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  • State Supreme Court blocks measure asking voters to split California in 3

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A measure that would divide California into three parts won’t appear on the ballot in November, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday. The justices ordered the secretary of state not to put the ballot initiative before voters, saying significant questions have been raised about its validity. The court will now consider the merits of a challenge brought by an environmental group. The Planning and Conservation League argues that dividing the nation’s most populous state into three would […]

  • Prosecutors: Woman suspected of being covert agent a flight risk, has ties to Russian intelligence

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday in court papers that also accused her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections. The woman, Maria Butina, was observed by the FBI dining privately with a Russian diplomat suspected of being an intelligence operative in the weeks before the envoy’s departure from the U.S. last March, prosecutors […]

  • Soy, almond ‘milk’ makers may need to find alternative description

    NEW YORK — Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as “milk” may need to consider alternative language after a top regulator suggested the agency may start cracking down on use of the term. The Food and Drug Administration signaled plans to start enforcing a federal standard that defines “milk” as coming from the “milking of one or more healthy cows.” That would be a change for the agency, which has not aggressively gone after the proliferation of plant-based drinks […]

  • Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams seeks mental health help

    LOS ANGELES — Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams says she’s seeking help for the depression she has struggled with for years. Williams said in an Instagram post Tuesday that she has “sought help from a great team of health care professionals.” She gave no specifics on her treatment, and a message left with her manager seeking details was not immediately returned. Williams’ post says that for years she has dedicated herself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people […]

  • ‘We had no meeting:’ Gov. Walker downplays interaction with woman charged as Russian agent

    MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker downplayed his interaction with a woman accused of being a Russian operative, saying Wednesday that they only met one time in 2015 when she showed up at a National Rifle Association convention and had her picture taken with him. Maria Butina was charged Monday with being a covert Russian agent who gathered intelligence on American officials and political organizations and worked to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin. Butina, 29, was due in court Wednesday in […]

  • San Francisco bans tour buses from ‘Full House’ residence

    SAN FRANCISCO — Tour buses will no longer be swinging by a San Francisco house made famous in the popular 1990s sitcom “Full House.” The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted Tuesday to ban commercial vehicles from Broderick Street after neighbors complained. Vehicles that seat nine or more people will no longer be allowed on the block. Spokesman Paul Rose says neighbors complained about double parking and congestion outside the Victorian home, causing traffic hazards. The exterior of the Broderick […]

  • Giant pyramid tourist attraction burns in northern Illinois

    WADSWORTH, Ill. — Authorities say fire severely damaged a giant pyramid home that doubles as a tourist attraction in northern Illinois. Gurnee Fire Department firefighters responded to a report that an elderly man in a wheelchair and his dog were trapped by the fire at the Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth Tuesday afternoon. PHOTO GALLERY Fire officials say no people were hurt but the dog died. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the fire wasn’t suspicious. The Gold Pyramid House […]

  • 19 dead, 25 missing as migrant boat capsizes north of Cyprus

    NICOSIA, Cyprus — Nineteen people drowned when a boat loaded with as many as 150 people who were thought to be migrants capsized off the northern coast of Cyprus, a Turkish Cypriot official said Wednesday. Tolga Atakan, the transport minister in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus, told The Associated Press that rescue crews were searching for 25 missing passengers in an area where a passing cargo ship reported spotting people in the water. The Turkish coast guard said […]

  • Out of hospital, Thai boys recount moment they were found

    CHIANG RAI, Thailand — The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave in northern Thailand described the moment they realized they finally had been found, as they appeared at a news conference Wednesday after leaving the hospital where they had been recuperating. “We were digging stones on top of the hill and we heard voices,” said 14-year-old Adul Samon. He said the coach told everyone to be quiet. “We weren’t sure if it was for real,” Adul […]

  • Hy-Vee recalls spring pasta salad tied to salmonella cases

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Midwest grocery store chain Hy-Vee Inc. has recalled its store-brand spring pasta salad after 20 people got salmonella in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday the West Des Moines-based grocery chain discovered potential salmonella contamination on Monday night and pulled the product from its shelves. The recall includes 16-ounce and 48-ounce containers of Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad produced between June 1 and July 13. It was available from deli service […]

  • Ford recalls 550K vehicles that can roll away unexpectedly

    DETROIT — Ford is recalling about 550,000 cars and SUVs in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly. The recall covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion sedans and some 2013 and 2014 Escape small SUVs. Ford says a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission can fall off. If this happens, the driver could shift into park but the vehicle could be in another gear. That could let the […]

  • President Trump: New Air Force One to get red, white and blue makeover

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Air Force One is getting a patriotic makeover. President Trump says the familiar baby blue color on the presidential aircraft will give way to a red-white-and-blue color scheme on updated models that could be delivered in time for a potential second term. The president made the announcement in a CBS News interview broadcast Tuesday. President Trump says he wondered, after reaching a deal with Boeing for the new aircraft, whether to stick with the […]