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California lumber town takes stock and gives thanks after wind-driven wildfire wipes out homes
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee....

Police hunt for suspect in trooper killing, say he's an angry survivalist bent on mass murder
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday in the hunt for a heavily armed survivalist suspected of ambushing two troopers as part of a deadly vendetta against police....

Scientists, sociologist, cartoonist among 2014 winners of MacArthur Foundation 'genius grants'
CHICAGO (AP) -- A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."...

Hospitals struggled to handle challenges presented by Superstorm Sandy, federal report finds
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work - problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle....

Woman who lived in path of California wildfire lost nearly everything except clothes and shoes
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead....

Police logs show no past reason to enter squalid home where remains of 3 infants were found
BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) -- Police responded to several calls in recent years from a home where the remains of three infants were found last week but never had reason to check conditions inside the home, according to police logs released Tuesday....

APNewsBreak: Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 of 3 sites of federal program to combat terror recruiting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday....

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to carry astronauts to space station by 2017 in $6.8 billion deal
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil....

Remnants of hurricane barrel in to Arizona in 2nd blast of Pacific storms to hit state
PHOENIX (AP) -- In a sign of just how unusual this summer's weather has become, Phoenix residents lined up Tuesday to fill sandbags in anticipation of potential flooding brought on by the remnants of a powerful Pacific storm....

APNewsBreak: 'Easy Rider' Captain America bike going on the auction block in October
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" is coming to auction....

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Scientists, sociologist, cartoonist among 2014 winners of MacArthur Foundation 'genius grants'

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