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Crew covers a row of fireworks shells that have been loaded into launching tubes at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, N.M., for the city's annual Fourth of July festival.  (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
Crew covers a row of fireworks shells that have been loaded into launching tubes at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, N.M., for the city's annual Fourth of July festival. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
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July 4th? Arthur moves celebrations to 3rd or 5th

NEW YORK (AP) -- As Americans prepared to celebrate the nation's 238th birthday, Hurricane Arthur forced several East Coast cities to switch the dates of their Fourth of July shows and officials in the drought-stricken West urged caution in setting off fireworks.

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A helicopter dumps water on a portion of the Funny River Fire, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Funny River community in Soldotna, Alaska. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney)
A helicopter dumps water on a portion of the Funny River Fire, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Funny River community in Soldotna, Alaska. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney)
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Alaska Wildfire Keeps Growing After Evacuations

Officials said that possible rain forecast this week in Alaska could help crews gain control over a massive wind-whipped wildfire that forced dozens of people to flee to shelters and move some of their animals to safety at rodeo grounds.

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Tourists watch the Slide Fire from a scenic overlook as it burns up Oak Creek Canyon nearby on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Sedona, Ariz.  The fire has burned approximately 4,800 acres. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Tourists watch the Slide Fire from a scenic overlook as it burns up Oak Creek Canyon nearby on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Sedona, Ariz. The fire has burned approximately 4,800 acres. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Progress Reported Against Arizona Wildfire

Firefighters are making progress in keeping a wildfire burning in a scenic Arizona canyon south of Flagstaff in check, even as the flames spread.

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The fires in Arizona add to a troubling start for the brush fire season in the west, beginning with multiple fires in Southern California last week, including this one in  Escondido, May 15. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
The fires in Arizona add to a troubling start for the brush fire season in the west, beginning with multiple fires in Southern California last week, including this one in Escondido, May 15. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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More Crews Headed to Spreading Arizona Wildfire

More crews are being sent to northern Arizona to battle a wind-whipped 450-acre wildfire near Slide Rock State Park in scenic Oak Creek Canyon.

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A wildfire climbs a canyon toward homes Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad as Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave. (AP Photo)
A wildfire climbs a canyon toward homes Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad as Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave. (AP Photo)
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Weary California Crews Prepare for More Wildfires

Firefighters scoured charred hillsides north of San Diego on Saturday to guard against a resurgence of flames that ripped through the region, while the last of tens of thousands of evacuees prepared to return home. For those battling a series of blazes for days, the relief was mixed with a sense of dread that drought-sapped vegetation, high temperatures and low humidity portend a long fire season ahead.

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Smoke plumes rise behind the  Marine Corps Camp Pendleton entrance Friday, May 16, 2014, in Oceanside, Calif. San Diego County officials said Friday five wildfires have been 100 percent contained. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Smoke plumes rise behind the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton entrance Friday, May 16, 2014, in Oceanside, Calif. San Diego County officials said Friday five wildfires have been 100 percent contained. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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Calmer Winds Help Tame California Wildfires

Calmer winds helped firefighters gain ground Saturday against fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, while authorities have charged a man for adding fuel to one of the nearly dozen blazes.

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Fire engulfs a structure during a wildfire Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Escondido, Calif. One of the nine fires burning in San Diego County suddenly flared Thursday afternoon and burned close to homes, trigging thousands of new evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Fire engulfs a structure during a wildfire Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Escondido, Calif. One of the nine fires burning in San Diego County suddenly flared Thursday afternoon and burned close to homes, trigging thousands of new evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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Humans Cause Vast Majority of Wildfires Nationally

More than 72,600 wildfires are reported in the U.S. each year and humans are the primary cause, starting roughly six times more blazes than lightning strikes in a given year, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, which tracked fire causes between 2001 and 2013.

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A wildfire climbs a canyon toward homes Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad as Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave. (AP Photo)
A wildfire climbs a canyon toward homes Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad as Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave. (AP Photo)
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Raging Wildfires Threaten San Diego Suburbs

Officials say hundreds of new evacuation orders have been issued for the Southern California city of San Marcos where a wildfire continues burning out of control.

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A sailboat washed ashore by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Global warming is rapidly turning America into a stormy and dangerous place the National Climate Assessment concluded. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
A sailboat washed ashore by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Global warming is rapidly turning America into a stormy and dangerous place the National Climate Assessment concluded. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
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Report: Climate Change Already Affects US

When it came time to deliver a new federal report detailing what global warming is doing to America and the dire forecast for the future, President Barack Obama turned to the pros who regularly deliver the bad news about wild weather: TV meteorologists.

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Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta, right, at a press conference Monday, May 5, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska.The university is one of six locations picked for drone research.  (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta, right, at a press conference Monday, May 5, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska.The university is one of six locations picked for drone research. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
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Media Outlets Challenge Ban on News Drones

More than a dozen media organizations challenged the government's ban on the use of drones by journalists Tuesday, saying the Federal Aviation Administration's position violates First Amendment protections for news gathering.

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