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In this Dec. 16, 2013 photo, a fire burns the hillside in the Big Sur, Calif., region. (AP Photo/The Californian, Travis Geske)

Weather to help crews battling Big Sur blaze

  BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters were expected to get some help Wednesday from the weather as they battle an unusual late fall wildfire that has destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced […]

12/18/2013

A Cal Fire helicopter. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Unusual late fall fire still burning in Big Sur

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — An unusual late fall wildfire fueled by drought conditions destroyed 15 homes and forced about 100 people to flee the forested mountains of the scenic Big Sur region overlooking the […]

12/17/2013

Firefighting aircraft

Big Sur fire growth small, 5 percent containment

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a wildfire in the Big Sur area of California grew only slightly overnight, and crews were able to establish some containment lines around it. The fire in the Pfeiffer Ridge […]

12/17/2013

This is a  1979  file image of Skylab, at the end of its mission in 1979 when it crashed back to Earth. (AP Photo/NASA, FILE)

Satellite hits Atlantic — but what about next one?

BERLIN (AP) — This time it splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean — but what about next time? The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere early Monday on […]

11/11/2013

Passengers evacuate the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, after shots were fired prompting authorities to evacuate a terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Fliers delayed after Los Angeles airport shooting

Thousands of fliers across the U.S. were delayed Friday after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport closed parts of the airport. A prolonged shutdown at the nation’s third largest airport will be particularly troublesome […]

11/01/2013

(AP Photo)

Growing backlash to government surveillance

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – From Silicon Valley to the South Pacific, counterattacks to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance are taking shape, from a surge of new encrypted email programs to technology that […]

10/12/2013

(Dawn Steel, AP Photo)

Mansion once owned by Columbia Pictures chief for sale

BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – A 10.2-acre compound once owned by the late Columbia Pictures chief Dawn Steel has been listed for $34.5 million, the listing agent announced today. The estate offers a commanding view that […]

09/30/2013

Adak, Alaska shown on Google Maps.

Woman attempting solo row reaches Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old British adventurer became the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean Monday, arriving in Adak in Alaska’s Aleutians after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. […]

09/24/2013

A blobfish from a YouTube screen grab.

Blobfish wins ‘Uglies Animal Alive’ title

The blobfish, a deepwater dweller that looks like a melted head, has won the title of Ugliest Animal Alive, by popular vote. The Ugly Animal Preservation Society, which champions “aesthetically challenged” endangered species everywhere, ran […]

09/12/2013

Strong quake hits Indonesia; no tsunami threat

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia on Sunday, causing panic among residents in East Timor, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and there was no danger […]

09/01/2013

A construction worker walks beside the underground water tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan on June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Radioactive water leaks at Japanese nuclear plant

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant said Tuesday that about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks […]

08/20/2013

Offshore oil drilling platform 'Gail' operated by Venoco, Inc., is shown off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Calif. panel launches probe into offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators have launched an investigation into offshore hydraulic fracturing after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast for the past two decades. The California Coastal Commission promised […]

08/15/2013

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