ARMED GROUP AC­CESSED FILES, BUNDY SAYS

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burns, ore.» The leader of a small, armed group oc­cu­py­ing a na­tional wildlife refuge in south­east­ern Ore­gon said Mon­day he and his fol­low­ers are go­ing through govern­ment doc­u­ments stored in­side refuge build­ings.

Am­mon Bundy said the doc­u­ments will “ex­pose” how the govern­ment has dis­crim­i­nated against ranch­ers who use fed­eral land for cat­tle graz­ing.

Bundy said the doc­u­ments also would help se­cure the re­lease of Steven and Dwight Ham­mond, two area ranch­ers con­victed of ar­son who re­turned to prison last week to serve longer sen­tences. The Ham­monds’ case set off the oc­cu­pa­tion of the Burn­sarea refuge Jan. 2.

Last sur­vivor of 1906 quake dies at 109 B

san fran­cisco» The last sur­vivor of the dev­as­tat­ing San Fran­cisco earth­quake and fire of 1906 has died, a rel­a­tive con­firmed Mon­day.

Wil­liam A. “Bill” Del Monte died at a re­tire­ment home in nearby Marin County on Mon­day. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birth­day. His niece, Janette Bar­roca of San Fran­cisco, con­firmed his death of nat­u­ral causes.

Del Monte was 3 months old when the quake struck, forc­ing his fam­ily into the streets to es­cape in a horse-drawn buck­board with fire burn­ing on both sides, Bar­roca said.

Clin­ton e-mail law­suits dis­missed B

wash­ing­ton» A fed­eral judge has dis­missed a pair of law­suits aris­ing from Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton’s use of a per­sonal e-mail server as sec­re­tary of state.

The law­suits from the groups Ju­di­cial Watch and Cause of Ac­tion In­sti­tute are among dozens seek­ing ac­cess to Clin­ton’s e-mails.

U.S. District Judge James Boas­berg dis­missed the law­suits Mon­day, call­ing the mat­ter moot be­cause the govern­ment has been work­ing to re­cover and pre­serve e-mails from the server.

Aid con­voys reach Syr­ian com­mu­ni­ties B

da­m­as­cus, syria» Aid con­voys de­liv­ered long-awaited food, medicine and other sup­plies to three be­sieged com­mu­ni­ties Mon­day, part of a U.N.-sup­ported op­er­a­tion to help tens of thou­sands of civil­ians cut off for months by the war in Syria.

Re­ports of star­va­tion and pho­tos of ema­ci­ated chil­dren have raised global con­cerns and un­der­scored the ur­gency for peace talks that the U.N. is hop­ing to host Jan. 25 in Geneva.

Princess’ fraud trial opens B

palma de mal­lorca, spain» Princess Cristina spent 12 hours in court Mon­day at the start of her land­mark crim­i­nal case, con­fronting ac­cu­sa­tions of bankrolling a lav­ish life­style with funds her hus­band re­ceived from an al­leged scheme to em­bez­zle mil­lions from pub­lic con­tracts for con­fer­ences and sport­ing events.

Cristina and her hus­band, Inaki Ur­dan­garin, said noth­ing dur­ing the open­ing of their trial as their lawyers and at­tor­neys for 16 ad­di­tional de­fen­dants ar­gued why their clients should have the charges dropped.

Afghan talks make lit­tle progress B

is­lam­abad» Four coun­tries — Afghanistan, Pak­istan, China and the United States — were clois­tered away late into the night Mon­day try­ing to lay a foun­da­tion they hope even­tu­ally will lead to peace talks be­tween the Afghan govern­ment and Tal­iban fight­ers. But in the end, the big­gest de­ci­sion that ap­peared to be reached was to meet again.

Body might be miss­ing tod­dler B

jack­sonville, fla.» Au­thor­i­ties found hu­man re­mains Mon­day that they think are those of a tod­dler who was re­ported miss­ing last sum­mer.

The re­mains were in a “garbage heap” in a wooded area af­ter the boyfriend of the child’s mother led them to the site, said Tom Hack­ney, chief of in­ves­ti­ga­tions of the Jack­sonville Sher­iff ’s Of­fice. The re­mains are thought to be those of Lonzie Bar­ton, Hack­ney said.

Lonzie was 21 months old in July when his mother’s boyfriend re­ported him miss­ing. The mother, Lonna Lau­ramore Bar­ton, 26, and her boyfriend, 32year-old Wil­liam Ruben Ebron Jr., have been ac­cused of child ne­glect.

Teacher protest closes schools B A

detroit» wave of teacher ab­sences de­scribed by an ac­tivist as “rolling strikes” shut down more than half of Detroit’s 100 pub­lic schools Mon­day, keep­ing thou­sands of stu­dents at home as a so­called sick-out en­tered a se­cond week.

Detroit’s debt-rid­den district of 46,000 stu­dents has been un­der state over­sight for nearly seven years. The district, which has about $500 mil­lion in debt, poor morale among the staff and fam­i­lies with other school op­tions, is run by an emer­gency man­ager ap­pointed by Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Sny­der.

Bond re­duced for “af­fluenza” teen’s mom B

fort worth, texas» The mother of a Texas teenager who used an “af­fluenza” de­fense for a deadly wreck soon could leave jail af­ter a judge sharply re­duced her bail Mon­day.

Tonya Couch’s bail is now $75,000 in­stead of $1 mil­lion. She is charged with hin­der­ing the ap­pre­hen­sion of a felon af­ter she and her son, Ethan, were caught in a Mex­i­can re­sort city. Ethan Couch, 18, killed four peo­ple in a 2013 crash and was fac­ing al­le­ga­tions that he vi­o­lated pro­ba­tion.

Tal­iban re­leases tourist held since 2010 B

toronto» A Cana­dian man, held by the Tal­iban in Afghanistan since 2010, has been re­leased, Canada’s govern­ment an­nounced Mon­day. Cana­dian Min­is­ter of Par­lia­ment Stephane Dion said Colin Ruther­ford was a tourist in Afghanistan when he was seized.

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