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August 27, 2013
Cooler temps expected to aid Yosemite firefight

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say a massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park grew overnight, but they are still making progress in containing it.

The Rim Fire remained 20 percent contained on Tuesday morning. Officials said the fire grew to about 280 square miles, up from about 252 square miles the previous day, but back burning by crews was responsible for at least part of that increase.

California fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said crews are anticipating cooler temperatures and higher humidity this week that could allow them to gain the upper hand.

The fire is threatening thousands of structures, the main reservoir serving San Francisco and historic giant sequoias.

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A firefighter stands on top of a fire truck at a campground destroyed by the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Crews working to contain one of California's largest-ever wildfires gained some ground Monday against the flames threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias. AP / Jae C. Hong
August 20, 2013
Floods recede in Manila as thousands evacuated

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Flooding caused by some of the Philippines' heaviest rains that submerged more than half the capital began receding Tuesday, but authorities evacuated thousands of residents along Manila's overflowing rivers and braced for more chaos in outlying provinces.

At least eight people have died, including four who drowned north of Manila. The dead included a 5-year-old boy whose house was hit by a concrete wall that collapsed, and a 3-year-old boy who fell into a swollen river in Mariveles town in Bataan province. Four people are missing.

Throughout the sprawling, low-lying capital region of 12 million people, offices, banks and schools were closed and most roads were impassable. People stumbled through waist- or neck-deep waters, holding on to ropes strung from flooded houses.

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Some of the Philippines' heaviest rains on record fell for a second day Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, turning the capital's roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters. The government suspended all work except rescues and disaster response. AP / Philippine Air Force
August 19, 2013
Wildfires plague Idaho, Utah

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho authorities on Monday were slowly allowing evacuees to return to homes that just days ago were deemed at risk from a big and erratic wildfire burning near the affluent resort towns of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley.

The Blaine County sheriff ended the mandatory evacuation order for up to 250 homes. Most of those residences are in subdivisions on the east side of the main highway connecting these communities and are farthest from the 160-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire.

About 1,850 homes were still affected by the evacuation as fire crews focused on protecting homes and structures that line foothills and gulches up and down the valley.

Meanwhile, persistent hot and dry weather kept conditions ripe for wildfires across the West.

In California, a wildfire forced hundreds of Butte County residents from homes some 60 miles north of Sacramento, while another blaze kept residents of a southern Sierra Nevada town on edge.

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A helicopter makes a drop on a dozer line around a home to protect it from the Beaver Creek Fire on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 in outside of Ketchum, Idaho. Times-News / Ashley Smith
August 16, 2013
Lima's dreaded leaden skies

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- For roughly four months a year, the sun abandons Peru's seaside desert capital, suffocating it under a ponderous gray cloudbank and fog that coats the city with nighttime drizzles.

The 19th-century writer and seafarer Herman Melville called Lima "the strangest and saddest city thou can'st see."

Other writers have likened its leaden winter sky to "the belly of a burro."

Barometers often read 100 percent humidity, and rheumatoid and bronchial ailments soar in the city of 9 million. Limenos don scarfs and jackets and complain of slipping into a gloom of seasonal depression.

This year, Lima has had a particularly bad bout of winter, its coldest, dampest in 30 years, according to the state meteorological agency, with temperatures dropping to a sodden 12 degrees centigrade (about 54 degrees Fahrenheit).

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In this Aug. 12, 2013 photo, two elderly women visit the Virgen de Lourdes cemetery in Lima, Peru. For roughly four months a year, the sun abandons Peru's seaside desert capital, suffocating it under a ponderous gray cloudbank and fog that coats the city with nighttime drizzles. Limenos don scarfs and jackets and complain of slipping into a gloom of seasonal depression. AP / Rodrigo Abd
August 14, 2013
Police storm protest camps; 278 dead across Egypt

CAIRO (AP) -- Riot police backed by armored vehicles, bulldozers and helicopters Wednesday swept away two encampments of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, setting off running street battles in Cairo and other Egyptian cities. At least 278 people were killed nationwide, many of them in the crackdown on the protest sites.

Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-reform leader in the interim government, resigned in protest over the assaults as the military-backed leadership imposed a monthlong state of emergency and nighttime curfew.

It was the highest single day death toll since the 18-day uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Warning: Some images contain graphic content.

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Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans against Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Cairo's Mohandessin neighborhood, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. AP / Hassan Ammar
August 13, 2013
Knitters cover Pittsburgh's Warhol Bridge in yarn

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- More than 1,800 knitters have covered Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Bridge in 3,000 feet of colorful yarn.

Volunteers worked all weekend to attach 580 blanket-size, hand-knitted panels to the pedestrian walkways on the downtown bridge, and riggers attached larger panels to the towers.

The planning and permitting started about 18 months ago, said Amanda Gross, 29, who had the idea for the project.

The project was organized by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh and other local institutions. Gross said knitters from more than 80 Pittsburgh neighborhoods and 120 area townships signed up to help with what the guild calls the nation's largest "yarn bomb." The term applies to artists who knit coverings for everyday objects like lampposts, street signs and trees.

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Volunteers attach some of the 580 blanket-sized, hand-kintted panels to the pedestrian walkway of the Andy Warhol bridge on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 in downtown Pittsburgh, Penna. AP / Gene J. Puskar