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Under fire, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens says she won't seek reelection

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced Tuesday she will not seek reelection as she faces growing questions over her department’s handling of a jail snitch scandal and the embarrassing escape by inmates at the county jail last year. In an interview, Hutchens said her decision to stand down...

Cosby lawyer says she 'can't imagine' comedian discussing sexual assault on town hall tour

Bill Cosby's "town hall" tour is unlikely to happen before his retrial on sex assault charges in Pennsylvania, one of his lawyers said Tuesday. Attorney Angela Agrusa said after a hearing to set a trial date in a sex abuse lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the comedian that Cosby...

Authorities investigate fatal tumble at Yosemite's Wapama Falls

A 66-year-old man died last week after he fell off a bridge at Wapama Falls in Yosemite National Park, officials said Tuesday. The man, whose identity has not been released, slipped off the Wapama Falls bridge trail Thursday and into the rocky waterway, said park spokeswoman Jamie Richards. Witnesses...

Half a century of conflict in Colombia comes to close as FARC rebels disarm

In a ceremony that once seemed unimaginable, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, finished disarming on Tuesday as part of last year’s historic peace deal. With that, it officially morphed from an insurgent group that wrought violent havoc for more than half a century to a political...

Border wall prototypes could start going up in San Diego this summer, U.S. official says

The Trump administration is at least two months away from starting construction of prototypes for a wall along the Southwest border, underscoring the difficulties the White House faces making good on one of the president’s key campaign promises. Customs and Border Protection still has not signed...

Judge tosses conviction; says new jury could hear evidence questioning L.A. sheriff's deputy’s credibility

A Los Angeles County judge threw out a man’s drug conviction Tuesday and granted him a new trial, ruling that his attorney should have acted on information that raised questions about the credibility of a key law enforcement witness during the trial. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Justin Walter...

Michael Nyqvist, Swedish star of original 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' dies at 56

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" films and often played villains in Hollywood movies such as "John Wick," has died after a year-long battle with cancer. Nyqvist's representative Jenny Tversky confirmed the actor’s death Tuesday. Nyqvist...

5,800-acre wildfire burning near Beaumont is 20% contained

A fast-moving wildfire that has scorched 5,800 acres of rugged terrain just south Beaumont in Riverside County was 20% contained late Tuesday morning as firefighters battled the flames with air drops and ground crews. The Manzanita fire, which was sparked Monday by a car crash along Highway 79...

The Galaxy prepare to face Sacramento Republic FC in U.S. Open Cup play

The Galaxy will look to rebound from their first loss in more than a month when they host Sacramento Republic FC of the United Soccer League on Wednesday night in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup at the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. The Galaxy (6-6-4 in Major...

Technology stocks fall sharply, leading U.S. indexes down

Technology stocks led a broad slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday after a day of mostly choppy trading. Phone and utilities companies were among the big decliners after a sell-off in bonds sent yields sharply higher. Banks bucked the broader market decline amid heightened expectations of rising interest...

6 million people in China went a week without fossil fuels

The province of Qinghai got all of its power from wind, solar, and hydro-electricity for seven days.

Watchdog group sues EPA to access communications with Icahn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. watchdog group filed a lawsuit in a federal court on Tuesday to force the Environmental Protection Agency to release communications with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who it says tried to influence biofuels policy for personal gain.

UPS looks to add more green vehicles to its fleet by 2025

(Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc said on Tuesday it would add more vehicles that run on non-conventional power to its fleet by 2025, as the package delivery company looks to cut its greenhouse emissions.

Tanzania eyes hydropower project in game reserve despite criticism

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania said on Tuesday it plans to build a long-delayed 2,100-megawatt hydroelectric plant in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal populations and variety of wildlife habitats despite opposition from environmentalists.

Understanding the root causes of natural disasters

Every year disasters take lives, cause significant damage, inhibit development and contribute to conflict and forced migration. Unfortunately, the trend is an upward one.

NASA-supported tool is accelerating wildfire recovery

Burned Area Emergency Response teams— they may be one of most important parts of wildfires that you've probably never heard of. As the last flames of a raging wildfire are being contained, these BAER crews begin safeguarding lives, property, and natural resources threatened by additional perils that fires create.

China in climate driver's seat after Trump rejects Paris

With President Donald Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate change accords, it's now clear to the world that action on climate change will rest increasingly in the hands of China, not America or the European Union.

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