Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

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New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

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It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

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The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

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Rim Fire Is Third-Largest Wildfire In California's History

Sep 7, 2013
Originally published on September 7, 2013 1:00 pm

The Rim wildfire that began three weeks ago today is now 80 percent contained, officials say, but it has burned more than a quarter of a million acres, and it may continue to grow, thanks to low humidity and other conditions.

More than 3,400 people have helped fight the blaze, the U.S. Forest Service says in its latest status update. Air quality concerns have led to warnings hundreds of miles away, according to NBC News. Officials say a shift in wind direction could help clear out the smoke on Monday.

Reporting from Modesto, Calif., Bob Hensley tells NPR's Newscast unit that the Rim blaze has torched 385 square miles, making it the third-largest wildfire in California's history:

"Officials say it could take a few more weeks for total containment. The weekend weather forecast, calling high temperatures and low humidity levels, could contribute to even further growth.

"Despite its wide scope, the Rim Fire is far from becoming the worst in California history. That distinction goes to the so-called Cedar wildfire, which swept through 427 square miles of San Diego County 10 years ago. The blaze destroyed 2,800 buildings and resulted in the deaths of 14 people.

"Investigators say both the Cedar and now the Rim Fire were started by careless hunters."

Officials on Friday reopened a portion of State Route 120 to traffic, from Groveland, Calif., to Yosemite National Park, but many other access roads remain closed. You can keep an eye on the Rim Fire and other blazes at KPCC's Fire Tracker service.

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