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California winds easing, wildfire risk narrowing

Oct. 16, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California remained on guard Tuesday, but gusty winds that raised the threat of wildfires were decreasing in strength and becoming less widespread a day after knocking out power to thousands and forcing utilities to proactively cut electricity to prevent sparks. Warnings for critical...

Chicago board to make final call on plan to fire 2 officers

Oct. 16, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Police Department has asked a city board to make a final decision on the chief's recommendation to fire two officers who shot at a stolen car two years ago, an incident that was captured on video. The submission of written charges to the Chicago Police Board sets in motion a formal...

The Latest: Thousands remain without power in California

Oct. 16, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on heavy winds in California that have created dangerous wildfire conditions (all times local): 8:45 a.m. About 20,000 Northern California utility customers don't have electricity for a second day after Pacific Gas & Electric cut power in a pre-emptive attempt to prevent...

Gunman opens fire on unmarked police car in Atlanta

Oct. 16, 2018 10:26 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a gunman opened fire on an unmarked police car in Atlanta, striking it but not injuring any officers. Atlanta police officer Jarius Daugherty tells The Associated Press the officers were doing surveillance on a home where drug sales were suspected when someone fired on the vehicle...

The Latest: PG&E busy restoring power after wind cuts

Oct. 15, 2018 11:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on tens of thousands of people losing power in California because of wildfire danger (all times local): 8:15 p.m. California utilities are restoring electricity to tens of thousands of people after intentionally cutting their power because of concerns about high winds....

Suspicious envelope causes ricin scare at Sen. Collins' home

Oct. 15, 2018 9:38 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A hazardous materials team was dispatched to the home of Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Monday after her husband received a letter with a note saying the envelope contained ricin. The FBI said preliminary tests on the letter and its contents indicated that there was no threat to the...

California utilities shut off power amid wildfire concerns

Oct. 15, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Concerned about downed power lines sparking wildfires, two major California utilities took the rare step of cutting power to customers amid high winds — and another power provider was considering similar action. The move came as strong winds swept California, knocking down trees...

Carey Mulligan on her 'women's liberation trilogy'

Oct. 15, 2018 12:26 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Carey Mulligan is a letter writer. As a young woman with acting aspirations, she wrote to Kenneth Branagh asking for advice after seeing him in "Henry V." At 16, she wrote to "Mr. Eminem" to tell the rapper what a fan she was of "8 Mile." After Julian Fellowes visited her school, she wrote...

Police: 3 deaths in Oklahoma fire 'definitely' homicides

Oct. 15, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police say the deaths of three people whose bodies were found after a house fire in Oklahoma are being investigated as a triple homicide. The fire broke out early Sunday at a home in north Tulsa. Police Sgt. Brandon Watkins tells the Tulsa World that the case is "definitely" a homicide,...

2 children killed in mobile home fire in Tennessee

Oct. 14, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

MOSHEIM, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say two children have died in a fire in Tennessee. News outlets report the fire broke out Sunday morning in a mobile home between the east Tennessee communities of Mosheim and Greeneville. Mosheim volunteer Fire Chief Harold Williamson says the children ages 4 and 6 were...