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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Officials now estimate that at least 105 homes and 213 outbuildings have been destroyed in the massive wildfire east of Los Angeles. The numbers could rise as teams continue to assess the damage. The fire that burned 58 square miles in the San Bernardino Mountains is now 68 percent contained, and officials say firefighters are transitioning to mop-up phase.

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump has sat down with the Hispanic advisory board he recently formed to help him focus his message and improve outreach to the Hispanic community. Trump and his new campaign team met with the group of elected officials, business leaders and faith leaders today in New York. Trump has also been working in recent days to boost his appeal among African American voters.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's farmers give millions of pounds of apples, squash, melons and other agricultural products to the state's food banks every year. Now some of those farmers are hoping to get a tax credit for their contributions. Legislation awaiting action by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo would offer farmers a tax break of up to $5,000 a year for donations to the food banks that serve the state's food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Food bank directors support the measure, saying it would help to ensure struggling New Yorkers have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

ST. AMANT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mother and daughter are being honored as heroes for rescuing a 4-year-old boy whose grandmother died in floods last week. The Rapides (rap-EEDZ') Parish sheriff says the child would have died without Jennie Thacker and Jessie Kingan. Sheriff William Earl Hilton gave them the office's first Citizens Valor Award yesterday. Thacker says they were chest-deep in floodwater last Sunday when they heard a cry for help and saw a little boy clinging to a branch. She swam out to him while her daughter called for help.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is celebrating his first birthday with a traditional Chinese ceremony and the sweet taste of honey. The zoo placed three banners with symbols painted on them in the panda yard today, two days ahead of Bei Bei's actual birthday. The poles supporting the banners were slathered in honey. Panda Keeper Brandie Smith tells WTOP that the cub enjoyed his first taste of honey. The pandas were also given cakes made of frozen diluted juice.

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