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  • Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in California's rugged Sierra Nevada mountains has damaged and destroyed some homes in a small community, as thousands of residents remain evacuated and gusty winds on Saturday are expected to fan the flames, officials said. Officials did not yet have a complete damage assessment from the charred community of White Meadows. On Friday, they reported the week-old King Fire had for the first time torched homes. "The structures that did burn, many of them were completely consumed as the trees around them burned top to bottom. ...

  • Security upped at Vatican over attack fears
    Security upped at Vatican over attack fears

    Rome (AFP) - Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.

  • Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days
    Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days

    CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for an eighth day Saturday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents but leaving neighbors with few answers about what's going on just outside their front doors.

  • U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft
    U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

    Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska.

  • About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

    By Daren Butler SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani. A Kurdish commander on the ground said Islamic State had advanced to within 15 km (9 miles) of the town. ...

  • After 2 weeks, search still on for 2 Maryland kids
    After 2 weeks, search still on for 2 Maryland kids

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been almost two weeks since Troy Turner last saw two of his kids, 3-year-old Sarah, his "tomboy princess," and 2-year-old Jacob, who he calls "Bubby."

  • This is why the middle class can't get ahead
    This is why the middle class can't get ahead

    We're barely halfway through an income depression that has degraded middle-class living standards.

  • Duncan slams Jindal's Common Core lawsuit: 'Take politics out, take presidential ambitions out, do the …
    Duncan slams Jindal's Common Core lawsuit: 'Take politics out, take presidential ambitions out, do the …

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan has hit back at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for mounting a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s Common Core academic standards, implying that the Republican lawmaker’s opposition to the controversial policy has been driven by his desire to run for president.

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