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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says people who attack Jews who support the Iran nuclear deal are like African-Americans who differ with him on policy and then conclude he's "not black enough."

 

Obama spoke in an interview with the Jewish newspaper "Forward." He was asked whether it hurt him personally when people say he's anti-Semitic.

 

Obama answered, "Oh, of course." And he said there's no evidence to support that claim.

 

The president added that he's more offended when he hears members of his administration who are Jewish being attacked. The president didn't mention any specific critics or targets by name.

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MIAMI (AP) — Weather forecasters say Hurricane Fred is easternmost hurricane known to have formed in the Atlantic tropics, and the first to actually pass over the Cape Verde Islands as a hurricane.

 

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred's maximum sustained winds Monday afternoon are near 85 mph (137 kph).

 

Hurricane Fred is centered about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north-northeast of Ribeira Brava in the Cape Verde Islands and is moving northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).

 

A hurricane warning is in effect for the islands, where Fred is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches. Gradual weakening is forecast to begin Tuesday.

 

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Jimena is centered about 1,330 miles (2140 kilometers) east of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving west near 16 mph (26 kph). The Category 4 storm has maximum sustained winds near 150 mph (240 kph). The hurricane doesn't currently pose a threat to land.

 

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A vehicle crash leads to a standoff with authorities in Anderson. A car was traveling northbound on Missouri Lane on Sunday evening when it reportedly went off the road and crashed into an oak tree.
 
According to the CHP two passengers, identified as 18-year-old Andrew Thetford of Redding and 26-year-old Daniel Gomesbarba of Burney, died at the scene. The driver, reportedly covered in blood, came to houses on the street asking for help but then fled the area. The driver was later found in a house on the 15 thousand block of Spring Gulch Road which allegedly escalated into a standoff with Shasta County authorities.
 
The standoff reportedly ended after about an hour. A man was said to be taken from the home in handcuffs. The CHP says that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.    
 

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The body of a missing Chico man has been found in eastern Oregon.
 
69-year-old Si Wrigley who had been reported missing over two weeks ago was found dead in Malheur County, Oregon near the Idaho boarder on Saturday. He was reportedly on an extended fishing trip, but had not been heard from after he had visited relatives in Bend, Oregon.
 
Wrigley's truck and trailer were found on August 21st on a rocky and remote road. According to authorities, the pickup was stuck down an embankment. Wrigley's body was reportedly found by search and rescue crews about seven miles from where the truck was found. Authorities say that there were no signs of foul play.
 

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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit along with members of the United States Forest Service raided a large marijuana garden on Thursday, August 27th.

 

The marijuana garden was found spread along Mill Creek, east of Pulga, growing in extremely steep and rugged terrain. The over 2,ooo marijuana plants were clustered in small groups for almost a mile along the hillside, and were eradicated by officials. Deputies also located five separate campsites containing tents, sleeping bags, camp stoves, food supplies, and hundreds of pounds of trash, in addition to two firearms in one of the campsites; a short barreled shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle.

 

A suspect was reportedly located at the same campsite, but fled from the scene. The man was found later by a Forest Service K-9 but the suspect allegedly struck the dog on her head with a rock and got away. The K-9 was flown to a Chico area veterinarian hospital for treatment and she is said to be doing well.   

 

The marijuana plants were being watered by Mill Creek and several springs.  The suspects had diverted the natural flow of the water sources to holding tanks dug into the side of the mountain and then piped the water to each cultivation site. 

 

 

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Chico Police Department arrested a man for a Saturday armed Robbery. Officers received a call around 1 pm on Saturday reporting an armed robbery at the pharmacy of the Safeway store on East Ave, where the suspect reportedly brandished a firearm and demanded medication.  

 

After getting a description of the robber and his getaway car CPD units spotted the vehicle on Centennial Ave. and gave chase when it took off. The pursuit lasted less than a mile and reached a top speed of 35 MPH. The driver was taken into custody without incident and identified as Robert Hoffman.

 

Officers located a replica firearm and the stolen medication inside the suspect vehicle.  Hoffman was booked into Butte County Jail for Robbery, Burglary, and Evading. 

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Butte County Authorities conduct a pot bust in Berry Creek. A search warrant was issued for a residence on the 100 block of Leandra Way late last week.

 

Agents reportedly found and eradicated over 6 hundred marijuana plants growing on the property inside green houses, a double wide mobile home and outside. Agents even found several plants lining the driveway. A firearm and packaging material consistent with marijuana sales, along with 30 thousand dollars cash were also located.

 

Deputies located and arrested 49-year-old German Bedoya-Gonzalez. 33-year-old Manuel Bedoya reportedly arrived later and was arrested. Four children were found on the property and were removed by Child Protective Services. 

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CHELAN, Wash. (AP) — Wildfires around the Cascade Mountain resort town of Chelan have destroyed about 75 homes as authorities activated the military and sought international help to fight scores of growing blazes sweeping the dry West.

 

In Boise, the National Interagency Fire Center called in 200 active-duty military troops to help contain roughly 95 Western wildfires. It's the first time the agency has mobilized the military for fire suppression efforts since 2006.

 

Rob Allen, deputy incident commander for the Chelan fires, says competition for firefighting resources is "fierce."

 

The Washington National Guard joined the firefighting efforts there, helping 350 firefighters on one of the state's most active fires on the southeastern slopes of Mount Adams.

 

Large blazes also are burning in Oregon and across the Northern Rockies.

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A woman in Chico had her car stolen - as she was getting into it to head to work this morning.
 
Pamela Moline was loading up her car to go to work at her home on Vallombrosa Avenue and Larch Street around 8am when a grey car pulled into her driveway and a man got out. He shoved Moline away from her vehicle before getting in and driving it off, dragging her behind the car for a few yards.
 
Reports indicate that Moline's car was located later this morning, and that one of the carjackers has been arrested. Moline recieved minor injuries only and will make a full recovery.
 

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CHICAGO (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a historic ruling that Northwestern University football players are school employees who are entitled to form what would be the nation's first union of college athletes.

 

The NLRB released its decision Monday. The losing side does not have an option to appeal.

 

Northwestern had appealed last year's ruling by a regional NLRB director in Chicago that led to a vote by football players on whether they wanted to form a union. Those ballots were sealed during the appeal and will now be destroyed.

 

Monday's ruling says unionization could throw off the "competitive balance" between teams by setting different standards for practice, pay and other conditions at union and non-union schools.

 

Advocates say unionization would help athletes protect their health and financial interests.

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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Islamic State group has abducted 230 residents, including dozens of Christians, from a central Syrian town captured by the extremists earlier this week.

 

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria-based activist Bebars al-Talawy say they have no information where IS militants took the residents after overrunning the heavily populated town of Qaryatain.

 

The Observatory said Friday that "dozens" of Christian were among the people abducted, while al-Talawy put the number at 60. He says the rest of those abducted are Sunni Muslims.

 

In February, IS kidnapped more than 220 Assyrian Christians, after overrunning several farming communities on the southern bank of the Khabur River in the northeastern province of Hassakeh.

 

Since then, only a few have been released and the fate of the others remains unknown.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Today's jobs report may nudge the Federal Reserve toward raising interest rates next month. The government reported today that employers added 215,000 jobs in July, signaling a steadily rising job market.

 

The unemployment rate held at 5.3 percent for a second straight month.

 

Hiring has remained robust even though the economy's overall growth rate has been subpar and pay raises have been modest for many workers. Average hourly earnings in July increased just 2.1 percent from a year earlier.

 

Economist Sal Guatieri of BMO Capital Markets says in a research note that it's "another solid jobs report" indicating that the economy is getting stronger. He says it "keeps the Fed on track to raise rates as early as the next meeting."

 

The Fed has held its key short-term rate near zero since late 2008, in an effort to energize the economy through stronger borrowing, investing and spending. Now, Fed Chair Janet Yellen has suggested that the economy can not only tolerate higher rates, but that it needs them.

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The Butte County Assessor's Office is offering some possible relief for victims of the Swedes Fire. The blaze burned 400 acres and was fully contained Monday. 

 

The wildfire, which started July 27th, destroyed two homes and more than a dozen outbuildings. Bangor residents who had property damage from the fire could be eligible for property tax relief.

 

Claims are to be filed at the Butte County Assessor's Office located on 25 County Center Drive Suite 100 in Oroville.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the nuclear deal with Iran builds on the tradition of strong diplomacy that won the Cold War without firing any shots.

 

Obama is comparing the agreement to President John F. Kennedy's call for Cold War diplomacy and nuclear disarmament. He says not every conflict was averted, but the world avoided nuclear catastrophe.

 

Obama argued in support of the deal in a speech at American University in Washington. He's working to dissuade lawmakers in Congress from trying to stop the agreement.

 

Obama says many of the same people who argued for going to war in Iraq are now opposing the Iran deal. He says the looming congressional vote is part of the most consequential foreign policy debate since the Iraq war was authorized.

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LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — An unruly wildfire in drought-stricken Northern California has grown to more than 101 square miles despite thousands of weary firefighters working to stem its spread.

 

They tried to stand their ground Tuesday against the blaze that jumped a highway that had served as a containment line and grew by several square miles despite cooler weather and higher humidity.

 

No additional homes were consumed outside the two dozen already destroyed in the Lower Lake area, about 100 miles north of San Francisco. But more buildings such as barns, sheds and garages have burned.

 

Authorities have required or urged 13,000 people to leave some 5,500 homes.

 

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the flames are pushing north and chewing through parched brush that hasn't burned in years.

 

The fire is just 12 percent contained since starting Wednesday.

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