- Mexican train carrying 1,300 migrants headed toward U.S. derails
- Secret Service begins regular K-9 patrols around White House
- Pentagon’s human memory-chip program moves forward
- Obama blasts GOP, ignores immigration crisis in Texas speech
- Marine Warfighting Lab tests the Godzilla of amphibious assault vehicles
- Harry Reid: Birth-control ruling the worst Supreme Court decision in 25 years
- Vet suicides ‘horrible human cost’ of VA dysfunction: lawmaker
- First marijuana customer in Spokane says he was fired
- Hagel: ‘Make no mistake,’ ISIL is an ‘imminent’ threat to U.S.
- Armed militia sets up Texas command center to ‘fight for national sovereignty’
California wildfire evacuations
Wildfires have led authorities to evacuate about 2,000 homes in the community of Leona Valley and parts of Palmdale, Calif.
A U.S. Forest Service firefighter sets an intentional backfire to keep flames away from homes in Leona Valley, just west of Palmdale, Calif., and along Lake Elizabeth Road. Brush fire swept over more than 7 square miles, prompted evacuations and burned structures in rural Los Angeles County Thursday as water-dropping helicopters and crews scrambled to get ahead of the blaze. About 1,200 homes in the community of Leona Valley were under mandatory evacuation orders on Thursday evening, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque said. Firefighters have no idea as to when the fire can be controlled. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)