As of Sunday, visitors officially were
welcomed back to Southern California's Catalina Island, after a
forest fire that erupted Thursday burned 4,700 acres, destroying
one home and six businesses and forcing many local residents and
visitors to evacuate. Though the fire still rages in certain "hot
spots," according to the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and
Visitors Bureau, it was 81 percent contained by Monday morning;
full containment was expected by last evening. When asked about
possible damage to hotels, a spokesperson for the chamber insisted
there was "none whatsoever."
Additional air marshals have been
deployed on flights between the U.S. and Germany, according to news
networks. The beefed-up security was ordered as U.S. authorities
said a terror plot in an advanced stage of planning had been
uncovered. An unnamed federal official told media outlets that the
plot involved bombs and small arms to be used against U.S.
facilities, possibly including military or diplomatic facilities.
The U.S. Embassy in Germany issued a warden message citing "a
heightened threat situation" in mid-April but made no mention of
any specifics. Islamic extremist groups on numerous occasions have
threatened attacks in Germany unless German military personnel are
withdrawn from Afghanistan.