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Squelching Sierra fires left forest ready to burn

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Squelching Sierra fires left forest ready to burn

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Northern California grass fire burns 2 homes, threatens more

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A fast-moving grass fire has burned at least two homes and is threatening dozens more in a crowded Northern California neighborhood.

August 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: U.S. readies rationale for possible Syria strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. "There's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Vice President Joe Biden said.

August 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Latinos inspired by 1963 march to push for rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - As thousands of marchers made their way to the nation's capital in August 1963 for what was officially billed as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Maria Varela stayed put in the Deep South with no plans to participate.

August 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas megachurch linked to 21 measles cases

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas megachurch linked to at least 21 cases of measles has been trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics, officials said.

August 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


L.A. County deputies arrested for camping gunplay

CHINO, Calif. (AP) - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been arrested for allegedly pulling guns and shooting during a weekend dispute at a Chino campground.

August 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ford recalls assassination attempt in video

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Newly released footage from the trial of Charles Manson disciple Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme shows President Gerald Ford calmly and carefully recalling the attempted assassination in the videotaped testimony.

August 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Kerry: Chemical arms use in Syria 'undeniable'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry declared Monday that there was "undeniable" evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack in Syria, toughening the Obama administration's criticism of Bashar Assad's regime and outlining a justification for possible U.S. military action.

August 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge won't drop charges in deadly UCLA lab fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has refused to dismiss charges against a UCLA chemistry professor over a deadly laboratory fire.

August 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police say man shot mom, fled on tractor

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Court records show a Southern California woman who police say was killed by her 29-year-old son over the weekend had been granted a three-year restraining order against him in 2008.

August 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Palmdale: 279 birds seized in cockfighting raid

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they've disbanded a Los Angeles County cockfighting ring and seized nearly 300 birds.

August 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Stars to join March on Washington events

WASHINGTON (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker are among the celebrities joining three presidents this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

August 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Bill would let non-physicians perform abortions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill that would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform a type of early abortion is one step away from the governor.

August 26, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Crab-eating otters combat water pollution

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The familiar sight of a sea otter floating on its back, meal on its belly, is more than a cuddly spectacle, research at a Central California estuary has found.

August 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Ukraine vows to punish rebels who downed plane

NOVOHANNIVKA, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama says climate change deniers ignoring science

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama said denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese, as he issued a call to action on global warming to Saturday's graduates of the University of California, Irvine.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands of Iraqi men answer urgent call to arms

BAGHDAD (AP) - Thousands of Shiites from Baghdad and across southern Iraq answered an urgent call to arms Saturday, joining security forces to fight the Islamic militants who have captured large swaths of territory north of the capital and now imperil a city with a much-revered religious shrine.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Condor makes rare flight to Northern California

PESCADERO, Calif. (AP) - A California condor that was released into the wild last year has been spotted in a part of Northern California where the endangered species hasn't been seen in more than a century.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bluegrass legend Stanley to perform in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The old farm boy who used to raise cattle in a place called Big Spraddle Creek says at age 87, he doesn't even raise a garden.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Emboldened House conservatives planning next steps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservatives emboldened by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's astonishing loss to a tea party-backed upstart are pledging to capitalize on their newfound political strength.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obamas kick off long weekend in California

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama is spending a long Father's Day weekend in the California desert oasis of Rancho Mirage.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Athlete from Fiji killed in Northern California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A runner from Fiji was killed in a gang shooting in Northern California just weeks before he was set to attend a Louisiana university on a track scholarship, friends and authorities said.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll dead at 82

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday night at his home. He was 82.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: More US can do to help Native Americans

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday became only the third U.S. sitting president in eight decades to set foot in Indian Country, encountering both the wonder of Native American culture and the struggle of tribal life on a breeze-whipped afternoon in the prairie. Amid snapping flags and colorful, befeathered dancers, Obama declared that there was more the U.S. could do to help Native Americans.

June 14, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ex transit cop cries as he recalls fatal shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former Northern California transit officer cried on the witness stand Friday while describing how he shot and killed an unarmed man on a train station platform more than five years ago.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


McCourt testifies in Dodger Stadium beating case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt testified Friday in a lawsuit filed over a severe beating at Dodger Stadium that he wasn't personally involved in security matters at the venue but did suggest a fan code of conduct.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Boston, LA, SFC and DC in running for 2024 Games

An American bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics would come from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington if the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to put a city in the running.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Netherlands thrashes Spain in World Cup opener

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - The Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1 Friday, toying with the defending champions in the second half and gaining a measure of revenge for its 2010 loss in the World Cup final.

June 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Quick turnaround gives McCarthy edge in GOP race

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy's knack for helping colleagues get elected and his ability to maintain a personal connection have given him the advantage in the race for House majority leader despite calls by some Republicans for a new, more conservative direction.

June 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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