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Chowchilla kidnapper to be paroled soon
One of the three men who kidnapped a busload of Chowchilla schoolchildren in 1976 and buried them in a quarry in Livermore for ransom will be paroled soon because Gov. Jerry Brown has let a parole board’s ruling stand, the man’s attorney said Friday. On April 1, a two-member state Board of Paro...
By Jeff Shuttleworth Bay City News Service FULL STORY
Hillary Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband paid close to $44 million in federal taxes since 2007 and she is in “excellent physical condition” — two facts that emerged Friday in a flood of disclosures about the Democratic presidential candidate pushed out by her campaign on a busy su...
By Lisa Lerer The Associated Press FULL STORY
Monster fall awaits Congress after summer break
WASHINGTON — As lawmakers head out of the Capitol for a five-week summer recess, they leave behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall. Not long after they return in September, they face a vote on President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, a brutally divis...
By Erica Werner The Associated Press FULL STORY
Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he couldn’t advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they’ll seek the death penalty. ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mike Huckabee to address California Republicans this fall
SACRAMENTO — The California Republican Party is announcing a second GOP presidential hopeful will address its fall convention in Anaheim. Party Chairman Jim Brulte announced Friday that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, one of 17 candidates seeking the GOP presidential nomination, will be the ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California site will let residents tattle on water wasters
SACRAMENTO — California is launching a website that lets residents tattle on water wasters, from neighbors with leaky sprinklers to waiters who serve water without asking. California has multiple restrictions on water use, including banning washing cars with hoses that don’t shut off and restr...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Several wildfires blackening dry California’s golden hills
LOWER LAKE — Wildfires blackened the golden hills of California on Friday, egged on by bone-dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. Flames consumed a handful of homes and chased hundreds of people from their houses, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency f...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Despite bombing, IS is no weaker than a year ago
WASHINGTON — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. U.S. military commanders on the ground ar...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Afghan Taliban praise new leader as rift in ranks appears
KABUL, Afghanistan — The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of his successor, just hours after the group issued a statement praising their new leader as one of the late chief’s most “trusted” a...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of U.S. man
BERLIN — German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial. The decision came more than two years after the AP publ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Greece’s stock market to reopen as bailout talks progress
ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s government announced that the Athens Stock Exchange will reopen Monday, a big step toward normalcy as talks with international creditors shifted into high gear. The exchange has been closed since June 29, when the government imposed capital controls to prevent a banki...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Israeli military: child killed in West Bank attack
TEL AVIV, Israel — The Israeli military says suspected Jewish assailants set fire to two Palestinian West Bank homes, killing a child and critically wounding four others. The military says the suspects entered the village of Duma early Friday where they torched the houses and scrawled Hebrew graf...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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