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Oil prices plunge... Out-of-control fires... Danny now Cat 3 hurricane

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 12:41 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — As the price of U.S. crude oil continues to fall, can gasoline prices be far behind? A barrel of U.S. crude has fallen below $40 per barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis. Prices have fallen almost 60 percent since this time last year. Analysts say gas prices could drop below $2 a gallon in many areas of the country later this year.

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — A sign of how chaotic the situation is in Washington state, the scene of out-of-control wildfires: Authorities say they have "no idea" how many homes may have been lost. The complex of fires that killed three firefighters earlier this week has blown up, growing more than 100 square miles in a day to 252 square miles.

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Danny is now a Category 3 storm as it moves across the Atlantic, far from land. The hurricane's top sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the hurricane is not expected to intensify. Danny is centered about 900 miles east of the Leeward Islands, and so far does not pose a threat to land.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has found that U.S. government employees with sensitive jobs have been among hundreds of federal workers using government networks to access the cheating-spouse website Ashley Madison. They include employees in national security or law enforcement.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says America's annual military exercise with South Korea has resumed after being stopped as a result of escalating tensions and threats of war from the North. A spokesman says the exercise was temporarily halted so that the U.S. and South Korea could talk and coordinate over the recent exchange of artillery fire across the border.

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