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  • Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Other U.N....

  • Legislators wrap up with water, ethics, guns bills

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A year marked by the worst drought in a generation, the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption charges and a deadly rampage in a Santa Barbara college community drove support for legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown in the final weeks of the legislative...

  • End-of-session legislative action at a glance

    Some of the more high-profile bills passed by the California Legislature in the final days of this year's session, which ended early Saturday: — SB270 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags. It includes $2 million in...

  • Group claims responsibility for Vermont Gas visit

    HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) — An activist group claimed responsibility Saturday for a protest at the home of the Vermont Gas Systems president, saying it wanted to highlight the threat of eminent domain over the construction of a gas pipeline extension. In an email to Vermont media outlets, Green...

  • 1st case of West Nile virus reported in Maryland

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland health officials say the first case of the West Nile virus in the state has been reported. Health officials said Thursday that the first case was detected in an adult who lives near Washington. The health department also says the virus has been detected in a horse in...

  • California News Digest

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The supervisor in Los Angeles is Michael Blood, followed by Daisy Nguyen. If you have a news tip or questions about the report, call 213-626-1200. The supervisor in San Francisco is Lisa Leff. She can be reached at 415-495-1708. John Hopper in Los Angeles photos can be...

  • 22 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

    BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday. Antonio Diaz said the miners...

  • NYC union: Cops not to blame for drugged-out death

    NEW YORK (AP) — Officers shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a drugged-out man in police custody, the head of a police union said Saturday. The New York Police Department said Friday it was being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors for the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The...

  • Mexican cartels ramp up human smuggling business

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Human smuggling has started to comprise a larger share of the cash fueling Mexico's warring cartels, according to U.S. agents familiar with the anti-smuggling Operation Coyote. The cartels generated about $50 million from smuggling in the last six months as the illicit...

  • President Bill Clinton to speak at Crist rally

    MIAMI (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is headed to Miami to stump at a campaign rally for Florida gubernatorial candidate Charile Crist. Crist's campaign announced the speech on Saturday. Clinton is scheduled to be at Crist's campaign rally Friday at Miami's J.W. Marriott Marquis. Crist...

  • Falls Church boy arrested for assaulting girl, 8

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in Falls Church. Police say the victim told authorities Friday that she was assaulted twice by the same teenager. The first time, the teenager was interrupted by an adult, and ran away. But...

  • Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities say the country's coast guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe. Mustapha Abdel Kebir, mayor of Ben Guerdane, a border town with Libya, said that identity papers recovered from the bodies...

  • Fall from Bay Area cliff leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — The Coast Guard says one person has died and two others have been injured after falling from a cliff south of San Francisco. Petty Officer Loumania Stewart said the accident happened before dawn Saturday after the three victims, all male, broke through a fence running...

  • Begich ad faults Sullivan for sexual assault of two-year-old

    The Republican opponent of Sen. Mark Begich has demanded that he take down a TV ad that highlights the death of an elderly couple and the sexual assault of their two-year-old granddaughter.

  • Fort Hood victims say shooter's letter is 'salt in our wounds'

    A coalition of 160 victims and family members of Hasan's rampage at Fort Hood have been fighting the Obama administration for nearly five years to label the shooting an act of terrorism.



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