- The Latest: Burns, smoke killed California firefighter
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):
- Winds fuel California fire toward celebrity-packed Montecito
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Surging Santa Ana winds on Saturday drove an enormous wildfire toward a wealthy community in the coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles, leaving fire crews working in a pall of smoke.
- Kayaker trying to conquer 5 Great Lakes stops due to weather
DETROIT (AP) — A Missouri kayaker who's trying to paddle around all five Great Lakes has stopped her journey because of the rigors of winter weather.
- The one that got away: Not the fish, but the $2.8M prize
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Phil Heasley caught the fish of his life, but the $2.8 million in tournament prize money got away.
- Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
- Georgia theme park offers free tickets for eating crickets
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia theme park is offering guests a free ticket if they eat a cricket.
- More than $600,000 spent on police gear for pipeline protest
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, state invoices show.
- US, Canada to begin talks in 2018 on Columbia River deal
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Members of Congress from Washington state are praising the decision to start negotiations early next year over the future of a half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada that governs hydropower and flood control operations along the Columbia River.
- Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with murder in 2010 death
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged in his slaying, more than seven years after his body was found in a field in his hometown of Memphis.
- Nevada governor and wife separating, plan to divorce
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he and his wife, Kathleen, have decided to separate and plan to divorce after 27 years of marriage.
- This week in odd news: Fatberg on display and a 'java jam'
HOLY COW! WANDERING BOVINE RETURNED TO PHILLY NATIVITY SCENE
- After Alabama, abortion may be backseat issue in 2018 races
ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama, one of the most conservative states in the country, with one of the most evangelical electorates, is sending an abortion-rights supporter to the U.S. Senate, despite GOP efforts to paint Democrat Doug Jones as an unacceptable extremist on the issue.
- Arrests made in overdose death of woman with 9 children
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two men have been arrested in connection with the suspected overdose death of a woman whose nine children watched her die in their family's Ohio home.
- Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes consider sacred because more than 100 children are buried there.
- Police: robbery suspect dies in officer-involved shooting
SALEM, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say they are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting at a shopping center in Rockbridge County.