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In this Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, photo, Caleb Hammond, an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia, grins before heading out in a stock car designed for children on the Southern Iowa Speedway dirt track in Oskaloosa, Iowa. His passion for racing is what prompted the request for stickers. (Angie Holland, Oskaloosa Herald via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 4:05 pm
OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — Race drivers and others have been answering the call from an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia. Caleb Hammond's uncle, Chris Playle, told The Des Moines Register that his family brought him home to Oskaloosa, about...
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August 20, 2018 - 4:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for a Mexican migrant detained by immigration agents in California while driving his wife to a hospital to give birth said the man may have been mistaken by authorities for his brother, but an official in Mexico said Monday that the U.S. agents have the right suspect in...
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The sun is seen through smoky air as it sets Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, behind the Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, Wash. Poor air quality will be common across parts of the Pacific Northwest this week as winds push smoke from surrounding wildfires into the region, forecasters and regulators said, and air quality alerts are in effect for much of Washington state through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
August 20, 2018 - 4:01 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, leading authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, and delaying flights. As large cities dealt with severe smoke for a second...
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August 20, 2018 - 3:58 pm
DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams is running for Georgia governor as a progressive who knows how to negotiate with Republicans to get things done. That's not what the official Republican message machine wants Georgia voters to see. The Republican Governors Association calls Abrams "the most...
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August 20, 2018 - 3:54 pm
SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — One moment, Matt Tomasewski was enjoying a sunny day at the beach with his family. The next, he was running to the ocean with his paddleboard to try to save the lives of six swimmers caught in a rip current. Tomasewski, a 29-year-old former basketball player for Syracuse...
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August 20, 2018 - 3:26 pm
CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued four people over the weekend after a boat's engines caught fire off North Carolina. The rescue occurred Sunday night near Fort Macon State Park in the Back Sound. A Coast Guard news release says authorities received the distress call...
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Firegfighters carry the casket of Battalion Chief Matt Burchett of the Draper Fire Department into the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah, for his funeral on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Battalion Chief Matt Burchett was hit by a tree Monday while fighting a wildfire north of San Francisco. He was flown to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 3:25 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter died last week from falling tree debris after thousands of gallons of retardant were dropped on the area where he was helping battle California's largest-ever wildfire, according to a preliminary report from investigators. The summary report by California...
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Law enforcement with S.C. Department of Natural Resources take pictures of the site where authorities say Cassandra Cline was dragged into a lagoon by an alligator and killed while trying to save her dog on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cline was walking the dog along a residential area of Sea Pines Resort when she was attacked, state and local officials said. (Drew Martin/The Island Packet via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 3:25 pm
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A woman trying to protect her dog was killed by an alligator who pulled her into a lagoon at a private South Carolina resort Monday, authorities said. Cassandra Cline, 45, of Hilton Head Island, was walking the dog along a residential area of Sea Pines Resort when...
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August 20, 2018 - 3:25 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Drugmaker AbbVie is donating $100 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which help provide housing to pediatric patients and their families throughout the U.S. The donation announced Monday is the single largest ever gift to Chicago-based charity network. The money will be used...
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Rescue vehicles gather in Civita, Italy, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Italy’s civil protection agency says at least five people have been killed when a rain-swollen river flooded a gorge in the southern region of Calabria. The Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday that 12 people were brought to safety in the flash flood. It was unclear how many people were missing. The flood hit a group of hikers in the Raganello Gorge. (Clemente Angotti/ANSA via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 3:24 pm
MILAN (AP) — Heavy rain flooded a gorge filled with hikers Monday in the southern region of Calabria, killing at least eight, Italy's civil protection agency said. At least another five were missing. The prefect's office said 23 people were rescued from the flash flood in the Raganello Gorge, five...
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