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Beating back a wildfire...Russia criticizes West... North Korea tells UN it's willing to cooperate on human rights

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 27, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.



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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say wet weather and cooler temperatures are helping crews make progress in their battle against a massive wildfire in Northern California. The King Fire has burned more than 150 square miles of a heavily forested region east of Sacramento. The blaze, which has destroyed about a dozen homes, is now 78 percent contained.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Russian foreign minister says the West and NATO are unable to change what he calls their Cold War "genetic code." Speaking at the U.N. today, Sergey Lavrov said the Ukraine crisis was the result of a coup d'etat backed by the West. But he didn't mention allegations that Moscow has sent troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine to support pro-Russian rebels.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea says it's willing to cooperate with the U.N. and other international organizations on human rights. But Pyongyang's foreign minister accused the U.S. of "abusing" the human rights issue for political purposes. A U.N. inquiry concluded earlier this year that there's evidence of crimes against humanity by North Korea's authoritarian government.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for an Oklahoma City Islamic group says a man accused of beheading one woman and attacking another at a food processing plant was seen as "a little odd" and "a little weird" by those at his mosque. Police say Alton Nolen, who was shot, remains hospitalized in stable condition. Authorities say he'll be charged with first-degree murder on Monday.

CLEVELAND (AP) —A former Ohio congressman who became the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War has died. James Traficant was 73. Traficant lost his political career in 2002 after he was convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks by a federal jury. Traficant was hurt Tuesday when a vintage tractor flipped over on him at the family farm near Youngstown.

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