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POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 people are still stuck away from their homes because of an expanding wildfire in Northern California that's also hindering officials from getting an accurate picture of how many damaged structures there are. The fire some 60 miles east of Sacramento has now grown to more than 128 square miles and is just 10 percent contained. Gathering thunderstorms may help firefighters, or lightning could start new fires.

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — A suspect is continuing to elude police search teams in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania. Eric Frein is sought in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks nine days ago that killed one trooper and wounded another. The neighborhood where he lived with his parents is largely shut down and police are urging residents to be extra careful.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's show time in space as a cargo craft rockets toward the International Space Station after an early morning launch while another approaches orbit around Mars after about a 1 year journey. NASA's Maven spacecraft is to slip into Martian orbit for a year or more of atmospheric study. The SpaceX cargo ship is carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The power sharing agreement in Afghanistan is a done deal. The country's two presidential candidates signed the agreement today, capping a hug and a handshake. The deal comes three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops.

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says some 70,000 Syrians have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours to escape fighting between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State group. A spokeswoman for the agency says most of those coming across the border near Syria's northern town of Kobani are Kurdish women, children and elderly.

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