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Million fish die in Calif. marina

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. —An estimated one million fish turned up dead Tuesday in a Southern California marina, creating a floating feast for pelicans, gulls and other sea life and a stinky mess for harbor authorities.

The sardines apparently depleted the water of oxygen and suffocated after getting lost in the marina, officials said.

"All indications are it's a naturally occurring event," said Andrew Hughan, a California Fish and Game spokesman at the scene.

The die-off was unusual but not unprecedented.

Wildfire evacuees in N.M. can return home

SILVER CITY, N.M. —Officials began escorting residents into their neighborhoods Tuesday evening to survey the damage left by a wildfire that raced across nearly 1,800 acres in a rugged area of southwestern New Mexico.

State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware said the fire destroyed 12 homes, damaged up to 60 smaller outbuildings and forced the temporary evacuations of about 100 people. Residents who were initially asked to leave when the fire broke out Monday south of Silver City were allowed to return to their homes late Tuesday.

Eruption in Hawaii gets a new name

HONOLULU — The latest eruption at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has a new working name.

Volcanologists on Tuesday said they are calling it the Kamoamoa Fissure Eruption after the area it is located at Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes.

Kamoamoa, which cracked open Saturday, is continuing to spew loads of lava and gases. Meanwhile, visitors flock to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hoping to catch a glimpse of the 2,000-degree glowing, red-orange lava that is shooting 65 feet high. But visitors are being kept far away from the isolated, remote east zone rift where the eruption is taking place.

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