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Winds fan wildfires in 4 states ... Garcetti wins 2nd term as LA mayor ... TX executes paid hit man

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2017 at 12:50 a.m.

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Winds are expected to diminish as emergency crews in four states continue to battle wildfires that have killed six people and destroyed hundreds of square miles of land. The Oklahoma-based Storm Prediction Center said Tuesday that the powerful wind gusts that fanned the wildfires in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas should diminish to about 10 to 20 mph on Wednesday, with temperatures likely topping in the 70s.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has claimed a second term, easily trouncing 10 little-known rivals in an election with a tiny turnout but potentially major implications for the nation's second largest city. The 46-year-old Democrat had an insurmountable lead by winning 81 percent of the first 70,000 votes counted. Mitchell Jack Schwartz was in second with nearly 8 percent, and eight other candidates had 3 percent or less.

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign minister says that North Korea could suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint U.S.-South Korea military drills. Foreign Minister Wang Yi says frictions between the North and Washington and Seoul are like "two accelerating trains" headed at each other, with neither side willing to give way. China has been stepping up pressure on North Korea, its once-close Communist ally, to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister says relatives of Kim Jong Nam, the long-exiled half-brother of North Korea's ruler, may be too scared to come forward to provide DNA samples following his mysterious poisoning death at Kuala Lumpur's airport. There's been a stunning breakdown in diplomatic ties between Malaysia and North Korea over the investigation into Kim's Feb. 13 death.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A paid hit man has been executed in Texas for gunning down a San Antonio woman in a life insurance scheme. Rolando Ruiz was given a lethal injection Tuesday evening for fatally shooting 29-year-old Theresa Rodriguez outside her home in 1992 as she was getting out of a car. Rodriguez' husband and brother-in-law, who were with her at the time, had orchestrated her murder.

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