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Greece gets $14.5 billion to pay debts...Alaska Landslide...Washington wildfires

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 20, 2015 at 3:00 a.m.



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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It seemed impossible just a few weeks ago when Greece was wrangling with other European nations about its unpaid debts, but now the country is set to receive the first 13 billion-euro ($14.5 billion) payment of its new bailout. Under the arrangement under which Greece gets bailout assistance today, 12 billion euros have been earmarked for repaying debts and the remainder for settling past-due accounts to public sector suppliers.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Crews in Alaska are working to stabilize a landslide area to aid the search for three men believed killed when an avalanche of logs and mud swept over a southeast Alaska construction site. Efforts to solidify the ground, described as having the consistency of pudding, have so far been unsuccessful after part of a mountain gave way and muck poured into the Sitka area Tuesday.

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Three firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service have perished in Washington state, where wildfires are raging across several fronts and advancing on towns in the north-central part of the state. Authorities say a vehicle in which the three were riding crashed and was likely caught up in flames. The National Forest Service says four other firefighters were injured near the town of Twisp.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican opposition to the nuclear deal that the Obama administration negotiated with Iran has intensified in the wake of revelations of a secret side agreement involving inspections. The Associated Press has reported on a previously undisclosed arrangement between Tehran and the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency. The deal would allow Iran to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal lawyer has told a Senate committee that emails and all other data stored on her computer server were erased before the device was turned over to federal authorities. In a letter to the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, attorney David Kendall says the server was transferred to the FBI on Aug. 12 by Platte River Networks, a Denver firm hired by Clinton to oversee the device. In exchanges with reporters earlier this week, Clinton said she was not aware if the data on her server was erased.

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