Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Damage from Yosemite fire assessed

Sacramento, Calif.

Damage from Yosemite fire assessed

As a gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park entered its fourth week Saturday, environmental scientists moved in to begin assessing the damage and protecting habitat and waterways before the fall rainy season.

Members of the federal Burned Area Emergency Response team were hiking the rugged Sierra Nevada terrain even as thousands of firefighters were battling the blaze, now the third-largest wildfire in modern California history.

Federal officials have amassed a team of 50 scientists, more than twice what is usually deployed to assess wildfire damage. With so many people assigned to the job, they hope to have a preliminary report in two weeks so remediation can start before the first storms, a spokesman said.

Team members are working to identify areas at the highest risk for erosion into streams, the Tuolumne River and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, San Francisco's water supply.


Election board ratifies win by ruling party

Cambodia's government-appointed election board has ratified the victory of Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party in July's parliamentary balloting.

The results announced on state television today handed 68 National Assembly seats to Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party and 55 to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

The opposition has contested the outcome of the July 28 election, but its legal challenges were rejected. It has threatened street protests and a boycott of the assembly unless its demand for an independent inquiry is met.

New York

Suspect charged in shooting of baby

A man who allegedly shot a 1-year-old boy to death in his stroller on a Brooklyn street was held without bail Saturday on a charge of second-degree murder.

Daquan Breland, 23, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. Police say the child's father was the target, and the Sept. 1 shooting may have been gang-related.


Tunisia: Tens of thousands of Tunisians on Saturday called for the resignation of the Islamist-led government in one of the largest opposition demonstrations to date. The opposition says the government has failed to ensure security or manage the economy.

Libya: Prime Minister Ali Zidan faced increasing calls for his ouster on Saturday as strikes by government employees at oil export terminals have cost the North African country more than $5 billion in losses. Zidan has struggled to reign in tribal feuds, disgruntled employees and renegade militias fueling the crisis.

Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday he was "unimpressed" that new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani issued greetings for the Jewish New Year last week on Twitter. "The Iranian regime will be judged only by its actions and not by its greetings," he said.

Somalia: Two bombings killed 15 people Saturday at a popular restaurant in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, the latest in a series of attacks that have undercut security gains, officials said.

Times wires

Damage from Yosemite fire assessed 09/07/13 [Last modified: Sunday, September 8, 2013 12:07am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Mastermind of lottery rigging scam that netted millions faces 25 years


    DES MOINES, Iowa — For a decade, computer programmer Eddie Tipton reliably showed up for work at the central Iowa office of the Multi-State Lottery Association and earned the confidence of his co-workers, a team of technicians entrusted to build computers used to randomly pick numbers for some of the most popular …

    FILE - In this June 29, 2017, file photo, Eddie Tipton, the former Multi-State Lottery Association information security director who admitted to masterminding a scheme to rig lottery games that paid him and others $2 million from seven fixed jackpots in five states, is seen in court in Des Moines, Iowa. Tipton is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 22. (Rodney White/The Des Moines Register via AP, File) IADES501
  2. Pasco County man killed in wrong-way crash on New Jersey Turnpike


    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — Authorities say a Florida man driving the wrong way on the New Jersey Turnpike was killed when his SUV crashed head-on into another vehicle.

  3. No bond for suspect in Kissimmee officers' fatal shooting


    KISSIMMEE — A suspect in the fatal shooting of two police officers in Florida will be staying in jail after a judge denied him bond Sunday, saying there was probable cause for his first-degree murder charge

    Officers Matthew Baxter, left, and Sam Howard, right, who were both shot and killed in Kissimmee, Florida, on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. [Kissimmee Police]
  4. Tampa police arrest 22-year-old man in July murder


    TAMPA — Police arrested Sunday a 22-year-old man who detectives said shot and killed a Tampa man after an argument.

    Tampa police arrested Dejonta Felder, 22, in the murder of 32-year-old Julius R. Carter. [Tampa Police Department]