FRESNO, Calif. -- Miyuki Harwood, who was lost in the Sierra east of Fresno for nine days before she was found Saturday, survived with no food and only a water filter that allowed her to drink from a creek, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Saturday.
Harwood, 62, was found injured but alive by the Fresno County Sheriff's Search and ...Read more
Nearly three years after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a new school in Stratford, Conn., has been named after a teacher who died trying to protect her first-grade students.
The Victoria Soto School was dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday.
"To see her name on this building is so special," Donna Soto, Victoria's...Read more
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Firefighters hunkered down Saturday as winds gusted around the wildland blazes raging across North Central Washington, in at least one case forcing firefighters to withdraw to keep safe.
While some fires -- including the Twisp River fire, which killed three firefighters Aug. 19 -- are getting contained, officials worry other ...Read more
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has emerged as a leading Republican presidential candidate in Iowa and is closing in on frontrunner Donald Trump in the state that hosts the first 2016 nomination balloting contest.
The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows Trump with the support of 23 percent of likely Republican caucus ...Read more
Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-prohibitive advantage in Iowa has slipped enough to jeopardize her front- runner status and Bernie Sanders has moved to within striking distance, revealing a Democratic presidential field in unexpected flux as Vice President Joe Biden considers whether to run.
The results of the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines...Read more
ISTANBUL -- Turkish warplanes struck seven Islamic State targets north of Aleppo, Syria, in the first Turkish contribution to a U.S. led coalition to weaken the Islamic militant group's grasp on much of eastern Syria, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
"Our jets started last night to carry out air operations with coalition forces ...Read more
South Florida and the rest of the state are off the hook.
Tropical Storm Erika dissipated into an open wave Saturday while in the Caribbean near Cuba. Strong wind shear and the system's interaction with the mountainous areas of Hispaniola led to the storm's disintegration.
Unless Erika makes a comeback, it likely will be business as usual for ...Read more
CAIRO -- Turkey for the first time sent warplanes to attack Islamic State targets in Syria, U.S. and Turkish officials said Saturday.
A U.S.-led coalition has been bombing Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria for more than a year, but NATO ally Turkey had long resisted joining the military effort. Under a deal announced last month, the ...Read more
HOUSTON -- A Houston-area sheriff's deputy was shot to death while pumping gas on duty late Friday, officials said.
The deputy was in uniform, filling up his patrol car at a gas station northwest of Houston, when a suspect approached him from behind and shot him, sheriff's officials said. He died at the gas station.
Harris County Sheriff Ron ...Read more
Unions and other labor advocates are brainstorming strategies after a National Labor Relations Board ruling that could strengthen the hand of those at the lowest level of such industries as warehousing, construction, fast food and home health care.
The NLRB said Thursday that a Silicon Valley recycling center was a "joint employer," as was the...Read more
CAIRO –– An Egyptian court Saturday sentenced three journalists for the broadcaster Al-Jazeera English to prison terms of at least three years.
The case has been viewed by many as emblematic of a wave of repression –– much of it at the hands of the judiciary and law-enforcement officials –– after Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Republican that Democrats fear most isn't Donald Trump. It's Jeb Bush, with John Kasich coming on fast.
Ask members of the Democratic National Committee whom they least want to face in the 2016 presidential election, and they often joke how they hope Trump stays hot.
"We are all Trump supporters," Glen Maxey, a DNC member ...Read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Guy Roper, a district chief with Palm Beach Fire Rescue, was optimistic after doctors told him he was anemic.
"Guess I'll just have to eat more meat," he thought. But after a few more tests, he learned he had leukemia, even though he had no family history or risk factors. He was 33 at the time, and doctors gave him a 30...Read more
SEATTLE -- Officials fighting a forest fire in Olympic National Park say they successfully used a drone this week to get overhead, infrared video to steer water-dropping helicopters to their target.
"They were watching a live feed and were able to direct helicopter bucket drops to heat," said Brentwood Reid, fire information officer for the ...Read more
WASHINGTON --Donald Trump, who built his fortune in real estate, said this past week that he wants to raise his own taxes. One way to do it is a bipartisan proposal that would blow up one of the real estate industry's favorite tax breaks.
The break, known as the like-kind exchange or "1031" for the tax code section it comes from, lets real ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit the Arctic next week, the U.S. is falling behind other nations in the critical region.
The U.S. is sitting on the sidelines while Russia claims a huge part of the Arctic, with its vast energy and mineral resources, and China builds icebreakers to get in on the race for ...Read more
BILOXI, Miss. -- The Biloxi, Miss., dispatchers have avoided lists that name Hurricane Katrina's dead, but they can still hear the voices of people who called 911, trapped in the storm.
The wind shrieked as the water climbed steps, covered floors, mounted countertops, reached ceilings, poured into attics.
Even police officers caught in the ...Read more
BILOXI, Miss. -- The desperate voices on the phone told emergency dispatchers Hurricane Katrina was much worse than anyone imagined -- "We're drowning!" -- but until Desiree Hernandez stepped from the windowless bunker at a Biloxi, Miss., fire station into the air outside, she had no idea.
"I looked down to Highway 90 and there was nothing ...Read more
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Many hard-working Hispanics with skills in construction and roofing poured into the Gulf Coast for jobs after Katrina, joining other Hispanic nationalities.
They would sleep in their trucks in parking lots, in tents and on the bare ground because there were no rooms to rent. They helped tremendously in rebuilding the Coast....Read more
BILOXI, Miss. -- Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney studied the face of each resident he and other first responders found dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
He did so, he said, to make sure he would do what he could to "never let it happen again."
Boney was among the hundreds of other South Mississippi police officers, firefighters and other...Read more