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  • Thousands flee as flames race across dry rural California

    CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Wind-driven wildfires destroyed buildings and threatened hundreds of others as they raced across dry brush in rural Northern California. The Pawnee Fire, which broke out Saturday near the community of Clearlake Oaks, has destroyed 12 buildings and threatened an additional 600. As of Sunday, there was no containment and it […]
  • Things to Know about 2 Atlantic City casino reopenings

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When four of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos shut down in 2014 and a fifth followed two years later, it seemed to many that the city’s gambling industry was in an irreversible death spiral. But things have been looking up since then for Atlantic City, due in no small part to […]
  • Prolific, painfully candid ex-poet laureate Donald Hall dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Hall, a prolific, award-winning poet and man of letters widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the distant past, has died at age 89. Hall’s daughter, Philippa Smith, confirmed Sunday that her father died Saturday at his home in Wilmot, New Hampshire, after […]
  • ‘Jurassic World’ sequel stomps its way to $150 million debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — The dinosaurs still rule the box office. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” surpassed expectations to open with $150 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. While that total didn’t approach the record-breaking $208.8 million debut of 2015’s “Jurassic World,” it proved the […]
  • Democrats hoping to flip House not just trash-talking Trump

    BOSTON (AP) — Democrats hoping to flip enough seats to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives say they aren’t putting all their eggs in the anti-Trump basket. Those candidates include Lauren Underwood, a 31-year-old registered nurse from Illinois and part of the Democrats’ master plan to regain control of the House. While Underwood […]
  • Association removes Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from award

    CHICAGO (AP) — A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a major children’s book award over concerns with how the early-to-mid 20th century author portrayed blacks and Native Americans. The Association for Library Service to Children’s board made the unanimous decision Saturday at a meeting in […]
  • Trump to test his powers in South Carolina runoff

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s effort to bend the Republican Party to his will faces its next test Tuesday, when South Carolina voters choose between two GOP gubernatorial candidates who both claim to be Trump acolytes. The president has already made his pick: incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster, a longtime Trump supporter who failed […]
  • Celebration, defiance mix at New York City gay pride parade

    NEW YORK (AP) — Celebration and pride mixed with defiance in New York City on Sunday as throngs of people crowded the streets, rainbow flags waving, for the annual gay pride march. Tennis legend Billie Jean King was one of the grand marshals, along with transgender advocate Tyler Ford and civil rights organization Lambda Legal. […]
  • Some boosters want South Dakota’s Augustana on bigger stage

    Perhaps the biggest proponent of taking a small private university in South Dakota into the realm of big-time college athletics is a longtime hospital administrator who thinks as big as his 6-foot-6 frame. Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, who has raised hundreds of millions of dollars and schmoozed with billionaires T. Denny Sanford, the hospital namesake, […]
  • The Latest: BCA: Gun recovered from police shooting scene

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a fatal police shooting in Minneapolis (all times local): 6:35 p.m. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says officials have recovered a black and silver handgun from the scene of a Minneapolis police shooting that left a man dead. The bureau, which is investigating the shooting, said Sunday that […]
  • Teen who stood alone against gun violence to receive award

    WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A teen who was the only student to walk out of his North Carolina high school during a national protest of gun violence is one of six who will share BET’s Humanitarian Award. The award typically goes to one person. But this year, the network is honoring six people, whom it […]
  • The Latest: GOP leaders hampered in immigration legislation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times local): 12:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says people who “invade” the U.S. must immediately be sent back to their countries and not be given a court hearing. Trump tweets Sunday that the U.S. immigration system is “laughed at all over the world” and is […]
  • US imported more seafood in 2017 than any prior year

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The United States imported more seafood last year than at any point in its history, and the nation’s trade deficit in the sector is growing, federal data show. The U.S. imported more than 6 billion pounds of seafood valued at more than $21.5 billion in 2017, according to data from the […]
  • Boston expands efforts to honor Martin Luther King’s legacy

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston is broadening its efforts to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Mayor Marty Walsh says the city will establish a monument to the civil rights icons on the historic Boston Common. It’ll also create a “high-tech immersion experience” in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood and develop King-related programming with […]
  • Dartmouth to study opioid treatment for pregnant women

    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A research team at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine is getting $5.3 million to study medication-assisted treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorders. Officials say combining medication with psychosocial services has been shown to significantly reduce poor outcomes for babies born to mothers with opioid use disorders, but it can […]