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August 30, 2015 - 10:17pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wes Craven, whose "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" movies made him one of the most recognizable names in the horror film genre, has died. He was 76.

Craven's family said in a statement that he died in his Los Angeles home Sunday after battling brain cancer.

A prolific writer, director and editor, Craven was credited with reinventing the teen horror genre with the 1984 release of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" starring a then-...

August 30, 2015 - 9:06pm
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JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — Crews are working hard to stop the spread of a group of central Oregon wildfires.

The blazes cover 159 square miles and have destroyed two more homes and a guest house.

Firefighters built fire lines around the buildings and set up sprinklers but had to flee Saturday when winds gusted up to 50 mph and threatened their escape routes.

About 950 firefighters are battling the blazes that had previously destroyed...

August 30, 2015 - 8:44pm
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Marvin Mandel, a former Maryland governor whose 26-year career in state government ended with his 1977 conviction on political corruption charges, has died. He was 95.

According to a statement from his family, Mandel passed away Sunday afternoon after spending two days with family while celebrating his son's 50th birthday.

Once considered one of Maryland's most powerful and effective governors, Mandel presided over a major...

August 30, 2015 - 8:25pm
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A portion of Newark Liberty International Airport has been evacuated after police say a man made his way into a secure hallway.

Port Authority Police Department spokesman Joe Pentangelo (pehn-TAN'-jeh-loh) says it happened around 7 p.m.

He says the man entered the secure hallway at through an exit door at the airport's "C'' terminal.

Pentangelo says the man, whose name was not immediately released, was stopped...

August 30, 2015 - 6:36pm
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AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say 2-year-old twin boys are dead after being found unresponsive in a suburban Phoenix home.

Avondale police spokesman Brandon Busse says officers were called to a home near 115th Avenue and Yuma Street shortly before noon about reports of an ill person.

However, Busse says responding officers found the two boys lying unconscious on a bed.

Police and firefighters administered CPR and both...

August 30, 2015 - 6:28pm
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HONOLULU (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Ignacio has been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane and is on a weakening trend as it moves to the northeast of Hawaii.

Anthony Reynes, a meteorologist with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, says winds have dropped from 130 mph to 115 mph. He says Hurricane Ignacio is expected to become a tropical storm by Tuesday.

As of 11 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Sunday, Hurricane Ignacio was 400 miles east of...

August 30, 2015 - 6:14pm
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Prison officials say they have confirmed six San Quentin State Prison inmates are ill with Legionnaires' disease.

State corrections department spokeswoman Dana Simas said Sunday another 51 inmates are under observation at the prison's medical unit.

Simas says cooking at the prison has stopped because Legionella bacteria grow in water and spread through water molecules. Inmates are being served boxed meals....

August 30, 2015 - 5:45pm
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WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Several thousand people gathered Sunday to honor three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington state.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell in a eulogy says the three dedicated their lives to protecting national forests and the communities around them, and for that everyone should be grateful.

The memorial service for 20-year-old Tom Zbyszewski, 26-year-old Andrew Zajac, and 31-year-old Richard...

August 30, 2015 - 5:06pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali.

He's giving the mountain its traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska.

Denali is an Athabascan word meaning "the high one." The name has long been a sore spot for Alaskans, who have informally called the 20,320-foot mountain Denali for years.

The...

August 30, 2015 - 4:23pm
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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Community religious leaders have gathered to remember two television journalists who were shot and killed last week.

The interfaith service for 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward was held Sunday at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke.

The gathering featured music from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and others.

In his remarks, WDBJ-TV General Manager Jeff Marks spoke about...

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