Fire in scenic area forces evacuations
Strong winds fanned wildfires that have raged out of control for three days in southwestern Spain, forcing the evacuation of 3,000 inhabitants. Some 1,000 residents were forced to leave Hoyos after overnight winds “reversed all yesterday’s firefighting achievements,” said regional government President Guillermo Fernandez Vara. He said more than 25 square miles had burned in the Sierra de Gata, a region of natural beauty.
Suicide bombing kills at least 22 people
At least 22 people were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives. The bombing took place in the Kunduz Province at a gathering of the pro-government militia. It was the latest in a series of deadly attacks across the country — three of which took place in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing scores of civilians and injuring hundreds of others.
Mob kills women accused of witchcraft
Five women were killed in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand by a mob that accused them of practicing witchcraft, police said. Two dozen people were arrested in connection with the killings in the village, about 30 miles from Ranchi. “Groups of villagers used wooden sticks and sharp-edged weapons to beat and murder the women,” local police inspector Bandana Bakhla said. “They blamed the women for misfortune in the village and alleged it was their fault that many people here were falling ill.”
Medicare to pick up tab for cancer drug
The Obama administration decided that Medicare will pay for one of the newest, most expensive cancer medications, which costs about $178,000 for a course of treatment. Medicare officials agreed to make payments for Blincyto starting Oct. 1. The drug is made for patients with a particularly aggressive form of leukemia. The decision suggests a new willingness by Medicare to help pay for promising therapies that are still being evaluated.
Attorney general arraigned in leak probe
Attorney General Kathleen Kane was arraigned in suburban Philadelphia on charges including a felony count of perjury. She did not enter a plea. Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar set a preliminary hearing for Aug. 24. Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information to a newspaper reporter as payback for a former state prosecutor she thought made her look bad, and then lying about her actions under oath.
Grizzly attack blamed in Yellowstone death
The National Park Service said a Montana man found dead in Yellowstone National Park was the victim of a grizzly bear attack. Based on tracks found at the scene and other evidence, it appeared that an adult female grizzly and at least one cub were involved. Authorities were not releasing an official cause of death until an autopsy is done Monday. The victim’s name has not been released. Bear traps were set and the area was closed.
Evacuations lifted after weather tames fires
All evacuations were lifted after cooler weather helped firefighters gain ground against a wildfire that forced hundreds of people from their homes. The blaze was 62 percent contained after sweeping through nearly 109 square miles of rural timberlands and brushy hills in Lake, Colusa and Yolo counties.
Something reeks in a Bronx subway station
There are plenty of smells in New York City subways. But skunks? Police and a transit worker rescued two baby skunks that strayed into a Bronx subway station. Police Transit Bureau Chief Joseph Fox tweeted plaudits to the officers and worker for helping the animals and “getting far closer than I would have.” The Parks Department said that skunks are “part of NYC wildlife.”