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  • Raging Northern California wildfires prompt evacuations

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials called for thousands of evacuations as numerous homes remained threatened by Northern California wildfires Monday, while more than 9,000 firefighters battled 21 major fires in the state, officials said. Wildfires were also burning in Washington and Oregon as the West Coast suffered from the effects of...

  • New Mexico Gov. Martinez: 'Coward' set off 2 church blasts

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is promising that the "coward" who set off explosions outside two Las Cruces churches will be caught. The small blasts just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants Sunday morning at the churches in southern New Mexico. There were no injuries or deaths from the blasts outside...

  • How the AP-GfK poll on water was conducted

    The Associated Press-GfK poll on water and drought was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications July 9-13. It is based on online interviews of 1,004 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The original sample was drawn from respondents recruited by phone or mail survey methods. GfK provides...

  • Water & farmers: Things to know about AP-GfK drought poll

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds most Americans think of water as a limited resource that can be depleted if people use too much. When asked to rate priorities when water is scarce during a drought, more said agriculture should be a top or high priority over residential needs, wildlife and industry. Here is a look at...

  • AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds most Americans think of water as a limited resource that can be depleted if people use too much. The national survey provides a glimpse into how Americans think water should be managed when abnormally dry weather is afflicting parts of the country, and water shortages in some states have...

  • Afghan government says it won't separately deal with Taliban

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time Monday, saying it will not deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country. The statement from President Ashraf Ghani's office said it will not accept any "parallel political structure"...

  • Bail hearing set for man charged in backpack bomb plot

    MIAMI (AP) — A bail hearing is set for a Florida man charged with plotting as an Islamic State sympathizer to detonate a backpack bomb at a beach. The hearing Monday in Miami federal court for 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West will also determine if he has a permanent lawyer. Suarez is jailed on charges of attempting to use a weapon of...

  • China bureau probing controversial Shaolin Temple abbot

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating allegations of misbehavior made online against the controversial abbot of China's famed Shaolin Temple. The religious affairs bureau under the Denfeng city government says it was asked by the national body to look into the claims against Master Shi Yongxin. "Our bureau takes this extremely...

  • Wildfire raging north of San Francisco threatens homes

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires blazing in several Western states Sunday chewed up forests and threatened homes but were most numerous in Northern California where dozens are raging and setting off evacuations. Wildfires are also burning in Washington and Oregon. The biggest California wildfire — raging in the Lower Lake area north of San...

  • Zimbabwe accuses 2nd American of illegally hunting lion

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has accused a Pennsylvania doctor of illegally killing a lion in April, as it seeks to extradite a Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion named Cecil in July. Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, shot the lion with a bow and arrow near Hwange National Park, without approval and on land where...

  • Drivers weigh in on Uber boom in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — On a muggy summer evening, a woman stood on a midtown Manhattan street corner and switched between raising her hand for a taxi and glancing at her phone, possibly for an Uber car. "She's going to take whoever comes first," yellow cab driver Jatinder Singh speculated as he scouted out the scene. While New York City riders have...

  • HSBC profit rises 10 percent, bank selling Brazil unit

    HONG KONG (AP) — HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe's biggest bank, said Monday that strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit by 10 percent. The bank also announced the sale of its Brazil business for $5.2 billion. Profit for the six months ending June 30 rose to $13.6 billion, or 48 cents per share, said the bank which is listed on...

  • Year later, AP reporter recalls origins of Ferguson movement

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE — A year ago, most Americans had never heard of the St. Louis suburb called Ferguson. But after a white police officer fatally shot a black 18-year-old in the street, the name of the middle-class community became virtually a household word. From the first hours after Michael Brown's death, Associated Press...

  • Asian stocks fall on weak Chinese manufacturing, oil slump

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell Monday on weaker Chinese manufacturing and lower oil prices as investors looked ahead to U.S. data on factory output and employment. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.4 percent to 3,574.18 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.8 percent to 24,427.71. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 declined 0.2 percent to...

  • Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public. The result: Twenty-four states have passed at...

  • Closing ceremonies held for Los Angeles Special Olympics

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of athletes said goodbye to Los Angeles on Sunday in an emotional closing ceremony for the Special Olympics marked by cheers, tears and pride. After more than a week of games, athletes from more than 160 countries gathered in chairs on the field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to receive applause and praise for...

  • Man killed when storm slams tent down on crowd near Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A man was killed and more than a dozen injured on Sunday when a tent where people had sought shelter during a brief storm blew off its moorings and collapsed on some of the crowd at a festival in a Chicago suburb. Mike Rivas, deputy police chief in the suburb of Wood Dale, said three people were seriously injured. Fifteen people...

  • Misery deepens for those in Puerto Rico who can't leave

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Most tables are empty at Walter Martin's coffee shop in San Juan's colonial district. His brow is furrowed with concern and glistens with sweat in the sweltering Caribbean morning. He's turned off the air conditioning to lower his power bill. With fewer customers, he's cut staff hours and tried to make up the lost...

  • Most picky eating harmless but it can signal emotional woes

    CHICAGO (AP) — Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out. Preschool-aged children who are extremely selective about what they eat and dislike even being near certain foods are more likely...

  • Close aide to VP's late son joins Joe Biden 2016 super PAC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top political aide to Vice President Joe Biden's late son joined the super PAC working to recruit the elder Biden to run for president on Sunday, lending the group newfound credibility in the midst of fresh signs the vice president's aides are taking a close look at a 2016 campaign. Josh Alcorn, a longtime Democratic...

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