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Nation in brief: Obama orders emissions cut

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is putting the federal government on a greenhouse-gas diet.

In an executive order signed Monday, Obama directed all agencies to set targets for reducing climate-altering pollution from government buildings, fleets and federal workers’ commutes.

The agencies will have 90 days to tell the White House how much they plan to measure and reduce greenhouse gases from buildings and vehicles by 2020. Targets for commutes and travel will be due in June.

Firefighters gain on mountain blaze

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. – Firefighters made progress Monday against a wildfire near a Southern California mountain town as weather turned calm and cool.

Evacuation orders remained in effect for several thousand residents of the Wrightwood area but there was little flame visible in the burn area covering 7,500 acres on the east end of the San Gabriel Mountains about 40 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

“It’s mostly smoldering,” said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Robin Prince.

Containment remained at 20 percent but the fire was not expected to jump its existing perimeter unless significant new winds developed, Prince said.

Detainee won’t face death penalty

NEW YORK – The U.S. government has decided not to seek the death penalty against a Guantanamo detainee charged in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

A letter released Monday advises a federal judge that Attorney General Eric Holder told prosecutors not to seek the death penalty in the New York trial of Ahmed Ghailani. His trial is scheduled for September.

Authorities allege he was a bomb-maker, document forger and aide to Osama bin Laden. The attacks at embassies in Tanzania and Kenya killed 224 people.


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