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File - In this Aug. 24, 2013 file photo, Pinecrest General Store owner Dan Vaughn stands in his empty business in Pinecrest, Calif. Vaughn says that business is down 90% from normal at this time of year as a result of the Rim Fire which continues to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest.  Vaughn sent four of his employees home due to the lack of business. It doesn't pay to be a dateline in a disaster story, as the folks around Groveland, Calif. will tell you. On what would have been the busiest weekend of the summer had the Strawberry Music Festival not been cancelled, hotel rooms are empty and the local coffee roaster got rid of all 6 employees because the road to Yosemite is closed. One hotelier has had $20,000 in cancellations just this week. In the park, tourists are enjoying elbow room as hard-to-get campsite and lodging rooms are full but day tourists are staying away out of fear of fire and smoke. (AP Photo/The Modesto Bee, Elias Funez, File)

File - In this Aug. 24, 2013 file photo, Pinecrest General Store owner Dan Vaughn stands in his empty business in Pinecrest, Calif. Vaughn says that business is down 90% from normal at this time of year as a result of the Rim Fire which continues to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest. Vaughn sent four of his employees home due to the lack of business. It doesn't pay to be a dateline in a disaster story, as the folks around Groveland, Calif. will tell you. On what would have been the busiest weekend of the summer had the Strawberry Music Festival not been cancelled, hotel rooms are empty and the local coffee roaster got rid of all 6 employees because the road to Yosemite is closed. One hotelier has had $20,000 in cancellations just this week. In the park, tourists are enjoying elbow room as hard-to-get campsite and lodging rooms are full but day tourists are staying away out of fear of fire and smoke. (AP Photo/The Modesto Bee, Elias Funez, File)

WESTERN WILDFIRES-YOSEMITE
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Fire crews are continuing to battle a stubborn wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park.
Smoke has been hampering both suppression efforts and the views sought by holiday weekend tourists.
It obscured Yosemite Valley for the first time Saturday. The valley is home to the park's most popular landmarks.
And weather forecasts indicate the dense blanket could stick around until Monday.
As a health precaution, visitors are being asked to scale back their outdoor recreation plans and avoid strenuous activities or even stay indoors.
Firefighting aircraft are back in the air after being grounded Saturday morning because of low visibility.
Fresh firefighters are being brought in to replace tired crews, but officials don't plan to reduce the nearly 5,000 people assigned to the blaze.
Officials are concerned about a 150-acre spot fire that crossed a road and prompted an evacuation order for homes near the west entrance of Yosemite.
The two-week-old wildfire has burned 343 square miles. It's the largest now burning in the United States and is the fifth-largest in California history.

NEWBORN LEFT IN TRASH
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities are searching for the mother of a newborn baby boy who was found in a pile of trash in Jersey City.
Hudson County prosecutors say the child was found Saturday afternoon near the city's McGinley Square neighborhood. The boy was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where a spokesman tells The Newark Star-Ledger the boy was breathing on his own.
Prosecutors did not disclose how long the child may have been outside.
Residents who live nearby say neighborhood children heard crying and saw movement in a pile of trash, then alerted the building superintendent, who called police.
Building superintendent Arturo Rivas tells The Jersey Journal he usually kicks kids out of the courtyard where the baby was found, but this time he's glad the teens were there.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Dozens of noticeable aftershocks above magnitude 4.0 are expected in the remote Aleutian Island region off Alaska in the days and weeks following a major 7.0 earthquake.
Alaska state seismologist Michael West says a dozen measurable aftershocks have already hit the region since Friday's quake, including one reaching 6.1 in strength.
None of the aftershocks are expected to cause a notable tsunami, since the initial quake did not cause one.
West says the Aleutian Island area is a major earthquake center, where temblors above magnitude 5.0 are felt every month.
The site of Friday's quake is quite active. West says significant quakes were felt just to the east and the west of Friday's earthquake in 1986 and 1996.

HONOLULU (AP) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is launching a review of whether it should take North Pacific humpback whales off the endangered species list.
NOAA Fisheries is responding to a petition filed by a group of Hawaii fishermen saying the whale should no longer be classified as endangered because its population has steadily grown since the international community banned commercial whaling nearly 50 years ago.
The agency said in a Federal Register notice this week the petition presents substantial scientific and commercial information indicating a delisting may be warranted. It will study the issue for the next year.
The Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition Inc. filed its petition in April.
There are more than 21,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific, compared with about 1,400 in the mid-1960s.

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma woman and her pet kangaroo have found a new home at an exotic animal park after battling a city council over her right to keep the animal.
Christie Carr and Irwin the kangaroo moved to The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in March.
Carr and officials in Broken Arrow had argued in 2011 over her right to keep the red kangaroo.
Irwin had been partially paralyzed after running into a fence as a baby three years ago. But he has regained quite a bit of strength and is able to hop.
Carr says the move has been good for both herself and the kangaroo. She says Irwin is able to interact with more people and the other animals help with her depression.


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