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'Angry' Blaze Near L.A. Destroys Dozens of Homes

A relentless Southern California wildfire raged Tuesday with 53 homes up in smoke, thousands more threatened and new rounds of evacuations as towering flames crackled close to neighborhoods on the northern and southern flanks.

Report: U.K. Used Bomber as Bargaining Chip for Oil

The British government decided it was "in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom" to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.

Police Find 7 Dead Inside Georgia Mobile Home

Authorities in southeastern Georgia say seven people have been found dead at a mobile home and two people are critically injured.

Karzai Ups Lead in Afghan Election Amid Fraud Claims

Afghanistan's election commission says President Hamid Karzai has increased his lead over his top challenger and is inching closer to the important 50 percent threshold.

Obama Eulogizing Kennedy at Funeral Mass

The service is expected to draw mourners from across the political spectrum and all stations of life.

WHO Warns of Severe Form of H1N1 Virus

Doctors are reporting a severe form of H1N1 that goes straight to the lungs, causing severe illness in otherwise healthy young people and requiring expensive hospital treatment, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Shuttle Blasts Off on Flight to International Space Station

Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts blazed into orbit Friday on a spectacular midnight flight to the international space station, hauling up a treadmill named after a TV funnyman and thousands of pounds of more solemn supplies.

UAE Seizes N. Korean Cargo Ship Bound for Iran

The United Arab Emirates has seized a cargo ship bound for Iran with a cache of banned rocket-propelled grenades and other arms from North Korea.

Less Tell, More Show

Adm. Mike Mullen says Muslims abroad live in fear of terror — but doubt U.S. will live up to pledge to help them

Iowa Team Plays First Game Since Coach's Killing

As they've done every August for 35 years, the players on Aplington-Parkersburg High's football team are throwing themselves into the familiar, sweaty grind of Coach Ed Thomas' brutal, two-a-day summer workouts.