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Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

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LOS ANGELES - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. | Video

Judge pauses Detroit's bankruptcy trial again

DETROIT - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ordered a week-long break in Detroit's bankruptcy trial on Wednesday, giving the last major objector to the city's restructuring plan time to rework its case.

11:36am EDT

Heavy rainfall, flash flooding threaten Arizona, New Mexico

- Heavy rainfall could bring flash flooding to Arizona and New Mexico, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday, as severe weather associated with weakening Tropical Storm Odile sweeps across the drought-stricken U.S. Southwest.

Environment 10:58am EDT

U.S. attorney general to propose more rewards, agents to fight Wall St crime

WASHINGTON - Wall Street whistleblowers who provide U.S. prosecutors with evidence of financial fraud should get larger rewards for their efforts, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to say in a speech on Wednesday, according to a Justice Department official.

Politics 9:37am EDT

Yelp, TinyCo to settle US charges of improperly collecting kids' data

WASHINGTON - The online review site Yelp and mobile app developer TinyCo have agreed to settle separate charges that they improperly collected children's online information, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

11:26am EDT

U.S. states boost anti-trafficking laws but slow to help sex, labor slaves

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A rising number of U.S. states have strengthened laws to combat human trafficking in the past year but programs to help victims of forced prostitution and labor are lagging behind, according to a report by an anti-slavery group on Wednesday.

Politics, 10:44am EDT

Gay marriage activist, cartoonist, mathematician win 2014 'genius' grants

- A gay marriage advocate, a physicist modeling brain activity, a psychologist studying racial bias in policing, and a cartoonist exploring family life were among 21 winners of $625,000 "genius" grants, the U.S. organization awarding them said.

Subjects, Gay Marriage 7:03am EDT

South Korea arrests American trying to swim to North Korea: report

SEOUL - South Korean marines arrested an American man late on Tuesday who had been swimming in a river that flows towards North Korea and said he had been trying to go to the North to meet its leader, Korean media reported.

2:04am EDT

Texas set to execute woman convicted of starving nine-year-old

- A woman convicted of the 2004 starving death of a nine-year-old boy is scheduled to die on Wednesday by lethal injection at a Texas state prison, authorities said.

Davos 11:25am EDT

Vikings change mind, suspend Adrian Peterson

Sep 17 - The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the NFL exempt list, suspending him from all team activities until his child-abuse case is resolved, the franchise said on Wednesday.

Sports, 3:51am EDT

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