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Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee

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LOS ANGELES - Crews were battling about a dozen major wildfires across California on Tuesday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest.

Fatal police shooting in Utah fuels racial controversy

- A private autopsy has found a 22-year-old black man shot dead by police in Utah was fired at from behind six times, said a lawyer for the man's family. Authorities say the man was shot dead when he lunged at officers with a sword.

1:24am EDT

California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

LOS ANGELES - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday.

Politics, 15 Sep 2014

U.S. Congress may yet reach a deal to curb inversions, lawmaker says

WASHINGTON - Congress may yet pass legislation this year to curb foreign buyout deals that allow corporations to cut their U.S. income taxes, a leading Democratic lawmaker said on Monday.

15 Sep 2014

Amtrak service disrupted between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia

- Downed wires and debris on the tracks resulted in the suspension of Amtrak service between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.

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FBI probes traffic stop that left Missouri teen in critical condition

KANSAS CITY Mo. - The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop that left a teenage motorist in critical condition, authorities said on Monday.

15 Sep 2014

United Airlines offers flight attendants $100,000 in voluntary buyout

NEW YORK - United Airlines and union officials said Monday that eligible flight attendants will be paid up to $100,000 to leave the company through a voluntary buyout, in a deal that aims to end furloughs at the over-staffed airline.

15 Sep 2014

Miami Bat Squad tracks rare species to golf course roost

MIAMI - Shortly after dusk, three researchers squat on the lawn of a vacant, million-dollar home in a posh Miami suburb, pointing ultrasonic microphones at the darkened mansion.

Science, Environment 7:12am EDT

Montana 'BASE jumper' falls to death in Glacier National Park

MISSOULA Mont. - A Montana hiker reported as missing after he set out alone to perform a BASE jump in Glacier National Park over the weekend has been found dead below the summit of Mount Siyeh, authorities said on Monday.

Environment, 9:15am EDT

Murder charges for man in gruesome Florida quadruple killing

TAMPA Fla. - Florida police charged a man with murder on Monday in a quadruple killing, after finding the victims' bodies earlier this month decomposing by the side of the road.

15 Sep 2014

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