New Evacuations As Huge Southern California Fire Flares Up

CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through old-growth brush in canyons and along hillsides toward coastal towns. Crews with help from a fleet water-dropping planes and helicopters saved homes as unpredictable…

Snow Slows Or Shuts Down Much Of Normally Sunny Deep South

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — An unusually heavy December snowfall across much of the Deep South tapered off Saturday, icy road conditions were still a threat and thousands remained without electricity throughout the region. Forecasters warned that moisture on the roadways could freeze overnight and cause black ice to form. The National…

Firefighters Had To Step Aside As Winds Powered Infernos

By JULIE WATSON and KRYSTA FAURIA, Associated Press FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out. But once flames met ferocious winds, fire crews were mostly powerless to stop infernos that destroyed more than 500 buildings, killed dozens of horses and…

As Franken’s Support Collapses, Democrats Expect Resignation

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators abandoned him Wednesday over the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct that are roiling Capitol Hill. A majority of the Senate’s Democrats called on the two-term…