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2nd Calif. county votes for secession

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A second far Northern California county has voted to secede from the state. The Record Searchlight of Redding reports that Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession on Friday. […]

09/24/2013

The Rim Fire burns in the Stanislaus National Forest Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Modesto Bee, Andy Alfaro)

Wildfire burns out of control near Yosemite

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control forest fire threatening about 2,500 structures near Yosemite National Park was one of more than 50 active, large wildfires dotting the western U.S. on Wednesday. The remote blaze in […]

08/21/2013

In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 photo, traffic on U.S. Highway 12 near Lolo, Mont., retreats to safety from the West Fork II fire that grew from less than 100 acres Monday morning to about 3,500 acres and burned both sides of the highway. (AP Photo/Missoulian, Kurt Wilson)

Hot, dry summer pushes wildfire spending past $1B

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Wildfires burning in Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise […]

08/20/2013

This May 2012 photo provided by the Nevada State Museum shows ancient carvings on limestone boulders near Nevada's Pyramid Lake which have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America - at least 10,500 years old. (AP Photo/Nevada State Museum, Eugene Hattori)

Nevada petroglyphs the oldest in North America

PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) — Ancient rock etchings along a dried-up lake bed in Nevada have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, dating back at least 10,000 years. The petroglyphs […]

08/14/2013

Photo provided by the Hood River County Sheriffs Office shows a hiker at the entrance to an ice tunnel that collapsed, trapping a snowboarder at Oregon's Mt. Hood Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Hood River County Sheriffs Office)

Man buried when tunnel on Ore. mountain collapses

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A snowboarder traveling through an ice tunnel on Oregon’s Mount Hood with five companions was buried Saturday when the tunnel collapsed, officials said. Rescuers quickly responded but halted efforts after dark […]

08/04/2013

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Author Ann Rule sues Seattle Weekly for defamation

  SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime author Ann Rule is suing a weekly Seattle newspaper, claiming she was defamed by a 2011 article written by the fiance of a convicted killer. The lawsuit, filed in King […]

07/23/2013

President Barack Obama stands with families who benefited from the health care law provision that provides consumers with a refund if their insurance company doesn’t spend the majority of premium dollars on medical care as he speaks about health care reform and the Affordable Care Act in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama talks up health care rebates, lower premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing Republican criticism of his health care plan, President Barack Obama said Thursday the law is working and cutting costs for consumers with insurance company rebates and the promise of lower premiums. […]

07/18/2013

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30K Calif. prison inmates refuse meals in protest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Corrections officials say more than 30,000 of California’s nearly 133,000 inmates have refused at least one meal as part of a protest over inmates held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay […]

07/09/2013

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Senators protest cuts to wildfire prevention funds

DENVER (AP) — A bipartisan group of Western U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to focus more on preventing wildfires rather than taking money from programs that clear potentially hazardous dead trees and […]

06/28/2013

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle SkySeer, autonomous drone aircraft used for surveillance and reconnaissance. (AP Photo)

Oregon drone mission: Keeping spuds happy

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — Experiments have begun in Oregon aimed at using the unmanned aircraft known as drones to keep potatoes happy. The Federal Aviation Administration recently authorized the use of drones to fly over […]

06/26/2013

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