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A car is left parked at a house where killings occurred in the rural town Aguanga, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Seven people were found fatally shot at an illegal marijuana growing operation in Aguanga. The crime scene was discovered before dawn Monday, Sept. 7, after deputies responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at a home in the unincorporated community of Aguanga, north of San Diego, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

Correction: Marijuana Killings-California story

Sep. 12, 2020 2:07 PM EDT
AGUANGA, Calif. (AP) — In a story September 8, 2020, about a fatal shooting at an illegal marijuana growing operation, The Associated Press erroneously reported the last name of a real-estate broker. The correct name is Mike Dunn, not Reed.
Cases of bottled water are seen with other items left on the porch of a house where killings occurred in Aguanga ,Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Seven people were found fatally shot at an illegal marijuana growing operation in Aguanga. The crime scene was discovered before dawn on Monday, Sept. 7, after deputies responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at a home in the unincorporated community of Aguanga, north of San Diego, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

7 killed at large-scale California marijuana operation

Sep. 9, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

AGUANGA, Calif. (AP) — An illegal marijuana growing operation where seven people were fatally shot in a small, rural Southern California town had the markings of organized crime, authorities said Tuesday. More than 20 people lived on the property, which had several makeshift dwellings, a nursery and...

Marylou Ligier takes a to-go order to a patron at her family's restaurant and pastry shop Clafoutis on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An outdoor tent, seen in the reflection of a pastry case, was installed three weeks ago in the parking lot after indoor seating was banned due to COVID-19. Ligier says the tent rental costs thousands of dollars each month, nearly amounting to a second mortgage. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

The Latest: New Mexico sees lowest new case number in months

Sep. 7, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials are reporting 46 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus — the lowest daily number in the state since early April. The new cases announced Monday bring the state’s total to 26,144. State health officials also said four more people have died from...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2020-2021 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif.  Spending cuts are compounding for schools and state programs, reserve funds are dwindling, and some governors have begun proposing new taxes and fees to shore up state finances shaken by the coronavirus pandemic. With Congress deadlocked over a new coronavirus relief package, many states haven't had the luxury of waiting to see whether more federal money will come their way.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

States plan for cuts as Congress deadlocks on more virus aid

Sep. 6, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

Spending cuts to schools, childhood vaccinations and job-training programs. New taxes on millionaires, cigarettes and legalized marijuana. Borrowing, drawing from rainy day funds and reducing government workers' pay. These are some actions states are considering to shore up their finances amid a sharp drop in tax...

In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo made available by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, confiscated hammerhead shark fins are displayed at the Port of Miami. Federal authorities say they indicted 12 people and seized nearly $8 million in cash, jewels and precious metals after disrupting a criminal enterprise that dealt drugs and sold illegally harvested shark fins to buyers overseas. U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine in Savannah, Georgia, told a news conference Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uncovered the conspiracy while investigating the illegal practice of cutting the fins off live sharks and dumping them back into the water to die. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

Indictment accuses 12 of illegally trading shark fins, drugs

Sep. 4, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities said Thursday that they have charged 12 people and seized nearly $8 million in cash, jewels and precious metals after disrupting a criminal enterprise that dealt drugs and sold illegally harvested shark fins to buyers overseas. U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine of...

In this May 21, 2013, photo, a dairy farmer sows barley on his property on the Darling Downs in Brisbane, Australia. A major Australian barley exporter barred from China in the latest trade dispute to blight bilateral relations said on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, the Chinese were only now acting on grain shipments dating back to 2019. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)

Australian barley exporter challenges Chinese ban

Sep. 2, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A major Australian barley exporter barred from China in the latest trade dispute to hit bilateral relations said on Wednesday the Chinese are only now acting on grain shipments dating back to 2019. China on Tuesday suspended barley imports from CBH Grain Pty. Ltd.,...

Kansas City won't jail people for unpaid parking tickets

Aug. 28, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City will no longer jail people who have unpaid parking tickets or other non-moving violations, as part of an effort to divert people from being jailed for low-level offenses. The City Council approved the resolution Thursday and it will take effect Oct. 15. The ordinance...

Party disavows Kansas candidate who admitted to revenge porn

Aug. 26, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Democratic Party on Wednesday declared that the 19-year-old nominee for a state House seat is “unfit” for office because of “alarming behavior” that includes admitting to circulating revenge porn, and he said his online fundraising account has been...

Kansas candidate who admitted to revenge porn back in race

Aug. 25, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 19-year-old Democratic candidate for the Kansas House who admitted to engaging in revenge porn and harassing girls online has reversed his decision to abandon his campaign, and a party leader suggested Tuesday that the House wouldn't seat the young candidate if he won. Aaron Coleman,...

Kansas candidate admitting to revenge porn faces write-in

Aug. 17, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A veteran Kansas House member said Monday that he'll run a write-in campaign this fall after a narrow primary loss to a 19-year-old candidate who has been disowned by some Democrats for his incendiary social media posts and because he abused girls online when he was 14 years old. Rep....