Firefighters battle California brushfire as heatwave looms

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battling a California wildfire that forced the evacuation of campgrounds and ranches were struggling with strong overnight winds and bracing for rising temperatures as an extreme heatwave is expected to sweep across the Southwest this weekend.

  • Written by NICK UT, Associated Press JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press

Uphill battle to get seasonal farmworkers health insurance

DUNN, N.C. (AP) — Some seasonal agricultural workers were finishing a meal after a long day of planting sweet potato seeds when Julie Pittman pulled into to their camp.

  • Written by ALEJANDRA CANCINO, For The Associated Press

Iraqi troops seize Fallujah hospital, clear mines

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces gained control of the main hospital in Fallujah on Saturday and were clearing mines after driving the Islamic State group from most of the city, one of its last remaining strongholds in the Anbar province west of Baghdad, a military official said.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press

Oakland police chief steps down after 2 days on the job

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland lost its third police chief in eight days Friday as it struggles with allegations that a number of officers had sex with a teenage prostitute and exchanged racist text messages.


Police lock down Chinese village to ward off protests

BEIJING (AP) — Police have locked down a village in southern China to ward off fresh anti-corruption protests nearly five years after an uprising there made it an internationally known symbol of grass-roots defiance against the ruling Communist Party.

  • Written by GERRY SHIH, Associated Press