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What we’re reading: California wildfire threatens towns, Gov. Abbott backs law enforcement

The lightning-sparked North Complex Fire is burning across Northern California leaving many acres scorched. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

California wildfire threatens towns

Multiple California towns were told they should be prepared to evacuate as major wildfires move in their direction, according to CNN.

The town of Oroville and the southeastern portion of Paradise have been warned that the North Complex Fire, one of the state’s major wildfires, is moving toward their town.

Paradise was previously devastated by the 2018 Camp Fire which burned 240,000 acres and killed 74 people. 

New Jersey shook by rare earthquake

An earthquake shook East Freehold, New Jersey, on Wednesday morning, according to ABC News.

The 3.1 magnitude earthquake occurred at about 2 a.m. with reports of residents from Philadelphia and New York feeling the shake.

“It would be very surprising for us to see anything more than you know, damaged shelves or picture frames falling off windows,” Robert Sanders, a geophysicist, said about the potential damage.

Only two earthquakes have occurred within 10 miles of this location since 1970.

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake shook East Freehold, New Jersey early Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Gov. Abbott puts forth pledge backing law enforcement

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for Texas political candidates to support law enforcement Wednesday by signing a new pledge, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Gov. Abbott called for the candidates to sign a pledge against defunding the police.

Both parties are being called upon to sign this pledge in an effort to “back the blue.”

Abbott is expected to also sign this pledge during a news conference Thursday from the Austin Police Association’s office. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to ask candidates of both political parties to sign a pledge against defunding the police. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Tokyo vows Olympics will happen next summer

Japan ensured that the Summer Olympic Games will occur in the summer of 2021, according to NBC News.

Japan’s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto told reporters the Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo in summer 2021 “at any cost.”

“Everyone involved with the games is working together to prepare, and the athletes are also making considerable efforts towards next year,” Hashimoto said.

The games were postponed for the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tokyo vows that the 2021 Olympic Games will happen next summer “at any cost.” (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

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