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Wildfire grows and evacuation orders follow

Yosemite National Park, Calif.

Wildfire grows and evacuation orders follow

A wildfire near Yosemite National Park continued to grow Sunday, prompting mandatory evacuation orders for some residents and raising anxiety among officials because of the potential threat to a major source of San Francisco's water and power supplies. The so-called Rim Fire had burned about 134,000 acres as of late Sunday — about 9,000 acres more than it had the previous day — making it the 14th largest fire since California began keeping records on wildfires in 1932 and the second largest in Tuolumne County. Officials said that firefighters had contained about 7 percent of the fire. Many eyes were on the status of public utilities in the Bay Area, 140 miles west of Yosemite. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission said Sunday the fire had not affected the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which supplies water to 2.6 million customers.

Mexico

Tropical storm heads to coast

Tropical Storm Fernand brewed up just off Mexico's gulf coast Sunday, and heavy rains and strong winds caused some power failures and street flooding in the colonial city of Veracruz. The storm was expected to move ashore today. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said it had winds of 50 mph. A tropical storm warning was in effect on Mexico's coast from Veracruz north to Barra de Nautla.

Philadelphia

Pa. girl off oxygen after transplants

A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl recovering from two double lung transplants has been taken off oxygen and is doing well, her mother said Sunday. Janet Murnaghan told the Associated Press that daughter Sarah still gets support from a machine that helps her breathe. The Newtown Square girl with end-stage cystic fibrosis received the transplants at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after a federal judge intervened in her parents' lawsuit challenging national transplant rules. Sarah's first set of adult lungs failed after a transplant June 12. A second set was transplanted three days later.

China

Bo aggressively questions accuser

Purged Chinese Communist Party politician Bo Xilai lashed out at his chief accuser Sunday, conducting his own surprisingly strong cross-examination in the fourth day of Bo's corruption trial. The defendant's courtroom performance has turned what was supposed to be a cut-and-dried, pro forma two-day trial that began Thursday into a drawn-out affair. Bo denounced Wang Lijun, the former police chief of Chongqing, where Bo was Communist Party secretary. The two men worked hand in hand until early last year, when Wang discovered that Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, had murdered an Englishman. "His testimony should not be accepted by the court. It is full of deceit and nonsense," Bo said.

Elsewhere

India: The fourth and fifth suspects in the gang rape of a 22-year-old journalist last week in Mumbai have been arrested, the police reported Sunday. Neighbors said the five were unemployed men who spent time drinking.

China: One of China's most prolific and widely followed bloggers, Charles Xue, was arrested over the weekend on a prostitution charge in what was widely seen as part of a government crackdown on the Internet.

Congo: At least 82 soldiers and rebels have been killed in fighting near Goma, a doctor near the front line said Sunday.

Times wires

Wildfire grows and evacuation orders follow

08/26/13 [Last modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 3:26am]

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