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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) " The number of trees in California's Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warmer temperatures has dramatically increased since last year, raising fears they will fuel catastrophic wildfires and endanger people's lives, officials said Wednesday. Since 2010, an estimated 66 million trees have died in a six-county region of the central and southern Sierra hardest hit by the epidemic, the U.S. Forest Service said. Officials flying...

Updated at 5:11 PM

MIAMI (AP) " U.S. Coast Guard searchers recovered items Wednesday from a "debris field" left by the 29-foot sailboat of a family reported missing off southwest Florida. Later Wednesday, the Coast Guard tweeted that two kayaks being pulled...

Updated at 5:09 PM

LONDON (AP) " The Latest on the British referendum on EU membership (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he wants to see Britain remain in the European Union so it can continue to be a strong voice...

Updated at 5:07 PM

FLINT, Michigan (AP) " Michigan's attorney general filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against two water engineering companies, saying their negligence caused and exacerbated Flint's lead-tainted water crisis and demanding what could total hundreds...

Updated at 5:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Senate on Wednesday blocked an expansion of the government's power to investigate suspected terrorists, a victory for civil libertarians and privacy advocates emboldened after a National Security Agency contractor's...

Updated at 5:06 PM

LONDON (AP) " Thousands of people gathered in London and cities around the world Wednesday to commemorate British lawmaker Jo Cox, whose killing last week shocked the country amid a fiercely contested campaign over the future of Britain's place...

Updated at 5:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Latest on the rescue of two ailing workers from the U.S. research station at the South Pole (all times EDT): 1:45 p.m. Federal officials say a small plane with two sick workers has arrived at a British station in...

Updated at 4:58 PM

HAVANA (AP) " Colombia's government and leftist †rebels announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on a cease-fire that would be the last major step toward ending Latin America's oldest guerrilla war. President Juan Manuel Santos...

Updated at 4:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Rebellious Democrats disrupted the House's legislative work on Wednesday, staging a sit-in on the House floor and refusing to leave until they secured a vote on gun control measures. Exasperated Republicans were forced to recess...

Updated at 4:53 PM

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) " The trapper who captured an alligator seen swimming in the Atlantic Ocean a few yards off a Georgia beach says the reptile has been killed and its head will be mounted. Authorities temporarily closed beaches on...

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