California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000.

  • Written by JANIE HAR, Associated Press, MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press

Spain's leader prepares to unveil specific Catalan measures


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government will unveil on Saturday specific measures agreed with opposition parties to halt Catalonia's independence bid, but refused to confirm if the deal includes plans to hold a regional election in January.

  • Written by ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press

Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way


WASHINGTON (AP) — A young Barack Obama questioned his place in the world and his racial identity, agonized over whether he'd make enough money as a community organizer, and lamented his incompatibility with his ex-girlfriend in 30 pages of letters he wrote to her that are now being archived by Emory University in Atlanta.

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  • Written by By JESSE J. HOLLAND , Associated Press