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Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community
Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history and driving celebrities from a wealthy hillside enclave.

'Womb Raider' Pleads Guilty, Admits Stealing Pregnant Woman's Baby
'Womb Raider' Pleads Guilty, Admits Stealing Pregnant Woman's Baby

She had allegedly plotted the crime.

The Latest: Putin criticizes US move on Jerusalem
The Latest: Putin criticizes US move on Jerusalem

ISTANBUL (AP) - The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's Mideast tour (all times local):

This Judge Isn't Buying The Trump Admin's Excuses For Holding A U.S. Citizen 'Incommunicado'
This Judge Isn't Buying The Trump Admin's Excuses For Holding A U.S. Citizen 'Incommunicado'

WASHINGTON ― A federal judge on Monday aggressively questioned a Justice Department attorney about the Trump administration's contention that it can continue holding an unnamed U.S. citizen ― who has asked for an attorney ― out of the reach of lawyers who wish to represent him.

Moment of the New York 'bomb' explosion
Moment of the New York 'bomb' explosion

An attempted terrorist attack which injured five people at one of New York's busiest commuter hubs has been caught on video.   The 27-year-old suspect, Akayed Ullah, can be seen lying motionless after his bomb prematurely exploded.   The Isil-inspired attacker was seriously injured along while four other people, including a police officer, suffered minor injuries.   The suspect in the incident at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a block from Times Square, is being held in custody and has been named as Akayed Ullah by the New York Police Department (NYPD).    The weapon was based on a pipe bomb and was fixed to the suspect with zip ties and hook and loop fastens, police said.    New...

Fire in southern California threatening another city
Fire in southern California threatening another city

A fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days. The so-called Thomas fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, and is on track to become one of the worst wildfires in California history. Packing to evacuate now," actor Rob Lowe, who lives in Santa Barbara, wrote on Twitter.

Trump Again Uses Kate Steinle
Trump Again Uses Kate Steinle's Death To Call For Stricter Immigration

At a campaign-style rally in Florida on Friday night, President Donald Trump once again used the death of Kate Steinle to argue for stricter immigration enforcement.

2 suspects in Hawaii vacation rental home killing in custody
2 suspects in Hawaii vacation rental home killing in custody

HONOLULU (AP) - A man and woman remained in custody Friday after they were arrested on suspicion of killing a woman in a Hawaii vacation rental home.

Man Says He's The Famous Rabbit Rescuer, But Some Have Doubts
Man Says He's The Famous Rabbit Rescuer, But Some Have Doubts

An unidentified man was widely hailed as a hero - and occasionally reprimanded as foolish - after being filmed plucking a rabbit from the side of a highway while fleeing a Southern California wildfire.

John Lewis Won't Join President Trump at a Civil Rights Museum Opening. Here's Why That Matters
John Lewis Won't Join President Trump at a Civil Rights Museum Opening. Here's Why That Matters

Lewis is a congressman and icon of the civil rights movement

President Trump: White House Hanukkah Party Was
President Trump: White House Hanukkah Party Was 'All About Jerusalem'

President Donald Trump told attendees at Thursday night's Hanukkah celebration at the White House that the party was "all about Jerusalem," referring to his decision the day before to recognize the holy city as the capital of Israel

Two Dead In Gaza During Anti-Israel 'Day Of Rage'
Two Dead In Gaza During Anti-Israel 'Day Of Rage'

Israeli police took additional precautions Friday in anticipation of heightened protests as "day of rage" demonstrations continued across the Middle East and southeast Asia.

Roy Moore Slams America, Says 'Maybe Putin Is Right'
Roy Moore Slams America, Says 'Maybe Putin Is Right'

Roy Moore, the Republican candidate from Alabama who's vying for the U.S. Senate, once slammed the United States for promoting "a lot of bad things," and praised Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Organizer Of Donald Trump Jr.'s Russia Meeting Continued Emailing With Russians: Report
Organizer Of Donald Trump Jr.'s Russia Meeting Continued Emailing With Russians: Report

Congressional investigators have discovered that British publicist Rod Goldstone, who set up Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer last year, later sent multiple emails to a Russian who helped arrange the meeting and one of the elder Trump's top aides, CNN reported Thursday.

The Latest: San Diego fire burns 1,000 acres
The Latest: San Diego fire burns 1,000 acres

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local):

Trent Franks Expected To Resign From Congress: Reports
Trent Franks Expected To Resign From Congress: Reports

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is expected to resign from Congress, Roll Call and Politico reported Thursday.

US cop jailed for 20 years in fatal shooting of black man
US cop jailed for 20 years in fatal shooting of black man

A white former US cop was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist -- a case that sparked mass protests and anger over excessive use of force by police. The death of Walter Scott in April 2015 was one of the most shocking in a series of high-profile US police shootings, often involving minorities, that have deepened tensions and added to distrust between officers and the communities they serve. Michael Slager, who worked for the North Charleston police department, was charged with murder in state courts, proceedings that ended in a mistrial last year.

Everyone's sharing this video of a man saving a rabbit from the California wildfires
Everyone's sharing this video of a man saving a rabbit from the California wildfires

Destructive wildfires have torn across thousands of acres in Southern California since Monday night, destroying homes, forcing evacuations, and displacing thousands of residents as a result.  In the days since, nightmarish photos and videos of three massive wildfires in the Los Angeles area have been widely circulated. On Thursday morning, one video in particular seems to have struck a chord for its sweetness: A brief clip that appears to show an unnamed man rescuing a rabbit from the blaze in Ventura County. SEE ALSO: Wildfires lead to hellish scenes for Los Angeles commuters The man in the clip from RMG News (shared on Twitter by ABC News) reportedly declined to share his story on...

Here Are 6 Women (And 1 Man) Who Could Replace Al Franken In The Senate
Here Are 6 Women (And 1 Man) Who Could Replace Al Franken In The Senate

Amid accusations of sexual misconduct from at least eight women, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced Thursday that he plans to resign.

5 Years After the Suicide of Kate Middleton
5 Years After the Suicide of Kate Middleton's Nurse, Her Family Shares Their Grief

Five years after the suicide of royal nurse Jacintha Saldanha cast a dark shadow over Kate Middleton's pregnancy with Prince George, her family continues to struggle with their grief

The Latest: GOP-led House passes NRA-backed gun bill
The Latest: GOP-led House passes NRA-backed gun bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on legislation intended to make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines (all times local):

What does US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital mean?
What does US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital mean?

Palestinians watch a televised broadcast of Trump announcing US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Jerusalem's Old City. In a move condemned by most of the world, Donald Trump has announced the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

TIME magazine 'Person of the Year' recipients through the years
TIME magazine 'Person of the Year' recipients through the years

TIME magazine unveiled their Person of the Year for 2017 on Wednesday, naming "The Silence Breakers" as the group receiving the cover-worthy title.

Wildfires continue to sweep across Southern California
Wildfires continue to sweep across Southern California

More than 70,000 acres have been destroyed by a wildfire, which has forced thousands of people to evacuate. ABC News' Rob Marciano reports from Sylmar, California.

Trump risks backlash as he prepares to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Trump risks backlash as he prepares to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Donald Trump told the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, that he plans to move it to Jerusalem. Donald Trump appeared on the verge of formally recognising Jerusalem as the "capital of Israel", in a move that would upend decades of US presidential diplomacy and could trigger unrest across the Middle East. The suggestion came ahead of a key speech on the issue on Wednesday, as Trump called the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and other Arab leaders, to tell them that he plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

When A Man You Love Is A Sexual Predator
When A Man You Love Is A Sexual Predator

When Vanda was 20, her parents called her into the living room to deliver some bad news.

Why Has California Had so Many Wildfires this Year?
Why Has California Had so Many Wildfires this Year?

Weather has not favored the Golden State.

Ex-US Rep Brown gets 5-year prison sentence in fraud case
Ex-US Rep Brown gets 5-year prison sentence in fraud case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, once a powerful Florida Democrat, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for fraud and other crimes related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund.

Zimbabwe swears in first post-Mugabe cabinet
Zimbabwe swears in first post-Mugabe cabinet

By Emelia Sithole-Matarise HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa swore in his cabinet on Monday, with allies defending him against criticism for giving top posts to the generals who helped his rise to power. Sworn in as president on Nov. 24 after 93-year-old Robert Mugabe quit following a de facto military coup, Mnangagwa has also come under fire for bringing back several faces from the Mugabe era, including Patrick Chinamasa as finance minister. Air Marshall Perrance Shiri, who was handed the sensitive land portfolio, defended his appointment in remarks to reporters after a simple ceremony to take oaths of office.

Dollar jumps on US tax-cut passage
Dollar jumps on US tax-cut passage

The dollar advanced against major rivals Monday after US senators squeezed through a tax-cut bill at the weekend.

Gloria Estefan and LL Cool J Get Kennedy Center Honors While Donald Trump Skips the Show
Gloria Estefan and LL Cool J Get Kennedy Center Honors While Donald Trump Skips the Show

Five artists, including singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan and hip hop artist LL Cool J, were feted with Kennedy Center Honors Saturday night - considered America's highest recognition for the arts.

Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo Separates from Husband Larry After 28 Years of Marriage
Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo Separates from Husband Larry After 28 Years of Marriage

Theresa Caputo and her husband Larry Caputo have split

Supreme Court to hear arguments on bakery case
Supreme Court to hear arguments on bakery case

Legal panel weighs in on high profile religious liberty issue.

Here's how much the Mueller investigation has reportedly cost so far
Here's how much the Mueller investigation has reportedly cost so far

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is racking up quite a bill.

Mitch McConnell backtracks three weeks after saying Roy Moore should drop out: 'I
Mitch McConnell backtracks three weeks after saying Roy Moore should drop out: 'I'm going to let the people of Alabama make the call'

Three weeks after proclaiming that Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore should leave the race, U.S.

UAE denies Yemen rebel missile entered its air space
UAE denies Yemen rebel missile entered its air space

Abu Dhabi on Sunday denied a claim by Iran-backed Huthi rebels that a missile fired from Yemen reached its air space or threatened a nuclear power plant set to open in 2018. "The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority denied claims by the Huthis in Yemen that they launched a missile today towards the airspace of the United Arab Emirates," the Emirati state news agency reported. The authority sought to dampen fears that Abu Dhabi -- and specifically the Barakah nuclear plant -- was vulnerable to attack, saying the UAE "has an air defence system capable of dealing with any threat of any kind".

Get Ready, North Korea: The F-35 Is Almost Ready to Attack from Aircraft Carriers
Get Ready, North Korea: The F-35 Is Almost Ready to Attack from Aircraft Carriers

The fighter is configured to carry 19,000 pounds of fuel and 18,000 pounds of weapons.  It can fire two AIM-120 air-to-air missiles and two 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions.  The F-35C can reach speeds up to Mach 1.6 and travel more than 1,200 nautical miles. The Navy's stealthy carrier-launched F-35C is now moving much closer to combat readiness after conducting "carrier qualification" exercises from the USS Carl Vinson off the coast of Southern Calif., service officials said.

Hawaii Developer Under Fire For Segregated 'Poor Door' For Renters
Hawaii Developer Under Fire For Segregated 'Poor Door' For Renters

HONOLULU ― A real estate developer in Hawaii is under scrutiny for its plans to build a residential high-rise that has two separate entrances: one for high-income residents and another for low-income earners.

Trump notes Flynn lied to FBI, says his actions during transition were lawful
Trump notes Flynn lied to FBI, says his actions during transition were lawful

By Jeff Mason and Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that actions by former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the presidential transition were lawful, and that he had had to fire him because Flynn had lied to the FBI and the vice president. The president's comment suggested he may have known Flynn lied to the FBI before he urged the FBI director not to investigate his former adviser, legal experts said. Flynn is the first member of Trump's administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller's wide-ranging investigation into Russian attempts to influence last year's U.S. presidential...

Donald Trump: Michael Flynn's actions during transition were lawful
Donald Trump: Michael Flynn's actions during transition were lawful

Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted his defiance over the guilty plea made by his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, writing that the general's "actions during the transition were lawful". The president passed comment on the same day it the New York Times reported that a "veteran FBI counterintelligence agent" was removed in the summer from special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian meddling in the US election, after the discovery of an exchange of anti-Trump text messages. The New York Times also reported that emails "among top transition officials" showed Flynn did not act independently in contacting Russian officials, as the White House has claimed.

These Students Are Finishing High School, But Their Degrees Don't Help Them Go To College
These Students Are Finishing High School, But Their Degrees Don't Help Them Go To College

Julie Comeaux's 17-year-old son, Matthew, is a student with special needs. The alternative diploma, attained through the LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LAA1) graduation pathway, allows students with severe disabilities to forgo typical academic expectations and requirements, and it doesn't end with the high school diploma.

Body Language Experts Decode Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's First Official Outing
Body Language Experts Decode Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's First Official Outing

After announcing their engagement earlier this week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first official public appearance in Nottingham, England, for World AIDS Day on Friday.

Tall order to repatriate distressed migrants from Libya
Tall order to repatriate distressed migrants from Libya

Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - European and African leaders have set themselves a tall order to stamp out horrific abuse of African migrants in Libya, where thousands are suffering in a vast, lawless territory. Hundreds of thousands more -- "400,000 to 700,000," according to AU Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat -- remain stranded. "It is a step in the right direction," International Organization for Migration (IOM) Europe Director Eugenio Ambrosi told AFP by phone from Brussels.

Trump mocked over empty seats White House Christmas Tree Lighting
Trump mocked over empty seats White House Christmas Tree Lighting

The Trump White House drew mockery this week from critics who were quick to notice empty seats at the annual White House Christmas Tree Lighting event on Thursday night.

Aspiring US model found murdered on rural road in Jamaica
Aspiring US model found murdered on rural road in Jamaica

The family of an aspiring US model found dead with her throat cut on a rural Jamaican road say they are "broken beyond repair". Désirée Gibbon's body was found in the town of Anchovy, located around five miles from the popular tourist destination of Montego Bay on Jamaica's north coast, on Sunday morning.   The 26-year-old, from Queens in New York, had flown to the Caribbean island in October on a three-month working visa to save up enough money to attend film school in Europe. Ms Gibbon, who last spoke to her family on Thanksgiving and was due to fly back home this week, had been staying at her grandmother's hotel on the island while looking for work as a bartender.   Her Jamaican...

Lobster with Pepsi logo 'tattoo' on its claw caught in Canada  
Lobster with Pepsi logo 'tattoo' on its claw caught in Canada  

A lobster caught in Canada with a Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw is drawing attention to the harmful impact rubbish can have on the ocean, conservationists say. The branded crustacean was trapped by a fishing crew off the Canadian island of Grand Manan, New Brunswick, on 21 November. Karissa Landstrand told CBC she was banding and loading lobsters into a crate for transportation to a buyer when she spotted the instantly recognisable red and blue logo of the fizzy drink.   "I can't say how he got it on," Ms Lindstrand, who posted the image on Facebook, said. "It seemed more like a tattoo or a drawing on the lobster rather than something growing into it." She told Canadian media it...

Acquittal Of Undocumented Immigrant In SF Killing Reignites Calls To End Sanctuary Cities
Acquittal Of Undocumented Immigrant In SF Killing Reignites Calls To End Sanctuary Cities

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, was found not guilty Thursday in the homicide of Kate Steinle, a case that has become a flashpoint for the right in calling for stricter immigration rules.

Doctors Warn This Winter's Flu Season Could Be Especially Bad
Doctors Warn This Winter's Flu Season Could Be Especially Bad

It's not too late to get your flu shot

Thursday's Morning Email: Inside Matt Lauer's Downfall
Thursday's Morning Email: Inside Matt Lauer's Downfall

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Missing Teen Girl Might Have Had 'Blossoming' Relationship With Soccer Coach, Police Say
Missing Teen Girl Might Have Had 'Blossoming' Relationship With Soccer Coach, Police Say

A 17-year-old Florida girl and her soccer coach have both been missing for days

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