Autos overshadow the small gadgets at CES tech show in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual CES gadget show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices: namely, automobiles.

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  • Written by By MATT O'BRIEN and RYAN NAKASHIMA , AP Technology Writers

Residents rescued as mud inundates California burn areas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews rescued residents from inundated homes Tuesday as mud and debris from wildfire-scarred hillsides flowed through neighborhoods and onto a key Southern California highway during a powerful winter storm that dropped record rain across the state.

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  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

US hits record for costly weather disasters: $306 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion.

  • Written by By SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer

Some guns sold by law enforcement end up at new crime scenes

SEATTLE (AP) — A yearlong Associated Press analysis found more than a dozen firearms sold by law enforcement agencies in Washington state since 2010 later became evidence in new criminal investigations.

  • Written by By MARTHA BELLISLE , Associated Press