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Singapore detains 16-year-old over plans to attack mosques

Jan. 27, 2021 10:21 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Authorities in Singapore have detained without trial a 16-year-old student who made detailed plans and preparations to carry out “terrorist attacks” on two mosques with a machete. The Singaporean teen was inspired by an Australian white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers...

Hana Mohsin, right, carries belongings from a neighbor's home which was damaged in a mudslide on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Salinas, Calif. The area, located beneath the River Fire burn scar, is susceptible to landslides as heavy rains hit hillsides scorched during last year's wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Storm pounds California, Nevada with rain, wind and snow

Jan. 27, 2021 10:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm packing heavy rain, snow and wind pounded parts of California and western Nevada on Wednesday, toppling trees, and causing power outages and mud flows in vast areas scarred by wildfires. The onslaught was being fueled by a potent atmospheric river from the Pacific...

Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire on the 700 block of W. Oakton that claimed the lives of 5 people, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Des Plaines, Ill. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)

Mother, 4 children killed in fire at suburban Chicago home

Jan. 27, 2021 9:57 PM EST

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — A mother and her four daughters were killed in a Wednesday fire that swept through their home in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, the city’s fire chief said. Killed in the fire in the two-story apartment building were Renata Espinosa, 6; Genesis Espinosa, 5; Allizon...

Vacaville police kill driver who struck patrol vehicle

Jan. 27, 2021 9:29 PM EST

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Police in Northern California shot and killed a man who rammed a patrol car during a chase, authorities said. Police spotted a pickup truck doing doughnuts in a parking lot behind Vacaville City Hall near police headquarters at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and chased the truck, which...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her virtual State of the State address the state, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Lansing, Mich. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer seeks common ground with Legislature to end pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 9:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought “common ground” with the Republican-led Legislature in her State of the State address Wednesday, calling for quick passage of a multibillion-dollar relief plan that would prioritize coronavirus vaccinations and additional aid to Michigan...

Barge carrying toxic sediment sinks at NYC Superfund site

Jan. 27, 2021 8:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating after a barge carrying toxic sludge from Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal Superfund site sank back into the water, officials said Wednesday. The barge carrying an estimated 850 tons of dredged material was moored in nearby Gowanus Bay when...

This Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 booking photo provided by the Portland Police shows Paul Rivas. Investigators have found no evidence that terrorism, politics or any bias motivated the rampage of the 64-year-old Oregon man who witnesses said repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, killing a 77-year-old woman and injuring nine other people, police said. (Portland Police via AP)

Driver accused in Oregon road rampage pleads not guilty

Jan. 27, 2021 8:35 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A motorist accused of hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and killing a 77-year-old woman Monday in Portland, Oregon, has pleaded not guilty to murder and has given detectives bizarre explanations about the incident, according to court documents. Paul Rivas, 64, through a court-appointed...

Steamboat Inn owner Travis Woodward walks past the valve house, the water supply system, for the Steamboat Inn restaurant and cabins near Roseburg, Ore., in December, 2020. The system was destroyed in last year’s Archie Creek Fire, but the resort is hoping to open by mid-March.  (Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via AP)

Resort damaged by Archie Creek fire hopes to soon reopen

Jan. 27, 2021 7:21 PM EST

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The owners of a resort on the Umpqua River that was damaged by last year’s Oregon wildfires are hoping to open for guests by mid-March. The News-Review reports that thanks to favorable weather and fundraising to help pay for the $200,000 in damages from the fire, Travis and...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, people look at a house where five people were found dead after a fire in Denver. Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the fire that killed five recent immigrants, including two children, from the West African nation of Senegal, police said Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert, File)

3 teens arrested in house fire that killed 5 from Senegal

Jan. 27, 2021 7:16 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with a house fire in Denver that killed five recent immigrants, including two children, from the West African nation of Senegal, police said Wednesday. Chief Paul Pazen said the suspects — two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old — were...

President Joe Biden signs an executive order on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden: 'We can't wait any longer' to address climate crisis

Jan. 27, 2021 6:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land and targeting...