NEW YORK (AP) - NEW YORK CITY HAS REOPENED ITS SUBWAYS AMID HEIGHTENED CITY-WIDE SECURITY AFTER A MAN WITH A PIPE BOMB STRAPPED TO HIM CAUSED AN EXPLOSION IN THE TIMES SQUARE AREA DURING THE MORNING RUSH HOUR MONDAY. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TELL THE AP THAT AKAYED ULLAH WAS INSPIRED BY THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP, BUT APPARENTLY HAD NO DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. THE OFFICIALS SPOKE ON CONDITION OF ANONYMITY BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT AUTHORIZED TO SPEAK PUBLICLY ABOUT THE SUSPECT OR INCIDENT.

HUNTSVILLE, ALA. (AP) - REPUBLICAN ROY MOORE AND DEMOCRAT DOUG JONES ARE MAKING THEIR FINAL PUSHES AHEAD OF TUESDAY'S SPECIAL SENATE ELECTION IN ALABAMA. JONES AND DEMOCRATS ARE FRAMING THE ELECTION AS A WAY FOR ALABAMA TO REJECT ITS HISTORY OF POLITICIANS WITH BAGGAGE THAT HAMPERS THE STATE. MOORE IS PUSHING TRADITIONAL VALUES AND SAYS HE REFLECTS THEM. MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RECORDED AN AUDIO MESSAGE THAT WENT OUT TO ALABAMA VOTERS MONDAY.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CREWS AIDED BY CALM OVERNIGHT WINDS KEPT A WALL OF FLAMES FROM DESCENDING FROM MOUNTAINS INTO COASTAL TOWNS AFTER A HUGE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE EXPLODED IN SIZE OVER THE WEEKEND. THOUSANDS REMAIN UNDER EVACUATION ORDERS MONDAY AS THE FIRE CHURNS WEST THROUGH FOOTHILL AREAS OF CARPINTERIA AND MONTECITO, SEASIDE TOWNS ABOUT 75 MILES NORTHWEST OF LOS ANGELES. MUCH OF THE FIRE'S NEW GROWTH OCCURRED ON THE EASTERN AND NORTHERN FRONTS INTO UNOCCUPIED AREAS OF LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST.
===================================

NICK LEARNED
BRAFFORDS ARRESTED VCR

A HOME CHECK BY THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES ALLEGEDLY REVEALED FIVE CHILDREN LIVING IN FILTHY CONDITIONS, LEADING POLICE TO ARREST A MAN AND WOMAN ON CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES.

30-YEAR-OLD BRIANNA LEE BRAFFORD AND 40-YEAR-OLD RODNEY RUSSELL BRAFFORD, WERE EACH BOOKED INTO JAIL ON SINGLE CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGE.

CHARGING PAPERS SAY TWO CASPER POLICE OFFICERS WERE SENT TO A HOME ON SOUTH BEVERLY STREET FOR A FAMILY FIGHT. TWO DFS AGENTS WERE ON SCENE TO CONDUCT A HOME CHECK ON THE BRAFFORD RESIDENCE, AND THEY COULD HEAR THE BRAFFORDS YELLING AT ONE ANOTHER FROM OUTSIDE THE APARTMENT.

POLICE SAW A BANISTER WAS TORN OUT OF THE WALL, AND A HOLE WAS IN THE WALL NEXT TO THE FRONT DOOR. A GARBAGE CAN AND SEVERAL BAGS OF GARBAGE WERE STACKED IN THE HALLWAY OUTSIDE THE APARTMENT, AND FECES WAS IN THE HALLWAY DIRECTLY OUTSIDE THE APARTMENT DOOR.

DFS AGENTS TOLD POLICE THAT A FAMILY ASSESSMENT WAS UNDERWAY DUE TO REPORTS OF CHILD NEGLECT, EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT, PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AND POOR LIVING CONDITIONS. FOUR CHILDREN WERE HOME AT THE TIME, WHILE A FIFTH WAS AT SCHOOL.

SEVERAL OF THE CHILDREN WERE NOT CLOTHED AND DID NOT HAVE DIAPERS ON. THEY APPEARED "DIRTY, AND IN DISARRAY" ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS.

THE APARTMENT WAS IN "COMPLETE DISORDER," WITH GARBAGE ON THE FLOOR AND STACKED AROUND THE APARTMENT.

THE CHILDREN'S BEDS WERE FILTHY, WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE FECES AND BODILY FLUIDS ON THE MATTRESSES. SEVERAL PILES OF DOG FECES WERE IN ONE OF THE CHILDREN'S BEDROOMS.

THE CHILDREN WERE PLACED IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY WITH THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES.

BOTH BRAFFORDS TESTED POSITIVE FOR METH AFTER PROVIDING URINE SAMPLES.

======================================
CASPER FIRE EMS CHIEF KENNETH KING RETIRED EARLY LAST WEEK, AFTER THE CITY WAS GIVEN EMAILS HE HAD WRITTEN OF A SEXUAL AND GRAPHIC NATURE.

CITY MANAGER CARTER NAPIER TOLD K2 RADIO NEWS THAT THE SITUATION WAS INTOLERABLE...

BUT EVERY EMAIL IS RECIEVED BY SOMEONE. SO IS THE CITY INVESTIGATING OTHERS IN THE DEPARTMENT?

MEANWHILE, JASON SPICER HAS BEEN NAMED INTERIM CHIEF WHILE THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CHIEF CONTINUES.
==========================
A 31-YEAR-OLD CHEYENNE WOMAN IS BEHIND BARS AFTER ALLEGEDLY THROWING HER 2-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER INTO A DITCH.

CHEYENNE POLICE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN OFFICER KEVIN MALATESTA SAYS OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO "SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES" AT LOVE'S TRAVEL STOP AROUND 1:15 A.M. SATURDAY MORNING.

POLICE SAY A WOMAN, LATER IDENTIFIED AS LILLIAN JEFFREY, WAS IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT OF A CAR "ACTING ERRATICALLY."

MALATESTA SAYS OFFICERS NOTICED TWO CAR SEATS, BUT ONLY ONE CHILD WAS IN THE CAR -- A 4-YEAR-OLD BOY.

OFFICERS LOCATED A 2-MONTH-OLD BABY IN A DITCH A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE CAR. THE BABY HAD SEVERE INJURIES AND WAS FLOWN FROM CHEYENNE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TO A HOSPITAL IN COLORADO FOR TREATMENT.

POLICE HAVE YET TO DETERMINE HOW LONG THE BABY WAS EXPOSED TO THE WEATHER.

JEFFREY WAS ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE AND CHILD ENDANGERING. OFFICERS SUSPECT SHE MAY HAVE BEEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF NARCOTICS AT THE TIME.