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Brush fire burns more than 3,300 acres near Santa Clarita

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LOS ANGELES -- The formula is familiar: A punishing heatwave, dry conditions and the result is a wildfire that at first outpaces the resources to contain it.

When the Sand fire near Santa Clarita was reported about 2 p.m. Friday, it had consumed a half-acre.

By 10 p.m., it had jumped to 3,300 acres.

"When we talk about extreme fire behavior,"...Read more

Rep. Loretta Sanchez implies Obama endorsed Senate rival because they are both black

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LOS ANGELES -- Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez said in an interview with a Spanish-language television station that she believes President Barack Obama may have endorsed rival Kamala Harris in California's U.S. Senate race because they are both black, injecting a dose of racial politics into a historic contest that in November will elect the ...Read more

In Kaine, Clinton adds fundraising power to campaign

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WASHINGTON -- In choosing Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, Democrat Hillary Clinton has added another prolific fundraiser to her already vast financial apparatus.

Since his campaign for Virginia lieutenant governor in 2000, Kaine has raised $60 million from a donor network of corporations and well-heeled individuals, including ...Read more

Analysis: Kaine pick won't help Clinton win over anti-Wall Street critics

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WASHINGTON -- If Hillary Clinton is looking to show the Democratic Party's liberal wing that she's ready to be tough on Wall Street as president, her choice of running mate may not help much.

In selecting Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia over progressive favorites such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts or Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Clinton is ...Read more

In VP pick, Clinton chooses a 'happy warrior'

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WASHINGTON -- In the end it was Tim Kaine's biography that led Hillary Clinton to choose him as her running mate over possible contenders who are bolder, younger, more diverse or close to her family.

Kaine, 58, a senator from the battleground state of Virginia who was one of Clinton's earliest supporters, offers the Democrat what she wanted in ...Read more

California Gov. Jerry Brown denies parole for former Manson family member

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LOS ANGELES -- California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday to Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted along with other members of Charles Manson's cult in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Brown said Van Houten, the youngest member of Manson's "family," posed "an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison."

A two-...Read more

Overall crime is up in LA for the second straight year, LAPD reports

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Police Department's decision to flood the city's deadliest neighborhoods with more officers has managed to slow the pace of killings and shootings in recent months.

But the department still faces a continuing rise in assaults, robberies and property offenses, marking the city's second straight midyear increase in ...Read more

Virginia governor would appoint replacement for Kaine

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WASHINGTON -- While Sen. Tim Kaine was widely seen as the safest choice for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's ticket, the Virginia Democrat's selection isn't without potential complications.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons, would assuredly appoint a Democrat to fill Kaine's seat if the first-term senator ...Read more

Terrorism suspected in Munich mall shooting that left at least 10 people dead

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BERLIN -- Gunfire erupted at a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least 10 people and injuring others in what police were calling a suspected terrorist attack.

Police sealed off parts of the city, Germany's third-largest, and pleaded with its 1.4 million residents to remain indoors as they attempted to determine who was ...Read more

Crime experts counter Trump's scary talk

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WASHINGTON -- As Richard Rosenfeld listened to Donald Trump accept the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, a couple of recent crime trends the candidate cited were immediately familiar.

Trump told convention delegates and millions of Americans watching on TV that homicides in the nation's 50 largest cites are up 17 percent and that ...Read more

Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine, Va. senator and former governor, as her running mate

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Hillary Clinton has tapped Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, adding a well-liked swing-state moderate with broad governing experience to the Democratic ticket.

Clinton's choice of Kaine, 58, reflects her calculation that voters with doubts about both her and Republican nominee Donald Trump will respond to a doubling-...Read more

FBI returns Guatemala ancient Mayan artifacts that were in private US collection

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LOS ANGELES -- Seven ancient Mayan artifacts that were in the possession of a California collector were returned to Guatemala on Friday, decades after the "priceless" hieroglyph carvings were looted from the Central American country.

The pre-Columbian artifacts are four large tablets and three small limestone fragments with carvings of Mayan ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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N.C. governor says NBA All-Star game decision is 'Total P.C. BS'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said the NBA's decision to move its 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte is "total P.C. BS."

"I'm disappointed," McCrory said while speaking on WFAE's Charlotte Talks radio program Friday morning. "I strongly disagree with their ...Read more

Trump planning to fund super PACs aimed at taking down Cruz, Kasich

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump plans to create and fund super PACs specifically aimed at ending the political careers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich should either run for office again, after both snubbed the Republican nominee during his party's convention this week, a source familiar with Trump's thinking told Bloomberg Politics on Friday.

The plan ...Read more

Cleveland officials take a victory lap as GOP convention comes to a calm close

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CLEVELAND -- Every time Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams was asked this week about the calmer-than-expected protests outside of the Republican National Convention, he responded with a muted, steady-as-she-goes response.

On Friday, the city's top cop finally exhaled.

"Good morning ... Cleveland rocks!" he said to reporters.

After weeks ...Read more

Police: At least 6 dead in Munich terrorist attack

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BERLIN -- At least six people have been killed in a ongoing terrorist attack in Munich, German police said on Twitter Friday.

Police spoke of an "acute state of terror" in the southern German city after a shooting at its Olympia shopping center.

Three suspects with long guns are still on the run, police said.

"Witnesses have reported three ...Read more

Political news briefs

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Donald Trump says he won't accept Cruz endorsement if it comes

CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump said Friday he'd reject Ted Cruz's endorsement if he makes one.

"He'll come and endorse, but I don't want his endorsement," Trump said Friday as he thanked supporters in a downtown Cleveland hotel. "Stay at home, Ted, relax."

Hours after accepting the ...Read more

Responding to hackers is a popular idea, but experts warn against unintended consequences

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WASHINGTON -- Get hacked, and it's only natural to want to hack back.

But should that visceral desire for vengeance be written into law? The Republican Party suggests so. The party's quadrennial platform approved this week includes language that seeks to enshrine the country's and its citizens' rights to digital self-defense.

The GOP platform ...Read more

Obama criticizes GOP convention themes on crime, immigration

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday took umbrage with themes voiced during the Republican National Convention, arguing the country is not plagued by widespread violence and warning against trade wars.

The comments came after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump used his acceptance speech to promise Americans he would stop what he ...Read more

Trump says he doesn't want and wouldn't accept Ted Cruz's endorsement

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CLEVELAND -- Fresh off his marathon Republican convention acceptance speech, Donald Trump looked backward Friday, rekindling his feud with onetime chief rival Ted Cruz.

Trump, in classic style, essentially said he couldn't care less that Cruz declined to endorse him in a dramatic snub at the convention.

"I don't want his endorsement," Trump ...Read more