildfires

Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison may shut off power for more than 700,000 customers to prevent wildfires. → Read More

One arrested, two sought in fatal shooting of key witness in trial of Dallas cop Amber Guyger

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund wants an independent investigation of Dallas police after a witness in the Amber Guyger trial is killed. → Read More

Pope Francis considers dropping celibacy requirements for some priests

South American bishops gathered at the Vatican to address a severe priest shortage that could result in the church dropping celibacy requirements. → Read More

4 dead, 5 others injured in shooting at Kansas City bar; manhunt underway for 2 gunmen

Four people were killed and five others injured in a shooting early Sunday at a bar in Kansas City, Kansas, police said. → Read More

Four officers die in Paris knife attack at police headquarters; attacker killed

A French law enforcement official went on a knife rampage at police headquarters in Paris on Thursday, killing four people before being fatally shot. → Read More

Ex-Dallas officer Amber Guyger could be sentenced to as few as 2 years for killing neighbor Botham Jean

Convicted of murdering Botham Jean, former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger is set to be sentenced Wednesday by a jury. → Read More

Trump lauds China; police chief laments one of Hong Kong's 'most violent and chaotic days'

Violence breaks out in Hong Kong as China marked National Day with a military parade. Meanwhile, President Trump congratulates the country → Read More

'A great cop': NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen killed in the Bronx, possibly with his own gun

Officer Brian Mulkeen was fatally shot, possibly with his own gun, in the Bronx during a struggle with an armed assailant, police said. → Read More

'Historic' winter storm dumps 3 feet of snow, smashes records in West

One week after summer's end a historic winter storm began blasting parts of the West with up to 3 feet of snow. → Read More

'Drug smuggling' sub nabbed with 6 tons of cocaine worth $165 million; 4 arrested

The U.S. Coast Guard says it seized 6 tons of cocaine worth $165 million from a 40-foot submarine in the Pacific Ocean. → Read More

This flu season could be a nasty one. Get a shot now, CDC says. Here's what to know

Flu season in the United States is approaching. Here's what to know about the flue, from symptoms to where to get a flu shot → Read More

40 inches of rain: Hundreds rescued from floods as Imelda drenches Texas

First responders were overwhelmed by 911 calls for high water rescues as Tropical Depression Imelda drenched Winnie and Beaumont, Texas with rain → Read More

Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy. Here's what it means

Purdue Pharma is framing its bankruptcy filing as an opportunity to cut red tape and provide billions in settlement cash to curb the opioid crisis. → Read More

Iran denies attacking Saudi oil sites, derides US 'maximum deceit'

Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels said they launched drones that struck the Saudi Arabian oil installations Saturday, disrupting crude oil output. → Read More

Coast Guard issues warning on charging phone batteries after California boat fire

In the wake of the deadly California dive boat fire, the Coast Guard recommends boat operators limit the unsupervised use of power strips. → Read More