World Aug 31

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Thousands Evacuate as Calif. Fires Spread

A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California has scorched more than 100,000 acres since it first started on Wednesday, claiming the lives of two firefighters over the weekend and destroying 21 homes in the mountains north of Los Angeles.

A California Senate committee voted Monday to reject a bill by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that would have covered millions of uninsured Californians, ending the hopes of advocates that it would provide a model for national health care reform.

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