UPDATE 2-Gusty winds persist, spreading fires in western U.S.
June 13 (Reuters) - Prime conditions for wildfires prevailed again on Wednesday in the western United States, where firefighters are battling to gain control over several large blazes that have forced the evacuation of more than 4,400 homes.
Soccer-Yekaterinburg stadium goes 'inside out' for World Cup
YEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 13 (Reuters) - Twelve thousand Egypt and Uruguay fans will find themselves perched under open skies at either end of the Yekaterinburg Arena when Russia's easternmost World Cup venue hosts its first match on Friday.
Bud fades to tropical storm, seen weakening before hitting Mexico
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Bud weakened to a tropical storm off Mexico's Pacific coast on Wednesday, the U.S National Hurricane Center said, adding that it should diminish further before hitting the Baja California peninsula late the next day.
Poland has not addressed key concerns over court independence: EU's Timmermans
STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Poland has not addressed the key concerns of the European Commission over the independence of courts, the First Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said on Wednesday, adding he would travel to Warsaw for talks next week.
U.S. disaster-response force stretched thin as hurricane season starts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last September, the top U.S. disaster-response official ordered all hands on deck.
Beijing one of China's worst offenders in air pollution in May
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital was once again identified as one of the worst places for air quality in May, ministry data showed on Wednesday, although general air quality in its nearby regions improved.
Winds, high temperatures forecast as large wildfires burn in western U.S.
June 13 (Reuters) - Prime conditions for wildfires are forecast for Wednesday in the western United States, where firefighters are battling to gain control over several large blazes that have forced the evacuation of more than 4,400 homes.
Hurricane Bud weakens to Category 1, off Mexico's Pacific coast: NHC
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Bud has been losing intensity in the Pacific Ocean about 300 miles (483 km) off the coast of Mexico's Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday, and should be no more than a tropical storm by the time it hits land, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
UPDATE 2-Colorado wildfires displace thousands, prompt national forest closure
DENVER, June 12 (Reuters) - Firefighters battled to gain control over several large wildfires in Colorado on Tuesday, including two blazes at opposite ends of the state that have prompted the evacuation of more than 3,500 homes and the closure of a national forest.
CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-USDA sees smaller corn, soy stocks as demand rises
WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) - Rising demand on both the domestic and overseas fronts spurred a cut in the U.S. Agriculture Department's outlook for corn and soybean stockpiles, the government said on Tuesday.
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