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Dry brush, wind boost fires in Southern Calif.

Los Angeles

Dry brush, wind boost fires in Southern Calif.

Fueled by dry brush, shifting winds and drought-like conditions, several wildfires continued to burn across Southern California on Friday. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Riverside County, as one blaze about 90 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Jacinto Mountains, known as the Silver Fire, swelled to 17,500 acres. More than 1,600 firefighters worked to keep the flames out of the tiny community of Snow Creek, about 10 miles north of Palm Springs. Some of the 1,500 people who had been evacuated began returning to their homes. But 26 homes have been destroyed and six people injured — five firefighters and a civilian — since the blaze began Wednesday.

New York

Student sentenced in terrorism plot

A Bangladeshi student who came to the United States intending to commit jihad was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. The plot was a phony operation engineered by undercover agents. "I'm ashamed. … I alone am responsible for what I've done. Please forgive me," Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 22, said before his sentence. He had faced up to life in prison.

Lebanon

Two Turkish pilots seized in Syria war

Gunmen abducted two Turkish Airlines pilots in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Friday, Turkish and Lebanese officials said, in an apparent escalation in a series of tit-for-tat kidnappings linked to the war in neighboring Syria. The kidnappers demanded the release of nine Lebanese hostages held in Syria in exchange for the men, Lebanon's official National News Agency reported. Turkey's support of the Syrian rebels has proved controversial in Lebanon, where the country is divided by the conflict.

Elsewhere

Israel: An Israeli drone strike in the Sinai Peninsula — carried out in coordination with Egypt's military — killed five suspected Islamist militants and destroyed their rocket launcher, Egyptian security officials said.

Egypt: Tens of thousands of supporters of Egypt's ousted president marched Friday on the streets of Cairo and across the country, leading to clashes with opponents and security forces that injured dozens.

Times wires

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