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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 p.m. EDT

July 29, 2018

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials say wildfires around the state have forced roughly 50,000 people from their homes. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said Sunday that 12,000 firefighters were battling 17 significant fires in California. She says the state has experienced considerably more fire activity this year than it did over the same period of time last year.

MATI, Greece (AP) — Fire officials in Greece have raised the death toll from a wildfire that raged through a coastal area east of Athens to 91 and reported that 25 people are missing, six days after blaze. Before the national fire service updated the official number of fatalities Sunday, it had stood at 86. Greek officials previously had not provided a tally of the people reported missing. The fire sped flames through the village without warning on July 23.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police chief Michael Harrison says two armed individuals walked up to a crowd Saturday evening and opened fire. He says three people were killed and seven more wounded before the shooters escaped. He’s calling on witnesses or anyone with information on the shooting to come forward. He also asked people not to take matters into their own hands.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’d be willing to shut down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for changes he seeks to the U.S. immigration system, including building a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republicans, who are trying to protect their majority in Congress, are playing down the chance of a shutdown as the November election nears. Trump, however, isn’t backing away from the idea.

WASHINGTON (AP) — US companies pursuing exemptions from President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported steel are accusing American steel manufacturers of spreading inaccurate and misleading information, and they fear it may torpedo their requests. The president of one company calls objections raised by U.S. Steel and Nucor to his waiver request “literal untruths.” His alarm is echoed by other executives and is evidence of the backlash over how the administration is evaluating bids to be excused from the tariff.

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