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Trial of Islamic State beheading plot in Massachusetts nears end

The case of a Massachusetts man who prosecutors say plotted to attack police and behead a conservative blogger on behalf of Islamic State nears a close on Tuesday as lawyers make closing arguments. Federal prosecutors contend that David Wright, 28, along with his uncle and a friend had plotted to ...

Insurance payouts may not cover all wildfire damage for California wineries

Wineries damaged by wildfires tearing through Northern California are starting insurance claims, and at least some of the smaller vintners are likely to find limits in their policies mean payouts fall short of rebuilding costs. Gaps in coverage and a spike in rebuilding costs, typical after ...

California wildfire evacuees allowed home as crews search for bodies

By Paresh Dave SANTA ROSA, Calif. - More evacuees were expected to return home on Tuesday in Northern California where the state's deadliest wildfires have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Officials said they expected the death toll to rise as 88 people were unaccounted ...

Search suspended for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late on Sunday. Missing is Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, the Coast Guard said in a statement. "The decision to suspend a search ...

Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist's speech

Rallies by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August led to violent street clashes with counter-protesters. "This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe," Scott said ...

Searchers pick through burned-out California homes for bodies

By Paresh Dave SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Search-and-rescue teams combed through gutted homes across California's celebrated wine country on Monday, looking for the charred bodies of those killed in the state's deadliest wildfires, as survivors slowly began returning home. With 88 people still unaccounted ...

Senate Republicans gain moment on tax reform budget measure

By David Morgan WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday gained crucial support for a vote on a budget resolution that is vital to President Donald Trump's hopes of signing sweeping tax reform legislation into law before January. Two Republican lawmakers, once seen as potential 'no' votes, ...

Trucker in deadly Texas immigrant case pleads guilty, faces life sentence

The driver of a truck packed with immigrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, pleaded guilty on Monday to human smuggling charges and could face up to life in prison, prosecutors said. James Bradley Jr., 61, pleaded guilty at a federal court in San Antonio to one count of ...

NFL to tackle protests as Trump decries 'disrespectful' players

Trump has continued to rail at the symbolic kneeling, which has only become more widespread since his first comments last month, saying as recently as Monday that players who do so should be suspended for insulting the country. "And the NFL should suspended some of these players for one game," Trump ...

Trucker in deadly Texas immigrant case pleads guilty, faces life sentence

A man who drove a truck packed with immigrants in sweltering Texas heat in July that resulted in 10 deaths pleaded guilty on Monday to human smuggling charges and could face up to life in prison, prosecutors said. James Bradley Jr., 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport aliens ...

Woman accusing Trump of misconduct subpoenas presidential campaign

A woman who has said that U.S. President Donald Trump groped her during a 2007 meeting has subpoenaed his presidential campaign for any documents concerning similar allegations, according to a subpoena filed in New York State Supreme Court. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality TV ...

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl could face life sentence for endangering troops

By Colleen Jenkins FORT BRAGG, N.C. - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty on Monday to deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops, a step toward resolving the politically charged case that could send him to prison for life. During last ...

U.S. police deaths on duty spiked in 2016: FBI

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON - Sixty-six police officers were killed on the job by felons in 2016, up about 61 percent from 41 deaths a year ago, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday. The number was the second highest since 2011, when 72 officers were killed by felons, according ...

U.S. nursing home chain faces landlord showdown over default

The fate of one of the largest U.S. nursing home operators, HCR ManorCare, will reach a critical court deadline on Thursday in a battle over months of unpaid rent, a growing problem in an industry where eviction would put thousands of elderly out on the street. Many nursing home chains spun off ...

Massachusetts court: Yahoo can give dead man's emails to siblings

By Nate Raymond BOSTON - The top court in Massachusetts ruled against Yahoo on Monday by concluding that federal law does not bar it from providing the representatives of an deceased man's estate access to his email account. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision marked a victory for ...

Massachusetts court: Yahoo can give dead man's emails to siblings

The top court in Massachusetts ruled against Yahoo on Monday by concluding that federal law does not bar it from providing the representatives of an deceased man's estate access to his email account. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision marked a victory for two people who fought Yahoo ...

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, endangering troops

By Colleen Jenkins FORT BRAGG, N.C. - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty on Monday to deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops, a step toward resolving the politically charged case that could send him to prison for life. During last ...

EPA head seeks to avoid settlements with green groups

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation. EPA ...

U.S. Senator Menendez's corruption trial to proceed: judge

By Joseph Ax NEWARK, N.J. - The bribery case against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez survived a key test on Monday, as the federal judge overseeing his trial rejected a defense motion to throw out the most serious charges. U.S. District Judge William Walls in Newark, New Jersey, allowed the trial to ...

Trump says working on welfare reform proposals

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he is weighing recommendations for welfare reform as his government looks for ways to cut costs. Speaking to reporters at the beginning of a cabinet meeting, Trump said some welfare recipients are taking advantage of the system, while others ...

New York jury finds New Jersey man guilty of planting Manhattan bombs in 2016

- A New Jersey man was found guilty by a federal jury in New York on Monday of planting two bombs in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood in September 2016, one of which exploded and wounded 30 people.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Guantanamo detainee's appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for a Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of being the mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole in a Yemeni port to go on trial before an American war crimes military tribunal. The justices declined to hear an appeal by Saudi ...

Search goes on for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion

The search continued for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late Sunday, sending six others to hospital with injuries, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Coast Guard rescue crews were battling 4 foot to 5 foot waves on the lake ...

U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. The justices will hear the Trump administration's ...

Trump, Democrats spar over whether tax plan will help middle class

By Mike Stone WASHINGTON - Middle-class Americans' incomes would eventually rise more than $4,000 if corporate tax cuts were enacted, the Trump administration said in an analysis released on Monday to counter Democratic criticisms that its tax proposals overwhelmingly benefit the rich. The White ...

Search goes on for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion

The search continued for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late Sunday, sending six others to hospital with injuries, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Coast Guard rescue crews and a helicopter failed to locate the worker ...

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl to enter plea in desertion case

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, accused of endangering fellow soldiers who searched for him after he walked off his combat outpost in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban, is scheduled to enter a plea in his case on Monday. The Army said Bergdahl, 31, would appear in court in Fort ...

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl to enter plea in desertion case

By Colleen Jenkins FORT BRAGG, N.C. - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, accused of endangering the fellow soldiers who searched for him after he walked off his combat outpost in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban, is scheduled to enter a plea in his case on Monday. The Army said ...

Firefighters gaining edge in California wildfires that have killed at least 40

By Salvador Rodriguez SANTA ROSA - Firefighters began gaining ground on wildfires that killed at least 40 people in the past week, the deadliest blazes in California's history, as winds eased and searchers combed charred ruins for more victims with hundreds still missing. Two of the three most ...

Six injured, one missing in Louisiana oil platform explosion

One worker is missing and six are injured after an oil production platform operated by a New Orleans company exploded and caught fire in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain late on Sunday, authorities said. The platform is operated by Clovelly Oil Co, confirmed Donald Mackenroth, a Clovelly vice ...

Oil rig explosion in Louisiana injures several: media

Kenner Police Department spokesman Sergeant Brian McGregor told the Times-Picayune newspaper that there were "a lot of injuries," with at least six confirmed and more expected. A WVUE Fox 8 television video posted on Facebook showed an industrial structure ablaze with smoke pouring off it as lights ...

Pot farmer's dreams go up in smoke during California wildfires

By Heather Somerville SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Andrew Lopas' plans to bring his marijuana business out of the black market with a legal, profitable and organic pot farm went up in smoke in the wildfires that have scorched Santa Rosa, California. After four decades of growing pot illegally, the ...

Washington state boy, 13, accidentally shot dead by friend

The name of the boy who fired the gun has not been released, but the victim was identified by the Cowlitz County coroner as Edgar Vazquez, also age 13, authorities said. Vazquez and the boy who discharged the weapon "had been friends for quite some time" police said, and the victim had spent Friday ...

Forty dead, neighborhoods burned to ash in California fires

Dry, warm gusts of wind are forecast for Sunday as firefighters continue to grapple with the deadliest blazes in California's history, which have killed at least 40 people and reduced entire neighborhoods to ash. More than 10,000 firefighters supported by air tankers and helicopters battled 16 major ...

Pot farmer's dreams go up in smoke during California wildfires

Andrew Lopas' plans to bring his marijuana business out of the black market with a legal, profitable and organic pot farm went up in smoke in the wildfires that have scorched Santa Rosa, California. After four decades of growing pot illegally, the 54-year-old saw an opportunity last year to start a ...

Forty dead, neighborhoods burned to ash in California fires

By Heather Somerville SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Dry, warm gusts of wind are forecast for Sunday as firefighters continue to grapple with the deadliest blazes in California's history, which have killed at least 40 people and reduced entire neighborhoods to ash. More than 10,000 firefighters supported by ...

Republican Senator Collins likely 'yes' vote to advance tax reform

U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins, who helped torpedo President Donald Trump's effort to repeal Obamacare, said on Sunday she was leaning towards a 'yes' vote on the Senate budget resolution to advance tax reform. The Senate is expected to vote on the fiscal 2018 measure this week. The ...

Afghan Taliban deny former hostage's claims of murder, rape

A Taliban spokesman denied on Sunday accusations by a Canadian man that one of his children had been murdered and his wife raped while they were being held captive by militants who kidnapped them in Afghanistan in 2012. Joshua Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were held by the Haqqani ...

California 'horror' fires burn on, 40 dead in one week

By Heather Somerville SANTA ROSA - Authorities hope weaker winds will help more than 10,000 firefighters battle the deadliest blazes in California history, which have killed at least 40 people and destroyed thousands of structures in one of the state's worst natural disasters in years. More than ...

California 'horror' fires kill at least 40, deadliest in state history

By Heather Somerville SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Fast-moving fires spread by shifting winds forced thousands more Californians to evacuate their homes on Saturday as the death toll from the deadliest blaze recorded in the state's history rose to at least 40, with hundreds of people still missing. More ...

California 'horror' fires kill at least 38, deadliest in state history

By Heather Somerville SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Fast-moving fires spread by shifting winds forced thousands more Californians to evacuate their homes on Saturday as the death toll from the deadliest blaze recorded in the state's history rose to at least 38, with hundreds of people still missing. About ...

California fires kill at least 38 as winds fuel 'unwieldy beast'

Thousands of firefighters were battling 16 major wildfires, some encompassing several smaller merged blazes, in areas north of San Francisco consumed nearly 214,000 acres over seven days, or roughly 334 square miles, an area larger than New York City. The 38 confirmed fatalities, including 20 in ...

Rescued Canadian-U.S. couple reunited with family; receiving medical attention

A U.S.-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, reunited with the husband's family on Saturday, the Associated Press reported. Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman arrived with their three children late on Friday in Toronto, where the husband ...

Thousands more evacuated from 'unwieldy beast' California fires

By Heather Somerville SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Thousands more Californians evacuated their homes on Saturday as fierce wildfires spread due to constantly shifting winds, and officials expected the official death toll of 35 from the week of fires to rise with hundreds of people still missing. The 35 ...

Latino workers flee California wine country fires for shelters, beaches

By Noel Randewich and Peter Henderson PETALUMA, Calif./SAN FRANCISCO - At the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds north of San Francisco, Spanish is the language that dominates many conversations about shelters, work and how to survive the California wine country wildfires, one of the deadliest fire events to ...

Fierce winds stir deadly California wildfires as teams search for victims

By Noel Randewich SONOMA, Calif. - Fierce winds were expected to stir wildfires and test firefighters on Saturday in Northern California where the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in state history has killed 35 people and forced more than 90,000 residents from their homes. The wind-driven blazes, ...

Canadian says child killed, U.S. wife raped during Afghan kidnapping

OTTAWA/TORONTO - A U.S.-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday where the husband said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua ...

California wildfires rage as record death toll climbs to 35

By Noel Randewich SONOMA, Calif. - Fire officials in Northern California reported further headway on Friday against the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in state history, as the death toll rose to 35 and teams with cadaver dogs combed charred ruins for human remains. The wind-driven blazes, which ...

Five arrested in Georgia, including two law enforcement officers, over 1983 murder

The body of Timothy Coggins, 23, was found on Oct. 9, 1983, in a grassy area near power lines in the community of Sunnyside, about 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta. Investigators spoke to people who knew Coggins, but the investigation went cold, Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said at a news ...

Kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple returns to Canada

TORONTO/OTTAWA - A kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in neighboring Afghanistan, has returned to Canada, the Canadian government said on Friday. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were kidnapped while ...