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Skoloff named to lead video across AP's West region

NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Skoloff, a video journalist who has covered numerous big stories across the United States while training many text reporters on visual storytelling, has been appointed West deput...

Teachers elected amid wave of activism turn to governing

PHOENIX (AP) — After a campaign buoyed by a surge in teacher activism, Arizona's new schools chief took office with a pledge to address the kind of grievances that led to school-shuttering walkouts in...

Grocery delivery, with no human drivers, is underway

The nation's largest grocery chain is leaping into the driverless delivery market, announcing Tuesday that it is now ready to bring milk, eggs and apples to some customers' homes in a vehicle with nob...

Residents return but Southern California fire still has life

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — People are returning to some neighborhoods evacuated during the devastating Southern California wildfire but officials say the threat is far from over. Forecast...

5 tourists rescued from flooded home as storm hits Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Sirens wailed while workers piled sandbags in front of hotels and police blared warnings to tourists to leave the world-famous Waikiki Beach as Hurricane Lane barreled north after dump...

Christian heartland opens window into fight for China's soul

NANYANG, China (AP) — The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true — a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hal...

Wildfires scorching homes, land _ and California's budget

UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A state fire spokesman says California already has spent more than a quarter of its annual fire budget — at least $125 million — just a month into the budget year. ...

New fires erupt in Northern California; homes threatened

UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Days after wildfires left a deadly swatch of destruction in Northern California rural counties, new blazes exploded into life and threatened more homes in what has become an ...

Firefighters forced to step aside as winds powered infernos

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out. But once flames met ferocious win...

Homes, horses burn in newest California wildfire

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Retirement communities built on golf courses, semi-rural race horse stables and other usually serene sites were engulfed by flames as the San Diego area became the latest fron...

Californians brace for emotional toll from wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods. Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes...

A day in the Northern California fire zone

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews were briefed and headed out to do battle. Survivors returned to the charred remains of their homes, picking through debris for anything recognizable. And families clun...

Californians under siege try to fight fires, find loved ones

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — They are trying to find lost loved ones, to sift through the remains of lost homes, to count, identify and mourn the dozens of dead — all while the fires rage on. ...

Emergency alerts get scrutiny after deadly wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Communities in wildfire-prone Northern California have an array of emergency systems designed to alert residents of danger: text messages, phone calls, emails and tweets. But...

Search for mother trapped in fires ends 48 hours later

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A frantic search for an elderly Northern California woman trapped in wildfires ended 48 hours later when her son found her remains in the charred ruins of her home. ...