First death in California wildfires reported

LOS ANGELES — Wind-whipped wildfires that have incinerated hundreds of homes in Southern California continued to rage Saturday after easing slightly for firefighters under siege for a sixth day on the front lines. The punishing blazes have deteriorated air quality and forced thousands from their homes. Authorities said Friday that a 70-year-old woman died in…

No charges against conductor James Levine in Illinois

CHICAGO — Illinois prosecutors investigating alleged sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s against James Levine said Friday they won’t pursue charges against the longtime Metropolitan Opera conductor, citing state law at the time, challenges in compiling evidence and other factors. A statement from the Lake County state’s attorney’s office offers few details about the…

Court rules that ‘Making a Murderer’ defendant’s confession stands

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court in Chicago narrowly overturned a ruling Friday that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the “Making a Murderer” series from prison, though one dissenting judge called the case “a profound miscarriage of justice.” The full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed Brendan Dassey’s claims that investigators…

‘Exceptional day’: Two ancient tombs discovered in Egypt

LUXOR, Egypt — Egyptian officials on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country’s efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector. The tombs, located on the west bank of the Nile River in a cemetery for noblemen…

Conyers’ seat in Congress won’t be filled for almost a year

DETROIT — Michigan’s Republican governor announced Friday that Democrat John Conyers’ congressional seat will not be filled until the regularly scheduled November election, leaving it vacant for nearly a year. Gov. Rick Snyder decided the post will be listed twice on the August primary and November general election ballots. While unlikely, it is possible voters…

Jones needs black voters to beat Moore. They aren’t there yet.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sylvester Dawson will vote Tuesday in Alabama’s Senate election, but he’s hardly thrilled about the choices. “Honestly speaking, I’m not that excited about either one of them,” Dawson said of Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore as he shaved a client at the barber shop he’s run for 23 years in…

Trump’s North Korea policy could lead to famine, experts warn

The Trump administration’s primary North Korea strategy would do little to curb the country’s nuclear program and could trigger a famine, according to experts. After spearheading several rounds of sanctions, the White House is now urging China to turn off oil supplies to Kim Jong Un’s regime and the 25 million people he rules. Lt….

Hit by Harvey, two Texas high school football teams hit back

HOUSTON — The bright lights shone down inside Crenshaw Stadium, washing over every yard line just like the floodwaters had weeks earlier. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, it sent waves of water and raw sewage lapping across Houston, including several feet in the stadium, where it soaked deep into the turf. Next door, the field…

Despite wildfires, here’s why many in California plan to stay

LOS ANGELES — Flames pour down a hillside in the darkness like molten lava. Homes explode in flames. Subdivisions look like they were incinerated in a carpet bombing. And it’’s all right there to see, on live T.V. No wonder a grandmother sent her granddaughter in Colorado a picture from California this week, with a…

Trump sparks boycott at museum opening, highlighting tensions

President Donald Trump’s 40-minute visit to the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum concluded a days-long controversy over his presence at an event that commemorated a milestone in the state’s difficult racial history. Civil rights icon John Lewis, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, and Rep. Bennie Thompson, as well as other noteworthy Mississippians,…