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Fire 'like a freight train'

Jul 24, 2016 / 3:14 pm
Flames raced down a steep hillside "like a freight train," leaving smouldering remains of homes and warnings that more communities should be ready to flee the wildfire churning through tinder-dry canyons in Southern California, authorities said Sunday. Planes and more than a dozen...

Dave looks just like Ernest

Jul 24, 2016 / 2:27 pm
For the first time in its 36-year history, a Hemingway has won a competition seeking the man who most looks like literary giant Ernest Hemingway. Dave Hemingway was named the winner of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on Saturday in Key West, Florida. The winner said he is not...

Hoax 'maydays' cost $500K

Jul 24, 2016 / 10:40 am
The U.S. Coast Guard says it's looking for a man who has cost the service about $500,000 after responding to nearly 30 of his fake distress calls. In a press release published Friday, the Coast Guard says the 28 calls have originated from around the area of Annapolis, Maryland. Each call...

Burned body found

Jul 24, 2016 / 9:49 am
UPDATED AT 9:45 a.m. Two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons Sunday, leaving thousands of homes evacuated and authorities to investigate a burned body found in a neighbourhood swept by flames. Firefighters have been trying to beat back a fire since Friday that...

Trump vs. Clinton

Jul 24, 2016 / 9:47 am
Hillary Clinton should be in jail. Donald Trump threatens America's very existence. These are not fringe opinions. They are widespread views across the nation's bitter political divide. That means that on Nov. 9, the morning after Election Day, tens of millions of Americans will awaken...

Clinton shrugs it off

Jul 24, 2016 / 9:23 am
The Latest on the 2016 presidential race (all times EDT): 1:25 p.m. Michael Bloomberg, who was elected mayor of New York City as a Republican, will speak at the Democratic National Convention to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Spokesman Marc LaVorgna says Bloomberg will make the...

Russian meddling for Trump

Jul 24, 2016 / 9:16 am
A U.S. election that has already seen its share of drama witnessed a James-Bond-level plot twist Sunday — accusations of Russian meddling in the campaign. It's a charge levelled by Democrats as they gather for their convention. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager did a round on...
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Machete killer arrested

Jul 24, 2016 / 8:56 am
Police say a Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman with a machete and wounded two others outside a bus station in the southwestern German city of Reutlingen before being arrested. Police spokesman Bjoern Reusch said in a statement Sunday that witnesses said the 21-year-old man, who was known to...

Too much Pokemon Go

Jul 24, 2016 / 8:53 am
A leading Egyptian Sunni Muslim cleric has warned against the dangers of playing too much of the wildly popular mobile phone application "Pokemon Go," adding to Mideast religious voices that have sometimes been sterner in their critique of the game. Abbas Shumman, the deputy sheikh of...

Nepal's PM resigns

Jul 24, 2016 / 8:24 am
Nepal's prime minister resigned on Sunday shortly before he was to face a confidence vote in parliament that he expected to lose, further aggravating political instability in the Himalayan country. Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli's 9-month-old government had lost its majority support...

They loathe link to Hitler

Jul 24, 2016 / 7:44 am
Adolf Hitler was born in the house behind her and the building is a natural draw for tourists. But when asked about her hometown's most important landmark, Ivonne Bekking gestured down the road toward a baroque church steeple. It's a well-taught defence mechanism in Braunau am Inn, where...

No total Russian ban for Rio

Jul 24, 2016 / 7:04 am
The IOC has decided against a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The International Olympic Committee says it is leaving it up to global federations to decide which Russian athletes to accept in their sports. The IOC says it will deny entry of Russian...

Suicide attack in Baghdad

Jul 24, 2016 / 6:14 am
A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said. The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his device at one of the busy entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least 10 civilians and four policemen,...

One spoiled little prince

Jul 24, 2016 / 6:04 am
Prince William thinks his son got too many presents on his third birthday. William declined Sunday to say what gifts Prince George received when he turned 3 two days ago. He was asked during a visit to see Britain's America's Cup ships at the crew's home base in Portsmouth before...

Not finished fighting aliens

Jul 24, 2016 / 5:01 am
Sigourney Weaver apparently isn't finished fighting aliens. The original star of the "Alien" film franchise says she's hopeful about reprising her role as tough-as-nails survivor Ellen Ripley in another sequel. Weaver told the Comic-Con crowd during a Saturday panel...

The Vampire Diaries to end

Jul 24, 2016 / 4:55 am
The eighth season of "The Vampire Diaries" will be the supernatural series' final entry. The cast and crew of the CW show announced Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con International that the forthcoming season will be its last. "The Vampire Diaries" executive producer...

Wildfires threaten homes

Jul 23, 2016 / 5:38 pm
Wildfires burned out of control Saturday in mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California's scenic Central Coast, posing a threat to 2,000 homes and a sanctuary for exotic animals that was being evacuated, authorities said. Southern California firefighters toiled in another...

Next chapter for Star Trek

Jul 23, 2016 / 5:24 pm
The next chapter of the "Star Trek" franchise will be called "Star Trek: Discovery." The title and footage of the starship Discovery were teased at the end of a Saturday panel at San Diego Comic-Con International featuring actors from every previous "Trek"...

A rolling wake

Jul 23, 2016 / 5:03 pm
A woman who drove her husband's body on a days-long travelling wake in Alaska and used ice from canneries to keep him cold is not accused of breaking any laws. Officers responded to a call last week to find the body of a 78-year-old man inside an aluminum transport casket. Ketchikan...

Debut for Clinton and Kaine

Jul 23, 2016 / 11:20 am
Hillary Clinton introduced running mate Tim Kaine as "a progressive who likes to get things done," joining the Virginia senator in the crucial battleground state of Florida to help kick off next week's Democratic National Convention. Clinton said Kaine cares more about making a...

Crackdown continues

Jul 23, 2016 / 7:23 am
In a new tactic against suspected coup plotters, Turkey on Saturday announced it had seized more than 2,250 social, educational or health care institutions and facilities that it claims pose a threat to national security. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also sharply criticized Western countries...

Pokemon Go, from 1999

Jul 22, 2016 / 7:30 pm
"South Park" co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been getting the same question over and over on the eve of the premiere of the show's 20th season: When are they going to do a Pokemon Go episode? Their answer? They already did - 17 years ago. Parker and Stone on Friday...

Clinton names her VP

Jul 22, 2016 / 6:30 pm
Hillary Clinton named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice-presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket. In a text message to supporters, the presumptive Democratic nominee said, "I'm thrilled to tell you...

Munich shooter dead

Jul 22, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Munich police gave a "cautious all clear" early Saturday morning, more than seven hours after a gunman opened fire in a crowded shopping mall and at a nearby McDonald's killing nine people and wounding at least 10 others in a rampage authorities called an act of terrorism. A body...

Mall attack terrorism

Jul 22, 2016 / 2:57 pm
UPDATE: 2:55 p.m. Police hunted for an unknown number of gunmen who opened fire in a Munich shopping mall and at a McDonald's across the street Friday, killing eight people and wounding others in a rampage they described as suspected terrorism. Authorities urged residents to remain inside...

State of emergency begins

Jul 22, 2016 / 6:53 am
Turkey's president triumphantly rallied supporters after prayers at a mosque Friday as his government announced new details about the state of emergency imposed after an attempted coup. The changes included extending the period that suspects can be detained without charges to up to a...

Trump's big speech

Jul 21, 2016 / 9:29 pm
Donald Trump delivered the biggest speech of his young political career borrowing from an old message, drawn from the same well of gloom-tinged nostalgia as his campaign slogan about making America great again. His campaign staff had signalled this week that he'd reach back to the...

Trump: America in crisis

Jul 21, 2016 / 8:36 pm
Declaring America in crisis, Donald Trump pledged to cheering Republicans and still-skeptical voters Thursday night that as president he will restore the safety they fear they're losing, strictly curb immigration and save the nation from Hillary Clinton's record of "death, destruction,...

Ivanka vouches for her dad

Jul 21, 2016 / 7:27 pm
The Latest on the Republican National Convention (all times EDT): 11:10 p.m. Donald Trump says that if he's in the White House, he'll protect gays and lesbians from violence. It's an overture to a group that doesn't often get mentioned during a speech at the Republican...

Storms kill Boy Scout

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:17 pm
A teenage boy and a woman from Texas camping with a Boy Scouts adventure program were killed and two other campers were injured when severe storms swept through a remote area along the U.S.-Canada border, the leader of the program said Thursday. The boy and the female volunteer with the Northern...

Shot with his hands raised

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:15 pm
A black therapist who was trying to calm an autistic man in the middle of the street says he was shot by police even though he had his hands in the air and repeatedly told them that no one was armed. The moments before the shooting were recorded on cellphone video and show Charles Kinsey lying...

"Safety will be restored"

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:14 pm
In an appeal to anxious voters, Donald Trump is pledging Thursday night that "safety will be restored" if he is elected president, using his Republican convention address to denounce Democrat Hillary Clinton as part of a political class causing the nation's troubles. "As long...

He'd 'lose it' over shootings

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:11 pm
The mother of the Iraq war veteran who shot and killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge said Thursday that she believes her son suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and that he once said he thought the CIA was following him. Gavin Long's mother, Corine Woodley, told PBS...

Cruz is no 'puppy dog'

Jul 21, 2016 / 4:23 pm
A defiant Sen. Ted Cruz declared Thursday he's no "servile puppy dog" as he faced a torrent of GOP criticism over his refusal to endorse Donald Trump on the Republican National Convention stage. Irate convention delegates predicted Cruz had committed political suicide by accepting...

Plane crashes into house

Jul 21, 2016 / 11:08 am
Firefighters in Joliet say a plane has crashed into a residential neighbourhood. Joliet Fire Captain Jeff Allbert said Thursday morning that crews were responding to the crash. Allbert said crews were assessing the scene and putting out a fire. The captain says it's unclear so far if the...

New powers for president

Jul 21, 2016 / 6:46 am
Turkish lawmakers convened Thursday to endorse sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that would allow him to expand a crackdown in the wake of last week's failed coup. The 550-member parliament is set to approve Erdogan's request for a three-month state of emergency....

Police shoot caretaker

Jul 21, 2016 / 6:45 am
A Florida police officer shot and wounded an autistic man's black caretaker, authorities said, in an incident purportedly captured on cellphone video that shows the caretaker lying down with his arms raised before being shot. North Miami Assistant Police Chief Neal Cuevas told The Miami...

Boos for Cruz

Jul 20, 2016 / 8:27 pm
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tried to link arms with Republicans at the party's national convention on Wednesday, but was booed lustily by delegates when he ended his speech without offering Donald Trump his endorsement — or even saying he would vote for the New York billionaire. As he appeared...

Arrests at RNC Flag-burning

Jul 20, 2016 / 6:53 pm
Police arrested 17 people Wednesday after a melee broke out during a flag-burning in the streets outside the Republican National Convention. It was the most turbulent protest since the four-day convention began on Monday. The chaos briefly prevented delegates and members of the media from...

Fatal crash during first flight

Jul 20, 2016 / 7:00 am
A seaplane making its inaugural flight crashed into a highway bridge outside Shanghai on Wednesday, killing five people on board, local authorities and state media said. The Cessna 208B, operated by Joy Air General Air, was carrying two crew members and eight invited guests, mostly government...
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