Top US News: Fire Burning Through West Spreads To 1,400 Acres; Philadelphia Approves Soda Tax; & More

Top US News: Fire Burning Through West Spreads To 1,400 Acres; Philadelphia Approves Soda Tax; & More
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Fire burning through West spreads to 1,400 acres


A fire advancing through the Californian coastal canyons has spread up to 1,400 acres, as reported by FOX News. Hundreds of firefighters are engaged in the process of containing the blaze. Depending on the direction the fire would progress, as many as 140 homes and ranches were at risk. Hot and dry weather continuing to prevail in Western United States is making the containment process difficult for firefighters.

Philadelphia approves soda tax

On Thursday, the Philadelphia City Council approved a tax for sugar and diet beverages, as reported by With this, Philadelphia becomes the first major America city to have a soda tax. For one ounce of soda, one will have to pay 1.5 percent tax. The move takes effect from January 1. The tax was approved notwithstanding the beverage industry’s multi-million campaign to block it.

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President of Green River College resigns

Green River College president Eileen Ely has stepped down from her role, according to Kent Reporter. A candidate to serve the role in the interim will be identified and retained by the Green River Board of Trustees and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Until the appointment of the interim president, Shirley Bean, Green River’s vice president for business administration, and Marshall Sampson, vice president of human resources and legal affairs, will be sharing the duties.

41-year-old dies in construction accident

Forty-one-year old Aldo Perez was killed in a construction accident in Fort Worth, as reported by WFAA. Working underneath a vehicle, he was trying to attach it to a tractor. When he asked another person to turn the ignition on, the car gained traction and ran over him. The Fort Worth Fire Department arrived at the scene.

Stacey Snider to succeed Jim Gianopulos as chairman of 20th Century Fox Film in 2017

Stacey Snider will take over the role of 20th Century Fox Film Chairman in 2017. The current co-chairman Snider will succeed CEO Jim Gianopulos after his contract expires. Snider came from DreamWorks in 2014 and had been considered as Gianopulos’ natural replacement, as reported by The Wrap. With her promotion, Snider will become one of the highest ranking female executives in the field of entertainment.

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