Investigative team to head to AZ wildfire...San Francisco area commuters still trainless

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Associated Press

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 9:00 AM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The heartbreaking memorial is over and today the experts will head to a wildfire scene near Prescott, Ariz., to begin to investigate what went so horribly wrong that 19 elite firefighters died. A spokeswoman for the Southwest incident team says Atlanta NIMO - National Incident Management Organization - will aim to put out a preliminary report in the coming days.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay area is still off the rails today. A strike by hundreds of train workers demanding higher wages means commuters will have to endure another day without the region's heavily used rail system. Transportation officials say the lighter traffic due to the holiday week is helping a little.

MOSCOW (AP) — NSA leaker Edward Snowden is apparently still a Moscow airport resident while he tries to clear the latest hurdles in his asylum-seeking efforts. Russian media report he canceled his asylum bid in Russia because of the terms. And several European countries said such applications can't be made from abroad.

WASHINGTON (AP) — As of now, the interest rate on certain student loans has doubled. And the subsidized Stafford loans could stay at 6.8 percent unless Congress keeps its promise to restore lower rates when it returns from the Fourth of July holiday. Supporters want to roll back the rate before college students start signing loan documents this fall.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat says the U.S. must "unconditionally" accept its offer for dialogue if it wants to ease tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula. He says hostile policies by Washington against his country make war a possibility. He made the remarks at the 27-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum today in Brunei (broo-NEYE').

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