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California town's wildfire evacuation plan raises questions

Nov. 15, 2018 8:40 PM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Ten years ago, as two wildfires advanced on Paradise, residents jumped into their vehicles to flee and got stuck in gridlock. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan — one that they used when fire came again last week. But Paradise's carefully laid plans...

Bitter battle for Florida Senate seat goes to hand recount

Nov. 15, 2018 7:28 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate headed Thursday to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by less than 13,000 votes. But the highly watched...

AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

Nov. 15, 2018 5:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The meeting with Graham and Whitaker comes as a bipartisan group of...

North Korea says it has tested 'ultramodern tactical weapon'

Nov. 15, 2018 7:44 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of "a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon," the nation's state media reported Friday, though it didn't describe what sort of weapon it was. It didn't appear to be a nuclear or missile-related test, a string of...

Homeless Samaritan tale raised $400K. Police say it's a lie

Nov. 15, 2018 6:50 PM EST

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to donate more than $400,000 to help the down-and-out good Samaritan, a prosecutor said Thursday. Burlington County...

FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

Nov. 15, 2018 6:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U.S. health official pledged Thursday to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars and tighten rules governing the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes. The proposed restrictions were aimed mainly at reducing smoking in...

Snowstorm slows evening commute in New York City

Nov. 15, 2018 7:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The first snowstorm of the season to hit the New York City area brought several inches of snow, slowing Thursday's evening commute to a crawl, after contributing to at least seven deaths as it swept across the country. From St. Louis to the South and into the Northeast, snow, freezing rain,...

Facebook says it's better at detecting rule violations

Nov. 15, 2018 7:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it's making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them. Facebook said that during the April-to-September period, it doubled the amount of hate speech it detected proactively, compared with the...

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' star, has died

Nov. 15, 2018 4:07 PM EST

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85. Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from...

Boston's Betts, Milwaukee's Yelich win MVP Awards

Nov. 15, 2018 6:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston's Mookie Betts and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich were runaway winners of the Most Valuable Player awards after the 26-year-old outfielders each led their teams to first-place finishes with dominant seasons that included batting titles. Betts received 28 first-place votes and 410...

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Study finds healthy group of polar bears in sea near Alaska

Nov. 15, 2018 8:44 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they're doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere. Polar bears are listed as a threatened species because of diminished sea ice due to climate change. But university and federal...

Kim Porter, Diddy's former longtime girlfriend, dies at 47

Nov. 15, 2018 8:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Porter, Diddy's former longtime girlfriend and the mother of three of his children, has died at age 47. A representative for Sean "Diddy" Combs confirmed Porter's death on Thursday, but no further details were immediately available. Diddy and Porter, a former model and occasional...

Democrat Porter flips GOP House seat in Southern California

Nov. 15, 2018 8:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California's Reagan country, extending a rout of the state's GOP House delegation. Porter's upset in Orange County is a sign of changing times in a region once known...

California town's wildfire evacuation plan raises questions

Nov. 15, 2018 8:40 PM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Ten years ago, as two wildfires advanced on Paradise, residents jumped into their vehicles to flee and got stuck in gridlock. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan — one that they used when fire came again last week. But Paradise's carefully laid plans...

Women accuse Texas priest of sex abuse, file lawsuit

Nov. 15, 2018 8:40 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Six women filed a lawsuit in Texas on Wednesday accusing a Catholic priest of subjecting them to sexual harassment and abuse in recent years, including groping and inappropriate behavior while taking confessions. The suit lists Bishop Joe Vasquez, the Catholic Diocese of Austin and...

Democrat Katie Porter flips U.S. House seat in California's Reagan country, beats GOP incumbent Mimi Walters

Nov. 15, 2018 8:33 PM EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Porter flips U.S. House seat in California's Reagan country, beats GOP incumbent Mimi Walters.

Police: Boy finds gun under father's pillow, shoots himself

Nov. 15, 2018 8:33 PM EST

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say a 2-year-old boy who found a handgun under his father's pillow has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the boy died Thursday after walking into a bedroom where his father was sleeping. A Clayton County police...

Witness: El Chapo got police escort after escape

Nov. 15, 2018 8:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was Mexico's most-wanted fugitive in 2001 following a prison breakout, he was startled to see a police motorcycle pull in front of a car carrying him as it reached the outskirts of Mexico City. A loyal drug cartel lieutenant behind the...

The Latest: USC, UCLA cancel pre-game bonfires

Nov. 15, 2018 8:31 PM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The University of Southern California and UCLA are canceling their usual bonfires before Saturday's football game at the Pasadena Rose Bowl out of respect for those who lost homes and lives in devastating California...

Kasich: Midterm turnout suggests opening for independent bid

Nov. 15, 2018 8:29 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday while he remains undecided about another presidential run, the midterm election results could suggest a greater opening for an independent or third-party candidate. Kasich made his second trip this year to New Hampshire,...