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Wildfire 'larger than Las Vegas' rages in California LOS ANGELES: California firefighters were Tuesday battling a wildfire that is larger than Las Vegas, with the US state officially facing one of its worst years for the blazes in recent memory.Nearly 7,500 firefighters are struggling with the so-called King Fire east of Sacramento, which has forced almost 3,000 people to evacuate.The wildfire is only 35 percent contained and is threatening thousands of buildings and homes.California is currently in the third year of its worst drought in decades, with flames fanned by high winds in tinder-dry forests. Some 95 percent of the fires are found to be caused by humans, whether by accident or design.Five major blazes are currently raging across California, including the King Fire, which was started on September 13, allegedly by an arsonist, in El Dorado County, and has so far burned 362 square kilometers (140 square miles) -- an area bigger than Las Vegas.The US state ...

Los Cabos celebrity haunt races to recover from storm SAN JOSE DEL CABO: Mexico's popular Los Cabos beach resort, a favorite haunt of US tourists and celebrities, is scrambling to clean up the destruction left by Hurricane Odile before its peak season starts.Odile caused an estimated $1 billion in damage in the picturesque Baja California peninsula, leaving plenty of work to do if the region is to remain Mexico's number-two tourist destination after Cancun and the Riviera Maya, with two million annual visitors.Less than ...
US tests for toxic spill from Mexico mine LOS ANGELES: US authorities are testing a river in Arizona for possible cross-border contamination from a toxic mine spill in northwestern Mexico, an official said Tuesday.The checks came after a massive acid leak in the Sonora River from the Buenavista copper mine, the worst environmental disaster on record in Mexico's mining industry.The spill turned a 60-kilometer (40-mile) stretch of the waterway orange and caused Mexican authorities to shut off the municipal water supply to 20,000 ...
Obama to make a statement after airstrikes against Islamic State WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will make a statement later on Tuesday to address the strategy to counter Islamic State fighters following airstrikes for the first time against the militant group in Syria, a White House officials said.He will speak before departing the White House for New York City at 10:20 a.m. EDT (1420 GMT) to attend the United Nations climate meeting, according to the official, who spoke on background ahead of the official announcement.The ...
Expats defend paradise in hurricane-hit Mexico CABO SAN LUCAS: Armed with nothing more than an air horn and walkie-talkie, US retiree Antonio Lucero helps fellow expats protect their piece of paradise from thieves after Hurricane Odile crushed Mexico's Los Cabos beach resorts.Lucero is among thousands of foreigners, mostly Americans and some Canadians, who have made the sun-soaked southern tip of Baja California peninsula their home, while luxury hotels greet a steady stream of tourists from north of the border.But Odile brought ...
New toxic spill traced to Mexico mine MEXICO CITY: Civil protection authorities have confirmed new toxic spills in northwestern Mexico, where a massive acid spill from a copper mine contaminated waterways.Sonora's civil protection union said it "implemented protocols to protect the surrounding Sonora River population, after confirmed reports of toxic spills from the Buenavista del Cobre mine," a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico.Environmental protection agency PROFEPA said late on Sunday that the spills were triggered by heavy rains from Hurricane Odile, stressing that ...
Obama readies climate change push at UN summit WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will seek to galvanize international support in the fight against climate change on Tuesday when he addresses the United Nations, with time running out on his hopes of leaving a lasting environmental legacy.Obama has warned that failure to act on climate change would be a "betrayal" of future generations, but faced with a Congress reluctant to even limit greenhouse gas emissions -- let alone ratify an international agreement -- his options ...


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