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Gusty, dry winds spark wildfire alerts

LOS ANGELES — Gusty, dry winds have moved into Southern California, increasing the potential for wildfires.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department says it has up to 300 additional employees on standby as the winds bring low humidity and high temperatures - conditions ripe for fast-moving brush fires.

Fire crews are enforcing parking bans on some narrow hillside roads in fire-prone neighborhoods.

The National Weather Service says the offshore winds, which began late Saturday, would continue through late Sunday afternoon, when “red flag” warnings for fire danger are set to expire.

The Weather Service reports gusts exceeding 70 mph in some mountain areas.

PENNSYLVANIA

48 Catholic schools to close, reorganize

PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to close four Roman Catholic high schools and close or combine 44 elementary schools because of rising costs and low enrollment, the head of the teachers union said Friday.

Association of Catholic Teachers local President Rita Schwartz told the Associated Press that she learned of the closures during a meeting Friday morning with archdiocese officials.

Ms. Schwartz said the archdiocese will close four high schools in June - Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Pendergrast, which share a campus in Drexel Hill, Delaware County; Conwell-Egan in Fairless Hills, Bucks County; and two Philadelphia high schools, West Catholic and St. Hubert.

The recommendations by an archdiocesan task force stem from a yearlong analysis of the struggling Catholic education system, which includes 178 schools in the city and four suburban counties.

OHIO

Demjanjuk asks judge to reconsider citizenship bid

TOLEDO — Convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk wants a federal judge to reconsider a decision denying his bid to regain his U.S. citizenship.

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