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Huge fire burns to edge of 3 Calif. towns

August 22, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

A DC-10 drops fire retardant on the Ponderosa Fire Monday Aug. 20, 2012, near Paynes Creek, Calif. Nearly 1,900 firefighters were battling the Ponderosa Fire in rugged, densely forested terrain as it threatened 3,500 homes in the towns of Manton, Shingletown and Viola, about 170 miles north of Sacramento. (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Andreas Fuhrmann)...

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Friends tweet before dying in Md. train derailment

August 22, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Officials, top left, inspect part of a CSX freight train that derailed alongside a parking lot overnight in Ellicott City, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Authorities say the train, hauling coal from West Virginia to Maryland, derailed and fell from a bridge...

Authorities amend Natalie Wood's death certificate

August 22, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this April 23, 1972 file photo, actor Robert Wagner and his former wife, actress Natalie Wood, pose at the Dorchester Hotel in London, England. Authorities amended Wood’s death certificate on Aug. 1, 2012 to reflect some of the lingering...

AP Exclusive: Unheard King audio found in attic

August 22, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this 1960 file photo, Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Atlanta. A 1960 recording of an interview with King never before heard in public is up for sale. The tape was recorded by a Chattanooga man hoping to write a book and captures King talking...

Unshuffled cards a costly headache for AC casinos

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

The Golden Nugget Atlantic City, shown here on Feb. 13, 2012, is suing a group of gamblers who won $1.5 million in an April 2012 game of mini-baccarat. The Atlantic City, N.J., casino says the eight decks of cards were not shuffled by the manufacturer before...

Missouri congressman fights to save GOP Senate bid

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 photograph, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talks with reporters while attending the Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo. Akin was keeping a low profile, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, a day after a TV...

Obama defends tenor of his campaign, slams Romney

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the White House briefing room in Washington, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — Denounced by his Republican rival for divisiveness, President Barack Obama on Monday...

Rising Afghan insider attacks imperil US strategy

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Monday he is sticking to his war strategy of using U.S. troops to...

Humorist Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in Los Angeles

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE-In this May 17, 1999 file photo, Emmy award winning game show host, Alex Trebek greets actress and comedian Phyllis Diller before receiving his newly-dedicated star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Diller, the...

Autopsy: Man shot in police car had meth in system

August 21, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Aug. 6, 2012 file photo, Teresa Carter, mother of Chavis Carter, is hugged by supporters following a candlelight vigil held in Jonesboro, Ark. An autopsy report released Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 lists the death of Chavis Carter as caused by...