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Power lines and debris are knocked over on a street after Hurricane Odile hit La PazCabo San Lucas (Mexico) (AFP) - Hurricane Odile destroyed homes and shut down airports in Mexico's Baja California peninsula, sparking looting, marooning thousands of foreign tourists and injuring 135 people.

In this Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 photo provided by YosemiteLandscapes.com, large plumes of smoke from a wildfire rise over Bass Lake, Calif. Crews attempted to get better access to two raging wildfires in California Monday that have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. (AP Photo/YosemiteLandscapes.com, Darvin Atkeson)WEED, Calif. (AP) — A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.

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U.S. troops keep watch near a damaged vehicle at the site of suicide attack in KabulBy Mirwais Harooni and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed at least three foreign troops in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months. The attack near the heavily fortified embassy comes amid a months-long political stalemate and an emboldened insurgency, with a presidential election still unresolved as most foreign combat troops prepare to leave by the end of the year. ...

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A private autopsy has found a 22-year-old black man shot dead by police in Utah was fired at from behind six times, said a lawyer for the man's family. Authorities say the man was shot dead when he lunged at officers with a sword. The fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt in Saratoga Springs last Wednesday has raised tensions in the mostly white, fast-growing community 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Last month police shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, leading to a wave of violent protests in the community. ...

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop of an armoured personnel carrier during a patrol in Donetsk region, on September 15, 2014Ukraine moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history.

Health staff, wearing Personal Protective Equipment, work inside the high-risk area at Elwa hospital in Monrovia, on September 7, 2014President Obama is set to announce a major effort to "turn the tide" against the epidemic.

FILE - In this undated file photo posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from extremist Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria. In staging airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Syria, the U.S. may find itself in a confounding morass teeming with jihadis, rebel rivalries and sectarian hatred. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File)The U.S. goes to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad.

Rafale fighter jets fly on a reconnaissance mission over Iraq after taking off from the Al-Dhafra base in the United Arab Emirates, on September 15, 2014Warplanes target the Islamic State group near Baghdad.

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. Wright, who was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, was the first of three California Senate Democrats to face criminal proceedings this year. This effectively cost the party a cherished two-thirds majority in the California Senate. ...

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