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In the News; June 29, 2008

California Wildfires out of Control.

US President George W. Bush declared a state of emergency in California.
He has ordered federal aid to help authorities battle more than 1,000 wildfires burning out of control. Hundreds of lightning-sparked wildfires have turned the air of Northern California into an unhealthy stew of smoke and ash, forcing the cancellation of athletic events and other outdoor activities.
A satellite image taken Thursday shows most of Northern California obscured by wildfire smoke and ash.

A satellite image taken Thursday shows most of Northern California obscured by wildfire smoke and ash.

Health advisories urging residents to stay indoors to limit exposure to the smokey air were issued Saturday from Bakersfield north to Redding, a distance of nearly 450 miles.

Model Plunges to her Death

Supermodel Ruslana Korshunova

European Vogue cover model Ruslana Korshunova, fell to her death from her Manhattan apartment building in an apparent suicide, according to published reports by the New York Post, the Daily News and Newsday .The newspapers cited unnamed officials and police said.

The 20 year old model, died around 2:30 p.m. in a fall from a building on Water Street, in Manhattan's Financial District. Police say the fall is under investigation.
Originally from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, Korshunova appeared in advertisements and on runways for such designers as Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci and DKNY. British Vogue hailed her as "a face to be excited about" in 2005.


Dodgers beat Angels — without getting a hit

Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night — and it still wasn't good enough for the Los Angeles Angels.

The Dodgers became the fifth team in modern major league history to win a game in which they didn't get a hit. They defeating the Angels 1-0. Weaver's error on a slow roller led to an unearned run by the Dodgers in the fifth.

The Dodgers' Joe Torre said "I'd really have to reach down, and I don't really remember too much, but that's about as bizarre as you can get."
Because the Dodgers didn't have to bat in the ninth, the game doesn't qualify as a no-hitter. It was only the fifth such game since 1900, and first since Boston's Matt Young in 1992, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Authorities are monitoring a group of 15 bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the Shrewsbury River.

Lost Dolphins
photo wnbc
A federal official said that state police and U.S. Coast Guard boats were enforcing a 50-yard stay-away buffer around the dolphins.

A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said plans were being made to shoo the dolphins out of the river. She said such a measure would be a last resort, since one or more of the dolphins could die. NOAA biologists reported the dolphins to be in good health as they feasted on fish in the river.

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