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Explosions shock congregants at 2 New Mexico churches

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A pair of small explosions just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants Sunday morning at two churches in southern New Mexico. There were no injuries or deaths from the blasts outside Calvary Baptist and Holy Cross Roman Catholic in Las Cruces, Las Cruces police spokesman Danny Trujillo said. Each […]

Man accused of decapitating wife leaves hospital for jail

PHOENIX — A man accused of decapitating his wife and their pet dogs before mutilating himself has gone from a hospital bed to a jail cell, authorities said Sunday. Phoenix police identified Kenneth Dale Wakefield as the man who has spent nearly a week recovering from self-inflicted wounds. Wakefield, 43, remained in a county lockup […]

Tent blows off mooring during storm and kills 1 near Chicago

WOOD DALE, Ill. — One person was killed and up to 20 injured on Sunday when a tent blew off its moorings during a brief storm that brought high winds and hail to a festival in a suburb of Chicago. Art Woods, a city council member from the suburb of Wood Dale, said that in […]

Official: Top Burundi general assassinated in the capital

BUJUMBURA, Burundi — A Burundi general who was a key security ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza was killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Bujumbura, a presidential spokesman said. Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana, the president’s senior adviser on security matters, was killed when men in a car shot at him and his bodyguards in […]

2 soldiers dead, 31 wounded in suicide attack in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — Kurdish rebels on Sunday detonated an explosives-laden agricultural vehicle at a military police station in eastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding 31 others, authorities said, amid a sharp escalation of violence between the government forces and the autonomy-seeking insurgents. Militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, used two tons of […]

Girl wounded in attack on Jerusalem gay pride parade dies

JERUSALEM — A teenage girl seriously wounded after an anti-gay extremist stabbed her and several others in last week’s attack on Jerusalem’s gay pride parade died Sunday, a hospital official. Shira Banki, 16, succumbed to her wounds, and her organs will be donated, Hadassah Medical Center spokeswoman Hadar Elboim said. The girl was among six […]

Russian military helicopter crashes during air show, 1 dead

MOSCOW — A Russian military helicopter from an elite aerobatic squadron crashed Sunday during an air show, killing one pilot and injuring another, the Defense Ministry said, the latest in a series of accidents that have dogged the nation’s air force this year. The Mi-28 helicopter gunship was part of a flight of helicopters from the […]

Kerry in Qatar to ease Arab concerns about Iran nuke deal

DOHA, Qatar — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran. Kerry arrived in the Qatari capital on Sunday after visiting Egypt, where he also spoke in favor of the agreement reached with Iran last month in […]

Crash sparks LA brush fire

SAN BERNARDINO — A crash on the main route between Southern California and Las Vegas has injured two people — including a CHP officer— and sparked a 25-acre brushfire but no homes are threatened. It happened Saturday afternoon in the Cajon Pass on Interstate 15 northeast of Los Angeles. Della Miller tells KABC-TV she was […]

Downton Abbey to get Rose Parade float

BEVERLY HILLS — Maggie Smith’s character on “Downton Abbey” might find the pomp and circumstance uncomfortable, but the PBS show is getting its own float in the Rose Parade, two days before the premiere of its sixth and final season on Jan. 3. PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger made the announcement Saturday at a […]

Fiery crash kills one, injures three

LONG BEACH — Authorities have reopened a Long Beach bridge where a fiery head-on collision killed one man, and injured three others, including a police officer. Fire spokesman Jake Helfin says a Mercedes drove onto the Gerald Desmond Bridge in the wrong direction at around 7 a.m. Saturday and crashed into a Ford Fusion and […]

Cop rescues man from burning car

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Department officers pulled an unconscious man from a car that went up in flames after a collision. Police say Officers Daniel Navarro and Junior McKeekin arrived to an accident scene around 2:45 a.m. Friday to two mangled cars in the roadway in the Hollenbeck area. They soon found the […]

Chili, rib cook-off a hit with crowd

VACAVILLE — The heat didn’t keep the fans of good chili and ribs away from the 8th Annual Rib and Chili Cook-Off in downtown Vacaville. This year there were 10 chili contestants and eight contestants for the ribs. “We like to keep this competition small because it makes it more like a big backyard cookout […]

Rescued golden eagle hit by wind turbine, dies

WALNUT CREEK — A young golden eagle rescued by firefighters and released from a wildlife hospital three months ago has died after being struck by a wind turbine, officials said. Two power workers found the 12-pound female raptor near a wind turbine at Altamont Pass in Livermore and took it to a wildlife hospital July […]

Firefighter killed as fires continue to rage

LOWER LAKE — Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground. Twenty-three large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California on Saturday, […]

End ‘corporate cronyism’ is message at Koch conference

DANA POINT — Billionaire industrialist and conservative political donor Charles Koch welcomed a group of roughly 450 like-minded fundraisers to one of his twice-annual conferences Saturday by challenging them to advocate for ending “corporate cronyism” – even if those policies help their businesses. Koch, who along with brother David has long pressed for a federal […]

Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he couldn’t advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they’ll seek the death penalty. During a brief arraignment […]

‘Gut-wrenching’ decision: Search for teens to be suspended

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard’s search for two teenage fishermen was to end Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they’re pressing on with their own hunt. Even as officials […]

Thousands mourn loss of Hayward officer

OAKLAND— Thousands of mourners attended a public funeral Thursday for a Northern California police officer who was shot and killed during a traffic stop last week. The service for Sgt. Scott Lunger drew dignitaries, friends, family and police officers from across the nation, the Oakland Tribune reported. Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell […]

Shark thwarts man’s marathon swim attempt in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO — A great white shark thwarted a Northern California man’s quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands. Corte Madera marathon swimmer Simon Dominguez was trying to swim about 28 miles when his teen daughter, in a support boat, spotted the great white just […]

N. California thrust fully into wildfire season

LOWER LAKE — Triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds thrust Northern California into full-fledged wildfire season Thursday with several new blazes flaring up, forcing hundreds of people from their homes. California’s 14 large fires, mostly in the scorched northern half of the state, are pushing 7,000 firefighters to their limits as they battle flames amid drought, […]

July a month for weird weather in California

LOS ANGELES — Scattered thunderstorms unleashed fierce downpours, and showers hit elsewhere around Southern California on Thursday as July began wrapping up with another blast of the unusually humid weather that has marked the normally very dry month. A significant surge of monsoon moisture and atmospheric instability set the stage for the dramatic thunderheads that […]

Brown allows parole for school bus hijacker

SACRAMENTO — The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer. Gov. Jerry Brown had until midnight Thursday to decide whether to approve parole for 63-year-old James Schoenfeld or send […]

Teen charged in girl’s kidnapping and murder

SANTA CRUZ — Prosecutors charged a 15-year-old boy with murder, kidnapping and sexual assault Wednesday in the death of an 8-year-old girl in an artists complex in a California beach town. Police say Adrian Jerry Gonzalez lured Madyson Middleton into his family’s apartment from a courtyard where she had been riding her scooter over the […]

Oil slick re-appears near recently cleaned up beach

GOLETA — A large oil slick mysteriously appeared Wednesday off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May. The sheen was initially reported as about 50 feet to 60 feet wide about 1,000 yards off the Santa Barbara County […]

Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos

LOS ANGELES — A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously shot viral covert video of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research. […]

Boeing 777 has emergency landing at Alaska air station

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles departed from a remote U.S. air base in the Aleutian Islands late Wednesday morning, hours after making an emergency landing because smoke was detected on board. Flight 884 landed early Wednesday at Eareckson Air Station in Shemya Island, Alaska, Federal Aviation Administration […]

LA city council seeks to ban high-capacity gun magazines

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest city is poised to ban possession of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, stepping into the national debate over gun regulation following a series of deadly, mass shootings. California is one of a handful of states that give local government considerable latitude to enact gun […]

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