Kern County - in southern California - was under a state of emergency Wednesday as a result of spreading wildfires that have destroyed 25 homes, caused more than 2,300 people to evacuate and burned 15,000 acres.
On Tuesday afternoon, firefighters were called to a new wild fire southeast of Tehachapi. By late Tuesday night the fire had grown threatening 150 structures, authorities reported. Fire crews battled through the night with aircraft, fire engines, and bulldozers. Crews worked throughout the night protecting homes and continuing to work on containment.
An evacuation center was set up at the old junior high school nearby for evacuees and their pets. Animal control was taking large animals, authorities said.
With scant hours to go before a controversial Arizona immigration law goes into effect, questions remained Wednesday about when a federal judge will rule on seven suits seeking to block its implementation.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton has already said she feels no obligation to rule before the law goes into effect July 29. Bolton said she wants to make sure she gets the ruling right and will not be rushed into making a decision.
Bolton, a federal jurist since 2000, also said she could rule on parts of the Arizona law and does not have to reject or approve it in its totality.
One hundred days after an oil well operated by BP ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico, and 13 days after crews finished capping the
well to contain the previously-gushing crude, the company's incoming Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley says the worst may be over.
"I think - no guarantees - but I believe there will be no more oil flowing into the Gulf as of the 15th of July," Dudley told CNN's "American Morning" on Wednesday.
Dudley, who BP elevated Tuesday to replaced current Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward on October 1, said resolving the crisis is "the single-highest priority for BP going forward."
Ongoing coverage - BP webcam of Gulf oil disaster
9:30 am ET - Chris Bosh on Wall Street -Â NBA star Chris Bosh rings the NYSE opening bell to mark his appointment as a national celebrity ambassador for After-School All-Star.
9:30 am ET - Gulf oil disaster briefing -Â House lawmakers hold a news conference on the 100 day anniversary of the Gulf oil spill.
An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Wednesday:
Pakistan plane crash -Â A Pakistani passenger plane with 152 people onboard crashed on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad Wednesday morning. Pakistan's information minister says no-one survived the crash, and earlier reports of survivors were incorrect. Read the full story
Spain bullfighting - The deep-rooted Spanish tradition of bullfighting is under fire in Barcelona and its region of Catalonia, where the regional parliament voted on Wednesday to ban the fights on cruelty grounds. Read the full story