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Volcano erupts on Hawaii's Big Island, draws crowds to park

Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island roared back to life Sunday night as lava went shooting into the air, boiling away a water lake and sending a massive plume of steam, gas and ash soaring into the atmosphere.

Thick smoke chokes Brazil's north as Amazon fires rage

Blackened tree trunks lay smoldering on the charred ground as thick smoke chokes the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, a scene of devastation that is being repeated across the "lungs of the planet."

Vast forest fires in Indonesia spawn ecological disaster

For farmer Achmad Rusli, it was a season of smoke: Ten weeks without sunlight for his oranges, guavas and durians, thanks to deliberately set forest fires that burned a chunk of Indonesia the size of New Jersey.

Inventor of modern ventilator dies at 94

Forrest Bird, an American aviator who helped save countless lives by inventing the first modern ventilator, has died at the age of 94.

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