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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — South Korea is warning North Korea to refrain from "rash actions." That was Seoul's response to Friday's warning from the North that it has placed its front-line troops in "a quasi-state of war." The two sides exchanged artillery fire on Thursday. No one was reported injured in the South, either, though hundreds were evacuated from front-line towns.
TWISP, Wash. (AP) — A red flag warning for the eastern portion of Washington state is in effect until 5 p.m. Friday because of temperatures above 90 degrees and very low humidity. Fires scattered mainly in central Washington continue. People in several popular outdoor-recreation centers have been urged to clear out. Officials say the three firefighters killed Wednesday were overcome by flames after their vehicle crashed.
NEW YORK (AP) — A gas line has exploded during construction at a New York City high school, injuring three people. It happened Thursday night in the Bronx at John F. Kennedy High School. A police spokesman says crews were working on a gas line when the explosion occurred. Fire officials say gas to the building has been shut off. The injuries aren't considered life-threatening.
MIAMI (AP) — It's not much of a hurricane. And forecasters say Danny is expected to weaken on Saturday. The storm's maximum sustained winds have decreased slightly to 80 mph. They extend only 10 miles from the center. Danny remains far out over the Atlantic, about 970 miles east of the Windward Islands.
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says he's at ease and prepared for anything that comes as doctors treat him for cancer. Speaking in Atlanta at the Carter Center, the 90-year-old 39th president was upbeat and even joked while going into detail about his health. Carter said doctors removed melanoma from his liver, but four small tumors are in his brain. He'll be given injections of a new drug to help his immune system target and destroy cancer cells.
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