• Laura Sutton, center, the wife of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighter Nick Sutton, joins others at a rally calling for shorter hours and higher wages to retain firefighters, at the Capitol, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Statistics provided to The Associated Press show vacancy rates exceeding 15 percent in some CaliFire positions. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    California firefighters stretched thin as blazes sweep state

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s state fire department is stretched thin just as the bone-dry state enters the peak of its wildfire season, with vacancy rates exceeding 15 percent for some firefighters and supervisors. The vacancy rate is more than 10 percent for some fire engine drivers, according to statistics provided to The Associated Press.

  • People carry a victim's coffin as they attend funeral services for dozens of people killed in last night's bomb attack targeting an outdoor wedding party in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said the "barbaric" attack in Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, on Saturday appeared to be a suicide bombing. Turkish authorities have put a temporary ban on distribution of images relating to Saturday's Gaziantep attack within Turkey.(AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)

    Turkey vows to fight IS after attack kills 54, many children

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey vowed Monday to fight Islamic State militants at home and to “cleanse” the group from its borders after a weekend suicide bombing at a Kurdish wedding, an attack that came amid recent gains by Syrian Kurdish militia forces against the extremists in neighboring Syria.

  • Executive dropping off UVA student dies in car crash

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A top executive with a California investment-management firm who was in Virginia to drop a student off at college has died after being struck by a car near campus.

  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, amusement device inspector Avery Wheelock inspects the safety pins on a children's merry-go-round at the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson, Miss. In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they are not required to get the once-over. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

    Thrill-ride accidents spark new demands for regulation

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Aug. 22 about the lack of unified regulation for amusement park rides, The Associated Press erroneously reported which states have no laws regulating the industry. Montana was omitted from the list, which also includes Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah. It also incorrectly included South Dakota, which passed a law requiring inspections in 2014.

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  • The shoe of a young victim and a piece of metal lay near the scene just hours after Saturday's bomb attack in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, early Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, targeting an outdoor wedding party in southeastern Turkey killing dozens of people and wounding dozens more. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said the "barbaric" attack in Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, on Saturday appeared to be a suicide bombing. Turkish authorities have put a temporary ban on distribution of images relating to Saturday's Gaziantep attack within Turkey. (IHA via AP)

    Turkey’s president blames Islamic State for wedding attack

    ISTANBUL (AP) — A child suicide bomber killed at least 51 people and wounded nearly 70 others at a Kurdish wedding party near Turkey’s border with Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, decrying the attack as an apparent attempt by Islamic State extremists to destabilize the nation by exploiting ethnic and religious tensions.

  • People react after an explosion in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, early Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Gaziantep Province Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said the deadly blast, during a wedding near the border with Syria, was a terror attack. (Eyyup Burun/DHA via AP)

    Blast hits wedding in southern Turkey; casualties reported

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A bomb attack targeting an outdoor wedding party in southeastern Turkey on Saturday killed at least 22 people and wounded 94 others, authorities said.

  • Standing water closes roads in Sorrento, La., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.  Louisiana continues to dig itself out from devastating floods, with search parties going door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding.  (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

    Search for living, dead: Louisiana fights back from flooding

    ST. AMANT, La. (AP) — Flood-weary residents cleaned out houses Saturday as search parties went door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding so powerful in some cases it disturbed the dead and sent caskets floating from cemeteries.

  • A growing pile of debris sits outside the flood-ravaged home of Carolyn and James Smith in Denham Springs, La. on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016. Smith says she and four other adults will live for the time being in the travel trailer that one of her sons towed to the driveway after weekend flooding inundated the area. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

    Amid Louisiana flood disaster, youngest bear mental scars

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — After floods devastated pockets of south Louisiana, mental scars are already showing on the youngest victims of a disaster that prompted more than 30,000 rescues and left an estimated 40,000 homes damaged.

  • Natural gas blamed in apartment explosion that killed 7

    SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A buildup of natural gas caused an explosion and fire that killed seven people and injured dozens of others at a Maryland apartment building last week, investigators said Friday.