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Gains Made Against California Fire
Firefighters made gains Tuesday on a blaze near Los Angeles. They set backfires and removed brush in an attempt to contain a 190-square-mile wildfire that has destroyed more than 50 homes.
Blaze Threatens Historic Observatory
The California wildfires are threatening the Mount Wilson Observatory, which houses two giant telescopes and several multimillion-dollar university programs. Hal McAlister, the director of the observatory and a professor of astronomy at Georgia State University, says Mount Wilson is a superb site for astronomy because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which helps produce steady star images.
Neighbors Describe Alleged Kidnapper As 'Creepy'
Many who lived on his street in Antioch, Calif., are asking what took police so long to investigate Phillip Garrido, who is accused of kidnapping a little girl and holding her captive for 18 years. He was convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman in 1976 but served only 11 years of a 50-year sentence.
Some Regions Better Prepared For High-Speed Rail
The Obama administration will soon announce the recipients of grants from an $8 billion high-speed-rail fund, and it is likely to favor projects that are furthest along in planning. NPR looks at where the key regions of Florida, the Northwest and the South stand.
First-Term N.Y. Lawmakers Attend State Fair
First-term New York Democrats Rep. Dan Maffei and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand made their rounds at the New York State Fair. Freshmen lawmakers have been feeling the heat this summer, as they try to sell their health care ideas to constituents.
'Tea Party' Tour Star Puts Movement To Song
Lloyd Marcus wrote the theme song for a movement that's holding rallies across the country this summer to push for smaller government. But he doesn't fit the stereotype of the typical conservative activist: He's black, has a ponytail and wears an earring.
Tourists Dry Up At Historic Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island, where the crew of HMS eventually landed after its mutiny, relies heavily on tourism for its survival. But the global economic recession, has tourism on the island badly.
U.S. Relationship To Test Japan's New Ruling Party
The incoming Democratic Party of Japan has traditionally taken a more assertive stance toward the United States. Now, as it forms the new government and a new U.S. ambassador arrives in Tokyo, it's unclear how — or if — the party will take a new tack.
Republican's Thesis Is Focus Of Va. Race
The Republican candidate in the governor's race in Virginia is distancing himself from views he expressed 20 years ago in his graduate thesis about working women, contraceptives, gays and divorce. Jeff Schapiro, political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, says Robert McDonnell made the argument that his views have changed over time.