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Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 2,000 homes

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LOS ANGELES - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. | Video

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

WASHINGTON - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found.

Police chiefs pledge more transparency after Ferguson

CHICAGO - Dozens of police chiefs meeting in Chicago this week said a notorious fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in August had been a defining moment for law enforcement and pledged greater transparency over such incidents.

17 Sep 2014

Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal appeal

NEW YORK - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust.

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Man charged in attempted fire bombing of Missouri congressman's office

KANSAS CITY Mo. - A Kansas City man was charged on Wednesday with trying to fire-bomb the local office of Missouri U.S. Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver using two bottles filled with charcoal lighter fluid, prosecutors said.

17 Sep 2014

House votes to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

Politics, World, Syria 17 Sep 2014

South Carolina father accused of killing kids feared them: report

CHARLESTON S.C. - The man accused of killing his five children in South Carolina and dumping their bodies in Alabama feared that they were going to chop him up and feed him to the dogs, a local television station reported, citing arrest records.

17 Sep 2014

U.S. contractor gets seven years for passing secrets to Chinese girlfriend

HONOLULU - A former U.S. military contractor in Hawaii was sentenced on Wednesday to more than seven years in prison for passing national defense secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and illegally keeping numerous classified documents at his home.

17 Sep 2014

U.S. senators call for federal judge to resign over wife beating

- Three U.S. senators on Wednesday called for the resignation of a federal judge accused of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room last month.

Politics, 17 Sep 2014

U.S. House passes bill to avert government shutdown, extend Export-Import bank

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a stop-gap spending measure that averts an Oct. 1 government shutdown and extends the U.S. Export-Import Bank's ability to operate for another nine months.

Politics, 17 Sep 2014

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