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SAN FRANCISCO — A wildfire that broke out in far Northern California on Monday burned at least 75 structures, forced the evacuation of about 1,500 residents and caused the closure of a major interstate freeway.

ATLANTA — Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title.

Scotland’s independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter.

TRENTON, N.J. — The offender-rehabilitation program former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was allowed into after knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases — but whether that means he got special treatment because of his stardom remains up in the air, depending on whom you ask.

NASHVILLE — Four years after the Libertarian Party of Tennessee filed its first lawsuit to get on the ballot, the group is still fighting for access in a state that has some of the most restrictive rules in the country for smaller political parties.

What do women want in a car? The same things men do — with subtle differences.

INDIANAPOLIS — Nick Foles threw a tying touchdown pass with 3:25 to go, and then set up Cody Parkey for the winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Philadelphia to a 30-27 win at Indianapolis on Monday night.

ATLANTA — Atlanta airport officials say they're closing the northernmost runway until mid-October for maintenance.

ATLANTA — Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title.

NEW YORK — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.

LAS VEGAS — A federal agency on Monday urged museums and schools to stop using methanol and other flammable chemicals in their fire-based science demonstrations in light of a flash fire that injured 13 people, most of them children, at a Reno museum earlier this month.

WASHINGTON — The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells.

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disaster zones.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have seen the details. They have seen photos of the injuries that Adrian Peterson's 4-year-old son suffered at the hands of the star running back. They have a history of punishing players who have run into trouble with the law.

CHICAGO — An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died.

CANTON, Mass. — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth.

WASHINGTON — Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away.

The Ocoee River claimed another life Saturday — the fifth in three years.

NASHVILLE — The Dallas Cowboys avoided an 0-2 start by bouncing back in a big way thanks to a dominating performance from DeMarco Murray and their beleaguered defense.

CINCINNATI — Without receiver A.J. Green on the field to make a big play, Andy Dalton called out to his running back whenever he was in a bind.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Colby Lewis had a hard time recalling the last time the Texas Rangers swept a series.

JOLIET, Ill. — Brad Keselowski saw one shot in front of him to steal the win in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating.

MONROE, Ga. — Federal authorities are investigating a small-plane crash in Walton County, Ga.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The head of the main Western-backed Syrian opposition movement was in the United Arab Emirates Sunday seeking support for the group's war-battered rebel fighters, which he said will be reorganized to fight better.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week's Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future."

COSHOCTON, Ohio — Officials are pleading for a pastor and an Ohio strip club owner to stop weekly protesting of each other's establishments over a years-long feud.

NAMPA, Idaho — Police in Nampa say they're on the lookout for a 9-foot Columbian boa constrictor named Trinity.

PARIS — Iraq's president says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not need to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group.

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over "the guardians of gridlock" in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another White House bid into overdrive.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Authorities are investigating a police-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a man in Pigeon Forge.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Wildlife rehabilitation experts are working to keep two baby opossums alive after the mother was apparently beaten to death with a sharp rock.

TRINITY, Ala. — Police in Trinity say a couple's two children were at home when their mother was shot in an attempted murder-suicide.

The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman arrested after the bodies of three infants were found in her home said Sunday that he's optimistic that forensic testing will show the babies weren't born alive, and therefore weren't harmed or killed by his client.

BAGHDAD — An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling militant-held populated areas to minimize civilian casualties.

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor.

SMYRNA, Ga. — A 12-hour standoff involving a SWAT team at a suburban Atlanta house ended when two people were found dead in the home Sunday afternoon, authorities said, adding an infant was found apparently unharmed.

WASHINGTON — The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.

LOS ANGELES — An actress who appeared in "Django Unchained" was handcuffed by police responding to a report of indecent exposure.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Colby Lewis pitched seven innings for his 10th victory, Luis Sardinas doubled his career total with four RBIs and the Texas Rangers completed their first series sweep in nearly five months with a 10-3 win Sunday over the playoff-chasing Atlanta Braves.

LONDON — Now it's Britain's turn to mourn.

JOLIET, Ill. — With a daring drive through the middle, Brad Keselowski showed how badly he wants to win another championship.

CINCINNATI — Without receiver A.J. Green on the field to make a big play, Andy Dalton called out to his running back whenever he was in a bind.

NASHVILLE — The Dallas Cowboys avoided an 0-2 start by bouncing back in a big way thanks to a dominating performance from DeMarco Murray and their beleaguered defense.

Authorities say a 50-year-old North Carolina man has died in a rafting accident on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — With the deadly ambush on a state police barracks in the Pocono Mountains, law enforcement in eastern Pennsylvania went on high alert and officers from throughout the region, including New York and New Jersey, joined in a massive search for the shooter or shooters.

About 9,000 years ago, Moccasin Bend was a very different scene.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Lisalverto Bonilla made it through six innings in his first major league pitching start when Texas manager Tim Bogar would have been more than happy with five.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Exploring the region north of New York City isn’t just for locals, and autumn is one of the nicest times of year to do it.

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