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Record wildfire in Washington gets international, local help

As Washington state’s wildfires burned into the record books Monday, calls for help were answered from far and near.

GM fund rejects 91% of ignition switch claims

Lawyers hired to compensate victims of General Motors’ faulty ignition switches have finished determining which claims are eligible, rejecting 91 percent of them.

US crude flirts with close of under $40

Oil prices are continuing to slide on fears of a slowdown in the world economy, with U.S. crude on pace to close at under $40 a barrel for the first time since the days of the global economic crisis.

Apple CEO comments as shares plummet, then recover

Apple shares helped lead the stock market on a steep dive Monday morning, but the tech giant recovered in dramatic fashion soon after CEO Tim Cook assured a popular Wall Street commentator that his company is still doing well in China.

Deal reached easing Korean tensions

North and South Korea reached a deal Tuesday to ease animosities, with Pyongyang expressing regret over a recent land mine blast and Seoul agreeing to halt propaganda broadcasts that had pushed the rivals to threats of war.

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3 Americans, Briton get France's top honor

The president of France pinned his country’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, on three Americans and a Briton on Monday, saying they “gave a lesson in courage” by subduing a heavily armed attacker on a high-speed train carrying 500 passengers to Paris.

Lawsuit reveal actress has breast cancer

Shannen Doherty is battling breast cancer that worsened during a lapse in her health insurance caused by her former business managers, the actress claimed in a lawsuit filed last week.

Japan delivers whiskey to space station — for science

Spirits arrived at the International Space Station on Monday. Not the ghostly ones, but the kind you drink — distilled spirits.

Poll: Low marks for grading teachers based on kids’ tests

Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey.

Talks between rival Koreas stretch into a third day

Marathon negotiations by senior officials from the Koreas stretched into a third day on Monday as the rivals tried to pull back from the brink. South Korea’s military, meanwhile, said that unusual North Korean troop and submarine movement indicated continued battle preparation.

10K volunteers to help with papal visit to Philadelphia

An army of about 10,000 volunteers will be on hand when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia during the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families and holds the biggest events of his first trip to the U.S.

Less smoke could mean more fire

The massive cloud of smoke began to lift over Washington wildfires on Sunday. But as air quality improves, the fire’s behavior could become more erratic and intense, fire officials said.

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US airman says train attacker 'ready to fight to the end'

Three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium.

Explosion at US base in Japan lights up night sky

An explosion at a U.S. Army depot outside of Tokyo set off a large blaze that lit up the night sky early Monday morning, but there were no reports of injuries.

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Farmer's Almanac sees another nasty winter

It’s not what Bostonians want to hear: The Farmer’s Almanac says another rough winter is in your stars.

Boaters mapping Pacific garbage arrive in San Francisco

Scientists and volunteers who have spent the last month gathering data on how much plastic garbage is floating in the Pacific Ocean returned to San Francisco on Sunday and said most of the trash they found is medium to large-sized pieces, as opposed to tiny ones.

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Zookeepers optimistic about survival chances for panda twins

In more than three decades of trying to breed pandas at the National Zoo, there’s been plenty of heartbreak. More cubs born in Washington have died than survived, and news of a birth has often been greeted warily.

Congressman says NYC federal building gunman got 'raw deal'

A man who gunned down a security guard at a federal building in Manhattan before killing himself was a whistleblower who had been given "a raw deal" by the agency that fired him, a New Jersey congressman who took up the man's case said Saturday.

Juror: Defense put police officer's shooting victim on trial

Defense attorneys representing a white North Carolina police officer put the unarmed black man he shot and killed on trial, a juror in the case said Saturday.

Man faces obscenity charge after O'Donnell's daughter found

The owner of the home where Rosie O'Donnell's missing teen daughter was found earlier this week has been arrested for allegedly having inappropriate online communications with the 17-year-old girl, according to authorities and the star's spokeswoman.