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SISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes. Just a few months earlier, the U.S. Forest Service and a group of...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty Monday to charges that he endangered comrades by walking away from a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009. The U.S. Army says Bergdahl asked to enter his plea before the military judge at Fort Bragg. The...
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Barking dogs, loud snorers and a woman who appears to have dementia crying out every night. Trying to sleep on a cot in a shelter for fire evacuees is not easy. Nicole Lonefight had spent her nights at a Red Cross shelter on fairgrounds in Sonoma County...
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year's worth of rain on his town, drowning this church where he was baptized, met his high...
KENNER, La. (AP) — An oil rig exploded Sunday night in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish, a Louisiana police department said. Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said Sunday evening that rescue boats were being sent from the Kenner Boat Launch, and that...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrat Kevin de Leon, leader of the California Senate, said Sunday he will challenge U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in next year's election. The Los Angeles Democrat announced via email that he's ready to run on his progressive record fighting climate...
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — It was just another Sunday night. Sure, the wind was kicking up, but for hundreds of thousands of people in California's wine country, their minds were on the week ahead: school and homework, jobs and email, dinner plans and movie nights. Overnight, those...
NEW YORK (AP) — In a classroom, an old man glides in pushing a walker, and none of the young faces turn. In the cafeteria, a white-haired woman eats across from a teenager, to no one's surprise. And walking to the school bus, students pass wheelchairs and oxygen tanks as...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas' tourism sector is bracing for changes in the aftermath of the massacre that killed 58 people at an outdoor music festival. Analysts who closely track the finances of the city's casino companies say Las Vegas will see a short-term dip in visitors in...