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Man charged in California wildfire refuses to go to court

A man charged with starting a Southern California wildfire that has burned 12 cabins and forced at least 20,000 people from their homes refused to go to court, delaying his initial court appearance. Read More

Court orders EPA to ban pesticide harmful to children’s brains

A federal appeals court today ordered the Trump administration to revoke approval for a widely used pesticide that studies show can harm the brains of children. Read More
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Oklahoma teen to serve 5 life terms for killing family

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A 19-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of stabbing his parents and three siblings to death was sentenced today to five life terms in prison to run consecutively, meaning that even with the possibility of parole he likely won’t ever be released. Read More

Puerto Rico cites storm death toll of 1,427 in damage report

Puerto Rico is now estimating that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official death toll of 64, in a report to Congress seeking billions to help the island recover from the devastating storm. Read More
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Emergency declared ahead of Charlottesville anniversary

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville today declared a state of emergency ahead of the one-year anniversary of a violent white nationalist rally that left one person dead and dozens of others injured. Read More
 
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Video shows Florida’s school shooting suspect slouched, punching self in face

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Prosecutors today released hours of video interrogation of Florida’s school shooting suspect, footage showing the young man slouching in a chair, being repeatedly urged by a detective to speak louder and punching himself in the face when he is alone. Read More
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Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest

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An endangered orca is still clinging to her dead calf more than two weeks after her newborn died. Read More

Returned Korean War dog tag belonged to Army medic

The lone military identification tag that North Korea provided with 55 boxes of human remains last month belonged to Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, an Army medic from Indiana who was killed in the opening months of the Korean War. Read More
 
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NYC moves to rein in Uber with cap on ride-hail vehicles

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New York City moved today to regulate the explosive growth of Uber and other app-based ride services with a temporary cap on new licenses for ride-hailing services. Read More

2 gunmen ambush 2 New Jersey officers sitting in vehicle

Two gunmen opened fire on two plainclothes police officers who were sitting in their vehicle at a red light, leaving both officers wounded and spurring an intense manhunt for the shooters. Read More
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Battling 18 blazes, California may face worst fire season

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The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it’s only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history. Read More

Father of missing Georgia boy accused of training kids for school attacks in New Mexico

A father arrested at a ramshackle New Mexico compound where 11 hungry children were found living in filth was training youngsters to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained today. Read More
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Final suspect arrested in slaying of rapper XXXTentacion

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The fourth suspect in the shooting death of emerging South Florida rap star XXXTentacion has turned himself in to authorities. Read More

More Chicago officers deployed to areas affected by violence

Chicago officials announced today hundreds of additional police officers will be deployed to city neighborhoods where a burst of gun violence over the weekend left at least 11 people dead and around 70 wounded. Read More

Beach volleyball players kill unhatched birds

Beach volleyball players on a small island off Alabama probably killed hundreds of unhatched birds, moving eggs to make room for their playing court and scaring adult birds from nests, according to Birmingham Audubon. Read More

Biggest blaze in California history challenges firefighters

Firefighters struggled against rugged terrain, high winds and an August heat wave Tuesday to slow the spread of the biggest wildfire ever recorded in California, an inferno that exploded to be nearly the size of Los Angeles in just 11 days. Read More

USC president steps down in wake of sex abuse scandal

University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias stepped down today in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving a campus gynecologist in which school administrators faced criticism they ignored decades of complaints. Read More

9-year-old lemonade vendor robbed at gunpoint gets donations and gift

A 9-year-old entrepreneur whose lemonade stand was robbed of $17 has since received more than $200 in donations and a new ride-on lawn mower worth $1,100. Read More

Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm off Mexico

A growing hurricane absorbed a tropical storm off Mexico’s Pacific Coast today and a new subtropical storm formed in the northern Atlantic, though none were projected to make landfall. Read More
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Rick Gates says he and Manafort disguised foreign income as loans

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Paul Manafort’s longtime deputy told jurors today how he spent years disguising millions of dollars in foreign income as loans to lower the former Trump campaign chairman’s tax bill. Read More

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