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AFGHANISTAN BOMBING-US TROOPS-CALIFORNIA

Afghanistan Bombing-US Troops-California

LOS ANGELES — Four of the U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing at the airport in Kabul were Marines from California. Officials released the names of the victims Saturday. Among them was 23-year-old Sgt. Nicole Gee of Sacramento who posted a photo on social media last week holding a baby in her arms at the airport and said, “I love my job.” The other three California Marines killed were from Rancho Cucamonga, Indio and Norco. SENT: 400 words.

WESTERN WILDFIRES

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Firefighters faced a critical day in efforts to prevent a massive California wildfire from reaching the Lake Tahoe resort region Saturday, fearing that hot, gusty winds could fuel the stubborn blaze. SENT: 420 words, photos.

WESTERN WILDFIRES-FIRE CAMP-EXPLAINER

BOISE, Idaho — Empty cow pastures on one day can be bustling with hundreds of firefighters the next as fire camps with colorful tent cities spring up. More than 20,000 wildland firefighters are battling some 100 large wildfires in the U.S. West, and truckloads of supplies and equipment are needed to keep them effective at fighting flames for weeks on end. The largest blazes can draw more than 1,000 firefighters and support staff. Food caterers, semi-trailers with shower stalls and portable bathrooms are brought in. SENT: 945 words, photos.

MOUNTAIN LION-ATTACKS CHILD

SAN FRANCISCO — A mountain lion that attacked a 5-year-old boy and dragged the child across his front lawn in Southern California has been shot and killed by a wildlife officer, authorities say. SENT: 275 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Health investigators across the U.S. are finding it nearly impossible to keep up with the deluge of new infections and carry out contact tracing efforts that were once seen as a pillar of the nation’s pandemic response. States are hiring new staff and seeking out volunteers to bolster the ranks of contact tracers that have been overwhelmed by surging coronavirus cases. By Michelle L. Price. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

SPORTS:

BBN-ROCKIES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Jon Gray starts for the Colorado Rockies against David Price and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the middle game of their series. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins 10 p.m. EDT.

BBN-GIANTS-BRAVES

ATLANTA -- In a showdown of division leaders, the Giants’ Logan Webb takes a 12-start unbeaten streak into an outing against the Braves. Webb hasn’t lost since May 5, going 6-0 with a 1.63 ERA in 12 appearances. Huascar Ynoa, who in May broke his right hand punching a bench, pitches for Atlanta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:20 p.m. EDT.

BBA-YANKEES-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. —The Yankees try for their 14th straight victory when they face Frankie Montas and the A’s. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 1:07 p.m.

BBO-PADRES-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Weathers returns to San Diego’s rotation when the Padres go for a two-game interleague sweep of the spiraling Los Angeles Angels, who counter with Jose Suarez. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Starts 6 p.m. PDT.

FBN-RAMS-BRONCOS

DENVER -- Von Miller and Courtland Sutton return from injuries that erased their 2020 seasons when the Denver Broncos host the Los Angeles Rams in their preseason finale Saturday night. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff is 9:05 p.m.

FBC-HAWAII-UCLA

PASADENA, Calif. — Chip Kelly opens his fourth season at UCLA in search of his first non-conference win. The Bruins look to make that happen on Saturday when it hosts in Hawaii at the Rose Bowl in the season opener for both teams. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 12:30 p.m. PT

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