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California Fires Spread; Justice To 'Recharge' Civil Rights Division

Firefighters set this "back fire" in La Crescenta in a bid to control the spread of flames. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Firefighters set this "back fire" in La Crescenta in a bid to control the spread of flames.

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The news from southern California this morning isn't good. As the Los Angeles Times puts it, "Blaze Consumes 105,000 Acres, No End In Sight. Huge Wildfire Shows Little Sign Of Slowing Down."

"This is a very angry fire that we're fighting right now," U.S. Forest Service Cmdr. Mike Dietrich said Monday night.

Nova Safo filed this report for NPR News earlier. Firefighters are trying to box in the blazes outside Los Angeles, but are hindered by the rugged terrain:

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As we noted yesterday, there are many online sources for keeping track of the fires.

Other stories making headlines this morning include:

The New York Times — "Justice Dept. To Recharge Enforcement Of Civil Rights": "Seven months after taking office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is reshaping the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division by pushing it back into some of the most important areas of American political life, including voting rights, housing, employment, bank lending practices and redistricting after the 2010 census."

Politico — "White House Fears Liberal War Pressure": "White House officials are increasingly worried liberal, anti-war Democrats will demand a premature end to the Afghanistan war before President Barack Obama can show signs of progress in the eight-year conflict, according to senior administration sources."

Related stories on Morning Edition:

— "Afghan Commander Calls For New Strategy."

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— "Fraud Complaints Cloud Afghan Election."

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— ABC News' Political Punch blog — Obama Is Having More Success Against Terrorists Than Bush Did, President's National Security Adviser Says: "Responding to criticism from former Vice President Cheney that President Obama is making the nation more vulnerable to terrorism, the president's National Security Adviser, Gen. Jim Jones (Ret.), told ABC News in an exclusive interview that actually the reverse is true: President Obama's greater success with international relations has meant more terrorists put out of commission."

— The Associated Press — "Mexico Tries To Evacuate Thousands Ahead of Jimena": "Emergency workers struggled to evacuate thousands of reluctant slum dwellers as extremely dangerous Hurricane Jimena approached Mexico's resort-studded Baja California Peninsula on Tuesday. Jimena, just short of Category 5 status with winds of near 155 mph (250 kph), could rake the harsh desert region fringed with picturesque beaches and fishing villages as a major storm by Tuesday evening."

— BBC News — "Iran Has 'New Nuclear Proposal' ": "Iran has prepared a new nuclear proposal and is ready to resume talks on its nuclear program, according to media reports. The Islamic Republic's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili was quoted making the claim on Iranian television."

Among the news to watch for later today: At 10 a.m. ET, the Census Bureau releases figures on construction spending in July.

Contributing: Chinita Anderson of Morning Edition.