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August 2009

August 2009

August 31, 2009
Two firefighters killed battling California wildfire
Firefighters tried to hold back a massive wildfire from consuming thousands of homes and an essential communications center in Los Angeles County as they mourned two of their own who were killed when their vehicle was overrun by fast-moving flames and rolled down a mountain side. Read more

August 28, 2009
Kidnapped California girl found 18 years later
A California girl abducted at age 11 in 1991 has been found alive, police said on Thursday, adding her kidnapper apparently fathered two children with her and kept all three living in tents and sheds behind his house. Read more

August 26, 2009
Mass. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy dies at age 77
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77. Read more

August 25, 2009
Bill downgraded after leaving 2 dead on East Coast
The remnants of Hurricane Bill lost the characteristics of a tropical cyclone as it moved farther north in the Atlantic Ocean, forecasters said Monday, a day after the storm's powerful winds churned up waves that were blamed in the deaths of at least two people on the East Coast. Read more

August 20, 2009
Swiss govt to sell stake
Switzerland is selling its nine-per cent stake in UBS, the federal government said on Wednesday, soon after the bank reached a deal with Washington over its tax fraud investigation. Read more

August 18, 2009
US looks to bolster combat troops in Afghanistan
The United States on Tuesday looked for ways to bolster combat troops in Afghanistan as President Barack Obama warned the war would not be "quick" and violence threatened this week's election. Read more

August 17, 2009
Tropical Storm Claudette makes landfall in Fla.
Tropical Storm Claudette has made landfall on the Florida Panhandle near Fort Walton Beach.

The tropical storm's arrival early Monday makes it the first to hit the U.S. mainland this year. Read more