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Firefighter dies battling devastating California wildfires

A firefighter has died battling huge infernos raging across forests in California.

David Ruhl, 38, was in a vehicle in the Modoc National Forest when crews lost contact with him.

An investigation is underway into how he died.

An investigation is underway into how firefighter David Ruhl died. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes during the wildfires, with around 9,000 firefighters working to bring the flames under control.

The fires prompted Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for California and activate the California National Guard to help with disaster recovery.


Sports minister calls for unity to prevent doping

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said they were 'serious allegations' Credit: PA

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said "everyone involved in sport must work together" following fresh claims of doping by Olympic athletes.

These are serious allegations and it is right they are being referred by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to its Independent Commission for investigation. I know UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), one of the best anti-doping agencies in the world, is also supporting this action, and has made it clear it will assist with WADA's enquiries.

UKAD has worked tirelessly to ensure athletes and sport are clean. But everyone involved in sport must work together to ensure we maintain the spirit of sport and prevent doping.

– Tracey Crouch

Ken Dodd says 'Cilla was an inspiration to everyone'

Tributes have been pouring in all afternoon, from friends and fans alike, after the announcement of the death of Cilla Black.

Veteran entertainer Ken Dodd has told ITV "Cilla had tremendous drive and ambition."

He added "Cilla was a huge personality, a sparkling,vivacious lady."

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