AP Exclusive: Assad blames US for Syria truce collapse

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad rejected U.S. accusations that Syrian or Russian planes struck an aid convoy in Aleppo or that his troops were preventing food from entering the city's rebel-held eastern neighborhoods, blaming the U.S. for the collapse of a cease-fire many had hoped would bring relief to the war-ravaged country.

  • Written by IAN PHILLIPS, Associated Press ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

Firefighter dies, 1 hurt as 1,000 battle California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A firefighter among those battling a central California wildfire died Wednesday and another was hurt when the water truck they were in overturned on a highway miles from the fire lines.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press

Third Ron Paul aide gets prison time for campaign violations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The deputy manager of Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison for conspiring to cover up campaign payments to a former Iowa state senator, after a judge determined he played a larger role than two other aides who were spared prison time.

  • Written by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Chicago to add 970 new police positions over next 2 years

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's police department will add nearly 1,000 new positions over the next two years, a move that comes as the city deals with a dramatic increase in shootings and homicides and battles financial woes that threaten basic services.

  • Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press