The space shuttle Endeavour, bolted atop a Boeing 747 jumbo jet, left its Florida home port for the last time on Wednesday and headed to California to begin a new mission as a museum exhibit.
No Twitter, no cell phones – one family was without gadgets for six days and, says Dad, was better for it.
Air tankers and helicopters have slowed the Ponderosa wildfire in efforts to protect homes in Mineral, Calif., and the Lassen Volcanic National Park.
The Ponderosa fire in northern California threatens another 900 homes. The Ponderosa fire is 57 percent contained. Elsewhere in the West, states are tallying the rising costs of big wildfires this season.
The Ponderosa fire in northern California is spreading, 3,000 people have been evacuated and 24,000 acres have burned.
The blaze, which has destroyed seven homes and threats continued to threaten thousands of homes, as fearful residents sought safety miles away at an emergency shelter.
At least seven homes have been lost to a growing wildfire in the northern part of the Golden State.
Hundreds of evacuated residents forced to flee a large central Washington fire waited for word Thursday on when they might be able to return home.
The west is having one of the worst wildfire seasons in decades. So far 6.4 million acres have burned, and on Wednesday Idaho residents were evacuated to avoid another massive wildfire.
Computers and personal items were taken when the late Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home was burglarized in July.