San Jose priest indicted on federal fraud, tax charges

Longtime San Jose priest indicted on federal charges of abusing his position to divert donations to Vietnamese Catholic Center to his personal bank account 
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California is four years into the drought and firefighters are preparing for a lengthy and potentially deadly fire season. The especially dry winter concerns firefighters because it seems like last year's fire season never ended.  
 
In a major environmental success story, the federal government on Monday proposed removing most humpback whale populations in the world from the endangered species list, saying the majestic whales' numbers have dramatically recovered in the nearly 50 years since commercial whaling was banned.  
 
The Vatican is mounting a campaign to defend an 18th century Franciscan missionary who will be canonized by Pope Francis in the U.S. against protests from Native Americans who have compared his conversion of natives to genocide.  
 
An 8-year-old boy inside a car that was stolen from his parents' driveway was found safe by police Monday morning less than two hours after police issued an Amber Alert.  
 
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Cats give us paws to think

Cats are wonderful but enigmatic creatures who ways and habits can be puzzling if not downright confounding. Take, for example, the cat who paws the ground before drinking for her disk. 
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin finalize 'uncoupling' with divorce

The actress and Coldplay frontman reportedly let their business managers negotiate the divorce settlement details.