News Wrap: Firefighters battle two California wildfires

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A brush engine drives down a road as flames rise and attempt to jump the road during the Pilot Fire near Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino county near Hesperia, California, U.S. August 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Patrick T Fallon - RTSLPZI

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GWEN IFILL: In the day’s other news: A major wildfire surged through California’s San Bernardino Mountains, threatening up to 5,000 homes; 900 firefighters are now battling the blaze that sparked to life on Sunday. So far, it’s only 6 percent contained, and officials have shut down area schools.

Another California fire, north of Big Sur, has engulfed more than 100 square miles. It’s about 50 percent contained, but still growing.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Delta Air Lines faced more turmoil today, as it struggled to recover from Monday’s computer system outage. More than 500 flights were canceled today, on top of 1,000 yesterday. Hundreds more were delayed.

As passengers waited in airports around the world, Delta offered refunds and $200 in travel vouchers. It’s also waiving fees for people switching flights.

GWEN IFILL: The United Nations appealed today to all sides in Syria for a humanitarian cease-fire in Aleppo. The country’s largest city has seen heavy fighting, with rebels breaking through a government siege over the weekend.

In Geneva today, U.N. officials argued, warned there’s a grave risk of disease, unless Aleppo’s public utilities can be repaired.

JENS LAERKE, Spokesman, United Nations: Attacks on civilian infrastructure this week have severely damaged the city’s electric and water infrastructure, leaving over two million residents of Aleppo without electricity or access to the public water network. Water available through wells and tanks is not nearly enough to sustain the needs of the population.

GWEN IFILL: The U.N. says that, at a minimum, it needs weekly pauses in the fighting to allow food and medicine to get in.

JUDY WOODRUFF: In Yemen, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia resumed airstrikes on the capital for the first time since April. One strike hit a food factory in Sanaa, killing 14 workers on the overnight shift. It came after U.N. peace talks collapsed over the weekend.

GWEN IFILL: Back in this country, search crews have recovered the black box recorder from a freighter that sank during a hurricane last October. The El Faro went down off the Bahamas, en route to Jacksonville — from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico. All 33 crew members died. The recorder is being brought back to Virginia Beach, Virginia, for examination.

JUDY WOODRUFF: On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained three points to close at 18533. The Nasdaq rose 12 points, and the S&P 500 added a fraction.

GWEN IFILL: And a late result from the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The U.S. women won the gold medal this evening in team gymnastics, for the second Olympics in a row. Led by powerhouse Simone Biles, the Americans posted top scores in all four events. Competition in individual events comes later this week.

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