BANNING, Calif. – Firefighters are making progress battling Southern California’s latest destructive wildfire, which has burned 26 homes and threatened more than 500 others in the San Jacinto Mountains.
The so-called Silver fire, which charred 30 square miles in three days, is 70 percent contained. The fire stopped advancing Saturday as firefighters focused on extinguishing hot spots.
The blaze injured 10 firefighters and seriously burned a mountain biker overrun by the fast-moving flames Wednesday.
At its peak, the fire forced the evacuation of 1,800 people, including 800 campers, but orders have been lifted for all evacuees.
Driver, 13, causes city bus to crash
SHREVEPORT, La. – A 13-year-old boy driving a pickup truck ran a stop sign and then cut off a city bus in Shreveport, La., police said, causing a collision that left him and 12 others injured, some seriously.
At least two people remain hospitalized after the Friday night crash. The boy driver of the truck and 41-year-old bus driver Jenet Howell were in fair condition Saturday afternoon at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.
Howell and a bus passenger suffered head injuries, a fire spokesman said. Nine others were taken to hospitals with less severe injuries.
The boy will likely face juvenile charges of driving without a license, running a stop sign and reckless driving, police said.
Cruz still attacking health act funds
AMES, Iowa – Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is continuing his call for cutting off funding for President Barack Obama’s health care law, telling conservative Christians in Iowa that congressional lawmakers can’t be counted on to do it.
The Texas Republican drew a standing ovation Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, with his denouncement of the health care initiative.
Cruz said such support shows how the fight against the health care law can be won. He said the reaction in the Senate cloakroom would be far different and that if they depend on Washington, in his words, “it will never be done.”
Cruz is part of a push to close the government temporarily as a way of cutting off money for Obama’s health care law.
New UN envoy tells activists to keep at it
LOS ANGELES – New U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is urging young activists to keep pushing for results and avoid bureaucracies that don’t prioritize progress.
In her first public speech as ambassador in Los Angeles on Saturday, Power criticized the United Nations for allowing politics, ideology and entrenched habits to get in the way of its work at times, while praising those who get results and focus on problem-solving.
The remarks came during the closing ceremonies of the Fourth Estate Leadership Summit at UCLA on Saturday.
Sworn in this month, Power, 42, is the youngest-ever head of the U.S. mission.
Driver arrested in fatal hit and run
NEW YORK – A 33-year-old New York City man has been arrested after he allegedly mowed down a family with his car, killing a 4-year-old boy.
John Sanjurjo, of Staten Island, was arrested Saturday on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, police said.
The child was with a 34-year-old woman and a 7-year-old girl when they were struck by a Mercedes around 8:25 p.m. Friday near a Staten Island deli. The driver sped off after the accident, police said.