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Cheat Sheet: June 3, 2013

Fire north of LA forces nearly 3,000 from homes

Nearly 3,000 people from some 700 homes were under evacuation orders today as a wildfire north of Los Angeles kept growing, feeding on old, dry brush. The blaze had burned about 35 square miles in the mountains and canyons of the Angeles National Forest, destroying at least six homes and damaging 15 more. It appeared to be the fiercest of several burning in the West, including two in New Mexico. In Southern California, about 2,100 firefighters were taking on the wildfire, aided by water-dropping aircraft, including three helicopters expected to stay aloft through the night. (Source)

U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. senator, died today at 89 of viral pneumonia. The oldest member of the Senate and its last WWII veteran, Lautenberg had struggled with health problems since late last year when he missed several weeks of votes because of flu and bronchitis. President Obama sent his condolences to the family and called Lautenberg "a proud New Jerseyan who lived America’s promise as a citizen, and fought to keep that promise alive as a senator." (Source)

SUV involved in crash slams into apartment building

A mother and her three young children were inside an apartment in Portsmouth when a car came crashing into it around 1 p.m. No one was seriously hurt in the accident. Two vehicles had crashed at the intersection of Pullman and Turnpike Avenues, and one of the cars kept moving and slammed into the apartment complex. The apartment building is not condemned, but the family in the affected unit was displaced. Medics responded to the scene, but no one required medical transport. (Source)

Del. Marshall sharply criticizes Smithfield sale

Virginia Del. Robert Marshall, R-Prince William, says that the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods, Inc. to Shuanghui International Holdings, Ltd. Of China isn’t in “the public interest” and will harm “Virginia job holders, families and small Virginia pork producers.” In a letter sent on Friday to Smithfield’s president and CEO, C. Larry Pope, Marshall said the announcement “has not been received well by my constituents, nor in my own family.” Marshall speculates in his letter that the sale will cause the Smithfield brand to suffer as well as many Virginians. (Source)

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