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Western wildfires drive residents from homes

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/06/18, 10:31 am

Officials in southern Colorado have described a spreading blaze as a “tsunami of fire.” The Spring Creek wildfire has engulfed more than 100,000 acres, making it the third largest wildfire in the state’s history. It has damaged or destroyed more than 250 homes so far. Another fire about three hours west of Denver took an unexpected turn Thursday, forcing sudden evacuations around the town of Basalt. Firefighters continue to battle more than 60 large blazes throughout the drought-stricken West, including blazes in New Mexico, Northern California, Oregon, and Utah.

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Mexico elects leftist president

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/02/18, 11:50 am

Leftist populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador scored a landslide win in the Mexican presidential election Sunday. The 64-year-old made his third bid for the presidency, this time riding an anti-establishment wave to victory. López Obrador vowed to beat back rampant corruption within the government and pledged to boost the economy while giving scholarships to youth, more aid to farmers, and increasing pensions for the elderly. Critics said he was making promises the country couldn’t afford to keep.

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Canada ups trade ante with tariffs

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/02/18, 11:45 am

Canadian tariffs on many U.S. imports take effect this week to the tune of $12.5 billion. The newly taxed products include steel and iron, as well many smaller categories like detergent, ketchup, and pizza. U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday threatened to fire the next shot in the mounting trade war. He wants to wait until after November’s midterm elections before agreeing to a new NAFTA trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said the tariffs were bad news for the people of his state: “With Canada, we have a trade surplus. We have a surplus even in steel.

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