California wildfire moves toward Yosemite, small mountain towns

California wildfire moves toward Yosemite, small mountain townsBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A fierce California wildfire crept toward the boundary of Yosemite National Park on Tuesday as crews fought through steep, often inaccessible terrain and thick smoke to protect a string of small mountain communities in the path of the flames. "The fire continues to grow," fire spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman said. "There's a lot of vegetation and it's very, very dry, there's a significant amount of beetle kill (in the trees)." "The story is, this is steep terrain," Freeman said.



Texas executes convicted killer despite plea by victim's family

Texas executes convicted killer despite plea by victim's familyTexas executed a man on Tuesday for murdering a store owner during a robbery in 2004, despite calls from some relatives of the victim that his life be spared. Christopher Young, 34, was put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in the city of Huntsville for the murder of Hasmukh Patel at his convenience store in San Antonio, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Young became the 13th U.S. inmate put to death this year, and the 553rd in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.



Majority of Americans think Trump mishandling Russia: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Majority of Americans think Trump mishandling Russia: Reuters/Ipsos pollForty-two percent of registered voters said they approved of Trump’s performance in office in the latest opinion poll, compared with a daily average of between 40 and 44 percent so far in July. The poll found that 55 percent of registered voters disapproved while 37 percent approved of his handling of relations with Russia. Among Republicans, 71 percent approved of his handling of Russia compared to 14 percent of Democrats.



Texas executes convicted killer despite plea by victim's family

Texas executes convicted killer despite plea by victim's familyTexas executed a man on Tuesday for murdering a store owner during a robbery in 2004, despite calls from some relatives of the victim that his life be spared. Christopher Young, 34, was put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in the city of Huntsville for the murder of Hasmukh Patel at his convenience store in San Antonio, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Young became the 13th U.S. inmate put to death this year, and the 553rd in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.



Majority of Americans think Trump mishandling Russia: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Majority of Americans think Trump mishandling Russia: Reuters/Ipsos pollMore than half of Americans disapprove of the way U.S. President Donald Trump is handling relations with Russia, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after his controversial summit and joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Forty-two percent of registered voters said they approved of Trump’s performance in office in the latest opinion poll, compared with a daily average of between 40 and 44 percent so far in July. The poll found that 55 percent of registered voters disapproved while 37 percent approved of his handling of relations with Russia.







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