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KABUL, Afghanistan — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul’s strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanista…

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state’s first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died.

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PHOENIX (AP) — The nation’s largest provider of shelters for immigrant children is looking to reopen two facilities that the state of Arizona forced it to shutter last year because of issues with employee background checks and allegations of abuse.

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BOGOTA, Colombia — The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela’s socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro’s inner circle seek guarantees they won’t face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior U.S. administration official has tol…

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PALM SPRINGS  — A grand jury has indicted the former mayor of Palm Springs in a public corruption case that alleges he took $375,000 in bribes from real estate developers.

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SAN DIEGO — Officials say they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeño peppers at a Southern California port.

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LANCASTER — The City Council last week continued a proposal to renew the City’s municipal law enforcement services agreement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to address concerns about CARPing and the amount of overtime hours deputies work.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — The median of California City Boulevard will have a new, more svelte look, as the city will remove the overgrown oleander hedges that have become a safety hazard.

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PALMDALE — The Palmdale Water District is moving forward with a plan to steadily increase rates over the next five years in order to fund its operations, infrastructure projects and to build and maintain a reserve fund for emergencies.

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GENEVA — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issu…

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RIDGECREST — Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, the sprawling military base near Ridgecrest in eastern Kern County, suffered $5.2 billion in damage during the series of powerful earthquakes centered in the area last month, according to an assessment released publicly this week.

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MT. SHASTA (AP) — A mother is under investigation for child neglect after her 7-month-old boy was found unresponsive at a Northern California campground.

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CAIRO — Sudan’s pro-democracy movement and ruling military council signed a final power-sharing agreement Saturday at a ceremony in the capital, Khartoum, after weeks of tortuous negotiations.

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ROSAMOND — The Rosamond Community Services District is enlisting the help of two outside firms to review and evaluate its wastewater treatment plant processes and the electronic monitoring and control system used on that plant and its water distribution system.

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD — The teenage boy who led police on a pursuit through the North Hollywood area in a utility truck reported stolen and crashed into a North Hollywood apartment building had been reported missing earlier in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

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LANCASTER — The City Council unanimously upheld an appeal filed by the owner of Wonder Grocery Market, granting the business a conditional use permit to sell beer and wine but adding a condition to make outdoor aesthetic improvements to the store.

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ROSAMOND — Three people submitted applications by Thursday’s deadline to be considered for a provisional appointment on Southern Kern Unified School District’s governing Board.

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LANCASTER — The year is 1983. The Soviet Union is still in one piece. Ronald Reagan is in the White House. The crew of NASA space shuttle Challenger ventures into space and triumphantly lands at Edwards Air Force Base upon return. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is in his third year as the …

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ATLANTA — Atlanta’s scorching August heat didn’t stop Megan Nelson from slipping on a long faux fur coat and dressing up like Cruella de Vil for her first Doggy Con convention, a pet event for costumed canines inspired by the upcoming Dragon Con convention.

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PHOENIX — Dozens of people, mostly African Americans, huddled around tables scattered across a church gymnasium on a recent evening, discussing past run-ins with Phoenix police officers and ways to hold them accountable.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Police arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon.

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PALMDALE — Immigration has been an issue at the forefront of national news and politics for several years, and one that is unlikely to dissipate any time soon.

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RAMALLAH, West Bank — A fictional caper about an antiquities heist set in an ancient Jordanian city has stirred widespread outrage over the film’s portrayal of historical Jewish ties to Jordan, shining a light on the tenuous peace with neighboring Israel and prompting the government to suspe…

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Pagan gatherings are scheduled for three parks in Southern West Virginia in coming weeks, but those considering attending the public events and expecting to see witchcraft in action or arcane rituals being observed may be disappointed.

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of people protested an unprecedented security crackdown and clashed with police Friday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, as India’s government said it was constantly reviewing the situation in the disputed region and the restrictions there will be removed over the next …

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LANCASTER — A Lancaster man has been charged with fatally shooting his 13-year-old sister at their home, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Friday.

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NEWPORT BEACH — A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted Friday of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed had buried large sums of money in the desert.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A judge presiding over Pacific Gas and Electric’s bankruptcy case agreed Friday to allow a state jury to decide whether the power company’s equipment ignited a devastating wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago.

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LOS ANGELES — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic “Easy Rider,” died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79.