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NEW YORK | Patterson again gives holiday bonuses to book sellers

NEW YORK — James Patterson has renewed a most welcome holiday publishing tradition — bonuses for independent bookstore employees. The best-selling author announced Tuesday that 333 workers each will receive $750. The winners, nominated by customers and colleagues among others, are listed on the web site of the American Booksellers Association. Patterson has given more … Continue reading NEW YORK | Patterson again gives holiday bonuses to book sellers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California fire chief: State must adapt to new wildfire norm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday after 30 years with the agency. In an interview with The Associated … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California fire chief: State must adapt to new wildfire norm

PARADISE, Calif. | Residents of California town leveled by fire can go home

PARADISE, Calif. — Some residents of a Northern California town devastated by a deadly wildfire will be allowed to return home Wednesday, nearly a month after the blaze swept through the town, authorities said. Evacuation orders will be lifted Wednesday for some neighborhoods in Paradise, where a fire destroyed about 14,000 homes and killed at … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | Residents of California town leveled by fire can go home

PARIS | Reggae music put on UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

PARIS — Reggae music has been inscribed on the prized intangible cultural heritage list of UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural agency. UNESCO said Thursday the Jamaican music is unique because it represents “a vehicle of social commentary” and “continues to provide a voice for all” since it was first created by marginalized groups, mainly in the … Continue reading PARIS | Reggae music put on UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

GUATEMALA CITY | Communities flee eruption at Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire

GUATEMALA CITY— About 4,000 residents fled Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire Monday as red-hot rock and ash spewed into the sky and cascaded down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year. Guatemala’s volcanology unit said that explosions from the 12,300-foot (3,763-meter) high mountain shook homes with “constant sounds similar to … Continue reading GUATEMALA CITY | Communities flee eruption at Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire

CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: Rain predicted for North California fire zone

CHICO, Calif.— The Latest on California‘s wildfires (all times local): 8:10 a.m. Officials say they have contained almost half of a Northern California deadly blaze that razed a town and killed at least 63 people. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday the wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise is now … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: Rain predicted for North California fire zone

PARADISE, Calif. | The Latest: More towns empty as N. California blaze burns on

PARADISE, Calif.  — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Authorities in Northern California have ordered residents to leave four small communities southeast of a town leveled by a deadly wildfire. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday issued an evacuation order for the communities of Berry Creek, Bush Creek, Mountain House, … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | The Latest: More towns empty as N. California blaze burns on

LONDON | Most kids hurt on giant UK inflatable slide are discharged

LONDON — British police say seven of the eight children hurt when they fell from an inflatable slide at a fair in southern England have been discharged from the hospital. Surrey Police said Sunday that the eighth child was kept in overnight for observation “but his injuries are not thought to be significant.” The Health … Continue reading LONDON | Most kids hurt on giant UK inflatable slide are discharged