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Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires

Experts say the way global warming worsens wildfires comes down to the basic dynamics of fire.

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Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city

The city's favorite daughter, often singing at the Baptist church her father once led or headlining charity functions for kids or the less fortunate.

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Church group’s opposition stuns advocates of ‘tort reform’

So-called tort reform has been an easy sell in states controlled by Republicans, and backers of a lawsuit-limiting proposal on the ballot in Arkansas this fall expected little trouble winning passage until they ran into a surprising obstacle from a reliable conservative ally.

Evacuations ordered at Idaho wildfire

Fire officials say private homes, state and federal infrastructure on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 on Friday were being threatened by the Rattlesnake Creek Fire near Pollock.

Italy's leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

President Sergio Mattarella spoke quietly to victims' families before the ceremony began on Genoa's fairgrounds. Usually reserved in demeanor, Mattarella was embraced tightly for a long moment by one distraught woman.

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Another trial looms for ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort

In the District of Columbia, Manafort is scheduled to go on trial in September on charges including conspiracy to defraud the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, witness tampering and making false statements.

US school districts weigh duty to youth migrant shelters

"This is not a political issue. This is not a racial issue. This is a moral obligation, and actually our legal obligation," said Michael Vargas, who leads the board of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District.

Trump warnings grow from forgotten Republicans

The Republicans left behind are warning their party with increasing urgency, though it's unclear whether anyone's listening.

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The Latest: Romanian trucker is Genoa bridge's 43rd victim

The Latest on the Italy bridge collapse.

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80.

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10 Things to Know for Today | August 17-19, 2018

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today

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Slain Colorado mother painted rosy picture of married life

Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life — of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children

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Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and says Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic horror."

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Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt.

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Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance.

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US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states.

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US officials: Ex-ISIS fighter entered US as refugee

An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process.

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*Update* - 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died

MESFIN FEKADU and HILLEL ITALIE, AP Entertainment Writers

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10 Things to Know for Today | August 16, 2015

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today

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Man arrested after 46 overdoses at downtown city park

Forty-six people overdosed Wednesday at or near a Connecticut park from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana

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Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor

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Brennan: Trump worked with Russians and now he's desperate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that President Donald Trump yanked his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election

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Trump yanks ex-CIA chief's clearance, hitting vocal critic

President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday

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Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

In dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning, leading victims to wonder if the church will ever truly take responsibility or be held accountable.

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'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution argues

"Mr. Manafort was very happy with how things went today," Downing said.

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