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Arrests in Chile bomb attack focus on anarchists

Chile arrests 3 suspects in subway bomb attack, focusing attention on anarchist movements
Luis Andres Henao, The Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean officials said Thursday they have arrested three members of an anarchist cell suspected in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades, focusing new attention on a loose-knit movement that has attracted thousands while alarming authorities.

Man arrested in fast-growing California wildfire

Authorities: Man arrested on arson charge in California fire that has forced 2,800 from homes
Fenit Nirappil And Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press

CAMINO, Calif. - A man has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was arrested late Wednesday in Placerville and booked into El Dorado County Jail, where he was being held on $10 million bail.

Rain from tropical storm begins falling on Arizona

Rain from tropical storm begins falling on parts of southern Arizona, but Tucson is spared
Terry Tang And Brian Skoloff, The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. - A weakened Pacific storm slammed much of southern Arizona, but it appeared to spare Tucson on Wednesday night.

Rainfall from remnants of Hurricane Odile was steadily hitting south and east of Tucson, according to the National Weather Service. The agency issued a flash-flood warning for Nogales, where a major street was flooded with several inches of water.

Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire

More than 2,000 homes threatened by Northern California wildfire; new damages emerge from town
Jeff Barnard, The Associated Press

WEED, Calif. - Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 in the small town of Weed while another Northern California blaze east of Sacramento was threatening more than 2,000 homes as it burned out of control, officials said.

Report: World to see more people displaced

Report: World to see more people displaced because of disasters, urbanization
Trenton Daniel, The Associated Press

Natural disasters displaced almost 22 million people around the world last year and aid workers say they expect to see that number rise in the future, according to a report issued by a Norwegian humanitarian group on Wednesday.

The study, authored by the Norwegian Refugee Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, said that an average of 27 million people have been displaced each year since 2008 by natural disasters. Such displacement is estimated to have doubled in the past 40 years, as the world population grew and rapidly urbanized, the report added.

Missing driver says he woke up in field of donkeys

Driver missing from New Mexico wreck says he woke up in field of donkeys
The Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. - A driver who went missing after a one-car rollover in New Mexico says he later woke up in a field of donkeys.

KOAT-TV reports New Mexico State Police say the driver called 911 seven hours after investigators failed to find any victims from the crash in Roswell late Friday.

The driver, whose name has not been released, told 911 dispatchers that he was lost and found himself surrounded by the animals.

Authorities say the man claims he and a passenger were drinking the night before but didn't remember what happened next.

Magnitude-6.7 quake shakes Guam; no tsunami threat

Magnitude-6.7 earthquake hits off coast of Guam; no tsunami warning issued
The Associated Press

HAGATNA, Guam - A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Guam on Wednesday, causing minor damage and power outages.

The magnitude-6.7 quake was about 30 miles north-northwest of Guam and 80 miles deep, reported the U.S. Geological Survey. A tsunami warning was not in effect.

The Pacific Daily News reported ( that most southern villages with power outages had it restored within a few hours. The newspaper reported that power is out at Mount Santa Rosa, Yigo.

Swedish king involved in car crash, unhurt

Swedish king involved in car crash on way to airport, escapes unhurt
The Associated Press

STOCKHOLM - Sweden's royal palace says King Carl XVI Gustaf was involved in a car crash on his way to an airport in Stockholm but was unhurt.

Palace spokeswoman Annika Sonnerberg says the 68-year-old king was in the back seat Wednesday when his car collided with an oncoming vehicle making a left turn.

Tabloid Aftonbladet published a photo on its website showing the palace's dark-colored Mercedes with damage to the front and the driver's side air bag deployed.

Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee

Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee amid fears of violent burst
Teresa Cerojano, The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has warned that a "hazardous eruption" of Mount Mayon, located in the eastern Philippines, is possible within weeks.

Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire

California lumber town takes stock and gives thanks after wind-driven wildfire wipes out homes
Jeff Barnard, The Associated Press

WEED, Calif. - They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.

In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 150 structures, a saw mill and a church. At times, the fire moved so fast that residents had only a few minutes to get out of the way.

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