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Record amount of retardant used on California fire

Firefighter Cameron Andersen, of the US Forest Service, pours water on burning embers while clearing hot spots of the King fire in the El Dorado National Forest near Georgetown, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. More than 3,500 firefighters from various agencies are battling the blaze that started Saturday and has burned more than 70,000 acres.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts — more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone.



United States says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State

By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. "The coalition required to eliminate ISIL (Islamic State) is not only, or even primarily, military in nature," Kerry told a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iraq. "It must be comprehensive and include close collaboration across multiple lines of effort. ...
U.S. won't telegraph when Syria strikes will begin: Rice

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign on Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United Nations. At a White House briefing, national security adviser Susan Rice was vague as to when the new air campaign might begin in Syria, and whether Obama would in fact sign off on any final attack plan developed by the Pentagon. ...
Lawyer to ask feds to probe Utah police shooting

Susan Hunt, left, the mother of Darrien Hunt, is hugged by her sister, Cynthia Moss, during a news conference Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Salt Lake City. An attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, a black 22-year-old who was fatally shot by Utah police, says he is going to ask the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate the shooting and reports of racial discrimination in the Salt Lake City suburb of Saratoga Springs where it occurred. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An attorney for the family of a black man who was killed by Utah police said Friday he will ask the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate the shooting.



NFL in crisis: Chief vows to put 'house in order'

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel on September 19, 2014 in New York CityNew York (AFP) - Embattled National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday promised to put the sport's "house in order" amid a firestorm over the NFL's handling of off-field violence involving players.





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