B.C. wildfires: Seasonal outlook points to rising risk, importance of rain in weeks ahead

A helicopter drops water on a wildfire in Peachland, B.C., on Monday September 10, 2012. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS) A helicopter drops water on a wildfire in Peachland, B.C., on Monday September 10, 2012. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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Merkel's bloc stumbles badly in Germany; horse-trading ahead

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats and outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel 's centre-right bloc both laid claim Sunday to lead the country's next government, even as projections showed the long-time leader's party heading for its worst-ever result in a national election.