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Wildfires, blistering heat scorch Australia – USA TODAY

Wildfires, blistering heat scorch AustraliaUSA TODAYCANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes overnight were raging in heat wave conditions across rural southern Australia on Wednesday. Firefighters were able to contain most…

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Revelers start ringing in 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Exploding fireworks sprayed from Sydney’s iconic opera house and harbor bridge at midnight Tuesday as the world began ushering in a new year. More than 1 million people crammed the…


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