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July 31, 2018

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Twin wildfires in Northern California are threatening some 10,000 homes and posing yet another struggle for firefighters already stretched thin by a summer of deadly blazes. The fires straddling Mendocino and Lake counties have burned seven homes and forced tens of thousands of people to flee. About 100 miles north near Redding, a fire that has killed six people has become the ninth most destructive wildfire in state history.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors have lined up 35 witnesses and more than 500 pieces of evidence in the federal trial of Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who’s accused of tax evasion and bank fraud. The trial will center on Manafort’s Ukrainian consulting work and only briefly touch on his involvement with the president’s campaign. Jury selection begins Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Border Patrol and other agencies will come before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday to answer questions about the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their families and its struggle to reunite them. But the hearing may have a wider focus. The committee’s bipartisan leaders have asked federal investigators to probe reports of sexual and other abuse of immigrants at government detention facilities.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Just days after North Korea returned the reported remains of U.S. war dead, the rival Koreas have met at their shared border to discuss ways to implement the inter-Korean summit agreements on non-nuclear military issues. Tuesday’s talks between generals of both countries were meant to ease a decades-long military standoff. It’s the second such meeting since the leaders of North and South Korea met for a landmark summit in April.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s declaration of being open to meeting Iran’s president without preconditions sparked a mixed reaction on Capitol Hill. The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tennessee’s Bob Corker, said the overture is “fine” if the Iranians are willing to talk about becoming “a normal country.” Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said the outreach is “a good idea.” But New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez said it’s “another recipe for bad outcomes.”

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