• Wildfire raging north of San Francisco threatens homes

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    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires blazing in several Western states Sunday chewed up forests and threatened homes but were most numerous in Northern California where dozens are raging and setting off evacuations. Wildfires are also burning in Washington and Oregon. The biggest California wildfire — raging in the Lower Lake area north of San Francisco — spread through Sunday to cover even more drought-stricken ground. The fast-moving blaze had charred 84 square miles by Sunday night, an area much bigger than San Francisco's 49 square miles. The fire has destroyed 24 homes and 26 outbuildings and was threatening 6,300 homes. However, no homes were lost on Sunday, state fire spokesman Jay Smith said.

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

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    Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics, beating the Kazakh city of Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote to take the games back to the city that hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Chinese capital — the first city to host both the winter and summer games — was seen by the International Olympic Committee as a secure, reliable choice that also offered vast commercial opportunities in a new winter sports market of more than 300 million people in northern China.

  • China bureau probing controversial Shaolin Temple abbot

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    BEIJING (AP) — The controversial abbot of China's famed Shaolin Temple is under investigation over online allegations of misbehavior. The religious affairs bureau under the Denfeng city government says it was asked by the national body to look into claims made against Master Shi Yongxin. The one-sentence notice was issued late last week and viewed on the city government website on Monday. The notice didn't specify any of the claims, although media reports say the accusations include that Shi fathered children with at least two women and embezzled temple funds. Calls to the temple in Henan province south of Beijing rang unanswered.

  • Rep. Edwards to attend event on healthy meals in schools

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    CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) — Rep. Donna Edwards is scheduled to attend an event that will highlight an initiative aimed at improving the ability of schools to provide healthy meals to school children. She is attending the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative in Capitol Heights on Monday. Edwards, a Maryland Democrat, will be joined by Katie Wilson. She is the deputy undersecretary for food nutrition and consumer services at the U.S. Agriculture Department. Joan Shorter, director of food and nutrition services for Prince George's County public schools, also is scheduled to attend. The initiative is a peer-to-peer mentoring program for schools nationwide.

  • IOC ready to act if Olympic medals affected by doping

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The IOC will take action against any Olympic athletes if they are found guilty of the latest doping allegations rocking the sport of track and field, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. Bach said it is up to the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate the allegations, including that one-third of medals in endurance races at the Olympics and world championships from 2001 to 2012 were won by athletes who recorded suspicious blood tests. "If there should be cases involving results at Olympic Games, the IOC will react with zero tolerance with our usual policy," Bach said. German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain said they obtained access to the results of 12,000 blo

  • Afghan government says it won't separately deal with Taliban

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's government has addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time, saying it won't deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country. The statement Monday from President Ashraf Ghani's office also says it will not accept any "parallel political structure" opposed to the Afghan government. That refers to the Taliban, who still call themselves the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan." Fledgling peace talks between the Taliban and the government halted last week when officials announced Taliban figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar had died in April 2013.

  • Sepp Blatter's term as IOC member ends

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter's 16-year term as an International Olympic Committee member ended Monday when he did not seek re-election. Blatter was among a group of IOC members up for re-election for another eight-year term. But IOC President Thomas Bach said Blatter informed him by letter on July 23 that he would not stand again. "He does not deem it to be appropriate to stand for re-election for eight years knowing that after seven months his term would come to an end," Bach said on the final day of the IOC's general assembly in Kuala Lumpur. Blatter, beset by a corruption scandal at FIFA and whose presidential term will end following a Feb. 26 election, did not attend the IOC m

  • Zimbabwe accuses 2nd American of illegally hunting lion

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    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has accused a Pennsylvania doctor of illegally killing a lion in April, as it seeks to extradite a Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion named Cecil in July. Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, shot the lion with a bow and arrow near Hwange National Park, without approval and on land where it was not allowed, said Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Landowner Headman Sibanda was arrested and is assisting police, it said. Seski, a gynecological oncologist who directs the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, is a big-game hunter according to safari outfitters and bow-hunting sites. Kill shots

  • Drivers weigh in on Uber boom in NYC

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The rise of smartphone ride-hailing services has given New York City riders increasingly more choices in how to get from here to there. But some drivers who keep cars moving say they are stuck in the middle. Uber, the leader in ride-hailing services, has in four years gone from nearly non-existent to more than 20,000 drivers, joining the city's 13,437 taxis. Some traditional yellow cab drivers say that since the arrival of Uber, the increased competition has cost them about 30 percent of their earnings. Uber drivers also have complained the crowded streets are hurting their bottom line, a notion disputed by the company, which is moving forward with a goal of adding 10,000 drivers by the end of th

  • Zimmermann gives up 3 quick HRs; Nats get swept by Mets, 5-2

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    NEW YORK (AP) — After all their recent success at Citi Field, the Washington Nationals arrived in New York with every reason to think they would extend their lead in the NL East. Now they have every reason to think they're in a tight race to the finish. Jordan Zimmermann gave up three home runs in a span of five pitches, a sudden power strike that sent the Mets past Washington 5-2 Sunday night for a three-game sweep. "Tonight was one of those nights when I made two mistakes and it looks a lot worse than it was," Zimmermann said. Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and streaking Lucas Duda went deep against Zimmermann in the third. Noah Syndergaard (6-5) struck out nine over eight innings, and New York pulled within

  • AP WAS THERE: US drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs — one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the first and only time nuclear weapons have been used. Their unprecedented destructive power incinerated buildings and people and left lifelong physical and psychological scars on survivors and on the cities themselves. "Practically all living things, human and animal, were literally seared to death," an AP story reported. A few days later, Japan announced its unconditional surrender. World War II was effectively over. Seventy years later, the AP is making stories about the bombings and surrender available, along with photos. _____ WASHINGTON, AUG. 6.

  • HSBC profit rises 10 percent, bank selling Brazil unit

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    HONG KONG (AP) — HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe's biggest bank, said Monday that strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit by 10 percent. The bank also announced the sale of its Brazil business for $5.2 billion. Profit for the six months ending June 30 rose to $13.6 billion, or 48 cents per share, said the bank which is listed on stock exchanges in Hong Kong and London. Revenue rose 4 percent from a year earlier to $30.8 billion. "Strong revenue performance across our Asia businesses helped drive increased profits," said CEO Stuart Gulliver in a statement. Gulliver cited growth in commercial banking in Hong Kong and Britain and in wealth management in Asia.

  • Year later, AP reporter recalls origins of Ferguson movement

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE — A year ago, most Americans had never heard of the St. Louis suburb called Ferguson. But after a white police officer fatally shot a black 18-year-old in the street, the name of the middle-class community became virtually a household word. From the first hours after Michael Brown's death, Associated Press reporter Jim Salter watched as a neighborhood protest launched a national movement. ___ Until August 2014, Ferguson, Missouri, wasn't the kind of place that generated much news. It was a mostly quiet suburban town of 21,000, a mix of beautiful old homes and working-class neighborhoods. Like a lot of communities in north St. Louis County, it had seen significant white flight and was now two

  • Asian stocks fall on weak Chinese manufacturing, oil slump

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    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell Monday on weaker Chinese manufacturing and lower oil prices as investors looked ahead to U.S. data on factory output and employment. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.4 percent to 3,574.18 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.8 percent to 24,427.71. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 declined 0.2 percent to 20,539.48 and Seoul's Kospi lost 1 percent to 2,009.73. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 retreated 0.4 percent to 5,674.90. Taiwan and Singapore also declined. CHINESE MANUFACTURING: Two surveys showed Chinese manufacturing weakened in July. The Caixin purchasing managers' index, which was previously sponsored by HSBC, declined to a two-year low of 47.7 from June's 49.4 on a 100-point scale. Numbers

  • Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more

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    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public. The result: Twenty-four states have passed at least 40 new measures addressing such things as officer-worn cameras, training about racial bias, independent investigations when police use force and new limits on the flow of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. Despite all that action, far more proposals have stalled or failed, the AP review found.

  • Mets hit 3 homers in 5 pitches to sweep Nationals, 5-2

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    NEW YORK (AP) — As the clock ticked past 11 p.m. and "Moondance" by Van Morrison practically wafted through the ballpark, young children ran around the bases as part of a family-friendly promotion normally reserved for Sunday afternoons. For the first time in years, the New York Mets are a late show worth watching. Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and streaking Lucas Duda homered in a span of five pitches, a sudden power strike that charged up Citi Field and sent the Mets past the Washington Nationals 5-2 Sunday night for a three-game sweep. "I've never been in a playoff atmosphere, but tonight sure felt like one," Duda said.

  • Man killed when storm slams tent down on crowd near Chicago

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    CHICAGO (AP) — A man was killed and more than a dozen injured on Sunday when a tent where people had sought shelter during a brief storm blew off its moorings and collapsed on some of the crowd at a festival in a Chicago suburb. Mike Rivas, deputy police chief in the suburb of Wood Dale, said three people were seriously injured. Fifteen people were transported to hospital and others slightly injured were treated at the scene and released, Wood Dale police said in a statement posted on Facebook. The fatality was identified as Wood Dale resident Steven Nincic, 35. The incident happened at midafternoon when a sudden storm brought high winds, hail and rain to the annual Prairie Fest, Rivas said.

  • Tips can enhance genealogy research

    BY SHARON BURNS For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Thomas Jay Kemp has provided the following hints on how to clean up your genealogy research: 1. Take time to go through storage boxes and file cabinets, item by item. Set your goal to become as “paperless” as possible by digitizing all genealogy research material and putting it online. Kemp’s main “backup” sites for his family history are two of the online family tree sites: FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com. He also uses Scribd and Pinterest. 2. By using the two sites, Kemp says he can re-evaluate the information with the knowledge about the family gained over the years. He can quickly make sure that the most accurate information is in his two online family trees. 3.

  • Plate, shaker set do not match

    By Anne McCollam for The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Q: Enclosed is a photo of a small round porcelain plate with a matching set of salt and pepper shakers. The plate is almost 6 inches in diameter and decorated with yellow flowers and green leaves. The shaker set is decorated with pastel flowers and green leaves. All the pieces are embellished with gold. The set has been handed down to me from my mother and is in mint condition. Marked on the back of each piece is “T. & V. — France.” Also, the letters “RWB” are on all three pieces and are most likely the initials of the artist who hand-painted the design. I have never seen a tray for a salt and pepper shaker set. Any information you can provide will be greatly

  • The Maisha Project brings Kenya choir to the U.S.

    By Savannah Evanoff Staff Writer | Yesterday

    In Swahili, the word maisha means "life." The Maisha Project, a nonprofit organization, embraces the word life by helping improve the lives of orphans and destitute children around the world. Jennifer Whitener, marketing communications director, said the Maisha Project empowers people to transform their community. “We do that through different projects in Kenya, and they include sponsorships for education,” Whitener said. “They all stay within their state in Kenya. We keep them in their own community because the whole goal is to empower them to transform their own community.” The Maisha Project sends mission teams to Kenya to work on various projects centered on education, health care, microfinance and hunger.