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VERNON, Ariz. (AP) — Just as crews seemed to be making progress on a wildfire in eastern Arizona's White Mountains, mother nature took over, with winds that pushed the flames past containment lines. It's now about 8 square miles with no containment. Authorities say winds are expected to diminish today, hopefully allowing some progress.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The end of a long battle has brought tears to the eyes of advocates who watched the Golden Gate Bridge district board approve a measure a $76 million funding package for a suicide barrier that could prevent people from jumping to their deaths. Yesterday's vote was unanimous. The iconic bridge has long been a draw for people seeking to end their lives -- some 1,400 since 1937.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is moving toward joining an international effort to rid the world of land mines. The U.S. has announced its intention to join an international treaty banning land mines, but hasn't set a timetable. Human rights advocates applauded the progress, but say the Obama administration should immediately commit to a ban and begin destroying its stockpile.
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A court statement in Panama says the captain and two officers of a seized North Korean ship have been absolved of trying to carry weapons out of Cuba in violation of sanctions on Pyongyang. A Panamanian judge ruled the case is not a matter for Panama to decide. The weapons will be turned over to Panamanian authorities.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved a sublease for a $1.3 billion telescope that would be one of the world's largest, but the approval is on hold until the board hears objections in a separate review process. The Thirty Meter Telescope is planned for the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.
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