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More than 82,000 flee California fires LOS ANGELES: A rapidly spreading fire raging east of Los Angeles forced the evacuation of more than 82,000 people Tuesday as the governor of California declared a state of emergency.Around 34,500 buildings were threatened by the blaze, according to the multi-agency Inciweb information site. Governor Jerry Brown declared the state of emergency for San Bernardino County, located just 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, where the blaze, which has been named the Blue Cut fire, was quickly growing.The fire, which began around 10:30 am (1730 GMT) Tuesday, has already burned more than 9,000 acres (3,600 hectares), according to Inciweb.It poses "imminent threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures," according to the website, which said 82,640 people fell under an evacuation warning.California is in its fifth year of a record drought and undergoing an extreme heat wave.Two firefighters were lightly injured by the blaze, which some 700 fire ...

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Clinton names close confidants, Obama veterans to transition team WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA: Hillary Clinton's White House transition team, a mix of former advisers of President Barack Obama, close confidants, long-time colleagues and former elected officials, reflects the sense of careful organization the Democratic candidate has aimed to project in her presidential campaign. But her Republican rival, Donald Trump, could seize on the group to make the point that she is part of the establishment he aims to defeat in November's election, and to reiterate his charge ...

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Clinton announces transition leadership should she win in November NEW YORK: US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign on Tuesday named a leadership line-up for her transition team, which will prepare the way should she win the November election.Ken Salazar, previously both a secretary of the interior and a Colorado senator, will chair the team, known formally as the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, for Clinton and her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.The announcement comes as Clinton has gained momentum in the polls against ...

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Trump vows 'Cold War' terror fight, immigrant controls NEW YORK: Donald Trump on Monday laid out a US blueprint for defeating global terrorism in partnership with NATO and Middle East allies, demanding extreme restrictions on immigration and likening the fight to the Cold War.The Republican nominee, who is tanking in the polls following weeks of self-inflicted disasters, made his pitch to be a security strongman as the Democratic vice president accused him of imperiling the lives of Americans."We will defeat terrorism just as ...

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Suspected New York imam killer charged with murder NEW YORK: New York police charged a suspect on Monday with the double murder of a New York imam and his friend, in a brutal slaying that sent shock waves through US Muslim communities.Oscar Morel, a 35-year-old Brooklyn man, was charged with two counts of murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD detective Hubert Reyes told AFP.Fearful Muslim New Yorkers have demanded stepped-up security and justice as hundreds of mourners attended ...

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Trump says he would implement 'extreme vetting' of immigrants NEW YORK: Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Monday unveiled his anti-terrorism plan, saying he would implement "extreme vetting" of immigrants as one way to protect the United States and suspend immigration from certain countries."We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people," Trump said in a speech. "In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test ...

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Pentagon to announce transfer of 15 Guantanamo inmates: Amnesty WASHINGTON: The Pentagon will on Monday announce that 15 inmates have been transferred from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba, the largest such release in recent years, Amnesty International said.If confirmed, the transfers would bring the number of detainees left at Guantanamo down to 61. The Pentagon declined to comment.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...