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  • Two killed, 100 homes destroyed by fast-moving California wildfire

    Sat, 12:44am

    Flames from the Erskine Fire engulf a home near WeldonA massive California wildfire that has already killed two people and destroyed 100 structures was burning out of control on Friday evening as officials said it was possible more victims could be found in the rubble. The so-called Erskine Fire, which broke out on Thursday afternoon in the foothills of Kern County about 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield, had mushroomed on Friday to char more than 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares), making it one of the worst in an already intense California fire season. The blaze has also sent three firefighters to the hospital for smoke inhalation and forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes ahead of the flames.


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  • Simone Biles on top again at US gymnastics championships

    Sat, 12:38am

    Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the U.S. women's gymnastics championships, Friday, June 24, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ST. LOUIS (AP) — When U.S. women's national team coordinator Martha Karolyi met with Simone Biles to map out the three-time world gymnastics champion's schedule, one designed to keep Biles fresh heading into the Olympics, it was the equivalent of pulling up to an intersection in a Ferrari and letting it idle when the light turned green.


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  • Toronto select American Matthews first in NHL entry draft

    Sat, 12:32am

    The Toronto Maple Leafs select teenage phenom Auston Matthews first overall in the NHL draft, making him the first American to go No. 1 since 2007The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Arizona teenager Auston Matthews with the No. 1 pick in the National Hockey League draft as a record 12 Americans were chosen in the first round. Matthews was considered to be the consensus first overall pick heading into the entry draft, and he goes to a team that desperately needs a goal-scorer and a leader as the Leafs are suffering through one of the longest Stanley Cup droughts in the league. Especially going to the storied franchise like the Toronto Maple Leafs," he on Friday said of the Leafs, who are also one of the original six NHL franchises.


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  • Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes

    Fri, 3:00pm

    Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukesHIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons.


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  • Senate sleuths focus on ex-State Department aide in Clinton email ‘cover-up’

    Fri, 2:32pm

    Senate sleuths focus on ex-State Department aide in Clinton email ‘cover-up’As Hillary Clinton seeks to rebound from a highly critical report from the State Department’s inspector general, Senate investigators and a conservative group are zeroing in on newly revealed evidence about the activities of a now retired State Department computer specialist in orchestrating what they charge was a “cover-up” of the former secretary of state’s email practices. The role of John Bentel, whose identity as a key figure in the email probes was first reported by Yahoo News on Wednesday, is expected to be one focus of questioning today when Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, is deposed in a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch over the State Department’s handling of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to Clinton’s emails, according to a source close to the case.


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  • IOC: 23 positives in retests of samples from London Olympics

    Fri, 12:01pm

    FILE - This Saturday, May 5, 2012 file photo shows the Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park in London. The IOC says 23 athletes have tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics. The International Olympic Committee announced the results Friday, May 27, 2016 after retesting 265 London samples with improved techniques. The IOC says the athletes represent five sports and six countries. It did not name them. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)LONDON (AP) — Nearly two dozen athletes tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics, adding to the more than 30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games.


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