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Crews Battle Wildfires In Southern California

Crews in Southern California are battling a fast-moving wildfire that's force the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

NPR's Kirk Seigler is reporting on the blaze for our Newscast unit:

"The blaze is burning in the rugged foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains about 50 miles west of Los Angeles, and less than a dozen miles from the Pacific Ocean.

"It's believed to have sparked early in the morning and was quickly fanned by hot, Santa Ana winds that blew in from the desert and caused humidity to plummet to the single digits across the region.

"Keeping the flames away from numerous subdivisions and the campus of Cal State University Channel Islands has been the priority, but so has air quality. Ventura County officials say a stock of toxic pesticides at an agricultural facility near the university campus was in the fire's path. And a Hazmat team is prepared to deal with the pesticides. The billows of black smoke and soot have also prompted officials to send out health warnings across the region."

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Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.
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U.S. House Rejects D.C.'s Plans For Full Autonomy Over Budget

In a 240-179 vote, the Republican-led House passed a bill that would overturn efforts by the city to take control over how it spends its money. It's a largely symbolic move: The Senate and President Obama are unlikely to go along.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel is said to be bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury verdict that awarded Hogan $140 million over the 2012 publication of a sex tape.

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