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Northern California thrust into wildfire season
LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds thrust Northern California into full-fledged wildfire season Thursday with several new blazes flaring up, forcing hundreds of people from their homes.... 7/30/2015 8:39 PM

Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.... 7/30/2015 8:56 PM

Defense asserts reasons to spare Colorado gunman's life
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Defense attorneys for James Holmes made one more appeal for mercy Thursday for the Colorado movie theater shooter, urging jurors to consider his mental illness in his sentencing even though they rejected his claim of insanity when they found him guilty of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others.... 7/30/2015 8:57 PM

Cincinnati cop pleads not guilty to murder in traffic stop
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.... 7/30/2015 5:49 PM

Confederate flags left near Rev. Martin Luther King's church
ATLANTA (AP) -- Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church.... 7/30/2015 6:27 PM

The Latest: Officer: 'Send anybody you got' to theater
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- The latest on the shooting at a Louisiana movie theater in which a gunman killed two people and then himself (all times local):... 7/30/2015 8:29 PM

US judge rejects legal challenge from Guantanamo detainee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to hostilities in Afghanistan.... 7/30/2015 8:19 PM

Utah officials considering new name for Negro Bill Canyon
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The renewed national scrutiny of the Confederate flag has officials again considering changing the name of Utah's Negro Bill Canyon, though the title that some find offensive is a point of historical pride for others.... 7/30/2015 8:50 PM

Teen charged in killing of 8-year-old girl appears in court
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of an 8-year-old neighbor at an artists' complex in a California beach town appeared in court briefly Thursday and was appointed a lawyer.... 7/30/2015 6:46 PM

Fire chief: More training planned after dispatcher hung up
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- All Albuquerque Fire Department employees in emergency situations will undergo additional training after a dispatcher told a 911 caller trying to help a teenage shooting victim to "deal with it yourself."... 7/30/2015 8:45 PM



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