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American moved to hospital in North Korea

Seattle

American moved to hospital in North Korea

An American man detained in North Korea for the past nine months has been hospitalized after losing more than 50 pounds, and the need to bring him home is becoming more urgent, his sister said Sunday. Kenneth Bae, 45, a tour operator and Christian missionary, was arrested in November and accused of subversive activities against the government. He was sentenced in May to 15 years hard labor. His sister, Terri Chung, who lives in the Seattle area, said the family recently learned that he has been transferred from the labor camp to a hospital. Her brother suffers from diabetes, an enlarged heart, liver problems and back pain, she said.

Los Angeles

Firefighters gain against 2 wildfires

Hundreds of firefighters maintained the upper hand over two California wildfires Sunday, as officials said they expected fire crews to have both blazes fully contained in a few days. Firefighters kept the Silver fire in Riverside County from growing significantly, a spokeswoman for the state's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. In the Angeles National Forest, the Sharp fire was about three-quarters contained, a forest spokesman said.

Elsewhere

Afghanistan: NATO said three of its service members were killed Sunday in eastern Afghanistan but provided no further details.

Philippines: A powerful typhoon made landfall in the northern Philippines today, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rains across mountains, cities and food-growing plains. At least 23 fishermen were missing.

Mexico: The Obama administration said Sunday that it is working with Mexico to bring new charges against drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who persuaded a court last week to overturn his 40-year sentence in the kidnap, torture and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985.

Martha's Vineyard, Mass.: President Barack Obama began his Martha's Vineyard vacation in traditional style Sunday, wasting no time in hitting the golf course.

Times wires

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