While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 3 edition

WILDFIRES RAGE ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Thousands of firefighters battled raging wildfires Sunday in drought-parched California, where officials evacuated entire neighborhoods and closed miles of highway in the path of the inferno, which has claimed at least one life.

Some 6,000 homes were evacuated as 21 large fires burned in the bone-dry western US state, which is in the throes of a historic drought.

A total of 121,000 acres (49,000 hectares) of land have burned so far, according to figures provided by the state.

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TEEN STABBED AT JERUSALEM GAY PRIDE MARCH DIES

A teenage girl stabbed along with five other people at a Jerusalem Gay Pride march by a suspect identified as an ultra-Orthodox Jew died of her wounds on Sunday, a hospital said.

Shira Banki, 16, had been in critical condition since being stabbed in the back during Thursday's march. The five other victims suffered various degrees of injuries.

The suspect, Mr Yishai Shlissel, carried out the attack just weeks after being released from a 10-year prison sentence for stabbing participants of the 2005 Gay Pride march in Jerusalem, wounding three people.

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PENNSYLVANIA DOCTOR LINKED TO SECOND LION HUNTING PROBE

Zimbabwe has linked a Pennsylvania doctor to an investigation into illegal lion hunting, naming him on Sunday as a client of a safari operator accused of breaching regulations.

This comes a week after an American dentist was accused of illegally killing the country's most famous lion, Cecil.

Dr Jan Seski, who runs a women's health practice in Pittsburgh, was named by Zimbabwe as a client of Nyala Safaris, owned by a landowner who has been arrested on accusations of conducting an illegal hunt.

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TRIATHLON TESTS RIO'S OLYMPIC READINESS

Elite triathletes from around the world raced off Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach Sunday in a dress rehearsal for next year's Olympic Games.

The event was vital for athletes looking to secure spots on their national Olympic teams but just as much a test of the city's ability to stage the world's biggest sporting event in exactly 12 months.

With Rio's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain towering in the background, competitors raced across the sand of Copacabana and dived into low surf for the swimming stage of the gruelling event before switching to bicycles, then finally a foot race.

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DR DRE READY WITH 'FINAL'ALBUM AFTER 16 YEARS

Rap mogul Dr Dre will release his first album in nearly 16 years to accompany a film on his former band N.W.A. and he had hinted the record would be his last.

Dr Dre- who has become one of music's richest businesspeople and works with Apple- said the album would come out on Aug 7, a week before the biopic Straight Outta Compton opens in US cinemas.

The album will feature collaborations with his protege Eminem, former N.W.A. bandmate Ice Cube and fellow Los Angeles-area rap giants Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, according to the pre-order information on Apple's iTunes.

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