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  • Mother Nature helps firefighters battle Calif fire

    TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) — Calm, cool weather Thursday morning dampened a wildfire that destroyed 25 buildings north of Los Angeles, but crews were prepared for afternoon winds that could kick up the flames again, a fire spokesman said.

    The blaze had burned about 2¼ square miles and still threatened about 150 homes, but it was 25 percent contained. If the weather cooperates, the fire should be fully surrounded by Friday, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman John Buchanan.

  • As many as 6,600 Arlington National Cemetery graves mixed up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Estimates of the number of graves potentially affected by mix-ups at Arlington National Cemetery grew to as many as 6,600 on Thursday, as the cemetery's former superintendent blamed his staff and a lack of resources for the scandal that forced his ouster.

    John Metzler, who ran the famous military burial ground for 19 years, said he accepts "full responsibility" for the problems.

  • LAPD passes 217 standards for accreditation

    “For me, as a professional, this is probably one of my proudest accomplishments,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy told County Councilors during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

    Although it is not official yet, the police department completed the New Mexico Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

  • Teams fight Hazmat challenges

    The trailer smelled like danger.

    The air buzzed with an ominous droning and telltale signs that foul play was afoot were scattered everywhere.

    Snapshots of birds with blistered-looking beaks were tacked to the walls, a text book about influenza was open on a table and in a back room plastic cages held chickens and ducks.

    The scenario described a disgruntled university student diabolically working on a scheme to spread a disease through poultry. It was a group of firefighters’ job to respond to this scene.

  • Airplane crash in Pakistan claims 152 people aboard

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A passenger jet crashed into the hills surrounding Pakistan's capital amid poor weather Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board and blazing a path of devastation strewn with body parts and twisted metal wreckage.

    Initial Interior Ministry reports that five people survived the Airblue crash were wrong, said Imtiaz Elahi, chairman of the Capital Development Authority, which deals with emergencies and reports to the ministry.

  • Cops probe forced prostitution allegations

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque, N.M., say they're looking for a man who allegedly forced a young North Carolina woman into prostitution while holding her captive in his home.

    Albuquerque Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says the 18-year-old woman fled the home on Tuesday and ran to a neighbor's house asking for help. She told officers she had met the man online while she was living in North Carolina, and he offered to fly her to New Mexico on July 17.

  • Ariz. sheriff: I'll jail immigration protesters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The sheriff of the most populous county in Arizona says he's "not going to put up with any civil disobedience" when the state's new immigration law takes effect.

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that if protesters want to block his jail, he'll put them in it.

    The Arizona law, which takes effect Thursday, requires officers enforcing other laws to check a person's immigration status if they suspect the person is in the country illegally.

  • Arizona helped deport thousands without new law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Without the benefit of their state's strict new immigration law, officers from a single Arizona county helped deport more than 26,000 immigrants from the U.S. through a federal-local partnership program that has been roundly criticized as fraught with problems.

    Statistics obtained by The Associated Press show that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was responsible for the deportations or forced departure of 26,146 immigrants since 2007.

  • 30K trapped in China flooding

    BEIJING (AP) — Floods caused by heavy rains in northeastern China stranded tens of thousands of residents without power Wednesday, as the worst flooding in more than a decade continued to besiege many areas of the country.

    Floods this year have killed at least 928 people with 477 missing and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, the State Flood Control and Drought Prevention office reported. More heavy rains were expected for the southeast, southwest and northeast parts of the country through Thursday.

  • Report: DWI cases rife with inconsistencies

    ALBUQUERQUE — The latest report from a project analyzing how New Mexico courts handle driving-while-intoxicated cases found some defendants were pleading to reduced charges, sentences were deferred, and cases were dismissed because officers didn’t come to court.

    The report also identified more cases in which district judges weren’t complying with parts of mandatory sentencing requirements such as ordering ignition interlocks, DWI school, fines, community service, screening and treatment.