December 13, 2018

National News

California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says.

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US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

LAS VEGAS -- With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018.

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General Motors fights to retain key tax credit

WASHINGTON -- General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers.

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GM plant closing not expected to stall Detroit's rebound

DETROIT -- General Motors' planned shutdown of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would leave only one auto assembly factory in the city known for "putting America on wheels," but the closure and job losses are not expected to stall-out Detroit's comeback since its 2014 bankruptcy exit.

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Working while they wait, migrants seek jobs at US border

TIJUANA, Mexico -- Before dawn each morning, migrants slip away from a Tijuana shelter within sight of the U.S. border to head to jobs across this sprawling city. Moving solo or in pairs, they are easily recognized by their determined strides as people with someplace to be.

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Rebel delegates at Yemen peace talks report some progress

RIMBO, Sweden -- Yemeni rebel delegates at talks underway in Sweden to try end their country's ruinous civil war reported progress on Saturday on the key issues of reopening the airport at the capital, Sanaa, and the implementation of an agreement reached earlier this week on the exchange of prisoners.

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Man who drove car into crowd during rally convicted of first-degree murder

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- A man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year was convicted Friday of first-degree murder, a verdict that community leaders and civil rights activists hope will help heal a community still scarred by the violence and the racial and political tensions it inflamed nationwide.

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