Smoke clogs Yosemite Valley as firefighters battle blaze

The Ferguson Fire burns along a ridgeline in unincorporated Mariposa County, Calif, on Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Hot and dry weather on Tuesday hindered efforts to slow the growth of a forest fire near Yosemite National Park that killed a California firefighter last weekend, leading some tourists to cut short their visits although all park trails remained open.

Senate candidate who shot mother, speaks on gun control

In this 2017 photo provided by Bobby Wilson, Bobby Wilson and his wife, Eileen Pein Wilson, stand outside Casino del Sol near Tucson, Ariz. Wilson, a Republican Arizona state Senate candidate, has shocked gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago. Wilson, who is running to represent a southern Arizona district, told The Associated Press that he's not trying to hide anything. He says his mother was "insane" and shot at him with a rifle when he was in bed in their Oklahoma farmhouse one night in 1963. He then shot and killed her. Wilson's sister also died that night, and the house caught on fire. (Bobby Wilson via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican Arizona state Senate candidate has shocked gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago.

MGM sues Vegas shooting victims to avoid liability

File - In this May 28, 2018 file photo is The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The operator of the Mandalay Bay casino-resort from which a gunman carried out the largest mass shooting in U.S. history has filed federal lawsuits against hundreds of victims. MGM Resorts International argues in lawsuits filed Friday, July 13, 2018 in Nevada and California that it is has “no liability of any kind” to the defendants under a federal law enacted in the wake of 9/11 terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas.

California woman describes finding cliff plunge survivor

This Friday, July 13, 2018 photo by Chad Moore shows 23-year-old Angela Hernandez of Portland, Ore., after she survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote beach near Big Sur, Calif. Moore and his wife Chelsea Moore were camping in Big Sur when they came upon a wrecked Jeep in the surf line, and then a bit later found Hernandez. "We freakin' love that beach and we're so glad she's alive," Chelsea Moore said Monday, July 16, 2018. (Chad Moore via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A self-described beachcomber says it was her luckiest find yet: A woman who survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach.

Cafe offers ‘platos’ by ex-gang members with hope

Maria Hidalgo, 26, talks to her co-worker while preparing in the kitchen at Homegirl Cafe Monday, July 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. The LA breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, offers a unique dining experience with food prepared by former gang members gaining new skills. The popular cafe in the city's Chinatown allows visitors to relish carefully crafted meals while getting inspired by former inmates who willingly tell stories on how they are seeking a better life. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a different time, at another place, and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two waitresses welcome you with smiles and friendship.

Judge asked to keep public away from ex-nuke weapons plant

FILE--In this Aug. 11, 2017 file photo, visitors approach a former ranch house and barn during a guided hike on the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, land that used to be a buffer zone around a nuclear weapons plant. Environmentalists and community activists are trying to stop the refuge from opening to the public this summer, claiming the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not adequately study the safety of the site. (AP Photo/Dan Elliott, File)

DENVER (AP) — A retired professor testified Tuesday he found evidence that billions of particles of plutonium had escaped from a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado and settled on land that is now a wildlife refuge, raising concerns about whether the site is safe for the public.

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