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LOS ANGELES - An official ballot drop box at the Baldwin Park, California, library ignited Sunday night, potentially destroying election ballots inside, authorities said. The fire started around 8 p.m. Sunday at the ballot box near Ramona and Baldwin Park boulevards, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department spokeswoman Leslie Lua. It was not immediately clear how the fire began, but Lua ...

On the eve of the 2018 elections, President Donald Trump took the stage at a Pensacola rally and marveled at the damage wrought to Florida's Forgotten Coast only weeks earlier by Category 5 Hurricane Michael. "That wasn't a hurricane. That was like a 50-mile wide tornado," Trump said, noting how the storm had wiped homes in coastal towns clean off their foundations. "Nobody's ever seen ...

LOS ANGELES - More than 350 households in Arcadia and Sierra Madre remain under evacuation orders Monday as flames from the Bobcat fire creep toward San Gabriel Valley foothill communities. The fire, which has grown to more than 36,000 acres since igniting Sept. 6, remains at 6% containment. The U.S. Forest Service said Monday there had been "significant western growth" toward Mount Wilson and ...

President Donald Trump marked Friday's 19th anniversary of 9/11 by visiting the rural Pennsylvania field where Flight 93 crashed, as many of the nation's other prominent politicians gathered in New York City to remember and honor the victims of the worst terror attack in American history. Speaking before the Flight 93 memorial wall in Shanksville, Trump hailed the passengers of the plane as ...

When deadly wildfires tinted Western skies a Martian hue this week, homeowners with their own rooftop solar systems were able to tell with great precision just how much useful sunlight reached them through the gloom: next to none. Wednesday was "the worst generation day, ever," said Mary Holstege, a retired software engineer in Cupertino, California, who went solar a year ago. Her system, ...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Started by a lightning strike in mid-August, the Bear Fire had been burning for weeks in the rugged mountain terrain of the Plumas National Forest - attracting comparatively little attention from the public or media as much larger wildfires burned elsewhere in Northern California. And then on Tuesday, with fierce Diablo winds blowing, it turned into a monster. By ...

SAN DIEGO - Two soldiers killed in an Army Black Hawk helicopter crash on San Clemente Island late Thursday were identified Saturday. Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, of Brick, New Jersey, and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, California, were both Black Hawk helicopter repairers assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) headquartered at Fort Campbell, Ky. ...

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BEIRUT - Lebanon's beleaguered prime minister and the rest of his Cabinet resigned Monday, six days after a catastrophic explosion in Beirut's port leveled large areas of the capital. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said he was stepping down as demonstrators squared off for a third consecutive day against security services in protests against the country's ruling elite. "We take a step back to ...

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LOS ANGELES - A massive vegetation fire continues to burn more than a week after it broke out in Riverside County but firefighters are getting a handle on the blaze as their focus shifts from protecting homes to stopping the fire's growth, officials said. The Apple fire had burned 32,412 acres, destroyed four homes and was 40% contained as of Sunday morning. Officials estimated it would take ...

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BEIRUT - Thousands of Lebanese on Saturday mourned the victims of the Beirut port blast with anger and protests, amid reports of clashes with police as demonstrators called for the removal of what they described as "corrupt politicians." At least 130 people have been injured in clashes in Beirut between police and protesters, according to the Lebanese Red Cross. Eyewitnesses said shots were ...

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The remains of seven Marines and a sailor lost when their amphibious vehicle sank near San Clemente Island have been recovered and will be transported to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for preparation for burial, the Marines said late Friday. The sunken Assault Amphibious Vehicle was also recovered from the sea floor. The sunken vehicle was found Monday in 385 feet ...

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BEIRUT - Beirut residents used a visit from French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday to vent their anger at the country's leadership, two days after a huge explosion in the city's port left at least 137 people dead. The French leader in turn all but disavowed Lebanon's political class as he toured devastated streets, saying he would be asking the country's leaders to come up with a "new ...

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