Oregon tribe: Armed group 'desecrating' their land

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The leader of an American Indian tribe that regards an Oregon nature preserve as sacred issued a rebuke Wednesday to the armed men who are occupying the property, saying they are not welcome at the snowy bird sanctuary and must leave.

  • Written by TERRENCE PETTY, Associated Press MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press

Efforts made to protect homeless as storm hits California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most powerful El Nino storm yet this week pushed onto the California coast Wednesday as police and outreach teams kept an eye on Los Angeles riverbeds where thousands of homeless people live and would be vulnerable to flash flooding.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press

North Korea says it tested H-bomb to widespread skepticism

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test — a self-proclaimed "H-bomb of justice" that would mark a major and unanticipated advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

  • Written by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press

Iraq offers to mediate between Saudi Arabia, Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq on Wednesday offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran after tensions soared following the kingdom's execution of a Shiite cleric and attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic.

  • Written by ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press

Gun buyer in San Bernardino attack pleads not guilty

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The man who bought the rifles used in the San Bernardino attack pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a federal indictment accusing him of conspiring with one of the shooters and to provide material support to terrorists.

  • Written by AMY TAXIN, Associated Press