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Rescued Thai boys share lessons after hospital discharge

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/18/18, 12:50 pm

The 12 members of a boys soccer team and their coach who spent more than two weeks trapped in a cave in northern Thailand shared lessons they learned at their first news conference Wednesday, following their release from the hospital. Flooding caused by heavy rainfall trapped the boys and their coach in the cave on June 23, when they went exploring after a practice game.

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Lava explosion injures Hawaii tourists

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/17/18, 11:15 am

A flying blob of molten rock landed on a tour boat in Hawaii on Monday, injuring 23 people. One woman was flown to Honolulu in serious condition with a broken femur, and 22 others were treated at a hospital on the Big Island for minor scrapes and burns. The tour boat ventured to within 250 yards of where a lava flow from the Kilauea volcano enters the ocean. Explosions can occur when the molten rock comes in contact with the cool seawater, sending rocks and lava into the air.

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Wildfire threatens Yosemite

by Anna Johansen & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/17/18, 10:38 am

The Ferguson fire in Mariposa County, Calif., has claimed the life of one firefighter and threatens Yosemite National Park. The fire covered 4,000 acres on Sunday and by Monday had devoured more than 9,000 acres. The park remains open to visitors for now, though one main entrance is closed. Firefighter Braden Varney died Saturday when his bulldozer tumbled down a canyon while plowing a fire line. Pacific Gas and Electric shut off power for the area, hoping to reduce fire risk. Some say sparks from the company’s power lines were responsible for at least three wildfires last fall.

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