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France's President Francois Hollande, left, talks with Iraqi counterpart Fouad Massoum ahead of a conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, French President Francois Hollande and diplomats from around the world, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Diplomats are meeting in Paris to come up with a strategy against the Islamic State group.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev poses for photographers during a news conference after she was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.

(Reuters) - Four contractors were burned on Sunday in an explosion at an Arizona pet food factory, a fire department official said. The workers were welding in a grain elevator at the Nestle Purina plant in Flagstaff at around 4:30 p.m. when grain dust caught fire and sparked an explosion, said Flagstaff Fire Department Captain Bill Morse.

Hurricane Odile is approaching Cabo San Lucas, Baja California State, Mexico, on September 14, 2014Hurricane Odile crashed into northwestern Mexico's Los Cabos resorts on Sunday, taking down trees with powerful winds as thousands of tourists hunkered down in luxury hotels converted into shelters. The "dangerous" category three storm in the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale packed 205-kilometer (125-mile) per hour winds when it made landfall near Cabo San Lucas in the late evening, according to the US National Hurricane Center. The storm took down trees, power lines and roof tiles as it arrived in the Baja California peninsula, said National Civil Protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puente.

Hundreds of residents were forced to flee their homes on Sunday as wildfires raged through parts of drought-plagued northern California, officials said. Roughly 1,000 Madera County residents were ordered to evacuate as one blaze, dubbed the Courtney Fire, charred some 320 acres (129.5 hectares), California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CalFire) said. A total of 400 firefighters were called in to battle the flames, which had destroyed at least 10 buildings and was being fueled by drought conditions in the area roughly 150 miles (241.4 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco, CalFire said. Further north, about 800 firefighters were working to battle a 2,500-acre (1,011.7-hectare) blaze called the King Fire, raging in El Dorado County.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev reacts after being announced winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New JerseyNew Yorker Kira Kazantsev won the coveted 2015 Miss America Pageant crown on Sunday, a "three-peat" for contenders from the Big Apple. As part of the competition, Kazantsev, 23, sang Pharrell William's song "Happy", keeping time by tapping a red plastic cup. Wearing a long-sleeved, backless white gown and clutching red roses, the newest Miss America walked the runway with a wide smile and waved to a cheering crowd in Atlantic City, where the 94-year-old beauty pageant returned last year after eight years in Las Vegas. Kazantsev's win marked New York's third consecutive Miss America title.

Navy on Sunday identified a fighter jet pilot who is presumed dead following a mid-air collision with another jet over the western Pacific Ocean. The missing pilot is Lieutenant Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., a 2009 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, the Navy said in a statement. Poloski went missing Friday after two F/A-18 Hornet jets collided west of Wake Island, about 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of Hawaii. The Navy conducted a 36-hour search over 3,000 square miles for the pilot and his aircraft but called off the search on Saturday, saying Poloski was thought to be dead.

Iraq President Fouad Massoum, right, followed by Iraq Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, left, arrive with Iraqi officials at Orly airport south of Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 ahead of a conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, French President Francois Hollande and diplomats from around the world. The conference on Monday aimed at helping Iraq fight off extremists from the Islamist State group, with an added urgency following the release of a video showing the beheading of a British aid worker, the third Western hostage killed in recent weeks by the militants. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Diplomats are in Paris pressing for a global strategy to combat the militant group.

UNWANTED HELP: SYRIA'S PLEA TO ASSIST ISIS FIGHTBy Jason Szep PARIS (Reuters) - Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. The officials declined to identify which countries made the offers.

'Yes' supporters gather at a rally outside the BBC in GlasgowThere's nothing new about Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom's ups and downs.

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