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State trooper clings to life...Smoke lifts over Washington wildfires... California crews battling new fire

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 23, 2015 at 8:51 p.m.



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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana State trooper remains in critical but stable condition tonight after being shot in the head this afternoon as he tried to arrest a driver suspected of being drunk or drugged. The head of the state police says Senior Trooper Steven Vincent is a 13-year veteran who has a 9-year-old son. The suspect was arrested after being detained by other drivers.

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Fire officials in Washington state say smoke is lifting over a complex of wildfires in north-central Washington. Officials say visibility has improved and so has air quality, but so far fire activity has not heated up. Often when smoke lifts, humidity goes down, temperatures go up and fire activity increases. The fires have burned more than 375 square miles.

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Planes and helicopters are making major liquid drops on a wildfire that broke out this afternoon near a ski resort in California's San Bernardino Mountains, bringing the first gains against the blaze. The fire near Snow Summit Ski Resort south of Big Bear Lake has forced evacuation orders for about 400 homes. It's grown to 100 acres, but is 20 percent contained.

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Islamic State militants destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra although it's not clear when it happened. News that the militants blew up the Baalshamin Temple comes less than a week after the extremists beheaded Palmyra scholar Khaled al-Asaad. There are reports the blast also damaged some of Palmyra's famed columns.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants are continuing to wreak havoc in Iraq. Military and police officials there say at least 23 Iraqi soldiers and government-allied militiamen were killed Sunday in an attack in the turbulent Anbar province west of Baghdad. The officials say the attack took place in a rural district, north of Anbar's provincial capital, Ramadi.

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