Northern California wildfires destroy nearly 1,600 homes

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials said a wildfire north of San Francisco destroyed another 162 homes, raising the number of homes destroyed to 1,050 and making it the fourth worst wildfire in the state's history.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GOP leaders face tough test in Congress to keep gov't open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' Republican leaders face stark tests as they fight to keep the government open past month's end, amid fears a shutdown could imperil their party's White House ambitions.

  • Written by ERICA WERNER, Associated Press ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017

BERLIN (AP) — Scrambling to address a growing Syrian refugee crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would significantly increase the number of worldwide migrants it takes in over the next two years, though not by nearly the amount many activists and former officials have urged.

  • Written by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer

Jackie Collins, novelist of the rich and scandalous, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The novels of Jackie Collins dramatized the lives of the most elite people and places, but they were read by everyone, everywhere — from airports to beaches to, sometimes, under the covers with a flashlight to hide from disapproving parents and partners.

  • Written by ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press