By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANAssociated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Nearly $25 million has already been spent to prepare for the immediate aftermath of this year's wildfires, putting the U.S. Forest Service on track for another possible record year of spending on burned-area recovery efforts.
By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZAssociated Press
TULTITLAN, Mexico (AP) - Deported from the United States after years working construction in New Jersey, Hector Augusto Lopez decided to rebuild his life in his hometown in eastern Honduras.
He found a steady job in a shoe store in Catacamas. Then, in March,
By AMY TAXIN and DAVID R. MARTINAssociated Press
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - In this sweltering Southern California city, officials tried to keep the budget in check by selling assets, cutting spending and asking public employees to take a hit as tax revenues dwindled.
But San Bernardino
By BEN NUCKOLSAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray was elected in 2010 with the aid of $650,000 in illicit funds from a city businessman, a Gray campaign consultant acknowledged in federal court Tuesday.
Eugenia "Jeanne" Clarke Harris's guilty plea
By ANDREW MIGAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - TITLE: "Excuses"
LENGTH: 30 seconds
AIRING: It's the first ad in a $25 million series of commercials airing in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Colorado and Nevada.
KEY IMAGES: A female narrator says, "
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODYAP Music Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Spike Lee worked with Michael Jackson and considered him a friend, but the director says even he learned a lot combing through footage of the icon for a planned documentary about the singer's "Bad" album.
Lee calls it a "treasure chest of
By JOHN SEEWERAssociated Press
DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) - Karl Kissner picked up a soot-covered cardboard box that had been under a wooden dollhouse in his grandfather's attic. Taking a look inside, he saw hundreds of baseball cards bundled with twine. They were smaller than the ones he was used
By JOE McDONALDAP Business Writer
BEIJING (AP) - China's inflation fell to a 29-month low in June, giving Beijing more room to fight a deepening economic slowdown.
Consumer prices rose 2.2 percent over a year earlier, down from May's 3 percent, government data showed Monday. Food costs
By DAVID SHARPAssociated Press
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Sen. Susan Collins has gone to great lengths to preserve her unbroken voting streak in Washington.
On one occasion, it meant deplaning from a commercial flight to race back to Capitol Hill. Another time, she twisted her ankle as she scampered
By TERRY COLLINSAssociated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Firefighters around the West on Friday were taking advantage of improving weather conditions to make strides against stubborn wildfires - even containment in some locales - that have destroyed homes, forced evacuations and