Wildfire chases 20,000 people from homes near Los Angeles

A firefighter gestures during the so-called Sand Fire in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Krystain Orlinski ACTON, Calif. (Reuters) - A deadly California wildfire that has destroyed more than a dozen homes drove thousands more residents from their dwellings on Monday as flames raged for a fourth day through drought-parched canyons and foothills north of Los Angeles. The so-called Soberanes Fire, burning in the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County, threatened 1,650 structures by Monday afternoon and was only 5 percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service said. Near Los Angeles, a beefed-up force of nearly 3,000 firefighters battled to outflank the blaze there, which has charred at least 50 square miles (130 square km) on the rugged northwestern fringes of the Angeles National Forest, authorities said.



Suspects sought in Florida nightclub shooting that left two teens dead

Fort Myers police officers walk in the parking lot of Club Blu after a shooting attack in Fort MyersBy Chris Tilley FORT MYERS, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida police said on Monday they had taken three people into custody but were searching for additional suspects in connection with a shooting outside a nightclub just after midnight that left two teenagers dead and more than a dozen people wounded. The shooting took place shortly after 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT) on Monday in the parking lot of Club Blu, which was hosting an event open to teenagers, the Fort Myers Police Department said. Police said Stef'An Strawder, an 18-year-old high school basketball star, and Sean Archilles, 14, were killed.



Behind Democrats' email leak, U.S. experts see a Russian subplot

The headquarters of the Democratic National Committee is seen in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If the Russian government is behind the theft and release of embarrassing emails from the Democratic Party, as U.S. officials have suggested, it may reflect less a love of Donald Trump or enmity for Hillary Clinton than a desire to discredit the U.S. political system. A U.S. official who is taking part in the investigation said that intelligence collected on the hacking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails released by Wikileaks on Friday "indicates beyond a reasonable doubt that it originated in Russia." The timing on the eve of Clinton's formal nomination this week for the Nov. 8 presidential election has raised questions about whether Russia may have been trying to hurt her, to help Trump, her Republican rival, or to fan populist sentiment against establishment politicians as it has sought to do across Europe in recent years.



Los Angeles police officer wounded in city housing project

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Los Angeles police officer was shot and wounded late Monday night at a city housing project.
Historic solar flight marks first round-the-world journey

The Solar Impulse 2 plane lands in an airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, early Tuesday, July 26, 2016, marking the historic end of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel, powered solely by the sun’s energy. Solar Impulse Chairman and pilot Bertrand Piccard was at the controls of the single-seater when it landed at the Al Bateen Executive Airport. Piccard traded off piloting with co-founder Andre Borschberg in the epic journey that took more than a year to complete. (AP Photo/Aya Batrawy)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history on Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) journey that began more than a year ago.





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