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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-PARADISE LOST — Paradise, California, a town of 27,000 literally went up in smoke in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California history. The death toll, for now, is 63, but hundreds are missing. And memories are all that’s left for many of the survivors. They recall a friendly place where the pace was relaxed, where families put down roots and visitors opted to stay. In a matter of hours last week, it all disappeared. By Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — At least 63 are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing after the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century. Meanwhile, hundreds of fire refugees are living in tents and makeshift shelters as they wait to learn whether they still have. By Kathleen Ronayne and Brian Melley. SENT: 1,040 words, video, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-UTILITY — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. asked regulators last month for permission to raise its customers’ bills to pay for upgrades to its system, which they said posed a serious risk of wildfires. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. For comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Wildfires
WIKILEAKS — The Justice Department inadvertently named Julian Assange in a court filing in an unrelated case that raised immediate questions about whether the WikiLeaks founder had been charged under seal. Any charges against Assange could help illuminate the question of whether Russia coordinated with the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election. It would also suggest that, after years of internal wrangling within the Justice Department, prosecutors have decided to take a more aggressive tact against the secret-sharing website. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 775 words, photo.
CAMBODIA-KHMER ROUGE — The last surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge that brutally ruled Cambodia in the 1970s were convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by an international tribunal. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan received a second life prison term after being convicted of other crimes at an earlier trial. Both men have suggested they were targets of political persecution. By Sopheng Cheang. SENT: 825 words, photos.
MIGRANT CARAVAN — Nearly 2,000 caravan migrants have reached the U.S. border in Mexico’s northwestern corner, with more coming in a steady trickle of buses. The influx has overwhelmed Tijuana’s privately run shelters and the city opened a gymnasium and gated sport complex for up to 1,000 Thursday, with a potential to expand. Those planning to apply for asylum in the U.S. appear likely to be stuck on Mexico’s side of the border for months waiting to be processed. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 940 words, video, photos.
ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA — Florida’s bitter U.S. Senate contest is headed to a legally required hand recount after an initial review showed Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson separated by less than 13,000 votes. But the contest between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum appears over, with DeSantis poised to take the governorship. By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 820 words, video, photos. With ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA-LAWSUITS — Lawsuits, judges’ orders pile up in Florida election drama. SENT: 820 words, photos.
WINTRY WEATHER — The first snowstorm of the season to hit the New York City area brought several inches of snow and slowed Thursday’s evening commute to a crawl. New York City airports reported flight delays of up to an hour and a key area bus terminal turned into an immovable block of wall-to-wall commuters. Authorities say the storm contributed to at least seven deaths as it swept across the country. SENT: 785 words, video, photos.
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DAVID HOCKNEY-AUCTION — A painting by the British artist David Hockney fetched $90.3 million at Christie’s on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. SENT: 360 words, photos.
CHINA-HOTEL SCANDAL — The Chinese tourism ministry has asked Beijing, Shanghai and 3 provinces to investigate room cleaning at 14 major hotels after video showed questionable practices. SENT: 120 words.
MOUNTAIN LION KITTEN-BRATWURST — Wildlife officials who seized a mountain lion kitten from a southern Colorado home say the feline fell ill after the residents fed it bratwurst. SENT: 130 words.
NEW ZEALAND-COCAINE — New Zealand police have made the country’s largest cocaine seizure, with 190 kilograms (418 pounds) of the drug found in a container of bananas shipped from Panama. SENT: 195 words,
OBIT-ROY CLARK — Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter-century and was known for such hits as “Yesterday When I was Young” and “Honeymoon Feeling,” is dead at 85. SENT: 840 words, photos.
MEDIA-CNN VS TRUMP — A judge is expected to announce whether he will order the Trump administration to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. SENT: 385 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 10 a.m. hearing.
TRUMP-MEDAL OF FREEDOM — President Donald Trump has chosen the wife of powerful Republican donor Sheldon Adelson to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Adelsons gave Trump’s campaign a $30 million boost in 2016. In addition to Miriam Adelson, the other living recipients are retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah; former NFL player and retired judge Alan Page, and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 785 words, photo.
DEMOCRATS-PELOSI — If it was up to most of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi would be the next speaker of the House. But within the ranks of the House Democratic majority, there’s a small but persistent group trying to topple her. By Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 375 words, photos.
FOREST SERVICE-SEXUAL HARASSMENT — The U.S. Forest Service’s new chief pledges to rid the agency of sexual harassment and discrimination amid fresh revelations of misconduct within its ranks. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 1,085words, photo.
SENATE-ARMS SALE — The Senate rejects an effort to block $300 million in weapon sales to Bahrain, but there’s growing unease in Congress about the U.S. role supporting the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s military campaign in Yemen. By Kevin Freking and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 920 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS — Their campaigns are not yet official, but some Democrats are beginning to frame the 2020 fight on their terms. Energized by their success in the midterm elections and courting potential primary voters outraged by the actions of President Donald Trump’s administration, virtually every Democrat considering a White House run is talking about fighting in one form or another. By Juana Summers. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.
ELECTION 2018-CALIFORNIA-REPUBLICANS — A string of stunning losses has set off a fresh round of Republican soul-searching in California, where the party has been drifting toward irrelevance for years. Republican U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters was defeated Thursday in the heart of Orange County, once a nationally known Republican stronghold. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 770 words, photos.
KENTUCKY CLOSE CALL — For an example of how every ballot matters, turn to Mary Beverly Goetz. The 76-year-old Kentucky woman said she voted absentee because she uses a walker and recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. The Democrat she voted for ousted a Republican incumbent by just one vote. Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican state Rep. DJ Johnson by that narrow margin out of more than 12,600 ballots cast. By Adam Beam. SENT: 525 words.
NKOREA-WEAPON TEST — North Korean has tested of an unspecified “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon” in an apparent bid to apply pressure on the United States and South Korea. By Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 765 words, photos.
NORTH KOREA-AMERICAN DETAINED — North Korea says it will deport an American citizen it recently detained for illegally entering the country. By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 420 words.
EGYPT-ABANDONING CAIRO — A city of 20 million people that combines charm and squalor, Cairo may soon witness an exodus by some of its well-heeled residents, state employees and foreign embassies to a new capital. The departures are expected to begin next year and, when in full swing, would be recorded as the latest contemporary flight from Cairo. The new capital is the brainchild of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi whose critics cite it as evidence of his increasingly authoritarian ways. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 895 words, photos.
SRI LANKA-POLITICS — Sri Lanka’s president has met with opposition lawmakers over a no-confidence vote against his newly appointed prime minister. It came as thousands rallied in support of the prime minister he ousted, burning coffins representing what they called the death of democracy in the Indian Ocean nation. By Bharatha Mallawarachi. SENT: 670 words, photos.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A panel investigating Florida’s high school massacre is to continue its latest session Friday, expected to learn more about the medical response to the Feb. 14 attack that claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members. The panel has a Jan. 1 deadline to report its findings to Florida’s governor on the shooting’s causes and recommendations for avoiding any future school attacks. By Terry Spencer and David Fischer. SENT: 765 words, photos.
HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN — A feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to donate more than $400,000 to help the down-and-out good Samaritan, a prosecutor says. Facing charges are the couple who told the story to newspapers and TV stations as well as the homeless man who conspired with them. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 640 words, video, photos.
FDA-SMOKING FLAVORS — In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U.S. health official pledges to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars and tighten rules governing the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes. The proposed restrictions were aimed mainly at reducing smoking in kids. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 940 words, photo.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-HEALTH — Recurring wildfires are sparking concern among medical experts about potentially major health consequences — worsening asthma, lung disease and even heart attacks. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video.
FAO SCHWARZ REBORN — Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York. A new FAO opens Friday in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center, about 10 blocks from its former home near the southeast corner of Central Park. By Verena Dobik. SENT: 610 words, photos.
MUSIC-LATIN GRAMMYS — Uruguayan Jorge Drexler is the big winner at the Latin Grammy Awards, picking up three trophies during a ceremony that promoted messages of unity and justice. By Regina Garcia Cano and Sigal Ratner-Arias. SENT: 840 words, photos. With: MUSIC-LATIN GRAMMYS-LIST (sent).
MVPS — Boston’s Mookie Betts and Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich were runaway winners of the Most Valuable Player awards after the 26-year-old outfielders each led their teams to first-place finishes with dominant seasons that included batting titles. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 800 words, photos.
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