Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israelis today that he has a treatable form of prostate cancer. Watch the above AP video report for details and for the latest developments, read this story from Jerusalem by Matti Friedman.
From Malibu to San Diego, the skies of Southern California filled with dark, acrid smoke from dozens of wildfires that burned at least 655 homes, including more than 130 in the Lake Arrowhead mountain resort alone.
In Malibu, police checkpoints kept drivers off the usually busy Pacific Coast Highway and the surreal effect was heightened by the numerous helicopters taking part in an aerial bucket brigade.
In northern Los Angeles County, helicopters also were hard at work as new wildfires suddenly appeared this afternoon, briefly threatening a massive subdivision known as Stevenson Ranch.
The Santa Ana winds, which blow hot and dry from the desert toward the sea, howled throughout the day and inflated tall, wide columns of purple and black smoke. The smoke at times obliterated the sun, turning it into a faint orange disc.
The fires forced authorities to warn more than 265,000 people in Southern California to leave their homes, including about 250,000 in San Diego County.
The wildfires of 2007 are yet another dark chapter in SoCal's history, which includes the deadly wildfires of 2003 that killed 22 people and destroyed 3,640 homes, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the 2005 La Conchita mudslide and, of course, the 1994 Northridge earthquake that killed dozens and caused billions of dollars worth of damage.
Blind triathlete Aaron Scheidies will attempt to make history this weekend as the first disabled athlete to finish in under two hours at the U.S. Open Triathlon. Scheidies, 25, already is the best visually impaired triathlete in the world. For more on his upcoming challenge, watch the above AP video report.
Watch the above video to learn more about a New York Times report that the U.S. Marines want out of Iraq to send Marines instead to Afghanistan. For even more details on the U.S. military, read this report filed today from London by AP military writer Robert Burns.
After a two-week absence, the mayor of gambling resort Atlantic City resigned from office via his lawyer. Roberty Levy checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic while he was gone. His disappearance came amid a federal investigation for embellishing his Army service in Vietnam.
Watch the AP video report above for more details and read this story filed today by Wayne Parry for an in-depth look at Levy.
Two European scientists who independently discovered a phenomenon known as giant magnetoresistance are sharing the 2007 Nobel Prize for physics. The finding by France's Albert Fert and German Peter Gruenberg lets iPods and other digital devices store tons of data on ever-shrinking hard disks.
Watch the AP video report above for more details and for an in-depth report, read this story filed today from Stockholm, Sweden.
Interpol made a rare worlwide appeal today asking the public's help to identify a suspected pederast who allegedly abused boys in Cambodia and Vietnam. Police in Europe unscrambled digitally altered images of the man that were found on the Internet to reveal what he looks like.
For more details, watch the above AP video report. For the latest developments, read this story filed today from Paris by John Leicester.