Two killed, 100 homes destroyed by fast-moving California wildfire
By Noah Berger LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (Reuters) - A massive California wildfire that has already killed two people and destroyed 100 structures was burning out of control on Friday evening as officials said it was possible more victims could be found in the rubble. The so-called Erskine Fire, which broke out on Thursday afternoon in the foothills of Kern County about 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield, had mushroomed on Friday to char more than 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares), making it one of the worst in an already intense California fire season. The blaze has also sent three firefighters to the hospital for smoke inhalation and forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes ahead of the flames.
Crowds, tight security expected for Cincinnati pride paradeCINCINNATI (AP) ? Organizers expect big crowds and authorities plan tight security for Cincinnati's parade and festival events celebrating Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.
Simone Biles on top again at US gymnastics championships
ST. LOUIS (AP) ? When U.S. women's national team coordinator Martha Karolyi met with Simone Biles to map out the three-time world gymnastics champion's schedule, one designed to keep Biles fresh heading into the Olympics, it was the equivalent of pulling up to an intersection in a Ferrari and letting it idle when the light turned green.
Toronto select American Matthews first in NHL entry draft
The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Arizona teenager Auston Matthews with the No. 1 pick in the National Hockey League draft as a record 12 Americans were chosen in the first round. Matthews was considered to be the consensus first overall pick heading into the entry draft, and he goes to a team that desperately needs a goal-scorer and a leader as the Leafs are suffering through one of the longest Stanley Cup droughts in the league. Especially going to the storied franchise like the Toronto Maple Leafs," he on Friday said of the Leafs, who are also one of the original six NHL franchises.
Puerto Rico Governor suspends payments on infrastructure debt
Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla late on Friday declared a suspension of any payments on some debt issued by the U.S. territory's infrastructure financing authority, citing the authority granted under a local emergency debt moratorium law. Garcia Padilla signed an executive order that applies to "certain Puerto Rico Financing Authority (PRIFA) notes," a statement from the government said. Garcia Padilla said in the statement that the PRIFA notes were now covered obligations "pursuant to the Puerto Rico Emergency Moratorium and Rehabilitation Act," which the Puerto Rican legislature passed in April.
China to regulate search results following man's deathBEIJING (AP) ? China has issued new regulations demanding search engines clearly identify paid search results, months after a terminally-ill cancer patient complained that he was misled by the giant search engine Baidu.
Red Sox rally with 4 runs in 9th for 8-7 win over Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ? Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and Dustin Pedroia scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch as the Boston Red Sox rallied for an 8-7 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
Elderly couple dead, 80 homes burn in California wildfire
Obama tells Democratic donors 'it's up to you' on gun laws
Eurosceptic English resort hopes for sunny future post-Brexit
With its deserted casinos, ice-cream parlours and seagulls circling above a lofty Victorian pier, the English seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea is like a postcard for the Britain of yesteryear. Nostalgia for the domestic beach tourism heyday of the 1940s-1980s is palpable in this small Essex resort, the unlikely epicentre of a eurosceptic wave that peaked on Thursday with Britain's stunning decision to pull out of the EU. Clacton's local area, a bastion of the UK Independence Party of top anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage, voted 69.5 percent to 30.5 percent in favour of leaving the union.