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By: AP
By: AP
People evacuated from the Ketchum, Idaho, area anxiously await word about their homes.

People evacuated from the Ketchum, Idaho, area anxiously await word about their homes.

WESTERN WILDFIRES
HAILEY, Idaho (AP) -- Fire officials say a wildfire pushed by strong gusts and fed by dry timber and brush made a push north and forced more evacuations near the Idaho resort town of Ketchum.
Still, firefighters made some progress on the Beaver Creek Fire Saturday as five more hotshot crews arrived to slow the march of flames toward homes in the affluent town and neighboring Hailey.
The fire grew to 144 square miles Friday night and pushed north of Ketchum near U.S. Highway 75. Officials will have a better sense of the size after flyovers with infrared cameras Saturday night.
So far, 2,300 residences have been evacuated since the lightning-ignited fire began Aug. 7.
Elsewhere, in northern Utah, about 10 homes were destroyed when a wildfire raced through the community of Willow Springs late Friday.

BOSTON (AP) -- The Republican National Committee has approved a resolution to block two television networks from hosting GOP presidential primary debates.
Friday's vote affirms RNC chairman Reince Priebus's (ryns PREE'-bus) threat against CNN and NBC unless the networks drop plans to air programs about possible Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton. The vote at the committee's summer meeting in Boston was unanimous.
Priebus said that the networks have, quote, "an obvious bias."
Even before the Clinton dispute, Republican leaders favored plans to have fewer presidential debates with more friendly moderators. They believe their 2012 presidential candidates spent too much time beating up each other in last year's months-long primary season, which contributed to Mitt Romney's loss.

ANAKTUVUK PASS, Alaska (AP) -- The Alaska Air National Guard says crews equipped with night-vision goggles rescued a hunter more than 36 hours after he was mauled by a brown bear in northern Alaska's remote Brooks Range.
The man was part of a guided hunting party about 30 miles north of the tiny village of Anaktuvuk Pass. Initial rescue efforts by local search teams and the Alaska State Troopers were turned back because of dense fog.
The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center learned of the man's plight Thursday. A medical professional who happened to be in a nearby hunting party reached him and stemmed his blood loss.
The Alaska Air National Guard launched a search-and-rescue plane and helicopter from an Air Force base near Fairbanks at 12:30 a.m. Friday. The plane's crew launched flares to guide the helicopter through the pass, and the helicopter reached the victim before 3 a.m. Friday.
The man was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The advent of digital meters which allow real-time monitoring has begun to prompt some electric companies to take a page out of the mobile phone marketing book.
In a shake-up of rigid old one rate business models, electric companies have begun increasingly offering free nights, free weekends and pre-paid plans.
Forty-two percent of U.S. electric customers have digital meters, up from less than 5 percent in 2008. The percentage is rising.
Digital meters have enabled traditional utilities to reduce their costs by encouraging customers to use electricity during off-peak hours, when it is cheaper.
But there is a potential downside for customers. Some plans offer low introductory rates that can quickly skyrocket. Others have high early-termination fees. Some fixed-rate plans are a great deal if power prices rise, but not if they fall.
If customers are careful, though, they can pay less.

PENN STATE-ABUSE
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A lawyer says his client is the first to settle a civil claim against Penn State related to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case.
Attorney Tom Kline confirmed in an email that the client known as Victim 5 when he testified at Sandusky's criminal trial has agreed to terms with the university.
The deal was first reported Saturday by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The paper says it's among 26 settlements expected soon among the 31 young men who have pressed claims over the actions of the university's former assistant football coach. A Penn State spokesman says the school "continues to make progress on multiple settlements" but isn't commenting on the newspaper's report of a multimillion-dollar deal.
Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The world thinks of Grace Kelly as a fashion icon, movie star, princess, wife and mother, yet in Philadelphia she's first and foremost remembered as a hometown girl who never forgot her roots.
So organizers of a new exhibit on Kelly's upbringing, Hollywood career and ascent to royalty say it's fitting that the show is making its only U.S. stop in the area where she spent her early years.
"Grace Kelly: Beyond the Icon" opens Oct. 28 at the Michener Art Museum in suburban Doylestown, not far from where Kelly made her professional stage debut at the Bucks County Playhouse in 1949.
On view will be personal photos and correspondence, her 1954 Oscar for "The Country Girl," film clips and home movies, as well as iconic fashions she made famous.

OBAMA-VACATION
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) -- President Barack Obama wrapped up his Martha's Vineyard vacation by playing golf with comedian Larry David.
The president hit the links for five hours Saturday in an unlikely foursome that included the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star, former U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and businessman Glenn Hutchins, a part owner of the Boston Celtics.
Obama has golfed most days during his weeklong getaway, which ends Sunday.
Obama spent a couple hours Saturday morning with his wife and daughters on a private beach on the island's south shore. The first family went out for dinner Saturday night at The Boathouse Restaurant, which overlooks the harbor in historic Edgartown.
The president has kept a low profile during his stay. He spoke out publicly only once, to condemn escalating violence in Egypt.


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