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Arson arrest in California fire...Ukrainian leader meets with Obama...Paul warns against helping rebels



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POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a man on suspicion of arson in a fast-growing California wildfire that has driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes. The arrest of Wayne Huntsman was announced today. The 111-square-mile fire east of Sacramento is threatening about 12,000 homes around the town of Pollock Pines. It has been fueled by gusty winds, along with timber and grass that is bone dry because of the state's ongoing drought. The fire more than doubled in size between yesterday afternoon and this morning.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukraine's president has arrived at the White House for talks with President Barack Obama, but it's already clear that the Ukrainian leader won't be getting all of the help he's seeking. Speaking earlier today to a joint meeting of Congress, Petro Poroshenko thanked the United States for the non-lethal equipment it is providing to his country's military. But he made an urgent request for lethal aid, saying, "One cannot win a war with a blanket." Officials say the United States will provide $46 million in new security help -- but still no lethal assistance.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul is warning Senate colleagues that by helping to arm and train Syrian rebels for the fight against the Islamic State group, they are intervening in a conflict "where both sides are evil" -- and where it will just serve to further destabilize the Middle East. But despite the opposition from the potential presidential candidate, the Senate is expected to do what the House did yesterday, and approve President Barack Obama's plan for dealing with Islamic State militants.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says 7.3 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance under the health care law — down from 8 million reported earlier this year. Medicare Administrator Marilyn Tavenner (TAV'-eh-nur) updated the numbers at a House hearing today. As expected, the latest figures showed slippage. Insurers had said that about 10 percent of their new policyholders failed to seal the deal by paying their first month's premium.

LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — Mexican federal police are vowing to crack down on lawlessness in the resort area of Los Cabos. Looters there have emptied store shelves in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL'), which did heavy damage to the area. Residents in Los Cabos lit large bonfires to try to protect their neighborhoods as they faced a fourth day without power or running water.

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