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WEED, Calif. -- Despite warnings about the dangers of wildfires and drought-parched forests, the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed caught the entire community off guard. In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 100 homes, the saw mill and a church.   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. Western hostages beheaded on camera. School girls abducted by gunmen in the night. Families fleeing their homes in fear they might be killed because of their religion. The news from much of the Middle East and Africa is relentlessly brutal.   Full Story
 
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country's rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to flesh out the emerging picture of a new Ukraine, where a determined pivot toward Europe has come at great cost: concessions   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control. The question was whether the aid would be enough and was coming in time.   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON -- American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama’s plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels.   Full Story
 
GENEVA -- This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe -- the same number as died during all of last year. That would raise the total number of migrants killed on the sea in 2014 to about 2,900, according to estimates from the   Full Story
 
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to big box stores and luxury hotels, leaving roads and entire neighborhoods as disaster zones Monday. The storm, which made landfall near Cabo San Lucas the previous night as a powerful Category 3 hurricane, toppled trees,   Full Story
 
PARIS -- As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about assisting in the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition for Tehran to have a role at the conference. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ruled out any military coordination with Iran, however.   Full Story
 
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's Curiosity rover is about to conduct some serious scientific drilling at Mars.   Full Story
 
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ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The parents of a New Hampshire journalist slain by Islamic extremists in Syria said Friday that they never knew what the U.S.government was doing to help their son and were told they could be prosecuted if they tried to raise money for a ransom. James Foley was kidnapped in 2012.   Full Story
 
BLACKSTONE, Mass. -- A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call attention to the house with the foul smell and the shades that were always drawn.   Full Story
 
RUTLAND (AP) -- The Vermont State Fair will be cut back from 10 to six days next year. Don Chioffi, president of the Rutland County Agricultural Society, says the board of trustees voted unanimously this week for the change. The fair will start next year as it has in past on the Friday before Labor Day.   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border -- even as his department takes the opposite position in court. Holder said Friday in a speech to the Hispanic National Bar Association that, "Though these children may not have a constitutional right to a lawyer, we have policy reasons   Full Story