Federal fire suppression spending passes $1 billion
Wildfires burning in Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year. Whether the final costs top the 10-year average of $1.4 billion or the $1.9 billion spent in 2012 and 2006 will depend on the rest of the wildfire season, which traditionally gets very active in Southern California as late as October, said Steve Gage, assistant director of operations for the National Interagency Fire Center. President Barack Obama was briefed Tuesday morning on the wildfires by his homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco.
German chancellor visits Nazi death camp Dachau
Angela Merkel became the first German chancellor to visit the World War II Nazi death camp Dachau on Tuesday as part of her campaign to warn about the threat posed by the extreme right in Europe. She placed a wreath at the camp's memorial before visiting its museum and meeting with survivors. "This is a significant moment for me," Merkel said. "The memory of these events fill me with deep sadness and shame." She was accompanied by Max Mannheimer, 93, a survivor of Dachau who had invited her to tour the site located about 10 miles from the southern city of Munich. An estimated 41,500 people died in Dachau before it was liberated by U.S. troops in April 1945.