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Wildfire sends campers fleeing Glacier National Park

Wildfire sends campers fleeing Glacier Park; blazes threaten homes in Washington, California
Matt Volz And Kristin J. Bender, The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. - A wildfire driven by gusting winds swept down Glacier National Park's most popular roadway toward a small community at the park's eastern entrance, while a fast-moving Northern California blaze threatened 200 homes and ranches.

The fire burning in the drought-parched Montana park doubled in size Wednesday, leading officials to evacuate homes along St. Mary Lake and visitors to flee hotels and campgrounds in the nearby community at Glacier's eastern entrance.

Glacier National Park wildfire forces tourists to leave cars

Glacier National Park wildfire forces tourists to abandon cars; campgrounds, hotel evacuated
Matt Volz, The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. - A fast-moving wildfire in Glacier National Park torched a car and a historic cabin and forced tourists to abandon their vehicles on the Montana park's most popular roadway while officials evacuated hotels, campgrounds and homes.

15 drowned when boats collided on the Nile in Egypt

officials say 15 drowned when passenger boat collides with
The Associated Press

CAIRO - Egypt's Interior ministry says at least 15 civilians have drowned when a passenger boat travelling down the Nile near Cairo collided with a scow, causing the boat to capsize.

The ministry said the collision late Wednesday damaged the passenger boat, causing it to sink. The ministry said six people have been rescued and the skipper of the scow has been arrested.

Drone seized in Poland after near-collision with plane

Drone seized in Poland, man questioned after near-collision with passenger plane
Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland - Polish authorities confiscated a drone and questioned a man after a Lufthansa passenger plane approaching Warsaw's international airport nearly collided with a flying object, police said Wednesday.

The 39-year-old owner of the drone was released from custody after the questioning on Tuesday, said Maciej Blachlinski, spokesman for police in Piaseczno near the Polish capital. The man was questioned as a witness and hasn't faced any charges yet.

Highway at washed out bridge in California to reopen Friday

California highway, closed due to bridge washout, reopening to limited traffic Friday
Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Officials say the interstate highway connecting California and Arizona that has been closed since flooding damaged several bridges will reopen to limited traffic Friday.

The California Department of Transportation had expected the closure to last weeks, but officials said Tuesday that work is progressing fast enough that the limited reopening is possible.

Inspectors find erosion under more bridges after collapse

Inspectors find erosion under 2 other bridges on California interstate where span collapsed
Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Inspectors have found erosion under two other highway bridges near the span that collapsed in the Southern California desert, and construction crews are working to reinforce them.

Flash flooding along Interstate 10 on Sunday caused the eastbound side of the span to give way and severely eroded the supports on the westbound side near the town of Desert Center.

The highway has been closed in both directions, severing a vital connection between Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Dry California shows it's serious about enforcing water cuts

Dry California shows its serious about enforcing water cuts with historic $1.5 million fine
Fenit Nirappil And Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California drought regulators sent the strongest signal yet that they're serious about cracking down on water waste by proposing a first-of-its kind, $1.5 million fine against a group of farmers they say illegally took water.

The fine announced Monday by the State Water Resources Control Board is the first ever levied against an individual or district with senior rights that are more than a century old and have long provided immunity from mandatory conservation.

Russian spacecraft turned space junk to crash soon

Stranded Russian spacecraft to crash to Earth soon, risks posed by its fiery plunge unclear
Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - A Russian spacecraft designed to burnish the nation's faded space glory in a mission to one of Mars' moons has turned into one of the heaviest, most toxic pieces of space junk ever.

It will come crashing down to Earth in just a few days.

Dalembert remembers horror of quake

Two years later, Canadian Samuel Dalembert aids in rebuilding effort in Haiti
Chris Duncan, The Associated Press

HOUSTON - Samuel Dalembert stepped off the plane and barely recognized the land where he grew up.

Two frantic days after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake rumbled across his native Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the veteran NBA centre from Montreal returned to the Caribbean nation and could hardly absorb the chaos and horror.

Victims missing limbs lying helplessly in the littered streets. Children covered in blood, screaming for their parents. Buildings pulverized and homes crushed into twisted piles of rubble.

Bomb kills Iranian nuclear expert

Iranian nuclear expert killed by magnetic bomb attached to his car
Ali Akbar Dareini, The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran - Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and his driver Wednesday, reports said. The slayings suggest a widening covert effort to set back Iran's atomic program.

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