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Weather helps crews battling California wildfires

Posted: 07/07/2008 - Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity overnight to make progress containing a blaze burning through the mountains in Santa Barbara County before hotter, drier conditions return.

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Officials predict longer and stronger fire season

Posted: 07/07/2008 - The regional fire operations director for the Southwest Coordination Center said the West's fire season used to stretch from May into August or September, starting with blazes flaring up in the Southwest's arid spring.

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Tropical Storm Bertha Advisory

Posted: 07/06/2008 - Here is the 10 am Sunday Tropical Storm Bertha advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

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Study: Orangutan populations declining sharply

Posted: 07/06/2008 - Orangutan numbers have declined sharply on the only two islands where they still live in the wild and they could become the first great ape species to go extinct if urgent action isn't taken, a new study says.

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At root of most wildfires, by far: People

Posted: 07/06/2008 - Playing with matches, being careless with a campfire, even burning a letter from an estranged husband: Some of the most devastating wildfires in the country's recent history have been started by people.

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California wildfires strain state's resources

Posted: 07/06/2008 - A wildfire threatening thousands of homes in Southern California spread slowly through scenic canyonlands Saturday, straining resources as crews struggled to contain hundreds of other blazes around the state.

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14 dead after heavy rains in north India

Posted: 07/06/2008 - Flooding, house collapses and lightning strikes caused by heavy rains killed at least 14 people in northern India, taking the reported death toll in the annual monsoon season to 79.

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The Nation's Weather

Updated: 07/06/2008 - Here is Sunday morning's national weather summary.

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Baby survives landslide in Bangladesh

Posted: 07/06/2008 - A baby girl was pulled from the rubble unharmed Sunday after a landslide destroyed her family's home in southern Bangladesh, killing her parents and two older siblings.

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Tropical depression hovers near Mexico

Posted: 07/06/2008 - A tropical depression scattered rains across Mexico's Pacific coast on Sunday and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was likely to reach tropical storm force.

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Tired firefighters battle 330 Calif. wildfires

Posted: 07/06/2008 - Firefighters got a gift of a mild, mostly windless night and a forecast for similar conditions Sunday as they attempted to protect thousands of Santa Barbara County homes from a huge wildfire, one of more than 300 taxing their energy and resources around the state.

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