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August 3, 2015 - 9:47am
1 day 36 min ago

LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters aided by lower temperatures and higher humidity have made progress corralling a wildfire threatening thousands of homes in Northern California.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Don Camp says containment of the fire in the Lower Lake area north of San Francisco was at 12 percent Monday morning after being stuck at 5 percent for days.

The fire — the largest in California — grew...

August 3, 2015 - 9:47am
1 day 36 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says he's backing the international accord to curb Iran's nuclear power.

California Rep. Adam Schiff said Monday he supports the agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from billions of dollars in sanctions. The announcement is a boost for Obama during Congress' 60-day review period. The Republican-led Congress is expected to vote in September for a resolution of disapproval...

August 3, 2015 - 9:43am
1 day 36 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening slightly lower in the U.S. as energy companies slide along with the price of crude oil.

Noble Energy slumped 2 percent in early trading Monday. The company reported revenue that was well below what analysts were forecasting.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,672 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell a point to 2,102....

August 3, 2015 - 9:30am
18 hours 47 min ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Chinese citizen who lives in western Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to charges she used phony passports to take English-language fluency tests used for college entrance purposes for two other Chinese women, including one now enrolled at Virginia Tech.

Twenty-four-year-old Yunlin Sun, of Berlin, is one of 15 Chinese citizens indicted in May. Her sentencing was set for December after her plea Monday.

Federal prosecutors in...

August 3, 2015 - 9:20am
1 day 36 min ago

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the fourth big coal producer to do so within the last two years.

The company operates about 60 coal mines throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Wyoming.

Coal prices have plunged in recent years as utilities have switched increasingly to natural gas, partly because of price, but also because of changing regulations.

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August 3, 2015 - 8:37am
1 day 36 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending in June rose by the smallest amount in four months as shoppers cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items.

The Commerce Department says consumer spending edged up 0.2 percent in June, the poorest showing since a similar increase in February.

The modest advance followed a sharp 0.7 percent rise in spending in May. The increase had been driven by heavy spending on autos. But in June, auto sales slowed...

August 3, 2015 - 8:34am
1 day 36 min ago

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — Police in Lufkin say an East Texas man is in custody after he was involved in an hour-long chase that involved eight law enforcement agencies, covered three counties and included chain saws being tossed at an officer by the fleeing driver.

Authorities say 27-year-old Richard Kay finally was caught after troopers shot out two of his tires and the radiator of his pickup truck.

The chase where speeds reached 100 mph started late...

August 3, 2015 - 8:31am
1 day 36 min ago

DETROIT (AP) — Summer deals and big demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles kept U.S. auto sales strong in July.

Sales of new cars and trucks were expected to rise 3 percent to nearly 1.5 million, according to car shopping site TrueCar.com.

Fiat Chrysler's sales rose 6 percent over last July to 178,027, led by the Jeep brand with a 23 percent increase. Nissan's U.S. sales rose nearly 8 percent to 130,872.

Automakers lured buyers with...

August 3, 2015 - 8:25am
11 hours 57 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autistic teenage Special Olympics athlete who vanished from Los Angeles International Airport has been found.

Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison says 15-year-old Shion Isimel of the Ivory Coast has been located.

No further details on his whereabouts or condition were immediately released.

Isimel was last seen around 6 a.m. Monday walking out of a terminal. Security camera showed the French-...

August 3, 2015 - 8:07am
22 hours 57 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers including Wal-Mart, Sears and Amazon have agreed to halt the sales of life-like toy guns in New York.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that the retailers also have agreed to pay over $300,000 in penalties.

Schneiderman's office found that over 6,400 toy guns sold from 2012 to 2014 violated New York laws. Most of the toys were sold online.

The deal requires those retailers to apply New...

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