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National News Articles for Thursday, September 18 2014
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Over 2,000 Homes Threatened in California Fire

Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 in the small town of Weed while another Northern California blaze east of Sacramento was threatening more than 2,000 homes as it burned out of control, officials said.

Los Angeles reached 103 degrees this week. How drought is to blame

Southern California continues to swelter under a heat wave that is producing both record temperatures and straining the region’s infrastructure with unprecedented consumer demand. On Tuesday, temperatures hit 103 in downtown Los Angeles —the highest in more than a century.

Airmen No Longer Required to Say ‘So Help Me God’ During Oath

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday that enlisted members and officers are permitted to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths if they so chose. The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday that enlisted members and officers are permitted to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths if they so chose.

Lawmakers grudgingly draft bill to authorize concealed carry of guns in D.C.

People who have a “good reason” to feel threatened — for example, stalking victims — would be able to seek a concealed carry permit for a legally owned handgun under a new D.C. law proposed Thursday. But those with generalized fears, such as apprehension about living in a neighborhood with high crime, would not be considered eligible for such a permit, officials say.

Most Alaskans to Get Nearly $1,900 in Oil Money

It's a highly anticipated day of the year in Alaska, when residents learn how much money they'll receive from the state's oil-wealth savings account — a payout people receive just for living in The Last Frontier.