California

Power line suspected as cause of wildfire

A devastating wildfire that has burned thousands of acres southeast of Sacramento, scorched hundreds of buildings and killed two people might have been started by a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power line, the company said. “A live tree may have contacted a PG&E line in the vicinity of the ignition point,” said Barry D. Anderson, the company’s vice president.

 

Utah

Final flooding victim’s body found in park

Rescuers traversed a 100-foot drop into a rugged section of Zion National Park to find the last of seven hikers killed when floodwaters rushed through a narrow canyon. The body was found a few miles from the gorge where the group of California and Nevada residents got trapped during a violent rainstorm. The rest of the victims were found earlier this week.

 

Washington, D.C.

Big crowd expected for papal canonization

The largest Catholic church in the Americas isn’t big enough to hold everyone who wants to see Pope Francis perform a mass of canonization. Instead, the pope will canonize Junipero Serra from a temporary sanctuary outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The church is distributing 25,000 tickets to the mass next Wednesday.

 

Egypt

Media coverage of tourist killings banned

Egypt’s chief prosecutor issued a ban on news media coverage in the attack by security forces that killed 12 people, including eight Mexican tourists, last weekend. Critics said the order could be an attempt to conceal the findings of an investigation.

 

South Sudan

Scores die in fuel truck explosion

A fuel truck explosion killed dozens of people who had converged around the vehicle to siphon fuel. Eighty-five people were killed in the accidental explosion, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said. However, the provincial governor, Patrick Raphael Zamoi, cited a much higher death toll of 176.

 

Japan

Deadline for vote on military shifts passes

Legislators scuffled in parliament and demonstrators took to the streets as Japan’s governing coalition struggled to secure final passage of contentious legislation that would loosen decades-old limits on the country’s military. The package of 11 bills was still tied up in parliament’s upper house, past a deadline set by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

 

Finland

Workers stage biggest strike since 1993

Finnish workers are staging their biggest strike since 1993 to protest government austerity measures that include cuts to overtime pay and holidays to bring down labor costs. Unions expects more than 10,000 people to attend a rally in Helsinki on Friday.

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