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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...

Idaho owes about $20 million for 2018 wildfire season

Oct. 16, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will owe about $20 million in firefighting costs for the 2018 wildfire season. Officials with the Idaho Department of Lands told the Idaho Land Board on Tuesday that this year's wildfire season is below the 20-year-average for acres burned and number of fires. But officials say...

Firefighters: 1 dead after explosion at home

Oct. 16, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say one person has died after a suspected natural gas explosion at a home in Virginia. Chesapeake Fire Lt. Anthony P. Barakat said by phone Tuesday that the person passed away Monday evening. The unidentified person was one of two people who were critically injured by the...

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...

Police ID body found burning in park as 23-year-old woman

Oct. 16, 2018 9:55 AM EDT

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Police have identified a woman whose body was found burning in a park in Ohio. Police in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington say the woman was identified as 23-year-old Bobbie Renee Simpson. Police say she wasn't a resident of Upper Arlington, but they haven't said where she...

Fund gives $20,000 to widow of fallen Sturgis firefighter

Oct. 16, 2018 8:44 AM EDT

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A couple has started a community fund to help the families of first responders in Sturgis, after a firefighter died in the line of duty. The Albert and Laverne Elliott First Responders Fund at the Black Hills Area Community Foundation is named for the couple who donated $20,000 to...

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...