• October 20, 2016


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Southern California schools cope with heat from gusty winds

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — Southern California was slammed with the second day of a heat wave Thursday that raised the risk of wildfires and left many schoolchildren to sweat it out in aging classrooms.

Half a year after 8 relatives killed, no answers or arrests

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Six months after someone shot eight members of an extended family to death in their homes, surviving relatives are still waiting — for an explanation, for an arrest, for a hint of closure.

Ohio mom's confession details how she smothered 3 young sons

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three young sons over a 13-month period says in a recorded police interview that she smothered each boy with a blanket because she didn't want to see them suffering.

Voters react to 'nasty woman' remark with disgust, mockery

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump's reference to Hillary Clinton as "a nasty woman" during the last presidential debate before the election has inspired reactions ranging from disgust to mockery. For many women, the moment Wednesday night recalled their own experiences being called names by men. What some of them (and some men) are saying:

Hawaii lawmakers hold public meeting on foreign fishermen

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman who worked as an observer on fishing boats that docked in Honolulu described for Hawaii lawmakers what it was like without toilets, showers or hot water.

Historic mountaintop stone cabin gutted by fire is rebuilt

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — A historic mountaintop stone cabin that was gutted by an accidental fire caused by the sons of a snowboard company founder almost a year ago has been rebuilt and will be ready for guests soon.

Union asks court to reverse Wal-Mart trespassing order

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A labor union that has demonstrated against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked the Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday to reverse a judge's decision barring it from entering the retail giant's property for anything other than shopping.

Bye, Bao Bao! Later, Mei Lun and Mei Huan! Pandas leaving US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The panda population in the United States is dropping by three.

Donors pour record $450 million into California initiatives

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Contributions for and against the 17 measures on California's November ballot have hit $450 million, breaking previous campaign spending records.

Ex-NFL star's co-defendants face sentences in drug-rape case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The two co-defendants in the drug and rape case that brought down one-time NFL star Darren Sharper were formally sentenced Thursday to lengthy prison terms — after hearing blistering condemnations from two of their victims in open court.

Professors strike a second day, disrupting 100,000 students

More than 100,000 state university students in Pennsylvania were told Thursday to stay at school, as striking professors returned to picket lines on 14 campuses for a second day and their union pleaded for a resumption of contract talks.

California officer is the state's 4th shot dead in 2 weeks

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities were expected to release details Thursday about how a deputy responding a roadside disturbance call in Northern California was shot to death a day earlier — becoming the state's fourth law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty over the last two weeks.

Penn State former president calls aides' charges 'injustice'

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier testified Thursday that he issued a statement the day two of his top lieutenants were charged in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, calling the allegations groundless, because he had developed deep trust of them.

Man slits throat in California court after sex conviction

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Moments after being convicted in a California courtroom of sexual assaulting a child, a former high school English teacher pulled out a razor blade and slashed his throat.

Officials: Responders' fast work saved lives in gas blast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters responding to a call about a gas leak in Portland, Oregon, saved lives when they ordered evacuations and pulled a fire alarm to warn holdouts just minutes before a powerful explosion leveled a historic building in a popular shopping district, officials said.

Citing concerns, board to audit Iowa State leader's flights

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University's governing board ordered an audit Thursday of every flight President Steven Leath has taken on school airplanes, and its leader said some of the trips appear "questionable at best."

Winter outlook: Warm south; cooler north; middling in middle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters say this winter will likely be warmer and drier than normal down south, and colder and wetter up north.

Lynching memorial rises near revered Confederate sites

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In this small South Carolina town near the Georgia line, where some say the Confederacy was born and died, descendants of a man lynched 100 years ago are erecting a downtown memorial to him and other black men killed by white mobs after the Civil War.

Most US Syrians arrivals are kids, now enrolling in school

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Seated at his desk at a suburban San Diego middle school, 12-year-old Abdulhamid Ashehneh tries not to let his mind wander to the painful memories of his life in civil war-torn Syria.

Final debate brings little clarity to undecided voters

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — As a tumultuous campaign nears an end, undecided voters across the country watched the final debate of the U.S. presidential race with a mix of skepticism and rapt attention Wednesday night.

Growing calls for railroad probe in wake of station crash

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's commuter railroad is facing growing calls for more scrutiny at federal and state levels amid questions about its safety after one of its trains crashed into a station last month, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100.

App helps save Seattle cardiac patient

SEATTLE (AP) — If your heart is going to stop, right outside a hospital is not a bad place for it.

Derrick Rose wins big off the court, cleared in rape lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Derrick Rose is at a crossroads in his basketball career and one of the biggest moments in what could be a make-or-break year for the former NBA MVP didn't happen on the court.

Police: Boy, 13, hit by stray bullet while lying in bed

CHELSEA, Mass. (AP) — Police say a 13-year-old boy was hit by a stray bullet while he was lying in bed inside a Massachusetts apartment.