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People salvage the useful remains from houses destroyed by Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico,  Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Hundreds of impoverished houses were destroyed in the Unidad Real squatter's settlement and other equally poor neighborhoods. Mexico’s Interior Ministry declared a state of natural disaster for affected areas in the state of Baja California Sur. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Hurricane Odile slams Baja California

Monday, September 15, 2014

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disaster zones. About 30,000 tourists were being put up in temporary shelters in hotels and Los Cabos international airport remained closed. Emergency officials reported …

Kerry says US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

Monday, September 15, 2014

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 a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ruled …

California wildfire burns 100 homes

Monday, September 15, 2014

WEED, Calif. — A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said. This tiny town near the base of Mount Shasta in the …

Report: Wealth gap squeezes state revenue

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments. The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor’s. Even as income for the affluent …

Gaza children return to school after war delay

Monday, September 15, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings. Gaza …

Manhunt launched after Pa. trooper killed in ambush

Monday, September 15, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman …

Pope marries 20 couples

Monday, September 15, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Forty “I do’s” — or “Si” in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter’s Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. Francis in his homily likened families to …

Islamic State releases video which shows slaying of British aid worker David Haines

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BEIRUT — Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.” Cameron confirmed Haines’ death in a statement …

Slain kids loved to play with their dad

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMORY, Miss. — The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling. And they loved “wrestling with …

Investigations underway in Ohio prison escape

Friday, September 12, 2014

LIMA, Ohio — Criminal and internal investigations were underway Friday to determine how three Ohio inmates including a convicted killer of three students were able to escape from prison during recreation a day earlier. The state prisons agency …

Sarah Palin’s family said to be involved in rowdy Alaska party

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sarah Palin’s supporters have long urged her to found her own party. Last week, she went out in Anchorage and did find a party, but the trouble may be different than the political kind. Palin, the former governor of Alaska and Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2008, …

Man wins ruling on same-sex union

Friday, September 12, 2014

PHOENIX — In a ruling that calls into question Arizona’s gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the …

Case probed of teen who snorted rat poison

Friday, September 12, 2014

A 14-year-old boy could face criminal charges for accidentally supplying rat poison to a friend who died after snorting the powder, apparently believing it was cocaine, authorities said. Prosecutors in the Northern California city of Anderson are reviewing whether to press charges against the teen in the death …