Massive California wildfire triggers new wave of evacuations

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department,fire engines provide structure protection at the historic San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Santa Barbara County has issued new evacuation orders as a huge wildfire bears down on Montecito and other communities. The Office of Emergency Services announced the orders Saturday as Santa Ana winds pushed the fire close to the community.  Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

New evacuations were called on Saturday as surging winds drove an enormous wildfire toward this wealthy enclave in the coastal foothills northwest of Los Angeles

Romanians join European royals for last king's state funeral

Honor guard soldiers carry the coffin of the late Romanian King Michael during the funeral ceremony outside the former royal palace in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec.16, 2017. Thousands waited in line to pay their respects to Former King Michael, who ruled Romania during WWII, and died on Dec. 5, 2017, aged 96, in Switzerland. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

European royals joined tens of thousands of Romanians who wept and applauded as they said farewell Saturday to Romania's last monarch King Michael, who was buried next to his wife Saturday after a state funeral

Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process

FILE - In this file photo taken on  April 10, 2014, Sister Amelia from the Daughters of Charity stands in front of the altar where the bloodstained undershirt worn by Pope John Paul II during the assassination attempt on May, 13, 1981, is kept, in Rome.  The Vatican's saint-making office has updated its rules for authenticating and conserving relics for would-be saints, issuing detailed new guidelines that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and venerated. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The Vatican's saint-making office has updated its procedures for authenticating and conserving relics for would-be saints, issuing new rules that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained and venerated

More than $600,000 spent on police gear for pipeline protest

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, law enforcement enters the Oceti Sakowin camp to begin arresting Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters in Morton County, near Cannon Ball, N.D. North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, state invoices show. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, Pool File)

Authorities in North Dakota spent more than $600,000 to equip officers policing protests of the Dakota Access pipeline

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2017 file photo, Anita Hill speaks at a discussion about sexual harassment and how to create lasting change from the scandal roiling Hollywood at United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hollywood executives and other major players in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and gender inequities across the industry. A statement Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Hollywood executives and other major players in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality across the industry

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The longest painting in the world, a whaling tale, may surface in Mystic

An 1848 panorama, depicting a whaling voyage around the world, could be displayed in Mystic.

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Wreaths placed and veterans' lives remembered at Jordan Cemetery

Paula Crocker comes to Jordan Cemetery every couple months to pay her respects to her parents, and she usually lays down Christmas flowers around this time of year. But on Saturday, she lay wreaths.

Restrictions to Millstone financial data challenged

A state consumer advocacy group and a nationwide power company recently filed motions challenging regulators who agreed to keep Millstone financial data secret.