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King Fire grows...Targeted killings in Libya...Artillery fire reported in eastern Ukraine

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 20, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.



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POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say the massive King Fire burning in Northern California has destroyed several structures, but assessment teams are trying to determine exactly how many. The wildfire, which broke out a week ago, is still moving, spreading over another six square miles overnight. The blaze has driven 2,800 people from their homes and consumed about 126 square miles in all. It is 10 percent contained.

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Residents of two townships in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania are being told to stay inside, as heavily armed law enforcement officers hunt down the suspect in the fatal shooting of a State Police trooper. Eric Frein (freen) is described as a self-taught survivalist with a grudge against law enforcement and government.

CAIRO (AP) — Security officials in eastern Libya say targeted killings over two days have killed 10 people, including rights activists, journalists, and members of the security forces. The officials say three other people who were targeted survived assassination attempts in the eastern city of Benghazi. The identity of the assailants was not immediately known, but Islamic radical militias have been blamed for similar killings.

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sporadic artillery fire is being reported in eastern Ukraine today, just hours after negotiators agreed to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants. The two sides are supposed to halt their advances, pull back heavy weapons and withdraw foreign fighters. Strong explosions are being heard from a munitions factory in Donetsk (dah-NETSK') that a local official says was hit by an artillery shell, while Ukraine's Interior Ministry says rebels opened fire on a village in the Luhansk region.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's disaster management agency says rescuers with boats and helicopters have evacuated about 50,000 people from the country's south after raging floods inundated more villages there. In a statement, Pakistan's National Disaster Management Agency says two dozen people have been killed in the past 24 hours in the eastern Punjab province, raising the death toll from rains and flooding to 346.

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