About 30 more homes evacuated in Arizona brush fire

PEEPLES VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A brush fire forced more evacuations as a precaution near Yarnell, an Arizona community where a 2013 blaze killed 19 members of an elite firefighting crew, officials said Thursday.

The flames broke out Wednesday, leading about 250 people to evacuate their homes close to Yarnell, about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix.

Authorities ordered additional evacuations Thursday, including about 30 homes in the Peeples Valley Area, as they feared the fire might make its way down to Highway 89.

That brought the total number of evacuees to near 300 in the area, but authorities remained confident the fire would not grow out of control and containment could still happen by sometime early next week.

The fire, which is believed to be human-caused, already has burned about 2 squ...

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No Joke, the Zombie Apocalypse Is Coming!

Tens of millions of viewers around the world are currently sitting on pins and needles in anticipation of what will happen next on The Walking Dead. Who will get munched? What will happen to the Governor? Many viewers will sit through the show wondering, “is this foreshadowing?”
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Top 5 Holiday Movie Recommendations

Are you ready to snuggle in front of the fire with your family for a holiday film marathon? Get the popcorn and holiday treats ready. The holiday vacation is about to begin in earnest.
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Rival Cyprus leaders map out intensified peace talks

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus are meeting to take stock of where things stand in reunification talks ahead of an intensified phase of negotiations aiming at a peace deal by year’s end.

President Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are meeting at a U.N. compound Wednesday to outline the points the agree and disagree on before launching the stepped-up talks.

Anastasiades said this would help make talks more productive by focusing efforts on tackling disagreements in forging a federation.

It’s their first meeting after Anastasiades paused the talks over a perceived bid to diplomatically upgrade the island’s breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

A Turkish invasion in the wake of a 1974 coup aiming at union with Gre...

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Freed pilot Savchenko wants talks with Ukraine rebel leaders

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko says she is willing to talk with rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine.

Savchenko was freed in a prisoner exchange with Russia last month after nearly two years in custody and was sworn in as a lawmaker in Ukraine’s parliament last week.

She was captured in eastern Ukraine by Russia-backed rebels in June 2014 and then surfaced in Russia, where she was convicted of providing coordinates for a mortar attack that killed two Russian journalists.

Savchenko was quoted Tuesday by Ukrainian media as saying she believes direct talks with rebel leaders would be more effective than the current talks that include Russia.

Denis Pushilin, a rebel envoy to those talks, said the leaders would be willing to meet with her if Ukraine gave her formal envoy status.

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Delegate Update: The latest count in the Democratic race

It takes 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president. A look at where the race for those delegates stands, based on an Associated Press count:

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PLEDGED DELEGATES

These are the delegates won in primaries and caucuses. At the party’s national convention, these delegates must vote for the candidate who won them.

Hillary Clinton: 1,812

Bernie Sanders: 1,521

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SUPERDELEGATES

These are elected and party officials who automatically attend the convention and can vote for the candidate of their choice. The AP has surveyed these delegates several times and noted their on-the-record endorsements.

These delegates, however, can change their minds.

Clinton: 548

Sanders: 46

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THE TOTAL

Clinton: 2,360

Sanders: 1,567

Clinton needs 23 delegates to reach the 2,383 needed to win.

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Fire near Los Angeles damages buildings, prompts evacuations

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving brush fire swept through hills in Southern California on Saturday, threatening 3,000 homes, damaging a few and forcing hundreds of people to flee, some with pets and livestock.

The fire erupted in late afternoon in tinder-dry brush as temperatures soared to nearly 100 degrees in the canyons and ridges northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

A handful of fires erupted in Calabasas and the neighboring West Hills area of Los Angeles but the West Hills blaze was quickly doused while the other fires combined and grew to more than 200 acres in a matter of hours, fire officials said.

At its peak, 50-foot-high flames raced along ridgelines and torched trees and brush very close to million-dollar Spanish-style homes below.

Several homes reportedly had some damage...

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Tropical rains, possible tornadoes threaten half of the US

ATLANTA (AP) — From tropical rains to tornadoes, about half of the U.S. expected to see wet and at times severe weather this weekend, capping a week of scorching temperatures out West and flooding that killed nine soldiers when their military vehicle got caught in the rushing waters of a rain-swollen creek at Fort Hood, Texas.

People along the Gulf Coast kept a watchful eye on a system over the Caribbean Sea that was forecast to bring 5 to 10 inches of rain to parts of Florida. The storm is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone.

In the Mid-Atlantic region, the nation’s capital and more than 17 million people braced for the possibility of severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and tornadoes Sunday...

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Fire causes power outage delays at Birmingham airport

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A small fire in a utility closet knocked out power and caused flight delays at Alabama’s busiest airport.

Spokeswoman Toni Herrera-Bast says the blaze occurred before dawn Friday at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham.

The fire was inside the airport’s secured area, but the spokeswoman says it didn’t affect security screening or other operations by the Transportation Security Administration.

Power went out on one side of the terminal, and Herrera-Bast says a total of nine flights operated by Delta and American Airlines were delayed because of problems processing passengers during the outage.

No one was hurt and the power was back on by mid-morning...

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The Latest: Penguins’ Bryan Rust in Game 2 lineup

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):

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8:30 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Penguins got a boost in Game 2, getting winger Bryan Rust on the ice after saying his status would be a game-time decision. Rust was questionable after taking a hit from San Jose’s Patrick Marleau in the third period of Game 1. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety declined to call Marleau in for a hearing to discuss his hit. He was penalized for an illegal check to the head. Rust scored to help Pittsburgh win Game 1, his sixth goal of the postseason after scoring five times in 55 games of his career in the regular season.

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8 p.m.

Game 2s of the Stanley Cup Final have traditionally been pivotal, and lately three periods hav...

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