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California's largest fire torches more homes
Flames racing through rugged terrain in Northern California destroyed multiple homes Saturday as the state's largest wildfire intensifies and numerous other blazes batter the U.S. West. (July 25)      
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Rugged terrain, hot and dry conditions: The American West is a tinderbox set aflame
The Dixie Fire in California was one of at least 88 major wildfires raging across 13 states. The fire has destroyed more than 20 homes and buildings.       
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Smile! IOC allowing medalists to briefly shed masks; infected radio host regrets dissing vaccine: Live COVID-19 updates
Olympic medalists can briefly remove their masks on the podium, the International Olympic Committee announced Sunday. Latest COVID news.      
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IOC allowing medalists to briefly shed masks on podium; infected radio host regrets dissing vaccine: Live COVID-19 updates
Olympic medalists can briefly remove their masks on the podium, the International Olympic Committee announced Sunday. Latest COVID news.       
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Iraqi PM says country no longer needs US combat troops
Iraq's prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. (July 25)      
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Heat wave to cover huge swath of US in coming days, bringing high temperatures to millions
Authorities predict a high probability of above-average temperatures for much of the U.S. over the next several days.       
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Here are the top stories for Saturday, July 24th: Dixie Fire spreads as western wildfires rage; Police use tear gas at Paris virus rules protest; Thousands join protest against Sydney lockdown; FLOTUS watches OLY basketball with Macron, swimming (July 24)      
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Today in History for July 25th
Highlights of this day in history: Andrea Doria begins to sink after a collision in the North Atlantic; An Air France Concorde crashes outside Paris; First 'test-tube' baby born; Golfer Ben Hogan dies; 'A Chorus Line' opens on Broadway. (July 25)      
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Police use tear gas at Paris virus rules protest
Protesters clashed with police in Paris on Saturday at a rally against a bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and other venues. (July 24)      
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'He's regretful': Radio host who doubted vaccines hospitalized with COVID, family says
Phil Valentine's family says he wishes he had been a more vocal advocate for vaccines now that he has been hospitalized with COVID in critical care.       
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Crews continue battle to contain Oregon wildfire
Firefighters in the western US state of Oregon on Saturday continued to struggle with a wildfire that has ravaged rural lands and destroyed homes. (July 24)      
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Thousands join in protest against Sydney lockdown
Thousands of people took to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities on Saturday to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases. (July 24)      
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COVID-19 surge could go on for months, projection says; most unvaccinated Americans don't plan on getting shots: Live COVID-19 updates
A poll shows most unvaccinated Americans don't plan to get a shot. Meanwhile, the U.S. plans to buy 200M more Pfizer doses. Latest COVID-19 updates.      
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Jill Biden leaves Tokyo Olympics, headed to Hawaii
US First Lady Jill Biden departed Yokota Air Base on Saturday to travel to Honolulu, after her visit for the Tokyo Olympics.(July 24)      
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Dixie Fire spreads as western wildfires rage
The fast-moving Dixie Fire, the largest of seven wildfires blazing in California, has prompted more evacuations amid hot, breezy conditions and low humidity, authorities said. (July 24)      
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Firefighters work overnight to tackle Bootleg Fire in Oregon
Firefighters worked through the night to tackle the Bootleg Fire, now at over 400,000 acres, in Oregon. This footage shows the difference in fire behavior overnight versus daytime and why resources have been working at night on this fire.       
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NASA gives SpaceX $178 million to help launch mission to search for life on Jupiter's moon Europa
The main goal of the mission, called Europa Clipper, is to determine if the icy moon has conditions suitable for life.      
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A poultry plant leak in Georgia killed 6 employees. A federal investigation says it was 'entirely avoidable.'
In January, a poultry plant leak killed six employees and injured dozens. Now OSHA has fined operators for various violations totaling $1 million.       
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Tokyo Olympics brace for Tropical Storm Nepartak, preemptively shift rowing schedule
Tropical Storm Nepartak, which formed Friday night over the western Pacific Ocean, may arrive at the shores of mainland Japan by Tuesday.      
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Poll shows majority of unvaccinated Americans don't plan on getting full protection: Live COVID-19 updates
A poll shows most unvaccinated Americans don't plan to get a shot. Meanwhile, the U.S. plans to buy 200M more Pfizer doses. Latest COVID-19 updates.       
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Today in History for July 24th
Highlights of this day in history: A key ruling during the Watergate scandal; Nixon and Khrushchev hold a 'kitchen debate' during the Cold War; Brigham Young and Mormon followers arrive in present-day Utah; Apollo 11's crew returns home. (July 24)      
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NFL star Travis Kelce promotes COVID vaccination
Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce is encouraging fellow NFL professionals and the wider public to play some offense against the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 23)      
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Crews battle blaze raging across N. Calif., Nevada
The Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe continues to burn through miles of timber in national-forest land. More than 1,200 firefighters are battling blaze, which has forced evacuations in several communities in Nevada and California. (July 23)      
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Search for bodies ends at Florida collapse
Firefighters on Friday declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building. (July 23)      
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New York is now the sixth state to ban child marriage
New York Gov. Andew Cuomo signed legislation this week raising the minimum age to be married in the state to 18, banning minors from being married.      
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Here are the top stories for Friday, July 23rd: China fires back at U.S. over COVID-19; Firefighters end recovery efforts at collapsed Fla. condo; Bust of Confederate general removed in Tenn.; Tokyo Olympics officially begin.      
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Child dies of plague in Colorado; officials warn of diseased animals in multiple counties
Detection of the bacteria disease plague in six Colorado counties has health officials urging residents to take caution.       
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Search for bodies at site of Florida condo collapse officially concludes with one still missing
The search over the last four weeks identified 96 bodies in the debris, with a death toll of 97 and one person still unaccounted for.       
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'We're not here to place blame': WH responds to Ala. Gov. wanting to blame unvaccinated
Alabama GOP Governor Kay Ivey said it's "time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks" for a spike in COVID-19 cases in her state.       
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Cleveland Indians change name to Guardians
Cleveland's Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians. The ballclub announced the name change Friday, ending months of discussions triggered by a national reckoning by institutions and teams to drop logos and names considered racist. (July 23)      
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