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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: Dash camera shows first officer racing to scene
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 9:00 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

Maryland governor to close Baltimore detention center
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland's governor announced plans Thursday to immediately shut down Baltimore's state-run jail, where inmates and guards ran a criminal conspiracy inside vermin-infested, 19th-century walls and thwarted decades of attempted reforms.... 7/30/2015 8:58 PM

Blue moon? Friday's celestial event comes with a catch
WASHINGTON (AP) -- This is an astronomy story that comes up only once in a blue moon, like on Friday. Maybe.... 7/30/2015 9:01 PM

Survivor of shooting that killed her parents is recovering
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A woman who was shot as she ran from the gunman robbing her family on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation was recovering from surgery Thursday, while her relatives struggled with how to tell her that her parents are dead.... 7/30/2015 9:08 PM

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