Crews Battle Deadly Lake Isabella Wildfire In Scorching Heat; Audio ExcerptCrews made progress against a wildfire that killed two people and destroyed 200 homes as it tore through mountain communities in central California, leaving little time for residents to flee the fast-moving flames. About 2,000 firefighters increased containment on the nearly 68-square-mile blaze to 40 percent, federal fire officials said Sunday evening.
Pepsi Puts Back Artificial Sweetener Linked To Cancer In Mice In Newest Diet Soda; Audio ExcerptPepsiCo is creating a new diet beverage for fans of aspartame less than a year after pulling the artificial sweetener as part of a marketing move over safety concerns. The sweetener had been linked to cancer in lab mice and industry executives blamed the decline in sales on concerns people have about aspartame. The removal of the sweetener tested the theory that it was to blame for fleeing customers. But, the move seems to have been a misstep, with consumers dissatisfied over the change in flavor without the sweetener.
San Francisco Cyclists Outraged With City After 2 Women Killed In Hit-And-Runs; Audio ExcerptCyclists and cycling advocates in San Francisco denounced what they characterize as the inadequacies of the city’s biking infrastructure after two bicyclists were killed in separate hit-and-run crashes Wednesday night. The cyclists were identified as Heather Miller, 41, and Kate Slattery, 26. “City leaders failed Heather and Kate, and we need to let them know that that is unacceptable,” the Bicycle Coalition wrote in a statement on Friday.
First Voyage Through Expanded Panama Canal; Audio ExcerptA giant Chinese container ship has become the first vessel to move from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via the newly-enlarged Panama Canal. The ship was greeted with fireworks and cheers from a crowd that had gathered at the Cocoli locks to celebrate.
Palo Alto officials debate on charging local businesses a transportation taxPalo Alto officials debate on charging local businesses a transportation tax
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