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WEED, Calif. (AP) — Intense winds are fanning a destructive and dangerous California wildfire threatening the little town of Weed, near the Oregon border. The blaze damaged a saw mill and burned a church to the ground. Officials say 100 homes have been damaged or destroyed. Evacuation orders have been given for at least 1,500 people. Two other blazes, one near Sacramento and the other in the center of the state, have destroyed dozens of structures and forced evacuations.

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican government says it is sending military and commercial planes to La Paz and Los Cabos airports to move out thousands of tourists stranded by Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL'). Odile made landfall near Cabo San Lucas Sunday night as a Category 3 and was a minimal hurricane Monday as it damaged everything from huts to hotels. Some areas don't have electricity or drinking water.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A vote could come as early as Wednesday in the House on a measure that would strengthen Syrian rebels against the terrorist group Islamic State. The proposal would vet rebels and provide military assistance and training. The authorization under consideration will likely be included as an amendment to a spending bill Congress must pass to keep the government open until mid-December.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say American warplanes have come to the aid of Iraqi security forces doing battle with Islamic State. Central Command says the battle happened near Baghdad. The Obama administration favors the use of local ground forces backed by U.S. fighter jets to go after the extremists. Previously, airstrikes have been used to protect infrastructure or U.S. interests and personnel.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is getting ready to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to combat the Ebola crisis. The troops will supply medical and logistical support and boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. President Barack Obama plans to announce the stepped-up effort Tuesday at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

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