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Smoke filled the sky west of Kamloops, British Columbia, on July 30, as hundreds of forest fires continued to burn swaths of the province.According to authorities, some 243 fires are currently active in British Columbia. Extreme temperatures in the province, where authorities warned of temperatures upwards of 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 Fahrenheit) over the weekend, are expected to worsen already fire-prone conditions.This footage, recorded on Friday afternoon near Kamloops Lake, captured hazy conditions caused by forest fire smoke. Credit: Rob Romeyn via Storyful
The Bootleg Fire burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest in Oregon reached 413,562 acres and was 56 percent contained as of July 31, fire officials said.This footage filmed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service shows fire crews conducting mop up operations near Dairy Creek and Lee Thomas meadows, according to officials.“Mop up occurs in areas where the fire has been controlled but the edge still has hot spots,” the forest service wrote in a caption. “In this case, crews extinguished and removed this hazard tree near the road, preventing further spread of fire activity in the area.”Although evacuation orders in Klamath and Lake Counties were lifted, officials warned residents in the area to remain vigilant as critical fire weather was forecast over the weekend, according to InciWeb. Credit: USDA: United States Forest Service via Storyful
Clarence “Mac” McDonald, a keyboard player, producer, songwriter and arranger who worked with artists including James Taylor, Ray Charles, Bill Withers and the Emotions, died in Las Vegas July 21 from complications related to cancer, his friends and family reported. He was 76. During a 50-year-plus career in the music business, McDonald had as among […]
At least six people have been killed and many more injured after forest fires broke out in the southern Turkish province of Antalya, local media reported on July 31.According to authorities, the fires broke out on Wednesday at several locations in Manavgat, a coastal district in Antalya. As of July 30, some 960 personnel and over 20 aircraft were involved in the firefighting response.This footage shows smoke filling the sky in the Manavgat area on Thursday, reducing the sun to a muffled orb. Credit: @umurrrrr via Storyful
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A mountain lion was released back into California’s Santa Ana mountains on July 29 after spending two weeks rehabilitating at a nearby wildlife center.The one-year-old male lion was brought to San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center on July 13 after multiple reported sightings around the Orange County neighborhood, the society wrote in a press release.The center’s Project Wildlife veterinary team performed lab work, X-rays, a dental exam, parasite treatment, and gave the lion fluids to ensure he was ready for independent survival in his home territory, the society said.“Mountain lions are in many communities in Southern California, but it is important to remember they need to remain wild at heart and not get comfortable around people — for everyone’s safety,” said operations and wildlife rehabilitation director Christine Barton. “They are special predators and we are proud to have an expert team trusted by the state of California in this pilot program to care for the species here at the Ramona Wildlife Center.”This footage filmed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows the lion leaping into the wild upon release. Credit: California Department of Fish and Wildlife via Storyful
Thousands of people protested in Paris and other French cities on Saturday against a mandatory coronavirus health pass for entry to a wide array of public venues.The pass was introduced by the government as it battles a fourth wave of infections.It was the third weekend in a row that people opposed to President Emmanuel Macron's new COVID-19 measures have taken to the streets."I won't go to restaurants, I don't give a damn. I won't sell my soul to go to the cinema, or for other nonsense, that's it. There is more at stake -- freedom. There is nothing above freedom. We have started losing all of our liberties. So it must stop, that's enough. We must put an end to their nonsense."Visitors going to museums, cinemas or swimming pools are already denied entry if they cannot produce the health pass showing they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a recent negative test.Parliament approved a new law this week that will make vaccinations mandatory for health workers and extend the health pass requirement to bars, restaurants, trade shows, trains and hospitals.
Native American actor Saginaw Grant, who was best known recently for his role in “Breaking Bad,” died in his sleep of natural causes in a private care facility in Hollywood on Wednesday. He was 85. “He loved both Oklahoma and L.A.,” Carmichael said. “He made his home here as an actor, but he never forgot his roots in Oklahoma. He remained a fan of the Sooner Nation,” Lani Carmichael, Grant’s publicist, said in a statement. Grant, who began his acting in the 1980, was known for films including “T
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Hayes Grier, an internet personality and former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant, was arrested Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, after authorities say he violently assaulted a man on Monday and stole his cellphone. According to public documents, the 21-year-old Grier (né Benjamin Grier) was detained Friday afternoon in Charlotte before being released overnight after posting a $17,500 bond. Grier faces three separate charges: felony conspiracy, common law robbery and assault causing serious
At age 46, the second-oldest skateboarder at the Tokyo Games is hoping to not have a heart attack and have mounds of fun. Fun has been a life’s work for Dallas Oberholzer. Skateboarding's young guns, with their endorsements and boards bearing their names, have bigger tricks and bigger Instagram followings than the grizzled South African with a salt-and-pepper beard.
The death toll from wildfires burning in Turkey’s southern Antalya province rose to six on July 31, according to local reports citing authorities.Turkey’s Agriculture and Forestry minister said on Saturday that 88 of 98 forest fires burning in the country were brought under control between July 28-31 but crews were battling with the remaining 10.On Saturday, President Erdoğan visited the town of Manavgat, where hundreds of people have been affected by the wildfires.Footage shared on Twitter by a journalist covering the wildfires shows a tortoise being offered water near the town of Manavgat. According to local reports, thousands of animals have perished during the fires. Credit: @oncerit via Storyful
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Anthony Barajas, the 19-year-old TikTok star shot during a Monday night screening of “The Forever Purge” in Corona, California, has died of his injuries, Corona police confirmed on Saturday. Barajas and Rylee Goodrich, 18, were having their first date at a screening of “The Forever Purge” on Monday at The Crossings mall in Corona when they were both shot in the head in what authorities described as “an unprovoked attack.” Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene, while Barajas was rush to a loc
More than 1,000 nurses gathered in Budapest on Saturday to demand better pay, after a survey showed many of them are considering leaving Hungary for higher salaries elsewhere, straining a healthcare system already short of workers. Like many east European countries, Hungary is grappling with a shortage of doctors and medical workers as local salaries pale in comparison to western European levels. "There could be a huge wave of nurses quitting when pandemic travel restrictions are lifted across Europe," said Zoltan Balogh, chairman of the Chamber of Hungarian Healthcare Professionals.
U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan urged Tunisia's president on Saturday to outline a swift return to the "democratic path" following his seizure of governing powers last Sunday, the White House said. Tunisian President Kais Saied invoked a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic and poor governance to dismiss the prime minister, freeze parliament and seize executive control in a move welcomed by street rallies but which his opponents branded a coup. In a phone call, Sullivan underscored to Saied the need for "rapidly forming a new government, led by a capable prime minister to stabilize Tunisia’s economy and confront the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ensuring the timely return of the elected parliament," the White House National Security Council said in a statement.
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With the 2020 Olympics half-way through Saturday, some medalists were already heading back to their home countries given this year's strict health restrictions in the Olympic Village.Even though there is a raging health crisis in Japan and controversy surrounding athletes' mental health, some Olympians are still finding a way to relax and enjoy the gathering. Swedish athletes enjoyed a sweet treat just outside the Olympic Village before boarding their team bus as they grappled with 90-degree weather -- a rare opportunity to go mask-less and chat amongst themselves. Meanwhile, the spirit of the Games spread outside of the Olympic village with local residents enjoying a game of hoops.For Tokyo resident Ogasawara Masahito the best of the Olympics was yet to come for him with a spotlight on hometown favorites like star marathoner Suguru Osako."I am most interested in the men's 100-metre run, in which three Japanese athletes will be competing. I want all three of them to go on to the final. Another thing is the marathon as Suguru Osako has said he will retire after this one. So, my eyes will be on the athletics in the second half of the Olympics."While the rest of the games might garner a lot of attention from the hometown crowd, global eyeballs could further wane as big names like Simone Biles take an early exit from some events....The USA Gymnastics team said in a statement Saturday that Biles "will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam."Meanwhile men's tennis No. 1 Novak Djokavic was out without winning a single medal for the third straight Olympics.But there are plenty more events to come before a crowd-less closing ceremony takes place on Sunday, August 8th.