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Canada is dealing with a series of intense wildfires that have spread from the western provinces to Quebec, with hundreds of forest fires burning. Wind has carried smoke from the fires southward, surprising residents in the eastern United States with serious levels of smoke pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday issued a poor air quality alert for New England. Conditions were hazardous in New York City and officials said people should stay indoors. Fine-particle pollution — known as “PM 2.5” — is what’s being measured. The tiny particles are small enough to get past airway defenses and cause breathing and circulatory problems.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum touted his small-town roots and business experience as he announced his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. The former software entrepreneur adds his name to a long list of contenders hoping to dent former President Donald Trump’s early lead. Burgum kicked off his campaign Wednesday in Fargo, near the tiny town where he grew up. Burgum said big cities can use more ideas and values from small towns. He's known to few outside North Dakota, and faces enormous odds. He isn’t even the most notable candidate to announce a presidential campaign Wednesday. Former Vice President Mike Pence launched his White House bid in Iowa.


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