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News Wrap: More towns evacuate amid Alberta wildfire emergency

In our news wrap Thursday, three more Alberta towns were evacuated a day after more than 80,000 were forced to flee a massive wildfire in the heart of Canadian oil country. Also, four people were rescued after being trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building in Kenya for six days.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    And I'm Hari Sreenivasan.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    On the "NewsHour" tonight, a new dynamic on the campaign trail:

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Also ahead this Thursday, no more e-cigarettes for minors. The FDA announces new age requirements in a crackdown on unregulated tobacco, while California raises the legal age for smoking to 21.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And, planning a vacation? How airlines are battling over bargain passenger fairs for trips to the Caribbean.

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  • MAN:

    The airlines are afraid that if customers are given the choice, they'll buy their tickets somewhere else from someone who will offer them a better deal. The last I heard, that was capitalism.

    (END VIDEO CLIP)

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour".

    (BREAK)

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In the day's other news, a raging wildfire forced new evacuations in the heart of Canada's oil sands country. Wind-driven flames had already put more than 80,000 people to flight, from Fort McMurray in Alberta. There were more towns to the south that were evacuated as the fire swept across tinder-dry woodlands.

    Paul Davies of Independent Television News has this report.

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  • PAUL DAVIES:

    They are driving away from homes they have abandoned to the flames. The fire so close, it's showering sparks from trees it's consuming alongside the road. And caught in this vision of Armageddon, thousands of families running for their lives.

    How long it will be before Fort McMurray will welcome people again, no one can know.

    The city had laid on a fleet of buses to help the less advantaged escape from the inevitable destruction, but there were strict limits on what possessions could be taken. For many, it was the clothes they could carry and their pets but no more.

  • DONNA GOALLAMOT, Evacuee:

    You don't know what's burned and what's not burned, when you can go back. Now you're sitting here and all you see is red flames. It's pretty scary.

  • PAUL DAVIES:

    The evacuation so far prevented loss of life but in the suburbs where the flames have done their worse and moved on, there is little left for people to return to.

    Two thousand buildings have been destroyed and tonight there are fears large portions of the city may be lost before any improvement in weather conditions.

    (END VIDEOTAPE)

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The fire has also shut down about one-third of Canada's total crude oil capacity.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A near- miracle today in Nairobi, Kenya. Four more people were rescued after being trapped for six days in the rubble of a collapsed building. The first was a woman who was eight months pregnant and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Officials said her unborn baby did not survive. The death toll from Friday's collapse now stands at 36, with dozens still missing.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In Syria, an air strike killed at least 28 people in a crowded refugee camp, including children. It happened at the northwestern town of Sarmada, in a rebel-held area near the Turkish border. Video posted on social media showed tents burned to the ground, amid clouds of dark smoke. The camp is home to around 2,000 people. It was unclear whose planes carried out the strike, but U.S. officials denied any role.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Meanwhile, the prime minister of Turkey announced today he's resigning, moving the NATO nation ever closer to authoritarian rule. Ahmet Davutoglu had held his office since 2014, but he was at odds with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who's pushing for greater power for himself. Even so, the prime minister pledged continued support for Erdogan, despite his crackdown on dissent.

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  • AHMET DAVUTOGLU, Former Prime Minister, Turkey (through interpreter):

    My loyalty to our president will continue until the last breath I will breathe. Nobody has or will hear a single word against our president from my mouth. Everybody should know that and I would never let people exploit this matter.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The resignation comes as Europe is relying on Turkey to cut off the flow of migrants, and the U.S. needs its help fighting the Islamic state group.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Back in this country, the number of sexual assaults reported in the military stayed about the same last year, but Pentagon officials say it's still far too high. In all, there were 6,083 reports of assaults in 2015, virtually unchanged from 2014. At the same time, more than 16,000 service members intervened in situations they believed could escalate to sexual assault.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    President Obama has commuted prison sentences for 58 more federal convicts. It's part of his recent push to overhaul the criminal justice system, with a focus on non-violent drug offenders. Most of this latest group will be freed in September. 18 had been serving life sentences.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Wall Street struggled to find much direction today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained nine points to close at 17,660, the NASDAQ fell eight points, and the S&P 500 dropped a fraction of a point.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And, a game that dates back to 1978 leads the new class of inductees into the Video Game Hall of Fame. "Space Invaders" set off a craze for arcade games in the '70s and '80s. Also inducted today: the educational adventure game "Oregon Trail," as well as "Sonic The Hedgehog," "The Sims," "The Legend of Zelda," and "Grand Theft Auto 3", which has been criticized for violence and sexual content.

    The Video Game Hall of Fame is in Rochester, New York.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, conservatives for and against the presumptive Republican nominee, the rise of discount airlines in the U.S., and much more.

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