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  • New Zealand Bans All Assault Weapons Immediately

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand is immediately banning assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and “military style semi-automatic rifles” like the weapons used in last Friday’s attacks on two Christchurch mosques. Ardern announced the ban Thursday and said it would be followed by legislation to be introduced next month. She said the man arrested in the attacks had purchased his weapons legally and enhanced their capacity by using 30-round magazines “done easily through a simple online […]

  • Santa Rosa Man Sets Up Nude Mannequins After Fence Complaint

    SANTA ROSA — A Northern California man is taking revenge on the anonymous neighbor who complained to officials about his tall fence with a garden party of naked mannequins. Jason Windus of Santa Rosa sat four fashion dummies in wicker chairs around a matching table and placed a fifth one standing with her arms over her head and modesty shamrocks on her breasts. A hand-scrawled sign on top of a nearby wooden barrel reads, “Reserved seat for the nosey neighbor […]

  • Mozambique Mourns as Cyclone Idai’s Death Toll Rises Above 300

    CHIPINGE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Mozambique on Wednesday began three days of national mourning for more than 200 victims of Cyclone Idai, while the death toll rose over 100 in neighboring Zimbabwe from one of the most destructive storms to strike southern Africa in decades. Torrential rains are expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters are still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, shelter and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique’s inundated plains drain toward the […]

  • District Attorney: Giants CEO Larry Baer Won’t Face Charges

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants President and CEO Larry Baer will not face charges following a physical altercation with his wife this month that led to him taking a leave of absence from the team. The San Francisco district attorney’s office said Tuesday there isn’t evidence to file criminal charges against Baer stemming from his argument with wife Pam on March 1 in a San Francisco plaza. DA’s office spokesman Alex Bastian said, “After a careful review of the relevant […]

  • California National Guard to Leave Border, Help Stop Fires

    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall. It’s pulling the troops away from President Donald Trump’s border protection efforts and devoting them to fire protection, another area where Trump has been critical of California’s Democratic officials — even repeatedly threatening to cut off federal disaster funding. Starting next week, 110 California National […]

  • Southern California Man, 96, Found in Home with Hundreds of Rats

    OJAI (AP) — Authorities say a Southern California woman is in custody after deputies discovered her 96-year-old father living in a home stinking of feces and filled with up to 700 rats. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says Tuesday that Catherine Ann Vandermaesen was arrested on suspicion of elder abuse and animal neglect. It wasn’t known if she has an attorney. Officials say Vandermaesen didn’t want to allow deputies inside the Ojai home during a welfare check last Wednesday. A […]

  • Jay-Z, Dead & Co, the Killers to Perform at Woodstock 50

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z, Dead & Company and the Killers will headline one of the 50th anniversary shows commemorating the groundbreaking Woodstock festival this summer. Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang announced Tuesday that Miley Cyrus, Santana, Imagine Dragons, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, the Black Keys and Chance the Rapper will also perform at the Woodstock 50 Music and Arts Fair, which will take place Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest […]

  • No Timetable for End to Fire at Texas Chemical Facility

    HOUSTON (AP) — Officials said Tuesday that they’re not sure when a fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility will burn itself out, but they are confident that the air quality is safe, despite the huge plume of smoke coming from the blaze. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said at a news conference that monitors show the levels of contaminants in the air are safe and that the plume coming from the site in Deer Park, southeast of Houston, is […]

  • Trump: Never Was, Never Will Be Fan of Sen. John McCain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Carrying a bitter personal feud beyond the grave, President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain on Tuesday, declaring he will “never” be a fan of the Vietnam war hero and longtime Republican lawmaker who died last year of brain cancer. “I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. The fresh vitriol followed Trump’s weekend tweets insulting the 2008 Republican presidential […]

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