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Deadly California wildfire continues to grow
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Deadly California wildfire continues to grow
Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but the blaze continued to surge west, endangering thousands of homes, as forecasts called for a renewal of gusty winds

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NASA drops replica Orion spacecraft to test parachutes
NASA drops replica Orion spacecraft to test parachutes
NASA says it successfully tested the Orion spacecraft's parachutes by dropping a replica spacecraft from an Air Force transport aircraft over a desert test site in southwestern Arizona
Panthers owner under investigation for workplace misconduct
Panthers owner under investigation for workplace misconduct
The Carolina Panthers are investigating workplace misconduct allegations against founder and owner Jerry Richardson
Mourners bow, pray over casket of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Mourners bow, pray over casket of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Government workers, local celebrities and residents who didn't personally know late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee streamed past his body to say goodbye to the city's leader of seven years
Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line
Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line
The Republicans' big tax bill is heading for approval after senators announce the details _ and the support of enough lawmakers to all but guarantee passage.
Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains
Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains
The U.S. government posted a seventh straight monthly increase in people being arrested or denied entry along the Mexican border, erasing much of the early gains of Donald Trump's presidency
Utah dog that bit girl wins reprieve, won't be put to death
Utah dog that bit girl wins reprieve, won't be put to death
A plea deal will spare the life of a dog named Dexter that was ordered put to death after he bit a 12-year-old girl in a case that sparked the ire of the Utah Humane Society
Trump Organization parties may have broken public-space rule
Trump Organization parties may have broken public-space rule
Trump Organization holiday parties in Trump Tower may be latest cases of first family flouting public-space rule
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Calendar quirk, Amazon, put pressure on retailers to deliver
Calendar quirk, Amazon, put pressure on retailers to deliver
With Christmas on a Monday, most retailers have one less day to get packages delivered on time
World unites against NKorea nuke ambitions _  North ignores
World unites against NKorea nuke ambitions _ North ignores
North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
The Latest: South Korea says  North close to 'weaponization'
The Latest: South Korea says North close to 'weaponization'
South Korea's vice foreign minister says North Korea is "in the final stages of nuclear weaponization" and is urging the international community to grasp the urgency of the threat this poses and find ways to halt its nuclear program
SpaceX 1st: Recycled rocket soars with recycled capsule
SpaceX 1st: Recycled rocket soars with recycled capsule
SpaceX has racked up another first, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a NASA grocery run.
Mattis: North Korea short of posing imminent missile threat
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea's most recent test of a long-range missile did not demonstrate an imminent threat to the United States
With obesity on rise, Paris reflects on mirrored 'fatphobia'
With obesity on rise, Paris reflects on mirrored 'fatphobia'
Image-conscious Paris has launched a public awareness campaign to counter an often disregarded form of discrimination: sizeism
Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling _ and renewable energy
Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling _ and renewable energy
A tax bill moving forward in Congress would boost traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas while also supporting renewable energy such as wind and solar power
Alabama sextuplets doing well, will stay hospital 6 weeks
Doctors say sextuplets born this week in Alabama are doing well
Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana
Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana
While California is about to make recreational pot legal, Texas is tiptoeing into marijuana with a restrictive medical cannabis program that critics say is doomed to fail
Kentucky reeling from sexual assault, harassment accusations
Kentucky reeling from sexual assault, harassment accusations
As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky
Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill
Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill
Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week
Manhattan prosecutor returns 3 ancient sculptures to Lebanon
Manhattan prosecutor returns 3 ancient sculptures to Lebanon
Three ancient sculptures are being returned to their rightful owners in Lebanon as the Manhattan district attorney forms a new antiquities trafficking unit
Sex misconduct on girls' minds at summit featuring Clinton
Sex misconduct on girls' minds at summit featuring Clinton
Girls gathering to hear Hillary Clinton and California Sen. Kamala Harris speak about leadership are thinking about how sexual misconduct allegations will impact their own ambitions
Military hero McRaven leaving post as Texas chancellor
Military hero McRaven leaving post as Texas chancellor
University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven says he will leave the school in May, citing unspecified health issues as a factor
Tax bill guts unpopular 'Obamacare' insurance mandate
Tax bill guts unpopular 'Obamacare' insurance mandate
Gutting 'Obamacare' coverage mandate is seen as increasing the number of uninsured people
Century-old Pittsburgh radio station going off the air
A nearly century-old radio show that has served the Pittsburgh area will go off the air at the end of the year
Woman who accused Sooners RB Anderson of assault speaks out
Woman who accused Sooners RB Anderson of assault speaks out
A woman who accused Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson of sexual assault says she's dropping her protective order against him
Peru congress launches process for president's ouster
Peru congress launches process for president's ouster
Lawmakers in Peru initiated proceedings Friday to oust President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who refuses to resign after being accused of failing to disclose decade-old payments from a Brazilian company embroiled in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal.
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