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Fire damage to mill another blow to timber town
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time.... 9/17/2014 7:00 AM

Big break in ambush probe: suspect's abandoned SUV
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a heavily armed survivalist with a vendetta against law enforcement is the suspect in an ambush that killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a heavily forested region of northeastern Pennsylvania.... 9/17/2014 10:10 AM

2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled
CHICAGO (AP) -- A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."... 9/17/2014 5:02 AM

Hospitals struggled during Sandy, report says
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work - problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.... 9/17/2014 4:47 AM

Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday.... 9/17/2014 4:41 AM

Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast
PHOENIX (AP) -- The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile barreled toward Arizona on Wednesday and threatened to swamp some areas with 5 inches of rain in the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the last two weeks.... 9/17/2014 6:45 AM

APNewsBreak: 'Easy Rider' bike going to auction
NEW YORK (AP) -- The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale.... 9/17/2014 5:39 AM

Cops: No past reason to enter remains-filled home
BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) -- Police responded to several calls in recent years from a home where the remains of three infants were found last week but never had reason to check conditions inside the home, according to police logs released Tuesday.... 9/17/2014 12:33 AM

Woman in wildfire's path lost almost everything
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead.... 9/16/2014 10:46 PM

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.... 9/16/2014 10:54 PM