News on the go: August 27, 2013

Carrie Blazina

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed Monday that local and state law enforcement have used facial recognition software thousands of times since implementing the program in June to identify possible suspects and victims. DeWine said the program was long discussed during meetings with law enforcement agencies and he didn’t need to do more to publicize the program’s launch. No one has been charged as a result of the program.

A 230-square-mile wildfire in Yosemite National Park is threatening San Francisco’s water supply by raining ash on the reservoir it uses. To preserve the city’s famously pure drinking water, utility officials quickly sent more water Monday to the metropolitan area before the supply becomes tainted. Nearly 3,700 firefighters battled the blaze, which is the largest on record in California’s Sierra Nevada. They reported the fire was 15 percent contained.

Maj. Nidal Hasan’s trial for the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood has entered its final phase after emotional testimony Monday from survivors, widows and grieving family members. The sentencing phase will be the last chance for Hasan, who is representing himself and was convicted of the shootings last week, to convince jurors he killed 13 people at the Texas military base to protect Muslim insurgents.

Information is from the Associated Press.

Carrie Blazina is the nation and world editor for the Daily Kent Stater