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A helicopter attacks a wildfire burning in the north county of San Diego on Tuesday.

Fires In Southern California Force More Evacuations

Thousands of residents in Southern California were fleeing their homes after being told by authorities to evacuate as wind-swept wildfires raged in several areas.

Officials sent out more than 11,000 mandatory evacuation notices in the city of Carlsbad, where a wildfire erupted on Wednesday — one of several in recent days in San Diego County that have threatened life and property.

State officials say the record-high temperatures were a contributing factor to the rash of wildfires.

Helicopters were being used to drop water on the fires.

Muslim pilgrims wears masks to prevent infection from the Middle East Respiratory syndrome in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday.

How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus

In the past month, Middle East Respiratory syndrome has morphed from a little-known disease in the Arabian Peninsula to a major global health concern, with more than 300 cases in Saudi Arabia in April, 54 of them fatal.

Two cases have been reported in the U.S. as well — one in Indiana and one in Florida. Both men had worked in Saudi Arabia hospitals. So far, neither has spread the respiratory disease to others.

Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., dances to the music of Los Tigres del Norte during an immigration rally on the National Mall in Washington in October 2013.

Past And Future Collide In Silicon Valley Congressional Race

The race between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna, two California Democrats vying to represent a Silicon Valley-based congressional district, is a classic example of a generational contest — a youthful challenger claiming to represent the future taking on a popular longtime incumbent.

A NOAA image taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency in September shows Typhoon Usagi. A new study says that such tropical cyclones are reaching peak intensity farther away from the equator.

Tropical Storms Hitting Peak Strength Nearer Poles, Study Says

Tropical storms are migrating out of the tropics, reaching their peak intensity in higher latitudes, where larger populations are concentrated, a new NOAA-led study published in the journal Nature says.

The MagicalButter food truck is called The Samich.

The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch

Food trucks have been steadily multiplying in cities across the country for a few years now. So their collision with the brave new world of marijuana edibles — from brownies to gummy candy — was probably inevitable, at least in the states where the drug is now legal.

Out There On The Ice: An Intimate View Of The Melting Antarctic Sheet

Two groups of scientists have reported that the melting of the giant West Antarctica Ice Sheet appears to be unstoppable. Oceans could rise several feet in the coming centuries because of its melting. Glaciologist Sridhar Anandakrishnan has devoted his scientific life to those Antarctic glaciers, studying them for nearly three decades, and he comments on the recent news.

Student Protests Force A String Of Commencement Speaker Shake-ups

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has bowed out as the commencement speaker at Smith College. Her withdrawal, a response to student protests, is just the latest high-profile commencement speech dropout.

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Ras Baraka Rises To Mantle Of Newark's New Mayor

The Times Announces Surprise Change Of Management

A monument to Ukrainian writer Taras Shevchenko is silhouetted against a sign advertising Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom in Moscow. Gazprom has dramatically increased the price it charges Ukraine in recent months.

Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine

If Russia was aiming to target one of Ukraine's vulnerabilities, natural gas would be the bullseye. Ukraine gets about 60 percent of its gas from Russia.

Clifford Gaddy, a Russia specialist at the Brookings Institution, says as the dispute between the two countries grows, Moscow is more willing to use natural gas as a weapon.

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