WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is vowing that American retaliation for the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people would send a "strong signal." But British Prime Minister David Cameron is promising to hold off on any action until a U.N. inspection team can complete its investigation in Syria. The U.N. says the team should wrap up its inspection tomorrow and report its findings Saturday.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say thousands of citizens are crowding gas-mask distribution facilities, getting ready for a potential conflict with Syria. Police say officers have been deployed to maintain order in the northern city of Haifa, where more than 5,000 waited in line today for their protective kits. Israel has also called up reservists and deployed missile defense batteries in preparation for a possible Syrian response to an American attack.
GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say crews had a productive day yesterday fighting a more than 300-square-mile fire around Yosemite National Park in California, and the fire is now 30 percent contained. Fire officials aren't sure how long the Rim Fire will continue to burn, but they say they expect to have it fully surrounded in three weeks.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's nuclear regulator says it doesn't know what impact radioactive water leaking from the country's wrecked nuclear plant is having on the Pacific Ocean, and it says the situation must be monitored more closely. Some 80,000 gallons of contaminated water have leaked recently from a storage tank that contains water used to cool reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah dy-EE'-chee) plant, which was damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — San Bernardino, California's biggest creditor, the public employees' retirement system, says it'll continue to work with the city despite its objections over a judge granting it bankruptcy protection yesterday. The retirement system, known as CalPERS, was concerned that San Bernardino may try to dig itself out of debt by cutting money promised to the public pension system. The city faces a $46 million deficit.
Created: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:16:10 EST
Updated: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:16:10 EST