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Prosecutors charge teen with murder in death of 8-year-old
SANTA CRUZ — Prosecutors charged a 15-year-old boy with murder, kidnapping and rape Wednesday in the death of an 8-year-old girl in an artists complex in a California beach town. Police say Adrian Jerry Gonzalez lured Madyson Middleton into his family’s apartment from a courtyard where she had...
By Janie Har and Martha Mendoza The Associated Press FULL STORY
Feinstein changes focus of new drought bill
WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a new drought relief bill Wednesday that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new or expanded reservoirs. The bill is dramatically different from an effort last year that stalled when lawmakers could...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Average vehicle age hits record 11.5 years
DETROIT — In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin The Associated Press FULL STORY
House votes 385-34 to provide money for highways, transit
WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans’ health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of inde...
By Joan Lowy The Associated Press FULL STORY
California firefighters hold blaze that jumped line
NAPA — Crews battling the toughest of several wildfires burning across the state held their ground Wednesday, keeping a blaze east of California’s Napa Valley from jumping any more containment lines, fire officials said. The fire, which has burned for a week, has charred more than 11 square mil...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Poll: Most Californians say climate change linked to drought
SACRAMENTO — Nearly two-thirds of Californians believe global warming is having an impact on the state’s persistent drought, sharing Gov. Jerry Brown’s environmental concerns as he presses for tougher climate change standards, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday. The Public P...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic stop shooting
CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.” Hamilton Count...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Three UVa graduates sue Rolling Stone over retracted rape story
RICHMOND, Va. — Court documents show that three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story are suing the publication and the article’s author. The three graduates filed suit Wednesday in ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California’s big cities say June water-saving goals were met
SACRAMENTO — California’s largest cities said water conservation goals ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown were met or exceeded in June — the first month of mandatory cutbacks during the drought. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the state’s largest agency serving 4 million people, sai...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Dentist rarely discussed hunting with his patients
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a “divisive and emotionally charged topi...
By Brian Bakst and Farai Mutska The Associated Press FULL STORY
Russia vetoes Security Council proposal on MH17 tribunal
UNITED NATIONS — Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago. The foreign ministers of the Netherlands, Australia and Ukraine atte...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777
WASHINGTON — Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, according to a U.S. official said Wednes...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike. Carter, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs ...
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Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama’s IS fight
ANKARA, Turkey — President Barack Obama’s stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he’s counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds. To Obama’s relief, Turkey has finally started bombing Islamic State targ...
By Josh Lederman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Afghanistan: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead for over two years
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital — an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country’s fragile peace process. If confirmed, the surprising news of t...
By Lynne O’Donnell The Associated Press FULL STORY
Probe into California tree fall begins; kids seriously hurt
PASADENA — An investigation began Wednesday into why a 75-year-old, 75-foot-tall pine tree fell on a group of kids from a summer camp at a Southern California children’s museum, leaving a young boy and girl hospitalized with serious injuries, officials said. An independent arborist and another...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Man says he pet zoo cougars after calling ‘Here, kitty’
DELAWARE, Ohio — An Ohio man who jumped a fence to pet cougars at the Columbus zoo and posted video on YouTube says he jokingly said “Here, kitty” and moved closer when the animals seemed to respond. Thirty-five-year-old Joshua Newell of suburban Gahanna pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor cr...
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Ohio State coach Meyer, mascot celebrated in butter at fair
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Winning another national championship has made Urban Meyer a butter man. The Ohio State University football coach and Buckeyes mascot Brutus are being honored with butter sculptures at this year’s Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday in Columbus. The life-size sculptures are...
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