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A few weeks ago an American Jewish journalist received a visa to report from Iran. That by itself was not unusual.

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National Creek Complex Facebook Page

UPDATE THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 5 PM: Crews working on the National Creek Complex of fires near Diamond Lake began burnout operations this afternoon, to consume fuel between the fires and containment lines.

The operations are expected to create more smoke, so the Oregon Department of Transportation may close Oregon Highway 138 intermittently, with delays of 20 minutes or more for travelers.

Stouts Creek Fire Facebook Page

UPDATE THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 5 PM: The number of firefighters dipped under a thousand at the Stouts Creek Fire , a further sign that the fire is nearing containment, and that there are more urgent fires elsewhere.

Nobody should take the changes as a signal to relax.  "We’re still sitting on a lot of fuel out there,” said John Pellissier, Operations Section Chief for the Oregon Department of Forestry. 

Another quarter-mile or so of containment line remains to be constructed, and fire managers plan further burnout out operations to rob the fire of potential fuel.

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Greek Island Of Kos Burdened By Migrant Migration

Aug 20, 2015
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Across the U.S., small farmers have been struggling for years with low commodity prices and rising production costs. Even for organic farmers, who can justify higher prices, making a profit is tough.

But throughout the Midwest, a new farm-to-table strategy is giving a boost to some farmers.

The people of Bayou la Batre, Ala., say you know their town by the four seasons.

"Shrimp, fish, crab and oyster," says Stephanie Nelson Bosarge. "That's your four seasons."

Bosarge grew up here in a house less than a thousand feet from the water — one of nine kids, the fourth generation to work in the seafood industry.

Today all that's left of the house is a concrete slab. Grass and weeds are creeping up over what's left of the oyster run, where a conveyor belt once carried shells between the shuckers.

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