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As fires rage, camps set up to keep crews going

posted: 07/28/2016 3:39 a.m. Discuss

As flames from a raging wildfire raced down mountainsides last weekend toward houses tucked in canyons north of Los Angeles, a sprawling high school campus was transformed into a firefighting supply base -- with tents on the football field and enough Gatorade and portable toilets for 3,000 firefighters.

The nation in brief

updated: 07/28/2016 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Court tosses suit on execution drug ST. LOUIS -- A state appeals court has rejected a lawsuit over how Missouri obtains its lethal-injection drug, the latest of many challenges to the execution protocol that courts have rejected.

Names and faces

updated: 07/28/2016 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna now has a Grammy trophy sitting on her piano at her home in Massachusetts, thanks to Little Big Town's hit song "Girl Crush," but her five kids still don't think that makes her cool. "They are impossible to impress," the 47-year-old McKenna said with a laugh during a recent interview in Nashville, Tenn. "But thank God for them, because I would get too much into it and take myself too seriously. If someone wasn't asking me when dinner was, I think I would be in trouble."

In the news

updated: 07/28/2016 3:24 a.m. Discuss

Liam Brenes, 4, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., whose prosthetic leg was stolen when he visited the beach for the first time, is the focus of a crowd-funding effort that has raised more than $18,000 to buy a replacement leg.

Mosquitoes suspected in 2 new mysterious Florida Zika cases

posted: 07/27/2016 5:44 p.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — Florida health officials are investigating two more mysterious cases of Zika infection that do not appear to be related to travel, bringing the total to four.

Man playing 'Pokemon Go' robbed of cellphone, shot, police say

posted: 07/27/2016 12:17 p.m. Comments 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police say a man playing "Pokemon Go" in an Ohio park was robbed of his cellphone and shot three times.

Court reverses 1 of ex-lottery official's fraud convictions

posted: 07/27/2016 12:02 p.m. Discuss

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a portion of the fraud convictions of a former lottery official accused of fixing a Hot Lotto game in Iowa in 2010 but upheld a second conviction.

Trump says Russia should find Clinton's missing emails

posted: 07/27/2016 11:53 a.m. Comments 17

MIAMI — Donald Trump has a message for Russia: find Hillary Clinton's missing emails.

Powerball's estimated jackpot hits $422 million

posted: 07/27/2016 11:45 a.m. Discuss

DES MOINES, Iowa — The estimated Powerball jackpot has soared to $422 million thanks to nearly three months without a winner of the big prize.

PHOTO: 9/11 worker pleads for medical coverage with billboards

posted: 07/27/2016 11:26 a.m. Discuss

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — A New Jersey man who spent three weeks looking for survivors after the 9/11 attacks is using billboards in a push to have his kidney disease added to the list of covered conditions by a fund to help Ground Zero workers with health problems.

Obama points to Russia on DNC email hacking

posted: 07/27/2016 11:11 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's decision to identify Russia as almost certainly the culprit in hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing emails fits his administration's new penchant for openly blaming foreign governments for such break-ins.

ALS-related gene found with help from Ice Bucket Challenge

posted: 07/27/2016 11:05 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — The ALS Association is crediting money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge for the discovery of a gene's connection to the progressive disease.

Prosecutors drop remaining charges against officers in Freddie Gray case

posted: 07/27/2016 8:56 a.m. Comments 3

BALTIMORE — Prosecutors have dropped the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction.

Judge: Reagan shooter can leave hospital to live in Virginia

posted: 07/27/2016 8:48 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON — The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full-time in Virginia, a judge has ruled.

Arkansas Democrats cast votes to make Clinton nominee

posted: 07/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 18

Arkansas Democrats who have known Hillary Clinton for decades cast their votes Tuesday to make her their party's presidential nominee.

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