Thousands of firefighters battle fast-spreading wildfire near Los Angeles

Fire burns brush on a hillside during the so-called Sand Fire in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles, CaliforniaMore than 1,600 firefighters battled on Monday to contain a fast-spreading wildfire that has forced hundreds of evacuations in the drought-parched canyons north of Los Angeles, destroying 18 homes, killing at least one person and closing a highway. It was threatening a string of small communities near Santa Clarita, just outside the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles county sheriff's department said. "This is the fifth year of an ongoing drought, so we have very extreme fire behavior," the fire department chief, Daryl Osby told a Sunday news conference.

Two dead, 14-16 wounded in shooting at Florida nightclub: police

(Reuters) - At least two people were killed and 14 to 16 wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida early on Monday, police said. The shooting took place in the parking lot of Club Blu just after 12:30 a.m. ET and police found "several victims suffering from gunshot wounds," the Fort Myers Police Department said in a statement. Local television reported that the club was hosting a "teen night." The shooting comes six weeks after a massacre at a nightclub in the Florida city of Orlando, in which a lone gunman killed 49 people in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Dallas police job applications surge after fatal ambush attacks

Police officers salute the hearse as they attend the funeral of slain Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith in DallasBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - The Dallas Police Department, which was struggling to recruit officers, has seen a surge in job applications after the ambush shooting this month that killed five officers and brought global attention to the Texas city, officials said on Friday. During the 12 days following the July 7 shooting, the department said it got 467 job applications, a 344 percent increase compared with the 136 in a similar period in June.  That is an average of 38.9 requests per day to become a police recruit compared with an average of 11.3 submissions a day for 12 days in June. Potential officers in the north Texas region have often opted for departments in fast-growing cities surrounding Dallas where starting pay is typically higher than in Dallas.

AccuWeather: Excessive Heat, Strong Storms Today

AccuWeather: Excessive Heat, Strong Storms TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says highs today will be in the upper 90s with a heat index as high as 105 today. Storms could produce wind damage.

Man critical after drive-by shooting in South Philadelphia

Man critical after drive-by shooting in South PhiladelphiaA drive-by shooting left a man critically injured in South Philadelphia.

Authorities: 2 killed, 17 shot at Florida nightclub

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) ? Authorities say two people have been killed and more than a dozen shot at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida.

AP Exclusive: Pricey drugs overwhelm Medicare safeguard

AP Exclusive: Pricey drugs overwhelm Medicare safeguardWASHINGTON (AP) ? A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show.

German business optimism down only a bit after Brexit vote

Germany's Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schauble speaks on stage at the High-level Tax Symposium held in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan province, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Finance ministers and Central Bank governors of the 20 most developed economies are to meet in the southwestern city of Chengdu ahead of a G20 leaders meeting in September hosted by China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)BERLIN (AP) ? A closely watched index of German business optimism declined only slightly in July following Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

Fight turns deadly in Penn's Landing

Fight turns deadly in Penn's LandingA 24-year-old man was killed after a fight that began at Cavanaugh's River Deck in Philadelphia's Penn's Landing section.

New life, new destruction for Southern California wildfire

A wildfire in northern Los Angeles County gains ferocious new power two days after it broke out in Placenta Caynon Road in Santa Clarita, Calif., Sunday, July 24, 2016. Flames raced down a steep hillside "like a freight train," leaving smoldering remains of homes and forcing thousands to flee the wildfire churning through tinder-dry canyons in Southern California, authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A wildfire that destroyed 18 homes has surged back to unpredictable life, darkening the skies north of Los Angeles with black smoke and driving thousands from their homes.

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