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Firefighters in the West are scrambling as wildfires threaten communities in Oregon, California and Washington. A stretch of Interstate 84 connecting Oregon and Idaho in the area of one of the fires was closed indefinitely Tuesday. I-84 between Ontario and Baker City closed as flames from the Durkee fire moved toward the roadway in multiple locations. In central Washington, new fires prompted mandatory evacuations and threatened a natural gas plant. New lightning-sparked wildfires in the Sierra near the California-Nevada border forced the evacuation of a recreation area, closed a state highway and were threatening structures Tuesday.

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John Mayall, the British blues musician whose influential band the Bluesbreakers was a training ground for Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood and many other superstars, 聽has died. He was 90. He is credited with helping develop the English take on urban, Chicago-style rhythm and blues that played an important role in the blues revival of the late 1960s. A statement on Mayall's official Instagram page says he died Monday at his home in California. Though Mayall never approached the fame of some of his illustrious alumni, he was still performing in his late 80s, pounding out his version of Chicago blues.

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As areas across the U.S. continue to experience extreme heat, employers have taken steps to protect workers from high temperatures. UPS has added more cooling equipment to its vehicles and facilities. Some organizations are preparing frozen towels for employees to keep them cool. And one Texas-based company is using technology that detects when a worker is overheating. In the absence of federal heat rules as proposed recently by the Biden administration, some employers are setting up worker protections as summers grow hotter, longer and more extreme due to climate change.

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Sparks flew as a Nevada judge rebuked a defense attorney and a former Los Angeles-area gang leader lashed out against prosecutors during his renewed effort to be freed from jail to house arrest ahead of his trial in the 1996 killing of hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur. The judge last month rejected a hip-hop music figure's attempt to underwrite Duane 鈥淜effe D鈥 Davis鈥 $750,000 bail bond. The judge on Tuesday called for more documentation by next week. She also accused defense lawyer Carl Arnold of shaping media attention about the case, which Arnold denied. Davis has been jailed since his arrest last September. He has pleaded not guilty聽to murder and is due for trial in November.

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The chancellor who led Pennsylvania鈥檚 state-owned university system for six years through the challenge of consolidating says he'll leave the post in October. Daniel Greenstein said in an online post Tuesday that he informed the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that he'll leave the job Oct. 11. He called it 鈥渙ne of the most challenging decisions" of his career. Greenstein says he's taken a new job to work in higher education nationally. Gov. Josh Shapiro says Greenstein had done an 鈥渙utstanding job." Shapiro says he expects the system鈥檚 chair to assemble a national search to bring in a new chancellor.

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At least half a dozen homes are in ruins after one of many dangerous wildfires in the West suddenly swept into a Southern California neighborhood during a blistering heat wave. Six homes were ravaged when the fire sparked by fireworks erupted Sunday in Riverside, east of Los Angeles. Seven other structures were damaged. More than two dozen fires are also burning in the Pacific Northwest and Idaho including a new one moving fast in high winds on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Authorities also evacuated the eastern Oregon town of Huntington, and temporarily closed a stretch of Interstate 84 late Sunday after thunderstorms caused a massive smoke column to collapse.

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A Silicon Valley-backed initiative to build a green city for up to 400,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area on land now zoned for agriculture won鈥檛 be on the Nov. 5 ballot after all. Organizers suddenly withdrew the measure Monday and said they would try again in two years. The California Forever website describes the city as an 鈥渙pportunity for a new community, good paying local jobs, solar farms, and open space.鈥 The campaign qualified for the ballot in June. A Solano County report released last week raised questions about the project and concluded it may not be financially feasible.

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Homes burned when flames descended on a Southern California neighborhood as wildfires popped up across the state. Evacuations were ordered when the Hawarden Fire grew Sunday to more than 400 acres and spread to a residential area of Riverside, east of Los Angeles. Aerial footage from KABC-TV showed at least three houses burning. Several other small fires were burning across inland Southern California as temperatures reached triple digits. Far to the north in Colusa and Lake Counties, evacuations were ordered for remote homes threatened by the four-square-mile Ridge Fire.

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Moviegoers ran toward the tornadoes this weekend, propelling 鈥淭wisters鈥 to a blockbuster opening. The standalone sequel to the 1996 hit made $80.5 million in ticket sales from 4,151 theaters in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday. That鈥檚 about $30 million more than analysts expected initially. It opened last weekend in some markets internationally and continued its expansion this weekend. Universal also had the No. 2 movie in the country with 鈥淒espicable Me 4,鈥 now in its third weekend. It added $23.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $259.5 million. Third place went to 鈥淚nside Out 2."

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As allegations of sexual abuse built up at the largest housing provider for unaccompanied migrant children in the U.S., officials continued placing children in their care in a system that advocates say has lacked adequate oversight and transparency for years. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Justice Department alleges employees of Southwest Key Programs Inc. sexually abused and harassed children in their care for at least eight years. The nonprofit amassed billions of dollars in government contracts during that time. It remained unclear Friday how many children are housed in their shelters or what actions federal officials might take in response.

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Arrests of Americans in Russia have become increasingly common with relations sinking to Cold War lows. U.S. citizens jailed on various charges in the country include a vacationing corporate security executive and a dual national visiting her family in Tatarstan. Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was convicted of espionage Friday and sentenced to 16 years in prison in a trial that his employer and the U.S. government denounced as a sham. Washington accuses Moscow of using U.S. citizens as bargaining chips, but Russia insists they all broke the law. While high-profile prisoner exchanges have occurred in the past, the prospects of further swaps are unclear, and so is the overall number of those in Russian custody.

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A Christian homeless shelter is challenging a Washington state anti-discrimination law that would require the charity to hire LGBTQ+ people and others who don't share its religious beliefs. Lawyers for Union Gospel Mission in Yakima asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to revive a lawsuit dismissed by a lower court. Judges on the panel pressed lawyers for Washington state to disavow enforcement against Union Gospel Mission. The AG's office said it was not investigating the mission. Washington鈥檚 anti-discrimination law exempts religious nonprofits. But in 2021, the state Supreme Court said the religious hiring exemption should only apply to ministerial positions.

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A judge has tentatively scheduled Harvey Weinstein鈥檚 planned retrial on rape and sexual assault charges to begin on Nov. 12. Weinstein wore an American flag pin on his jacket during a brief court appearance in Manhattan on Friday. The former Hollywood mogul鈥檚 pretrial hearing was delayed over 90 minutes because of disruptions to court and corrections computer systems from a global technology outage. New York鈥檚 highest court threw out Weinstein鈥檚 2020 conviction earlier this year. Weinstein has denied wrongdoing.聽Prosecutors say they are still actively pursuing new claims against Weinstein, though they concede that they hadn鈥檛 yet brought findings to a grand jury.

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Rapper and singer Sean Kingston and his mother have been indicted in South Florida on federal charges of committing more than $1 million worth of fraud. Court records show that 34-year-old Kingston and his 61-year-old mother made their first appearances Friday in federal court. A Miami grand jury returned an indictment earlier this month accusing Kingston and Janice Turner of participating in a scheme to defraud victims of high-end specialty vehicles, jewelry and other goods through the use of fraudulent documents. Kingston was booked into the Broward County jail on similar state charges last month following a May 23 arrest in California. Turner was arrested the same day as her son, when a SWAT team raided his rented mansion in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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California is entering a new phase of water conservation by requiring hundreds of cities and other urban suppliers serving 95% of residents to meet new mandates by 2040. Suppliers serving roughly a third of Californians won鈥檛 need to cut water use to meet the requirements. Coastal California is expected to escape relatively unscathed, while inland communities will face far steeper conservation requirements. State data show that of a dozen water systems projected to face cuts of 40% or more, seven are located in the Central Valley, where many suppliers already struggle with water availability and quality. Suppliers will have to develop rebates, fee structures and other ways to provide incentives for people to use less water.

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Saturday marks the 55th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The cosmos is providing a full moon, and there are plenty of other events to honor the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969. Now 94, Aldrin is the last surviving member of the Apollo 11 crew. He headlines a gala at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Cape Canaveral, Houston and other space towns are also throwing bashes, and a new moon movie is out. If nothing else, soak in the full moon Saturday night into Sunday morning.

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Bob Newhart has died at age 94. Jerry Digney, Newhart鈥檚 publicist, says the actor died Thursday in Los Angeles after a series of short illnesses. The accountant-turned-comedian gained fame with a smash album and became one of the most popular TV stars of his time. Newhart was a Chicago psychologist in 鈥淭he Bob Newhart Show鈥 in the 1970s and a Vermont innkeeper on 鈥淣ewhart鈥 in the 1980s. Both shows featured a low-key Newhart surrounded by eccentric characters. The second had a twist ending in its final show 鈥 the whole series was revealed to have been a dream by the psychologist he played in the other show.

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Former co-stars and famous fans are paying tribute to comedian and actor Bob Newhart, who died Thursday at age 94. Actors including Carol Burnett, Mark Hamill, Kaley Cuoco and Jamie Lee Curtis took to social media to share tributes to Newhart, making note of his comic greatness, generosity and kindness. Directors Judd Apatow and Paul Feig also wrote statements about the late comedian. Several of the tributes call attention to Newhart's personality, including Apatow's, in which he calls him 鈥渢he kindest soul.鈥 Newhart died Thursday at age 94.

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Shannen Doherty finalized her split with husband, Kurt Iswarienko, just hours before her death at age 53. Doherty, the star of 鈥淏everly Hills, 90210鈥 and 鈥淐harmed,鈥 died Saturday after years with breast cancer. In an agreement with Iswarienko filed Friday, Doherty got to keep the couple鈥檚 Malibu home, a Salvador Dali painting, several cars and all earnings from her acting. A Los Angeles County judge signed off on the agreement Monday, two days after her death. Doherty had no children, and it鈥檚 not yet clear to whom her assets will go. Doherty and Iswarienko married in 2011. She filed for divorce last year.

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The University of California Board of Regents are banning employees from posting political statements on the homepages of university websites, saying such comments could be interpreted as the university鈥檚 official view. The UC Board of Regents voted for the policy on Thursday. Political statements and personal opinions will be allowed on secondary pages and must include a disclaimer saying they don鈥檛 represent UC鈥檚 official views. The policy allows university employees to post political opinions on their personal university webpages or social media accounts. Faculty members, students and members of the community have criticized the policy, saying it restricts free speech.

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The whistleblower who exposed the Tuskegee syphilis study that left hundreds of Black men untreated has died at age 86. Peter Buxtun died in May of Alzheimer's disease in California. Buxtun was a federal public health employee in the 1960s when he heard about the Tuskegee study. Rebuffed in his efforts to call attention to the experiment, he provided documents to The Associated Press. The news agency's reporting led to a public outcry that ended the study in 1972. The government later put in place new rules about how it conducts medical research.

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One of the few moments of levity in 鈥淟onglegs鈥 鈥 the Neon horror film in theaters now about a Satanist serial killer 鈥 happens when Maika Monroe鈥檚 character, Lee Harker, meets her co-worker鈥檚 young daughter. It鈥檚 obvious the analytical FBI agent doesn鈥檛 spend a lot of time around kids. Her stoic, awkward personality is comically heightened by this interaction with the child. Critics have praised the 31-year-old鈥檚 performance in 鈥淟onglegs.鈥 But her calculated, offbeat character is even more impressive given Monroe鈥檚 affable, almost whimsical personality. Her approachability is perhaps somewhat attributable to the fact that she has always kept Hollywood at arm鈥檚 length.

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The latest agricultural census shows the number of greenhouse and nursery workers in the U.S. has grown by 16,000 in recent years. But there are no federal heat rules even as greenhouses become more popular and the number of workers in them has risen. There is also minimal research on the experiences of workers and their broader working conditions, nor on how to protect people who labor inside their often hot and humid environments. Some experts hope more research will emerge as indoor, climate-controlled growing environments likely become more popular as climatic conditions become less predictable and more extreme.

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The U.S. military is celebrating an all-Japanese U.S. Army unit that was key in liberating Italy鈥檚 central Tuscan region from Nazi-Fascist forces in July 1944, even while their family members were interned at home as enemies of the state following Japan鈥檚 attack on Pearl Harbor. Descendants of the Nisei soldiers traveled from different parts of the United States 鈥 California, Hawaii and Colorado 鈥 to attend the commemoration at the U.S. military base of Camp Darby, ahead of the 80th anniversary Friday of the liberation of nearby Livorno, in Tuscany.

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Kali Reis was so taken aback by her historical Emmy nomination that she was almost at a loss for words. The 鈥淭rue Detective: Night Country鈥 actor said she felt 鈥渘umbingly grateful鈥 after learning she and Lily Gladstone made history as the first Indigenous women to earn acting Emmy nominations. Tyler James Williams said he鈥檚 happy to once again join his 鈥淎bbott Elementary鈥 nominees on the Emmy journey. Nikki Glaser won鈥檛 allow imposter syndrome to take over her joyous nomination moment for 鈥淣ikki Glaser: Someday You鈥檒l Die.鈥 They and other nominees including Lamorne Morris and Eric Andr茅 spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday after hearing their big news.

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A former Syrian military official who oversaw a prison where human rights officials say torture and abuse took place has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of immigration fraud. Court documents show that Samir Ousman al-Sheikh was arrested last week at Los Angeles International Airport. The 72-year-old was charged with immigration fraud, specifically that he denied in his U.S. visa and citizenship applications that he had ever ordered any political killings or carried out abuse in Syria. He was in charge of Syria鈥檚 infamous Adra prison from 2005 to 2008.

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鈥淭he Bear鈥 has gone on a tear at Wednesday morning鈥檚 Emmy nominations with a comedy-series record 23, and 鈥淪hogun鈥 led all nominees with 25 in a dominant year across categories for FX. The nominations came just six months after the last Emmys, which were delayed by last year鈥檚 Hollywood strikes. The Emmys will air on ABC on Sept. 15.

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The Emmy nominations are out and it's good to be Netflix and FX. Netflix leads overall with 107 nods for shows like 鈥淩ipley鈥 and 鈥淩eindeer Games.鈥 FX follows, besting HBO, with 93 nominations for a roster that includes 鈥淪hogun鈥 and 鈥淭he Bear,鈥 plus long-time critical favorites 鈥淩eservation Dogs鈥 and 鈥淲hat We Do in the Shadows.鈥 Other nomination surprises include historic nominations for Lily Gladstone and Kali Reis as the first female Indigenous actors 聽to receive Emmy nominations. Selena Gomez also earned a best actress nomination for Hulu's 鈥淥nly Murders in the Building鈥 after three seasons. The Emmy Awards will be handed out Sept. 15 at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles and air on ABC.

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The mother of a 3-year-old girl whose body was found in a San Francisco Bay Area recycling center over the weekend says she feared for her daughter鈥檚 well-being whenever the child was with her ex-husband, who authorities say died by suicide and is suspected in the child's death. San Jose police said an employee in the processing area of a San Jose recycling facility found Ellie Lorenzo鈥檚 body Saturday. She was last seen alive Thursday with her father, Jared Lorenzo, who was involved in a bitter custody battle with the child鈥檚 mother. The 42-year-old Lorenzo was found dead Friday in San Francisco from an apparent suicide.

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鈥淭he Bear鈥 has gone on a tear at Wednesday morning鈥檚 Emmy nominations with a comedy-series record 23, and 鈥淪hogun鈥 led all nominees with 25 in a dominant year across categories for FX. 鈥淭he Bear,鈥 the FX show about a struggling chef and his ramshackle crew, easily topped the 13 nominations it got last year. Shogun鈥 took full advantage of the absence of last year鈥檚 top three nominees 鈥 鈥淪uccession,鈥 鈥淭he White Lotus鈥 and 鈥淭he Last of Us鈥 鈥 to dominate in drama and give FX a leading 93 nominations, The nominations come just six months after the last Emmys, which were delayed by last year's Hollywood strikes. The Emmys will air on ABC on Sept. 15.

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The Supreme Court鈥檚 decision granting cities more power to ban sleeping outside will test a problematic shelter system in California. Public records obtained by CalMatters show that most municipalities haven't adhered to a recent state law aimed at reforming dangerous conditions in shelters. The state Legislature created a new system in 2021 requiring local governments to inspect facilities after complaints and file annual reports on conditions. CalMatters found that just five counties and four cities filed reports. That's according to records from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The law鈥檚 author is Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva. She says it's shocking there's so little reporting and she has requested a meeting with state housing officials.

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The remains of a World War II service member who died in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in the Philippines in 1942 have been brought home to California. The remains of U.S. Army Air Forces Pvt. 1st Class Charles R. Powers of Riverside were flown to Ontario International Airport on Tuesday for burial at Riverside National Cemetery on Thursday. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Powers was captured in the surrender of U.S. and Filipino forces to Japanese forces on the Bataan peninsula in 1942. The POWs were subjected to the Bataan Death March and then held at a camp, where he died on July 18, 1942, at age 18.

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Many farms, from buzzy vertical farming startups to traditional specialty crop growers, are marketing greenhouses as a way to shelter crops from climate extremes. They promise fresh produce closer to cities that won鈥檛 be harmed by drought, flooding or storms. But that promise overlooks the experience of the workers inside, where many experience equally bad or worse conditions than field workers, especially in summer, when heat and humidity indexes soar under glass. Researchers and advocates say that greenhouses can be designed to ensure that workers are kept comfortable, but there are no set standards and little research on the impact on workers.

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Many farms, from buzzy vertical farming startups to traditional specialty crop growers, are marketing greenhouses as a way to shelter crops from climate extremes. They promise fresh produce closer to cities that won鈥檛 be harmed by drought, flooding or storms. But that promise overlooks the experience of the workers inside, where many experience equally bad or worse conditions than field workers, especially in summer, when heat and humidity indexes soar under glass. Researchers and advocates say that greenhouses can be designed to ensure that workers are kept comfortable, but there are no set standards and little research on the impact on workers.

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A Southern California school district has sued Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom over a new law barring school districts from requiring that parents be notified of their child's gender identification change. The law has elicited a mixed response from advocates. LGBTQ+ groups say it will protect gender-nonconforming students who live in unwelcoming households. But some conservative groups say it violates parents' rights. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law Monday. It makes California the first state to pass such a ban. It comes amid a nationwide battle over the rights of local school districts, parents and LGBTQ+ students.

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A 鈥渕ega den鈥 of rattlesnakes at a remote location in northern Colorado is now available for live, round-the-clock viewing online. California Polytechnic State University scientists recently put up a webcam at what they say is one of the biggest rattlesnake dens they've ever seen. The goal is twofold: to reveal how rattlesnakes behave when people aren't nearby, and to bring in the public to spot details about the snakes and surrounding environment that might otherwise be overlooked. Cal Poly biology professor Emily Taylor says the den is home to as many as 2,000 rattlesnakes at a time.

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Power has been restored at an overcrowded California men鈥檚 prison that ran on emergency generator power for three days following a major electrical outage amid a heat wave. Corrections officials say the problem was fixed shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday at California State Prison, Solano. The electricity had been out since Sunday, when temperatures topped 96 degrees. Officials say running water, ice and cooling fans were made available 鈥渢o help manage heat-related concerns." In addition, medical staff made rounds to monitor the well-being of the inmates, according to officials.

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A judge has temporarily blocked a plan by a California state water board to take over monitoring groundwater use in a portion of the crop-rich San Joaquin Valley. A copy of the decision obtained Tuesday shows Kings County Superior Court Judge Kathy Ciuffini issued a temporary restraining order halting the State Water Resources Control Board鈥檚 plan for the Tulare Lake Subbasin until an Aug. 20 hearing. The ruling came after Kings County Farm Bureau filed a lawsuit saying putting the subbasin on so-called probationary status exceeded the board鈥檚 authority. The state board says it disagrees with the temporary order.

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One of the two Americans convicted in the 2019 stabbing death of an Italian plainclothes police officer has been granted house arrest. State-run news agencies reported Gabriel Natale-Hjorth can serve his 11-year, four-month sentence at the home of a grandparent in the seaside town of Fregene, west of Rome. The reports cited a court ruling Monday. Natale-Hjorth and Finnegan Lee Elder, both from California, had been found guilty in the 2019 killing of the officer in a botched sting operation after a Rome drug deal went bad. Earlier this month an appeals court greatly reduced their original life sentences. Elder, who wielded the knife, is serving his sentence of 15 years and two months in prison.

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Three hikers have died in suspected heat-related cases at state and national parks in Utah. The victims include a father and daughter from Wisconsin who got lost on a strenuous hike in Canyonlands National Park in triple-digit temperatures. The 23-year-old woman and her 52-year-old father sent a 911 text Friday alerting dispatchers that they were lost and had run out of water while hiking one of the most challenging trails in the park. Park rangers and a helicopter crew began their search for the lost hikers in the early evening, but found them already dead. First responders also found a deceased 30-year-old woman in Snow Canyon State Park on Saturday.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law barring school districts from passing policies requiring schools to notify parents if their child asks to change their gender identification. The law bans rules requiring school staff to disclose a student鈥檚 gender identity or sexual orientation to any other person without the child鈥檚 permission. Proponents of the legislation say it will help protect LGBTQ+ students who live in unwelcoming households. But opponents say it will hinder schools鈥 ability to be more transparent with parents. It comes amid a nationwide debate over local school districts and the rights of parents and LGBTQ+ students.

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Arrests for illegally crossing the border from Mexico plunged 29% in June to the lowest month of Joe Biden鈥檚 presidency. Figures released Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection provide another window on the impact of a rule to temporarily suspend asylum. Arrests totaled less than 84,000 to mark the lowest monthly tally since January 2021. CBP says a seven-day average of daily arrests fell more than half from when the asylum measure was announced June 4 to the end of the month. San Diego was the busiest corridor for illegal crossings, followed by Tucson, Arizona.

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Winston, a western lowland gorilla who was a favorite attraction at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, has died at the age of 52 after suffering multiple health problems. The park says Winston was euthanized Saturday after veterinarians determined his condition was declining. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Winston was one of the oldest male gorillas in a U.S. zoo. Park officials say he'll be remembered for his quiet strength, easygoing nature, and heart of gold.

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The California Correctional Peace Officers Association is spending like it never did before. Its biggest recipient: Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has taken $2.9 million from the union since he was elected governor. That鈥檚 a noted contrast to the union鈥檚 relationship with the three previous governors. Political insiders say there are two ways to look at the spending. The primary view from outside the Capitol is that it鈥檚 a naked display of power from one of the richest unions in a labor-friendly state. The inside view is that it鈥檚 a reflection of the union鈥檚 anxiety in the face of waning influence as California鈥檚 future almost certainly includes fewer prisons and fewer union-represented prison guards to staff them.

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James Sikking of 鈥淗ill Street Blues鈥 has died at 90. His publicist Cynthia Snyder said in a statement Sunday evening that Sikking died of complications from dementia. Born in Los Angeles, Sikking played a hardened and at times quirky police lieutenant on the revolutionary police procedural and the titular character's kindhearted dad on 鈥淒oogie Howser, M.D.鈥 He was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for 鈥淗ill Street Blues鈥 in 1984. He also starred in 鈥淪tar Trek III: The Search for Spock鈥 and several other television shows and movies before largely retiring. He continued to do charity events.