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Californians head back home to altered lives, communities

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:00:05 GMT2017-10-18T03:00:05Z

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- Some have lost loved ones. Many have survived near-death experiences. Others have lost their homes and a lifetime of possessions....

Utility scrutinized as California wildfire victims sue

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:21:59 GMT2017-10-18T00:21:59Z

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Northern California homeowners allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. failed to adequately protect its power lines before the region's deadly wildfires, a theory that state investigators are considering as they try to determine the cause....

Judge halts newest Trump travel ban, saying it has same woes

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:03:07 GMT2017-10-18T01:03:07Z

HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban Tuesday, just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the revised order "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor."...

Vegas hotel security guard's disappearance draws attention

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:58:59 GMT2017-10-18T00:58:59Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The cancellation of scheduled TV interviews last week by a hotel security guard wounded by the Las Vegas shooter raised questions Tuesday about the location of a key witness to the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history....

Maryland man indicted for hate crime in student's slaying

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:09:00 GMT2017-10-18T00:09:00Z

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A white man was indicted Tuesday on a hate crime charge for allegedly stabbing a black college student to death "because of his race," a Maryland prosecutor said....

Bannon boosts Flake challenger, snubs Trump plea to back off

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:38:05 GMT2017-10-18T03:38:05Z

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Former presidential strategist Steve Bannon doubled down on his criticism of the GOP establishment at a Tuesday night fundraiser for a challenger to Arizona's incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake....

Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn't called all families

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:16:58 GMT2017-10-18T01:16:58Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has pulled bereaved military families into a painful political fight of his own making, going so far Tuesday as to cite the death of his chief of staff's son in Afghanistan to question whether Barack Obama and other presidents did enough to honor the military dead....

Police: Woman who feared deportation drowned 2 boys

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:38:57 GMT2017-10-17T22:38:57Z

A woman drowned her infant son and his 5-year-old half brother in a bathtub hours after she called police and told them she was worried about being deported, a Delaware police chief said Tuesday....

'Praying to have business': Workers hit hard by wildfires

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:56:20 GMT2017-10-17T20:56:20Z

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Outside one of the first shops to reopen for business on an empty central square in California wine country, clerk Rhiannon Lorenzini swept the sidewalks as the sky cleared of ash more than a week after the state's deadliest group of wildfires ignited....

NTSB: Balloon crash pilot was as impaired as a drunk driver

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:14:11 GMT2017-10-17T20:14:11Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The pilot in the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history was probably impaired by Valium, opioids and cold and allergy medicine when he ignored weather warnings and flew the ride into a power line, investigators said Tuesday....