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Officials marvel at survival of Calif. woman missing for two weeks

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

By Tony Perry Los Angeles Times (TNS) SAN DIEGO - A 68-year-old Fullerton woman remains hospitalized as San Diego County law enforcement personnel continue to marvel at how she survived for two weeks in her disabled car on fruit, pie slices and rainwater. Dianna Bedwell was found Sunday afternoon in a remote area of northeastern San Diego County in the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation after going missing on Mother’s Day. …

Tornado, floods take toll in Texas, Mexico

Monday, May 25, 2015

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother’s arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were reported missing after the vacation home they were staying in was …

Biden tries to soothe Iraqi allies

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq’s government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for “the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces” one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment. Biden’s call followed …

Ruptured pipe spreads oil, fouls Calif. beaches

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GOLETA, Calif. — An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 …

Malaysia, Indonesia to offer migrants temporary shelter

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — In a major breakthrough that could ease Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea but appealed for international help, saying …

US releases documents from bin Laden house

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Documents swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures, beset by their complaints and regretting years of separation from much of his …

Islamic State takes ancient Syrian town

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BEIRUT — Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed Wednesday, a stunning triumph for the group only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq. It …

Big banks to pay $5B, admit market rigging

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Four of the world’s biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission …

DEA raids pharmacies in ‘pill mill’ crackdown

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Authorities raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration attempt to thwart illegal prescription drug sales. The raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and …

Clinton to State: ‘I want those emails out’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use …

Iraqis left US tanks, artillery in Ramadi

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Iraqi troops abandoned dozens of U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces when they fled Islamic State fighters in Ramadi on Sunday, the Pentagon said Tuesday. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, …

Unions call for 2nd crew member in locomotives

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more …

Motorcycle gang shootout started with parking dispute

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WACO, Texas — A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member’s foot, police said Tuesday. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said an uninvited group …