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Fire-ravaged forests get assistance from pine cone collectors

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. - With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used long clippers to snip branches … more

Federal judge blocks Alabama's unconstitutional abortion ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of a wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional. U.S. District … more

California wildfires erupt in LA, burn in wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Firefighters battled destructive wildfires in Northern California wine country and on the wealthy west side of Los Angeles on Monday, trying to beat back flames that forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. California's … more

Security increased at IS prisons after leader's death

BEIRUT - Syrian Kurdish forces said Monday they are increasing security at prisons and detention facilities holding tens of thousands of Islamic State militants and supporters, including foreigners, following the death of the extremist group's … more

Massive mall finally opens, but will shoppers come?

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - More than two decades ago when a mega entertainment and shopping complex was being conceived on a vast swath of swamp land in New Jersey, the iPhone didn't exist, Amazon was only selling books online, and malls were … more

Judge: Justice must give House Mueller grand jury evidence

WASHINGTON - A judge on Friday ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, handing a victory to Democrats who want it … more

Most Americans oppose reparations for slavery

DETROIT - Few Americans are in favor of giving reparations to descendants of enslaved black people in the United States, a poll shows, even as the idea has gained momentum among Democratic presidential contenders. Only 29% of Americans say the … more

Thousands ordered to leave as Northern California fire rages

GEYSERVILLE, Calif. - Officials ordered 2,000 people to evacuate their homes and businesses in Northern California wine country Thursday after a wildfire exploded in size, fueled by powerful winds that prompted utilities throughout the state to … more

Explosion of sea urchin decimates kelp

NEWPORT, Ore. - Tens of millions of voracious purple sea urchins that have already chomped their way through towering underwater kelp forests in California are spreading north to Oregon, sending the delicate marine ecosystem off the shore into such … more

All 39 found dead in truck are from China

LONDON (AP) - All 39 people found dead in a refrigerated container truck near an English port were Chinese citizens, British police confirmed Thursday as they investigated one of the country's deadliest cases of human smuggling. The Essex Police … more

Congress bids farewell to Cummings, a 'master of the House'

WASHINGTON - Members of Congress bid a tearful farewell Thursday to Rep. Elijah Cummings, hailing the son of sharecroppers as a "master of the House" as the Maryland Democrat became the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. … more

Secular groups decry Carson's church and state comment

NEW YORK - An opening prayer at Monday's Cabinet meeting by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who said the separation of church and state "doesn't mean that they cannot work together," has drawn sharp criticism from secular groups … more

What impeachment? All calm as First Lady visits Capitol

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON - Melania Trump was an island of calm in a sea of impeachment chaos Wednesday, choosing to make her first solo trip to Capitol Hill as her husband's party reckoned with his conduct and rumbled with … more

Mountain skeleton may be man from Japanese internment camp

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - In the closing days of World War II, a Japanese American set out with other men from the infamous internment camp at Manzanar on a trip to the mountains, where he went off on his own to paint a watercolor and got caught … more

In Mexico, 'green gold' brings both riches and violence

SAN JUAN PARANGARICUTIRO, Mexico - Small-scale avocado growers armed with AR-15 rifles take turns manning a vigilante checkpoint to guard against thieves and drug cartel extortionists in this town in Michoacan state, the heartland of world … more

S. Sudan's former child soldiers struggle to move on

YAMBIO, South Sudan - When he escaped the armed group that had abducted him at the age of 15, the child soldier swore he'd never go back. But the South Sudanese teen still thinks about returning to the bush, six months after the United Nations … more

Trump 2020 targeting Hispanic vote in nontraditional places

YORK, Pa. - President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is making contrarian appeals in the most unusual places, trying to win over Hispanic voters in states not known for them, like Pennsylvania. His second campaign, far better financed and … more

39 dead in 1 of UK's worst trafficking cases

LONDON - Investigators were trying to piece together the movements of a large cargo truck found Wednesday containing the bodies of 39 people in one of Britain's worst people smuggling tragedies. Police initially said the cargo truck had traveled … more

Russian forces deploying at Syrian border under accord

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) - Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border Wednesday, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. The Kremlin told Kurdish fighters to pull back … more

California utility sets another blackout because of fire concerns

SAN FRANCISCO - The state's largest utility said it would go ahead with widespread blackouts affecting nearly half a million people Wednesday as dangerous fire weather returns to California. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. began precautionary … more
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