- Reporter's Notebook: Southern California Fires: Bad Weather or Bad Land Development?
The winds are dying down in parts of California; elsewhere fires are still raging. Is there a disturbing message in these conflagrations for other parts of the west? California-- wildfires are continuing to burn. Fires have now charred more than 500,000 acres in Southern California, where the death toll is now 15 and the number of homes destroyed has reached more than 1100. We hear from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Wilderness Society and the Building Industry Association of Southern California.
Suicide Bombings in Iraq
Yesterday saw the worst violence in Baghdad since President Bush declared that combat was over May 1st. At his news conference today, he said again that America won-- be driven away by terrorism. The President-- news conference came just one day after 35 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in what appeared to be coordinated attacks all over the city of Baghdad. Mr. Bush said his commanders still tell him there-- no need for more troops or for a change in strategy. In recent weeks, the President and his team of advisors have been accused of attempting to put a rosy face on an increasingly bad situation. We get reactions on the news conference from journalists in the US and Iraq, a professor of International Relations and an expert in terrorism.