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California Fires Out of Control as More Than 500,000 Flee

As fires burned for a third day across Southern California, officials worried they could spread toward more populated areas.

Victims in Wildfire's Path Say, 'Why Me?'

Fires raged across Southern California, burning some houses to the ground and sparing others.

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Britney Novak of Jamul, Calif. , watched backfires burn across from an evacuation center at a high school in Spring Valley on Tuesday.

Interactive Map: California Wildfires Keep Spreading

A map of the wildfires and an update of the status of the firefighting efforts.

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Use of Contractors by State Dept. Has Soared

While the amount of money the State Department pays to private contractors has soared, the department conceded that it has added few new officials to oversee contracts.

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Financing Mistrial Adds to U.S. Missteps in Terror Prosecutions

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the government's track record against winning terrorism prosecutions has been decidedly spottier than in previous years.

Merrill Lynch to Report $2.5 Billion in Added Loss

Merrill Lynch is expected to report that it will add to its announced write-downs, a person briefed on the plan said.

BP Settlements Seen on Safety and Price Cases

BP is preparing to settle accusations that it was indifferent to safety and manipulated energy prices.

Bush to Warn Cuba on Plan for Transition

President Bush will warn that the U.S. will not accept a change of power from one Castro brother to another.


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Which Came First? (Part Three)

Errol Morris on the mystery of the Crimean cannonballs, solved at last.


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