Raging California wildfires have turned the sky orange. See the photos

SALT LAKE CITY — Recent wildfire across California have turned the sky orange, according to a slew of new photos from the Golden State. Wildfires have raged through northern California counties over the last week. The smoke from the fires has drifted down to San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Several Twitter accounts shared videos of the orange sky, which came as a result of clouds and light fog ahead of the sun overshadowing the area. “Ash can be found on cars that were out overnight in San Francisco,” J.R. Stone, a journalist with CNN affiliate KRON, tweeted. “It is also yellow out.” Ash can be found on cars… Read More

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Why everyone is camping in Utah; LeBron James signs with Lakers; Mexico elects new president

SALT LAKE CITY — Here’s a look at the news for July 2. Crowds expected at Utah campgrounds A lot of people have begun camping at public lands across the Beehive State, according to the Deseret News. Visitation is up at public lands, including national and state parks, as well as any Bureau of Land Management desert areas. In fact, the Uinta-Cache National Forest has seen 10.7 million people camping there annually, which is 20 percent higher than five years ago. “We have seen the impacts of the tremendous visitor use that we get on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest,” said Dave Whittekiend, forest supervisor. . The University of Utah receives… Read More

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Astronomers report 1st image of baby planet being formed

BERLIN — Astronomers say they’ve captured the first confirmed image of a planet forming in the dust swirling around a young star. Scientists said Monday the planet appears as a bright spot in the snapshot taken using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. Miriam Kepler of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany said hints of baby planets have been detected before, but astronomers weren’t sure whether those observations might simply be features in the swirling dust. In a paper to be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, scientists describe the planet, located about 3 billion kilometers (1.86 billion miles) from the star PDS 70,… Read More

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Who’s Afraid of Mexican Populism?

In many ways, Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory Sunday in the Mexican presidential elections seemed preordained. The socialist former Mexico City mayor is a two-time presidential candidate. He has been labeled a populist, an outsider, Mexico’s Donald Trump, and a “tropical messiah.” His ascent to the pinnacle of Mexican politics, after failed runs in 2006 and 2012, is as much a testament to his campaign as it is to the fact that Mexico’s dominant political parties are deeply unpopular, the economy is sputtering, and systemic corruption and crime are rampant. In such a scenario, López Obrador, who is projected to win about 53 percent of the vote, was the obvious… Read More

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A Funeral for a Vision of Europe

PARIS—On Friday morning, news was just trickling in from a heated European Union summit on immigration whose pre-dawn result seemed to be a tightening of borders and the creation of centers to “process” would-be arrivals before they dared inch toward Europe. Headlines from America were of children separated from their parents at the Mexican border and how Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement might affect abortion rights. And at the Memorial of the Shoah here in Paris, people were paying their respects to Simone Veil. Veil, who died last year at 89, is an icon in France whose life spoke to the worst and best of Europe’s 20th century. Born in Nice… Read More

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Police: Man stabs 9 people at toddler’s birthday party

BOISE, Idaho — A man who had been asked to leave an Idaho apartment complex because of bad behavior returned the next day and stabbed nine people, including six children, at a toddler’s birthday party, police said. Timmy Kinner showed up late Saturday at the complex, which houses many resettled refugee families in Boise. Kinner, who is not a refugee, targeted the party that was held a few doors down from the apartment where he had stayed for a short time, police said. “This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time,”… Read More

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Evacuations ordered as winds fuel Northern California fires

GUINDA, Calif. — Evacuations were ordered as dry, hot winds fueled a wildfire burning out of control Sunday in rural Northern California, sending a stream of smoke some 75 miles (120 kilometers) south into the San Francisco Bay Area. The fast-moving blaze that broke out Saturday in western Yolo County charred at least 34 square miles (88 square kilometers) of dry brush and threatened more than two dozen structures in ranchland northwest of Sacramento. No injuries were reported and the exact number of people evacuated was unclear. Autumn Edens marveled as a huge plume blocked the sun while she drove to her job as manager of the Corner Store in… Read More

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Bolton: US has plan to dismantle NK nuclear program in year

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Sunday the U.S. has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year. John Bolton said top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo will be discussing that plan with North Korea in the near future. Bolton added that it would be to the North’s advantage to cooperate to see sanctions lifted quickly and aid from South Korea and Japan start to flow. Bolton’s remarks on CBS’ “Face the Nation” appeared to be the first time the Trump administration had publicly suggested a timeline for North Korea to fulfill the commitment leader Kim… Read More

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Trump delaying NAFTA deal until after midterm elections

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Donald Trump intends to delay signing a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement until after the fall midterm elections, a move aimed at reaching a better deal with Canada and Mexico. Trump said in an interview that aired Sunday that he could quickly sign an agreement with the United States’ neighbors, “but I’m not happy with it. I want to make it more fair.” Asked about the timing of an agreement, Trump said: “I want to wait until after the election.” The president’s decision to push back the NAFTA talks comes as the U.S. and Canada have been engaged in a tit-for-tat… Read More

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Restless Democratic newcomers bringing change to House

WASHINGTON — Ready or not, change is coming to the House Democrats. Across the country, a new generation is making its way to Washington. It’s not just that some of the Democrats, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are young and progressive. They are. Or that many are women entering politics who want to fight President Donald Trump. They do. Or even that some of them live in Trump country. They also come to politics steeped in an era of resistance and revolt, like the tea party Republicans who rose against President Barack Obama and the so-called Watergate babies elected after President Richard Nixon. If the newcomers provide the numbers to give… Read More

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