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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) " President Barack Obama's mission in Vietnam and Japan is to build stronger economic and security ties with Asian-Pacific allies anxious about the rise of an increasingly muscular China. That forward-looking message will be delivered even as he confronts the legacies of two wars long past " Vietnam and World War II " that still are fraught with emotion. Obama's first stop on his weeklong Asia trip was Vietnam, where he is the third sitting president to visit since...

Updated at 10:05 PM

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) " Authorities in Orange County say a 7-year-old boy didn't hesitate when he smelled smoke at his home, waking up his sleeping father so the pair could escape a spreading fire. The Orange County Register says (

Updated at 9:17 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) " A 12-year-old Sacramento student who already has three community college degrees and has been accepted to two University of California campuses says he plans on studying biomedical engineering and becoming a doctor and...

Updated at 9:05 PM

The Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Toastmasters sessions at its downtown office, 229 E. Main St. 

Updated at 9:04 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) " Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address on Sunday night. Iraqi forces are...

Updated at 9:03 PM

The Barstow Unified School District Board of Trustees will discuss initial contract proposals involving the Barstow Education Association and California School Employees Association when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Updated at 8:57 PM

Roving captain This is to respond to the letter titled "Baker fire station staffing" of May 16.

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