A few of today's top stories:
The Los Angeles County Fire Department has said it could take at least until the middle of the week to rein in the wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of home in Southern California. (Click here for more)
The Iraqi Cabinet on Sunday approved a security pact that would set the terms for U.S. troops in Iraq. According to the pact, U.S. troops must withdraw from Iraqi cities and town by June 30, 2009 and from all other areas in Iraq at the end of 2011. (Click here for more)
Japan has declared that it is now an economic recession, the first since 2001. Japan's economy is the second largest in the world. (Click here for more)
Astronauts aboard the international space station and the newly arrived shuttle Endeavour plan to start unpacking cargo today, the Associated Press reported. Along with unpacking a new toilet the crew will also set up a contraption that purifies urine and sweat into drinkable water at the orbiting outpost. They didn't tell us this stuff when we wanted to be astronauts as kids.
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