Syrian forces prepare corridors out of Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of residents left a formerly rebel-controlled suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus Wednesday, as government and Russian forces prepared to open corridors out of the contested city of Aleppo in the hopes of facilitating an exodus from its rebel-held quarters.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

California sheriff's deputy shot to death while on the job

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in a Northern California county near the Oregon border was shot to death Wednesday while responding to a disturbance call, the Modoc County Sheriff's Office said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

China, Philippine to sign $13.5B deals, hold sea bilaterals

BEIJING (AP) — China and the Philippines will sign $13.5 billion in deals this week during the Philippine president's visit to Beijing in which the two sides agreed to resume a dialogue on their dispute over the South China Sea, officials said Thursday.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

Leaders agree to create 'road map' for Ukraine peace process

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed Wednesday on a 'road map' aimed at reviving the stalled peace process in eastern Ukraine, though details of the plan still need to be worked out by the countries' foreign ministers over the coming month.

  • Written by GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

Santa Ana winds bring Southern California heat, fire danger

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Santa Ana winds gusted out of the mountains of Southern California on Wednesday, driving up temperatures and fanning several small brush fires that erupted in the drought-stricken region.

  • Written by JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press