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Evacuations over for California fire that threatened homes

Wildfires are sweeping through several dry Western states, including a blaze that forced hundreds to evacuate in California and another that showed new life after burning for a week. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them:

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015

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Noriega asks for Panama's forgiveness in jailhouse interview

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former dictator Manuel Noriega broke a long silence to ask his compatriots on Wednesday to forgive actions by his military regime that culminated in the 1989 U.S. invasion.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015

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Flamingo in Brazilian zoo gets artificial leg

SOROCABA, Brazil (AP) — A pink flamingo in Brazil has gotten a new leg to stand on — an artificial one.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015

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As South Carolina honors victims, Alabama lowers its flags

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate battle flag was still flying high atop a 30-foot pole outside the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to honor their beloved black colleague with a viewing in the Rotunda. Elsewhere around the nation, leaders were already demoting the historic but divisive symbol.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015

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Republicans push back against proposed dietary guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are pushing back against proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what foods to eat.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015

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Landmark Dutch ruling: Cut emissions to protect citizens

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a sweeping victory for environmental activists that could have global repercussions, a Dutch court ordered its government on Wednesday to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 to help fight global warming.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015

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Rains cool Pakistan as heat wave's death toll climbs to 838

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A cool wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains brought the first signs of respite to southern Pakistan on Wednesday as the death toll from a scorching heat wave climbed to 838 — a high figure even for a nation accustomed to sizzling hot summers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015

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Confederate, Jim Crow tributes go well beyond battle flag

ATLANTA (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for removing the Confederate battle flag that flies in front of her state's Capitol. But she hasn't said the Confederate veterans' monument alongside the flag should go.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015

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