Monstrous California wildfire drives over 80,000 from homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It tore through canyons and flew over ridges in every direction with astonishing speed, sending flames 80 feet skyward and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

  • Written by ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press

AP Sources: Manafort tied to undisclosed foreign lobbying

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party's efforts to influence U.S. policy.

  • Written by JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press

Staying ahead of the mold, residents salvage what they can

GONZALES, La. (AP) — The heartbreaking task of sorting through waterlogged belongings and ripping out carpets and drywall is kicking into high gear Wednesday in flood-wracked southern Louisiana as the state faces a long-term challenge of how to house thousands of displaced people.

  • Written by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press

Grandfather: Man killed by police was just trying to survive

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The man killed in a police shooting that sparked two nights of violence in Milwaukee suffered from cognitive and mental health issues, and he carried a gun because he had been shot more than once in the past, his grandfather said.

  • Written by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press