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Several wildfires blackening dry California's golden hills
LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Wildfires blackened the golden hills of California on Friday, egged on by bone-dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds.... 8/1/2015 12:11 AM

Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers' association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader.... 8/1/2015 12:04 AM

Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.... 7/31/2015 8:47 PM

'Gut-wrenching' decision: Search for teens to be suspended
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) -- After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen was to end Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they're pressing on with their own hunt.... 7/31/2015 9:26 PM

U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on University of Cincinnati police, saying the school should not be in the business of law enforcement at all.... 7/31/2015 7:57 PM

Newborn girl found alive in dumpster in Kentucky; 1 charged
A newborn baby girl who was found alive in a dumpster in western Kentucky remained in a hospital Friday, and a teenager was charged with attempted murder, a law enforcement officer said.... 7/31/2015 11:37 PM

Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County family court
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on Friday, finding that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights. Though unrelated to the department's investigation in Ferguson, the new report again raises concern about racial discrimination and profiling in the St. Louis region.... 7/31/2015 10:03 PM

At a Glance: A look at Hillary Clinton's medical background
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton released a letter from her doctor Friday that declared her to be in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States."... 7/31/2015 10:09 PM

Ethics panel clears lawmakers in 2013 Azerbaijan trip
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Ethics Committee said Friday it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government.... 7/31/2015 10:38 PM

With protest over, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating off the coast of Alaska in hopes of confirming the presence of billions of barrels of crude below the ocean floor.... 7/31/2015 9:51 PM

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