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Weather.com - 5/16/13
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The Grand fire burns into the Los Padres National Forest near Gorman, Calif., where the blaze charred more than 3,000 acres of wild lands on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
FRAZIER PARK, Calif. — Cooler temperatures and lighter winds gave hundreds of firefighters a slight reprieve Thursday with a 3,500-acre wildfire that has blackened rugged terrain in the Los Padres National Forest.
The fire that broke out Wednesday charred 3,500 acres of dry, thick trees, despite a heavy aerial effort to beat back flames in the largely unpopulated area.
Weather.com - 5/16/13, AP
A home is on fire along Sutfin Road east of Comminsky Road in Highland Township, Wis., east of Solon Springs, Wis., late Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Clint Austin)
TOWN OF GORDON, Wis. -- Firefighters brought the largest wildfire to hit northern Wisconsin in decades under control on Thursday and planned to spend the day reworking lines containing the 9,000-acre fire and tackling hot spots, a Department of Natural Resources spokesman said.
The fire that began Tuesday destroyed 17 homes and 30 other structures in Douglas and Bayfield counties. Gov. Scott Walker was expected to tour areas damaged by the blaze on Thursday.
Weather.com - 5/15/13, AP
This May 14, 2013, photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a smoky wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that has consumed 8,700 acres, destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes. (AP Photo/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
TOWN OF GORDON, Wis. -- Authorities are investigating whether logging operations may have sparked a massive wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that destroyed dozens of buildings and forced at least 60 people from their homes, state officials said Wednesday.
The wildfire has consumed about 8,700 acres in Douglas and Bayfield County but is about 90 percent contained, meaning firefighters have largely arrested the spread of the fire, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Harter said Wednesday morning.
Weather.com - Patrick E. Jones, Mark Stevenson, 5/14/13, Associated Press
A backhoe claws away at the sloping sides of the Nohmul complex, one of Belize's largest Mayan pyramids on May 10, 2013 in northern Belize. A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize's largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project. AP Photo/Jaime Awe
BELIZE CITY – A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize's largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project.
The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, said Monday that the destruction at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was detected late last week. The ceremonial center dates back at least 2,300 years and is the most important site in northern Belize, near the border with Mexico.
Weather.com - Rachel D'Oro, AP, 5/14/13
File photo of Oavlof Volcano in Alaska. It's one of the most active of Alaska's volcanoes. T. Miller, U.S. Geological Survey/Wikimedia Commons
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Another volcano in Alaska is heating up, with seismic instruments signaling a possible eruption, scientists said Monday.
Tremors were detected at Pavlof Volcano, 625 miles southwest of Anchorage, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Satellite imagery showed the mountain was "very, very hot," said John Power, the U.S. Geological Survey scientist in charge at the observatory.
Weather.com - Tracie Cone/AP
Sinking Subdivision in Lakeport, Calif.The wreckage of the Tudor-style dream home of Robin and Scott Spivey who were forced to abandon after the ground gave way causing it to drop 10 feet below the street in Lakeport, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
LAKEPORT, Calif. — Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.
The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from the house and the entire property — manicured lawn and all — dropped 10 feet below the street.
In a groundbreaking move that has already prompted a fierce backlash from psychiatrists, the British Psychological Society's division of clinical psychology (DCP) will on Monday issue a statement declaring that, given the lack of evidence, it is time for a "paradigm shift" in how the issues of mental health are understood. The statement effectively casts doubt on psychiatry's predominantly biomedical model of mental distress – the idea that people are suffering from illnesses that are treatable by doctors using drugs. The DCP said its decision to speak out "reflects fundamental concerns about the development, personal impact and core assumptions of the (diagnosis) systems", used by psychiatry.