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June 20, 1988 | From Reuters
This island nation was briefly ringed by a band of fire overnight in a celebration of 200 years of European settlement. Governor General Ninian Stephen lit the first of more than 500 bonfires and beacons around the country's 9,300-mile perimeter at dusk Saturday night. By dawn Sunday, the ring was complete as a bonfire 30 miles to the north of Stephen's starting point in Sydney's Botany Bay burst into flame.
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June 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Grief turned to anger Saturday for some of the survivors of a hostel fire that killed 15 backpackers, after police said they were searching for a man who might have set the blaze. Robert Paul Long, 37, was known to have frequented the Palace hostel and was seen there Friday night, shortly before fire swept through the building, Chief Supt. Ken Benjamin said.
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June 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Grief turned to anger Saturday for some of the survivors of a hostel fire that killed 15 backpackers, after police said they were searching for a man who might have set the blaze. Robert Paul Long, 37, was known to have frequented the Palace hostel and was seen there Friday night, shortly before fire swept through the building, Chief Supt. Ken Benjamin said.
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June 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A predawn fire tore through a hostel filled with international backpackers in eastern Australia, killing 15 people and leaving three missing and presumed dead, authorities said. Rescuers used hydraulic platforms to bring dozens of people to safety from the wooden building in Childers, about 170 miles north of Brisbane. Nine people were treated for smoke inhalation. Those killed or missing were 10 Britons, one Spaniard, one Japanese, one South Korean, two Dutch and three Australians.
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June 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A predawn fire tore through a hostel filled with international backpackers in eastern Australia, killing 15 people and leaving three missing and presumed dead, authorities said. Rescuers used hydraulic platforms to bring dozens of people to safety from the wooden building in Childers, about 170 miles north of Brisbane. Nine people were treated for smoke inhalation. Those killed or missing were 10 Britons, one Spaniard, one Japanese, one South Korean, two Dutch and three Australians.
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March 31, 1998 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Huge man-made fires in Asia, Africa, Australia and South America are generating so much smoke that skies over some remote South Pacific islands now have smog at levels that resemble those found in Los Angeles, according to a research paper by Nobel laureate F. Sherwood Rowland of UC Irvine.
SPORTS
October 17, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Twenty-three racehorses, worth more than $760,000 were killed overnight in two separate stable fires in Australia, police said today. About 30 horses were rescued as fires spread through the stables of trainers Peter Miers in Sydney and Graham Turner in Melbourne late Monday night. A spokesman said police were investigating the cause of the fires but it was too early to say whether they were started deliberately.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
An international governing board for aeronautic records has confirmed that a solar-powered drone shattered a long-standing endurance record by flying continuously for 14 days last summer. Built by British defense contractor QinetiQ, the drone remained airborne 336 hour, 22 minutes, crushing the previous endurance record for a robotic plane, which was held by Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Global Hawk drone. That unmanned flight, which took place in March 2001, lasted 30 hours, 24 minutes.
WORLD
December 6, 2002 | From Associated Press
Bush fires raged out of control today around Sydney, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes as firefighters struggled to contain the flames. Overnight, strong, hot winds fanned more than 60 fires around Australia's largest city, including one in a park just six miles from downtown. Rain in some areas and a change in wind direction failed to extinguish the flames. The area is in the midst of a severe drought.
NEWS
March 31, 1998 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Huge man-made fires in Asia, Africa, Australia and South America are generating so much smoke that skies over some remote South Pacific islands now have smog at levels that resemble those found in Los Angeles, according to a research paper by Nobel laureate F. Sherwood Rowland of UC Irvine.
NEWS
June 20, 1988 | From Reuters
This island nation was briefly ringed by a band of fire overnight in a celebration of 200 years of European settlement. Governor General Ninian Stephen lit the first of more than 500 bonfires and beacons around the country's 9,300-mile perimeter at dusk Saturday night. By dawn Sunday, the ring was complete as a bonfire 30 miles to the north of Stephen's starting point in Sydney's Botany Bay burst into flame.
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January 25, 1995 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Scientists using a satellite to peer down on remote expanses of the Pacific Ocean said Tuesday that the disruptive ocean current known as El Nino is increasing in strength, promising more downpours in California, extended drought in the Caribbean and winter daffodils on New England ski slopes. Government climate experts predict that the unusual current in the Pacific will shape weather in California and throughout the United States for the rest of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2008 | Julie Cart, Times Staff Writer
It was brutally hot, 108 degrees, and the wind was howling. Bushfires were raging in the hills, making their way inexorably toward the Baker farmstead at the foot of the Brisbane Ranges. John and Carlene Baker had moved here to get away from the hurly-burly of the city. They lived with their two children and a cast of orphaned animals on a 60-acre spread they called Foxford. Now, all of it was threatened. Embers were falling around the house. The animals were growing restless.
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