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A body surfer swims through a wave at Seal Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Residents in Southern California coastal areas filled sandbags and built sand berms Tuesday to ward against possible flooding from big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie off Mexico's Pacific coast. A large southerly swell was expected to produce large waves, rip currents and strong longshore currents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

- Associated Press

Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

This frame grab taken from Twitch.tv shows two gamers competing and a streaming chat, at right, as visitors to the online network watch the two gamers go head-to-head. Twitch's 55 million monthly users viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on the service in July 2014, making Twitch.tv one of the world's biggest sources of Internet traffic. (AP Photo/Twitch.tv)

Video games come of age as spectator sport

- Associated Press

Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros."

New counterterrorism units at Australian airports

- Associated Press

New counterterrorism units have been working at Australia's two largest airports since last week and had already prevented two suspected jihadists from leaving the country, officials said.

Outgoing commander of ISAF, U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, first left, and incoming U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, first right, salute during a change of command ceremony at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan that was established by the United Nations Security Council in 2001. It will end its mission at the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

US commander: Taliban will test Afghans in 2015

- Associated Press

Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

David Barajas walks through the hallway at the Brazoria County Courthouse as the jury deliberates in his trial Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, Angleton, Texas. Barajas is accused of fatally shooting Jose Banda in December 2012 near Alvin, minutes after Banda hit a truck Barajas and his two sons were pushing after it ran out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed. Barajas faces up to life in prison, if convicted. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

- Associated Press

A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons.

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, left, introduces members of the Taney Dragons as they are greeted by fans and city officials during a rally to celebrate the team's return to Philadelphia after competing in the Little League World Series. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)

Philadelphia honors Little League team with parade

- Associated Press

The youth baseball team whose star 13-year-old female pitcher and performance in the Little League World Series drew a wide following received a champion's treatment in a parade Wednesday in downtown Philadelphia.

Punctured truck tank spills 80 gallons of diesel

Associated Press

Seattle police say a commercial truck that punctured its fuel tank sent 80 gallons of diesel fuel onto streets near Harbor Island during the Tuesday evening commute.

Feds provide $3 million to address tribal violence

Associated Press

Federal authorities have named recipients of $3 million in grants to address violence against women in rural and tribal communities in the oil patch of North Dakota and Montana.

This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, a U.S. official said McCain, a U.S. citizen, is believed to have been killed in Syria and was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office)

AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

- Associated Press

An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.

County OKs deal for Orlando City SC training home

Associated Press

Officials in Seminole County have approved an agreement that will give Orlando's incoming Major League Soccer franchise use of the county's existing training facility.

FILE - In this July 14, 2009, file photo, boxer Jermain Taylor gestures during a news conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. A judge has set bail at $25,000 for boxer Jermain Taylor after the former middleweight champion was jailed overnight in Little Rock, Ark., in connection with a shooting that wounded his cousin. Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski County jail for an initial appearance Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Jens Dige, File)   DENMARK OUT

Boxer Jermain Taylor out on bond after shooting

Associated Press

Boxer Jermain Taylor was freed on $25,000 bond Wednesday after police detained the former middleweight champion in the shooting of his cousin at Taylor's suburban Little Rock home.

Correction: California Legislature story

- Associated Press

In a story Aug. 22 about firearm safety bills, The Associated Press reported erroneously that SB505 would require law enforcement officers to check California's gun database when conducting welfare checks on individuals. In fact, the bill had been amended to require local law enforcement agencies to adopt policies that encourage officers to check the databases. A corrected version of the story is below:

Women's World Cup turf war heats up

- Associated Press

Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women's World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass.

Christie calls Arkansas top pickup opportunity

- Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Arkansas the best opportunity in the country for Republicans to pick up a governor's seat as he visited the state Wednesday to campaign for Asa Hutchinson during his gubernatorial bid.