Penalties possible for campers in massive Big Sur blaze

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As officials ask for the public's help in finding the people who started an illegal campfire that grew into a massive wildfire north of Big Sur, authorities are considering what penalties the campers could face once they are found.

  • Written by KRISTIN J. BENDER

Union: Vermont slow to improve workplace safety

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A year after a Vermont social worker was shot and killed outside a state office building, the state says it's making security enhancements to buildings, but the employees' union says Vermont hasn't moved quickly enough to protect workers from violence.

  • Written by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

American woman killed, 5 hurt in London knife attack

LONDON (AP) — A Norwegian teenager of Somali origin is suspected of going on a knife rampage through London's tourist hub of Russell Square, killing an American woman and injuring five other people, police said Thursday.

  • Written by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

Storms return to Southwest, but less intense than earlier

PHOENIX (AP) — Storms hit areas of the Southwest again on Wednesday, but with less intensity than a day earlier when monsoon rains swamped the desert region, stranding drivers, flooding streets and prompting water rescues.

  • Written by TERRY TANG, Associated Press PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press

Look at 11 key challenges facing Nepal's new government

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Another coalition government has taken over in Nepal, where Parliament elected former communist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal as prime minister on Wednesday. The change is unlikely to ease the political instability that has plagued this Himalayan nation for years. A look at 11 main challenges facing the tiny South Asian nation, home to the world's tallest mountains:

  • Written by BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press