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Why Record Heat Is Burning California to a Crisp

A valley in the Sequoia National Park normally covered in snow this time of year is seen during an aerial survey of the snowpack done by the Californian Department of Water Resources, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A valley in the Sequoia National Park normally covered in snow this time of year is seen during an aerial survey of the snowpack done by the Californian Department of Water Resources, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Two facts are indisputable: California remains in the grip of one of the worst droughts in history, and 2014 was one of the hottest years...

  • Thousands of Iraqi soldiers take part in a training exercise led by the Spanish Army and under the guidance of the US military in the Basmaya camp in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on May 27, 2015. (Ali al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images)

    US to ‘Fine Tune’ Iraq Strategy in Light of Ramadi Debacle

    WASHINGTON—Pentagon leaders are trying to “fine tune” U.S. strategy for ousting the ISIS from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes... Read more

  • A worker climbs out of a hole dug around the Gay Head Lighthouse while moving the historic structure in Aquinnah, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Iconic Martha’s Vineyard Lighthouse Begins Move Inland

    AQUINNAH, Mass. — A Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse that is among the most endangered historic landmarks in the U.S. began its gradual march away from a... Read more

  • FILE- In this May 6, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. military leaders are looking for ways to improve and speed up the program to train and equip Iraqi forces, including options to better prepare Sunni tribes to join the fight, Carter said Thursday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Carter Seeks Ways to Improve Iraq Training, Equipping

    SINGAPORE—U.S. military leaders are searching for ways to bolster the Iraqi forces following the Islamic State group’s takeover of Ramadi earlier this month, Defense Secretary... Read more

  • Mexico fans cheer their team against Bolivia during a friendly match in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Feb. 24, 2010 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Mexico won 5-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

    Visa Becomes First FIFA Sponsor to Warn It Could Jump Ship

    LONDON—Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer’s global governing body clean up its act,... Read more

  • U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach, center,  holds up the settlement agreement with the City of Cleveland as he speaks at a news conference Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Civilians Get New Authority in Cleveland Police Settlement

    CLEVELAND—Cleveland’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on reforming the city’s troubled police department calls for civilians to play influential roles in investigating... Read more

  • In this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 photo, a visitor to the Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct racetrack plays an electronic slot machine, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    US Gambling Market Saturated, Yet Casinos Keep on Coming

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—The casino market in the northeastern United States is saturated, yet that’s not stopping some states from approving gambling legislation and companies from... Read more

  • A small crowd gathers near the scene of a multiple shooting at Al's Place Barber Shop, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Andre J. Jackson)

    Detroit Suburb Reaches $1.4M Settlement in Police Beating

    INKSTER, Mich.—A lawyer for a man who was severely beaten by a police officer says a Detroit suburb has agreed to settle a lawsuit for... Read more

  • In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, and defense attorney Judy Clarke are depicted watching evidence displayed on a monitor during his federal death penalty trial Monday, March 9, 2015, in Boston.  (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

    Boston Marathon Bomber to Be Sentenced June 24

    BOSTON—Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) will be formally sentenced to death on June 24. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. set the date... Read more

  • Los Angeles firefighters battle a fire in the seven-story Da Vinci apartment complex under construction in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Arrest Made in Huge Blaze That Gutted Los Angeles Building

    LOS ANGELES—A man has been accused of starting a massive inferno late last year that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and damaged nearby office towers... Read more

  • A City of Hattiesburg employee, left, reacts  Sunday morning, May 10, 2015, as a police officer surveys the site where two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers were shot to death during a Saturday evening traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    9th Arrest Made in Deaths of 2 Mississippi Police Officers

    HATTIESBURG, Miss.—A ninth person has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two Mississippi police officers who were killed during a traffic stop... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin. By Global Panorama @flickr

    Putin Accuses US of Meddling Into FIFA Affairs

    MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA’s affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take the... Read more

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks during a news conference, accompanied by a group of state senators and other supporters, regarding his veto of a bill passed by the legislature that would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Governor's Hearing Room at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, Neb. (Kristin Streff/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

    Nebraska Abolishes Death Penalty in Landmark Override Vote

    LINCOLN, Neb.—Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor’s objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who... Read more

  • In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes is seated in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes faces trial starting on April 27, 2015, in the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 dead and 70 wounded. (Andy Cross, Pool via AP, file)

    Theater Shooting Prosecutors Build Case That Holmes Was Sane

    CENTENNIAL, Colo.—Prosecutors are methodically building a case that James Holmes knew right from wrong when he planned and carried out the deadly Colorado theater shootings,... Read more

  • Motorists are stranded along I-45 along North Main in Houston after storms flooded the area, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle via AP)

    Swollen Rivers Cause Texas Cities to Worry About Flooding

    HOUSTON—While the barrage of deadly thunderstorms that hit c has tapered, many cities remain in danger, and officials have warned about the possibility of more flooding... Read more

  • Extremists from ISIS parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle in Mosul, Iraq, on June 23, 2014. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community leader has condemned the actions of ISIS. (AP Photo)

    Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Seeking to Join ISIS

    AUGUSTA, Ga.—Leon Nathan Davis had a family and a sales job — and says he left them behind last fall with a one-way ticket overseas... Read more

  • Vehicles are left stranded on Texas State Highway 288 in Houston, Texas on May 26, 2015. (Aaron M. Sprecher/AFP/Getty Images)

    Floods in Vulnerable Houston No Surprise, Despite Controls

    HOUSTON—The flooding, property damage and loss of life as torrential rains this week hit the Houston area should be no surprise. “It happens fairly frequently,”... Read more