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Vegetation fire in Riverside County prompts evacuations

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A 100-acre vegetation fire erupted Saturday in the Riverside County, Calif., community of Juniper Flats, prompting mandatory evacuations in the area, officials said.

The fire broke out shortly before 6 p.m. in the 2100 block of Horseshoe Trail, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. As of 10:30 p.m., the fire was 0% contained.

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Biden praises Pharma to donors despite complaints about prices

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden praised pharmaceutical companies on Saturday, offering a line that could draw pushback from Democratic opponents who have demonized the industry's focus on profits.

"By the way, great drug companies out there -- except a couple of opioid outfits," the former vice president told donors at the Dallas home of David Genecov,...Read more

US blames Iran for 'unprecedented' attack on Saudi oil facilities

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CAIRO -- The U.S. said Iran was behind an attack on major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on Saturday in an incident that has escalated already high tension in the gulf region and raised concern over global oil supplies.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Tehran for the attack calling it an "unprecedented attack on the world's energy ...Read more

San Diego Council President Georgette Gomez kicks off congressional campaign

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SAN DIEGO -- Surrounded by supporters Saturday morning, San Diego Council President Georgette Gomez kicked off her campaign for U.S. Congress, to replace retiring Rep. Susan Davis in 2020.

Davis, a 10-term incumbent, surprised many earlier this month when she announced plans to forgo a reelection bid for seat representing the 53rd Congressional...Read more

California lawmakers fail to act on recycling bills to phase out single-use plastics

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers adjourned early Saturday without acting on bills that would have made their state the first to partially phase out single-use containers, with supporters unable to overcome lobbying from industry opponents.

Two bills, Senate Bill 54 and companion legislation Assembly Bill 1080, sought to eliminate 75% ...Read more

'We believe in bouncing back': Why some Hurricane Dorian survivors are staying on Abaco

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TREASURE CAY, Bahamas -- O.C. Cornish drives down S.C. Bootle Highway in his four-door light gray sedan, zigzagging past downed power lines, snapped pine trees and mountains of shredded debris, pointing out along the way the pockets of civilization that used to be.

His office complex, car rental business and two-bedroom Topical Pine vacation ...Read more

As trial approaches, lawyer in Hastert hush-money lawsuit alleges possible perjury

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CHICAGO -- Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's federal criminal case is long behind him, but a lawyer representing the man who is suing him for the unpaid balance of a $3.5 million hush-money pact hopes key admissions the disgraced politician made back then can be used against him.

Two months before the breach-of-contract trial in ...Read more

Woman shot, child grazed by bullet in pee wee football dispute, Fort Worth police say

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FORT WORTH, Texas--A woman was shot and a girl was grazed by a bullet Saturday outside an east Fort Worth elementary school, authorities said.

The woman was taken in good condition to John Peter Smith Hospital, a MedStar spokesman said. She was shot in the leg, police said. The child's injury was not life-threatening, police said.

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Warren turns her ire to Trump, stumps on her electability

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Fresh off a debate performance that may have bolstered her standing in the 2020 Democratic race, Sen. Elizabeth Warren returned to Massachusetts focused on strengthening her electability against President Donald Trump.

Speaking at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention on Saturday, Warren said the Trump administration is ...Read more

Officials: Thousands of fetal remains discovered at dead doctor's Illinois home

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CHICAGO -- More than 2,200 fetal remains were found at a dead doctor's home in unincorporated Will County on Thursday, officials said.

While sifting through the doctor's personal property, an attorney working for the family of the doctor found 2,246 "medically preserved fetal remains" at the doctor's home, according to a statement from the Will...Read more

Solid gold toilet stolen from birthplace of Winston Churchill

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LONDON -- A solid gold toilet valued at 4.8 million pounds ($6 million) has been stolen from Britain's Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of former British prime minister Winston Churchill.

The working toilet, titled "America," was on display as part of an exhibition by the Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan and was meant to be used by ...Read more

Coast Guard discovers abandoned boat with 41 bales of marijuana onboard in Malibu

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LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for possible people in distress, after discovering a beached panga boat with dozens of bales of marijuana onboard in Malibu early Saturday.

At about 6:20 a.m., the Coast Guard's Los Angeles-Long Beach station received a report of an abandoned 35-foot panga vessel, with 41 bales of marijuana that ...Read more

Prisoner, a former actor on 'The Wire,' allegedly escapes Baltimore police custody at hospital

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore police are searching for a former actor on "The Wire" who they say escaped from custody after he was taken to a hospital for a check.

Christopher Clanton Sr., 33, was arrested Sept. 12 in Northeast Baltimore for violating a protective order, according to police.

Someone first sought the order against Clanton in July and ...Read more

Trump, Saudi Crown Prince Speak on Refinery Attack, SPA Says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Saturday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman after a swarm of explosive drones hit key oil industry targets in Saudi Arabia, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.

Trump affirmed the U.S. stance with Saudi Arabia and support for the kingdom's stability, SPA reported. Trump also ...Read more

Mexican President Lopez Obrador has transformed the office, but old problems thwart progress

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MEXICO CITY -- On Sunday evening, as tens of thousands of flag-waving celebrants take to the streets to mark independence festivities, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will perform a signature ceremonial duty -- el grito ("the shout"), mimicking Miguel Hidalgo's early 19th-century call against Spanish rule.

It will be a first for ...Read more

California lawmakers vote to block Trump's environmental rollbacks, defying Newsom

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers, over Gov. Gavin Newsom's objections, passed sweeping legislation early Saturday allowing the state to impose strict endangered species protections and water pumping restrictions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

The governor must now decide whether to veto the bill and raise the ire of ...Read more

California Senate evacuated after vaccine bill protester throws red liquid onto lawmakers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A woman was arrested Friday on charges including assault after dropping what authorities said appeared to be blood on members of the California Senate from her seat in the visitor gallery. The disturbance occurred as lawmakers were wrapping up their work before adjourning for the year, forcing them to evacuate the chamber ...Read more