Man arrested for arson blaze that decimated California town

LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A California man was arrested Monday on arson charges for allegedly sparking a wildfire that exploded over the weekend, destroying more than 175 homes, business and other structures in a Northern California town, authorities said.

  • Written by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press

15 Guantanamo detainees sent to UAE in major transfer

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Fifteen prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center were sent to the United Arab Emirates in the single largest release of detainees during the Obama administration, the Pentagon announced Monday.

  • Written by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press

Democrats seek repeal of ban on federal funding of abortion

NEW YORK (AP) — The law that bans federal funding for Medicaid coverage of most abortions is now in the spotlight some 40 years after it was passed by Congress, emerging as an election issue in the national debate over the procedure.

  • Written by DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer

Louisiana: Flood danger persists, body pulled from waters

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As waters begin to recede in parts of Louisiana's capital city, some residents struggled to return to flood-damaged homes on foot, in cars and by boat. But though the rain had mostly stopped, new places in the state faced flood dangers from the deluge that has sent thousands into shelters.

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

Russian warplanes take off from Iran to target IS in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian warplanes took off on Tuesday from a base in Iran to target Islamic State fighters and other militants in Syria, Russia's Defense Ministry said, widening Moscow's bombing campaign in Syria in a major development in the country's civil war.

  • Written by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press