MALIBU, Calif. | More Southern California fire evacuees return home

MALIBU, Calif.  — More residents were allowed Friday to return to homes they fled during the rapid spread of Southern California’s huge wildfire. Authorities reopened more areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but kept some locations within the Woolsey Fire zone off-limits due to hazards ranging from burned power poles to compromised gas lines … Continue reading MALIBU, Calif. | More Southern California fire evacuees return home

WAYNESBORO, Va. | Expert: Rare snake with 2 heads found in Virginia has died

WAYNESBORO, Va. — A wildlife expert says a rare, two-headed snake found several months ago in Virginia near the nation’s capital has died. The Washington Post reports state herpetologist JD Kleopfer said in a Facebook post this week that the snake had died. He says it passed away peacefully last week for no apparent reason, … Continue reading WAYNESBORO, Va. | Expert: Rare snake with 2 heads found in Virginia has died

CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: People at shelters fall ill, are hospitalized

CHICO, Calif.  — The Latest on California’s wildfires (all times local): 4 p.m. At least 25 people have been hospitalized due to an outbreak of norovirus at shelters housing people who evacuated from a massive wildfire in Northern California. Butte County public health spokeswoman Lisa Almaguer says the number of sick people keeps growing as … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: People at shelters fall ill, are hospitalized

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Groups protest plans for possible lease sale in Beaufort

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Environmental groups are protesting plans by federal regulators for a possible offshore petroleum lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Thursday announced it would prepare an environmental review in support of a potential lease sale next year. The agency scheduled public hearings and opened a 30-day … Continue reading ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Groups protest plans for possible lease sale in Beaufort

WASHINGTON | The Latest: CNN’s Acosta returns to White House after ruling

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House’s decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local): 6:55 p.m. CNN’s Jim Acosta is back at the White House after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately return his press credentials, though a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: CNN’s Acosta returns to White House after ruling

BOSTON | World Series MVP Pearce stays with Red Sox for $6.25M

BOSTON — World Series MVP Steve Pearce is staying with the Red Sox. The journeyman first baseman agreed to a $6.25 million, one-year contract with Boston on Friday. The 35-year-old Pearce was a free agent after completing a $12.5 million, two-year deal that he got from Toronto in December 2016. He earned an additional $150,000 … Continue reading BOSTON | World Series MVP Pearce stays with Red Sox for $6.25M

WASHINGTON | WikiLeaks’ Assange faces charges; lawyer says he’d fight

WASHINGTON— WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said Friday, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel’s Russia-Trump investigation. Assange, who has taken cover in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | WikiLeaks’ Assange faces charges; lawyer says he’d fight

ATLANTA | Abrams ends Georgia governor bid; says she’ll file lawsuit

ATLANTA — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor’s race on Friday, but pledged to fight the former secretary of state’s “gross mismanagement” of the elections with a federal lawsuit. Speaking defiantly to a news conference, Abrams said her actions did not constitute a concession, but she acknowledged … Continue reading ATLANTA | Abrams ends Georgia governor bid; says she’ll file lawsuit