• California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000.

  • New Zealand to hold marijuana vote under new leader Ardern

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is poised to slash immigration, rethink trade deals and vote on legalizing marijuana under a new government that takes office next week. After nine years of conservative rule, liberal Jacinda Ardern was confirmed as the nation’s next prime minister on Thursday, following negotiations after a close September election.

  • Alcohol might be sold at Arizona Wildcats basketball arena

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona is applying for a liquor license to sell beer and wine at men’s basketball games.

  • Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr to attend Packers game vs. Saints

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The family of Bart Starr says the Hall of Fame quarterback will attend the Green Bay Packers’ Sunday game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field.

  • US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen’s phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana’s Hotel Capri. Allen’s friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.

  • As US warns of Cuba attacks, tourists ask: Were we hit, too?

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen’s phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana’s Hotel Capri. Allen’s friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.

  • Nebraska company to run Sioux Falls public golf courses

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Nebraska-based company is next in line to run Sioux Falls’ municipal golf courses, but the decision didn’t come without controversy.

  • Beijing forms ‘snow affairs work team’ for 2022 Olympics

    BEIJING (AP) — Beijing, host of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, has a snow problem: Hardly any of the white stuff falls on the Chinese capital despite freezing temperatures.

  • For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gary wasn’t used to being around people. He didn’t like being touched or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he’d lash out.

  • Family of late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ back at Animal Planet

    NEW YORK (AP) — Crikey! The Irwin family is returning to television’s Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of “The Crocodile Hunter” star and family patriarch Steve Irwin.