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Metairie, Louisiana
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The El Dorado Fire has charred roughly 8,600 acres in Northern California
  • 500 structures are threatened
  • The Boles Fire near the Oregon is only 400 acres
  • More than 1,500 homes are under evacuations orders there

(CNN) -- Wildfires raced across Northern California overnight, charring at least 9,000 acres and forcing thousands from their homes, fire officials said.

The King Fire is roaring through the El Dorado National Forest, about 60 miles east of Sacramento

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The blast takes place during rush hour on Kabul International Airport Road
  • The U.S. Embassy sounds its "duck-and-cover" alarm as the sky fills with smoke
  • The number of casualties is not clear

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing targeting a convoy of foreign forces in the Afghan capital.

It was not immediately clear how many casualties may have resulted from the blast, which took place during rush hour Tuesday morning.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Seismology agency: Mount Mayon has shown "a noticeable escalation of unrest"
  • It raises the alert level to "critical," saying an eruption could happen within weeks
  • Authorities in the region begin evacuating more than 10,000 people from the area

(CNN) -- Thousands of people are being evacuated from the area around an active volcano in the Philippines after the country's seismology agency issued an alert saying a hazardous eruption could happen "within weeks."

Mount Mayon, which towers over the city of Legazpi in the central Philippines, has shown "a noticeable escalation of unrest," the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in a bulletin late Monday.

Girl wishes Obama was Beyoncé
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 04:10

A sixth-grade girl told President Obama she was disappointed he was at her school and not Beyoncé.

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President Barack Obama will announce a major surge in U.S. aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa later Tuesday, with as many as 3,000 military personnel to be dispatched to help organize, train new health care workers and build treatment clinics.

The Defense Department will divert $500 million for the effort, which will include building 17 treatment centers with 100 beds apiece, dedicating 10,000 sets of personal protective equipment and distributing supplies such as disinfectant and hand sanitizer to help 400,000 families protect themselves and care for sick family members.

A profile developed by Pennsylvania State Police hunting for the gunman who opened fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks Friday has been released.

Wars are always expensive. But it helps to split the tab.

As President Barack Obama works to build an international coalition of allies to fight the militant group, the cost of what’s likely to be a lengthy and expensive military campaign looms large – particularly after Americans shoveled well more than a trillion dollars into military operations since the 9/11 attacks. Yet it’s still unclear how big the price tag could be -- or the extent to which America’s allies are willing to spend for another foray into Middle East turmoil.

By Eva Taylor, Leika Kihara and Howard Schneider

The lovely and talented ladies of country music
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 04:09

Kramer first won over our hearts as Alex Dupre on "One Tree Hill." Now, as a country singer, Kramer has enjoyed much success with her music, including the hit single ""Why Ya Wanna." For more pictures of the singer, go to HollywoodLife.com.

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