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California gearing up for bad wildfire season

Smoke plumes rise behind the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton entrance Friday, May 16, 2014, in Oceanside, Calif. San Diego County officials said Friday five wildfires have been 100 percent contained. Still, crews were focusing efforts on two large fires — one in the city of...
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Chinese ships arrive in Vietnam to pick up workers

A Vietnamese police officer uses a speaker to order pedestrians including journalists to leave a closed area near the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Vietnamese authorities forcibly broke up small protests against China in two cities on Sunday, after...

Mali: Tuareg rebels take 30 hostages in north

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Separatist Tuareg rebels launched an assault on the northern Mali city of Kidal over the weekend, killing eight soldiers, storming government buildings and taking 30 hostages in a “declaration of war” on the government, officials said...
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Jackson hologram debuts at Billboard Awards

FILE – In this Feb. 24, 1988 file photo, Michael Jackson leans, points and sings, dances and struts during the opening performance of his 13-city U.S. tour, in Kansas City, Mo. The owners of technology used to create holograms of deceased celebrities on Thursday May 15,...

Details of the proposed AT&T and DirecTV merger

Telecommunications giant AT&T is proposing a $48.5 billion merger with satellite TV provider DirecTV. If the deal goes through, here’s what customers can expect: WHAT CHANGES? — At the moment, nothing. The deal is subject to government approval in both the U.S....

Major League Soccer

NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for tie. ___ Philadelphia 2, Sporting Kansas City 1 Toronto FC 2, New York 0 New England 5, Philadelphia 3 D.C. United 1, Montreal 1, tie Houston 1, Los Angeles 0 FC Dallas 1, Chivas USA 1, tie Real Salt Lake 2, Colorado 1 Seattle FC 1,...

Pfizer ups offer for AstraZeneca again, to $119B

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. drugmaker Pfizer said Sunday that it has raised its offer for British rival AstraZeneca by 15 percent over its last bid, making the stock-and-cash offer worth $118.8 billion, or 70.73 billion pounds. If the deal comes off — and it’s no...
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Bosnia floods trigger landslides, unearth mines

Bosnian people prepare sandbags to protect the city from flooding near Orasje 200 kms north of Sarajevo, on Sunday May 18, 2014. Packed into buses, boats and helicopters, carrying nothing but a handful of belongings, tens of thousands fled their homes in Bosnia and Serbia,...
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CANNES WATCH: Hilary brilliant, Girls get traction

Actress Hilary Swank, center, arrives for the screening of The Homesman at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) Actress Hilary Swank, center, arrives for the screening of The Homesman at the 67th...

9 public college presidents’ pay tops $1 million

BALTIMORE (AP) — The number of public college presidents earning over $1 million more than doubled in the 2012-2013 fiscal year from the year before, according to a new survey. The Chronicle of Higher Education study found that nine college presidents earned more than $1...