Navy Lt. Brad Snyder was blinded a year ago by an IED blast in Afghanistan. On Friday he won a gold medal for the 400-meter freestyle in the London Paralympics, a performance he hopes will inspire other wounded vets.
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.
Six-food lizard on the loose? Yes, a 25-pound pet Nile monitor lizard, named Dino, is loose in Woodland Park, Colo. The six-foot lizard eats small animals, including dogs and cats, warns the local sheriff.