Wildfires near Sierra Nevada, Yosemite destroy 11 homes

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Firefighters in Northern California are battling two wildfires that have destroyed 11 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills and near Yosemite.

US: Satellite images show Russian rockets hitting Ukraine

The State Department says the photos show burn marks from the firing of multiple rocket launchers inside Russia and resulting craters on the other side of the border.

Several injured by lightning in Venice, Catalina Island

A flash thunderstorm brought some much-needed rain to the Southland Sunday, and some unwanted lightning. The storms left a number of people injured on Venice Beach and Catalina Island and sparked several fires.

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Caltrans applies for funds to begin mountain lion overpass

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Caltrans has applied for a grant to help it establish what might be the state's first-ever overpass for the use of landlocked mountain lions and their food chain subordinates.

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At 75, Batman still seeks justice, not revenge

"What Batman provides, what all superheroes provide is this notion that good will triumph over evil," says author Glen Weldon. "That evil will have its day, but there will be somebody up there who will keep trying, who will keep looking out for us. ... He's catharsis in a cape." Above, Adam West, as Batman, makes a road safety film with child actors in Kensington, London in the late 1960s.

Batman keeps avenging the death of his parents, but "it's not a vendetta, it's a crusade," says author Glen Weldon. "He represents the idea of: 'This thing that happened to me? Never again.' "

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Judges overturns DC ban on handguns in public

Hank Johnson displays his Glock handgun, inside his home in Springboro, Ohio. D.C. lawmakers had hoped to maintain a ban on carrying handguns in public, but a district court last week overturned it.

A district court judge says the law that prohibited people from carrying handguns outside their homes violates the Second Amendment.

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Mystery radio wave bursts baffle astronomers

Scientists say a brief burst of radio activity has been detected at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. This new report resembles previous activity detected in Australia, which has scientist debating possible causes, including solar flares, blitzars, or something even more mysterious.

Two large radio telescopes have detected very brief, powerful bursts of radio waves, and so far, scientists have no idea what's causing them.