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Bone-dry West Coast states curb July 4 fireworks displays

People watch as fireworks explode over San Francisco Bay during the 75th anniversary celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge in San FranciscoBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Authorities battling dozens of large wildfires along the parched U.S. West Coast are clamping down on Independence Day fireworks displays over fears that wayward sparks could trigger fresh blazes. Communities in Washington state and Oregon have imposed restrictions or outright bans on fireworks, while Cupertino, California, joined Alaska's largest city of Anchorage in canceling signature fireworks shows because of drought concerns. "I suggest to show our patriotism, fly U.S. flags, not fireworks," said Erin Janssens, Fire Chief in Portland, Oregon.

Winners and losers from the E3 video-game show

A man walks past the Microsoft booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't as dramatic as last year's, when Sony and Microsoft were battling for attention in advance of the fall debuts of their new game consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Kenya port workers end strike, warn of further protests

A ship docks at the main port in the Kenyan coastal city of MombasaBy Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) - Striking workers at East Africa’s biggest port in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa returned to work on Friday after being warned they could lose their jobs, but said protests over higher health care costs could resume next week. The work stoppage has disrupted business at the biggest in the region, which handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia but the port's management has said normal services would resume by Monday. Workers protesting higher deductions for the government's national health insurance scheme refused to work on Wednesday and Thursday, paralysing operations at the port and prompting port management to advertise their positions in local media.

Vendors in Los Angeles parks may be forced to move along

Teresa De Leon, 54, works as a street vendor in Griffith Park, Los AngelesLourdes Segura and Teresa De Leon, sitting on folding chairs by a playground at a Los Angeles park, have neatly set out anything a child might want, from tiny firework snappers that crackle on pavement to Doritos chips. Thousands of Los Angeles street vendors, many of them unauthorized immigrants in a city that has increasingly sought to show support to migrants, may soon be forced out of parks where they peddle ice cream, toys, trinkets, dresses hung on tree branches and other items. "It's been quite a while since the police bothered us," De Leon, 54, an immigrant from El Salvador, said in Spanish.

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