200 firefighters battle 500-acre fire in Big Sur region of California

200 firefighters battle 500-acre fire in Big Sur region of California

MONTEREY, Calif., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The wildfire in the Big Sur region in California has destroyed at least 15 homes and burned through 500 acres, fire officials said.

Mother, child missing after Los Angeles fire

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A mother and child were missing and feared dead after an intense fire consumed their apartment above a Los Angeles auto mechanic's shop, officials said.

'Gandhi' Oscar returned to Academy

MUMBAI, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Bhanu Athaiya, the first Indian to win an Oscar -- for costume design on 1982's "Gandhi" -- said she returned her statuette to the Academy for safekeeping.

Firefighter shot in '92 riots back at work

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles firefighter shot during riots in 1992 says his passion for his work enabled him to walk again and return to the job.

Pakistan claims drone wreckage found

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Pakistani officials said Wednesday they have found the wreckage of a downed U.S. drone inside the country, but U.S. officials denied the report.

Hawaii's botanical history is expanded

WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- Smithsonian Institution scientists say one of Hawaii's most dominant plants, Metrosideros, has existed on the islands much longer than previously believed.

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Crossdressing firefighter busted in bikini

MASON, Ohio, April 4 (UPI) -- A 46-year-old firefighter has been arrested in Mason, Ohio, after reportedly driving drunk in a park while wearing a bikini and woman's wig.

Driver charged with stealing newspapers

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A New York Daily News delivery truck driver and his helper have been charged with stealing bundles of the New York Times and Post from a newsstand.

Scientists to barcode all life species

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- In a modern version of the Noah's Ark, British and other scientists plan to bar code every species of life on Earth to have a record of genetic sequences.

Delaware victim says campaign ads 'OK'

WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A Delaware corrections counselor who was held hostage and raped by a convict says she's not upset her case is playing a role in Delaware's gubernatorial race.

Scott Miller on Amtrak tour

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Scott Miller will embark on an unusual tour January in conjunction with Amtrak's Crescent City line from New Orleans to New York.

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