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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nothing More, Nothing Less [Kindle Edition]Ashley Dukart
When Brandon finds that his mother committed suicide, he blames himself for her decision. His guilt drives his young life into a downward spiral of drugs, drug-dealing, and violent repercussions when his “business partners” don’t get what they want. Haunted by the...
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
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
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
Sandra Collins (used to) fight the cellulite battle for as long as she can remember. The odd thing is she has always been fit and healthy, going to the gym for the last 10 years, lifting weights and following gym programs. However, her cellulite never seem to go away no matter what until she came across...
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
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
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 -- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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