Debate stage drama: GOP awaits top 10 announcement WASHINGTON (AP) - They crowded the stage in New Hampshire for a debate-style faceoff. But the jam-packed Republican field will be narrowed considerably for the first formal debate of the 2016 primary season later in the week. On Tuesday, Fox News announces which 10 presidential hopefuls can participate and the exclusive club will feature notable omissions.
Massive California wildfire jumps containment line MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) - As firefighters battled a massive Northern California wild land blaze threatening numerous homes, some of the 13,000 people urged to flee their residences were spending what may be just one of many nights in evacuation shelters. The blaze that has charred nearly 97 square miles of brush and timber, jumped a highway Monday that had served as a containment line. Its rapid growth caught firefighters off guard and shocked residents.
Israel arrests man after West Bank arson that killed toddler JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's Shin Bet security agency says it is interrogating the suspected head of a Jewish extremist group after an arson attack last week that killed a Palestinian toddler in the West Bank. The Shin Bet would not say if 23-year-old Meir Ettinger is suspected of involvement in the arson attack Friday. But it says Ettinger is head of an extremist group seeking to bring about religious "redemption" through attacks on Christian religious sites and Palestinian homes.
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Fire sale on stuff that burns: Oil, natural gas, coal down NEW YORK (AP) - These days it seems whatever can be burned to power a car, heat a home, make electricity or ship people and goods around the globe is being sold at bargain basement prices. Prices for coal, natural gas, oil and the fuels made from crude such as gasoline and diesel are all far less expensive than they have been in recent years.
Egypt's disaffected youth increasingly calling for violence CAIRO (AP) - The 20-year-old law student says he has had enough of fruitless protests in support of Egypt's deposed Islamist president, two years of a losing struggle with police. Now he wants to join the extremists of the Islamic State group who are battling the army in the Sinai Peninsula.
Mission at Hiroshima's dome: Saving blasted bits of history HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - The crumbling brick and concrete walls of the Atomic Bomb Dome, as it is known today, rise above the Motoyasu River. The bomb so devastated Hiroshima that there are few other reminders of the city that was here seven decades ago. "I didn't want to see this place for a long time," said Kimie Mihara, a fragile but straight-backed 89-year-old. She walked slowly around the fenced-off ruin, now roofless save for the dome's skeleton.
More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote WASHINGTON (AP) - In the aftermath of the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle. Within minutes of Monday's Senate vote, abortion-rights groups were releasing TV ads attacking GOP supporters of the measure for stomping on women's health care needs. Conservatives were accusing Democrats of voting to protect taxpayer funds for an organization whose campaign contributions tilt lopsidedly to Democratic candidates.
Rebooting Greece: how to get its economy going again ATHENS, Greece (AP) - After so much pain, Greece must now figure out how to get its economy back on its feet. The scale of the country's financial problems is mind boggling - a full quarter of the economy evaporated in the past six years and business activity is now plummeting further. Government cuts needed to qualify for a new bailout will hurt incomes for years to come.
APNewsBreak: Officials puzzled over Yosemite jumpers' deaths FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - World-famous wingsuit flier Dean Potter had strapped his iPhone to the back of his head and hit record before jumping from a cliff in Yosemite National Park in what was to be an exhilarating flight through a V-shaped rocky formation - a route that left little margin for error. Potter set the phone at this position to capture a video of his partner, Graham Hunt, behind and above him as the pair leaped off the granite diving board at Taft Point, 3,500 feet above the valley.
Beltre's 3rd career cycle in Rangers' 12-9 win over Astros ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Adrian Beltre became the first major leaguer since the 1930s to hit for his third career cycle and the Texas Rangers held on for a wild 12-9 victory over the AL West-leading Houston Astros on Monday night. Beltre's solo homer in the fifth, a liner deep into the seats in left field, completed the cycle against three Houston pitchers.