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  • 09/26/16--16:58: Marlins Wear No. 16 for Jose

  • No one on the Miami Marlins will ever wear Jose Fernandez’s No. 16 again, owner Jeffrey Loria announced Monday, a day after the star pitcher was killed in a boating accident.

    But that will only take effect after Monday night, when Marlins players honored Fernandez by each wearing his jersey number during their game against the Mets, in which he had been scheduled to start.

    And second baseman Dee Gordon started the game with an almost unbelievable tribute to his teammate, slamming the third pitch out of the park for a lead-off home run. 

    Gordon was overcome as he touched home, hugging his teammates as he walked back to the dugout.

    Fernandez and two others were found dead on Sunday morning when the boat they were on, which authorities have said appeared to be traveling very fast, crashed on a jetty off Miami Beach.

    That day, the Marlins held an emotional press conference where the players and coaching staff fought back tears remembering the 24-year-old ace. The team also painted his No. 16 on the pitcher's mound and placed flowers alongside the rubber.

    Fernandez dazzled on the mound for Miami in his brief career and the team will recognize his achievements in Monday's game.

    The Marlins canceled Sunday's game against the Braves following Fernandez's death. Barring a need for that contest in the playoff race, Miami will only play 161 games this season.

    The Marlins' gesture to have every player don Fernandez's number is reminiscent of the league's annual remembrance of Jackie Robinson. Every season, every player on every team wears his No. 42 for one day in April.

    Fernandez will likely go down in history as the last Marlins player to wear No. 16, besides the players wearing it in his memory. While the team has not announced the plan officially, Monday's gesture points in that direction.

    The game Monday night also included a moment of silence.

    It's the first time in Marlins history that an active player has died. It is a rare event in sports more generally general, and one that has no playbook. Miami could opt to hold more tributes for Fernandez next season as well, including at the 2017 All-Star Game.



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    Miami Marlins players wearing a jersey in honor of pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) gather around the pitching mound before a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Miami. Fernandez died in a boating accident Sunday.Miami Marlins players wearing a jersey in honor of pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) gather around the pitching mound before a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Miami. Fernandez died in a boating accident Sunday.

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    You can argue whether presidential debates have the power to swing an election, but they are a dependable source of images and sound bites that help color voters' perception of the candidates - for good and for bad. It began with the first televised debate between a tanned and vibrant John F. Kennedy and a peaked, flu-wracked Richard M. Nixon in 1960 and continued through 2012, when Mitt Romney's story about "binders full of women." Countless quips, gaffes and zingers have occurred in the intervening years. Here are some of the most memorable, in chronological order.

    Welcome to television, Mr. Nixon

    Pollsters found that people who listened to this debate on the radio thought that Nixon, the vice president, beat Kennedy. But those who followed on television, where Kennedy's youth and poise contrasted with Nixon's age and dourness, sided with Kennedy, who won the election. No single moment of this debate stands out; the entire episode illustrates how Nixon underestimated the power of television. Nixon would later run for president and win, but he refused to debate ever again.

    Ford's foreign policy blunder

    President Gerald Ford, who ascended to office after Nixon's resignation, was challenged by former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter in 1976. In this clip from the second of three debates, Ford tells an incredulous Max Frankel that "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration." Carter would later say that the debates helped him win the election.

    Reagan's zingers

    Carter and former California Gov. Ronald Reagan debated only once in 1980, a week before election day, and Reagan showed himself adept at two key debate techniques: affably diffusing an attack and distilling a candidacy down to a single phrase. When Carter criticized Reagan's position on Medicaid, Reagan quipped, "There you go again." And during his closing arguments, Reagan asked voters to ask themselves: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Both lines became classics, and Reagan won by a landslide.

    Carter's Amy speech

    Reagan's inspiring performance stood in stark contrast to Carter's flatness. That was exposed in his closing arguments, when he finished an argument about nuclear weapons by invoking his daughter, Amy. Some analysts point to this remark as the debate's worst.

    Reagan strikes back

    Reagan was challenged in 1984 by Walter Mondale, who'd served as vice president under Carter. Reagan maintained a large lead for most of the campaign. But Mondale appeared to gain ground in their first debate, when Reagan, who was, at 73, the oldest sitting president, appeared tired and a little disoriented. In the second debate, Reagan again showed his knack for amiably diffusing criticism by addressing the age issue head-on.

    The rape question

    The 1988 race between Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and Vice President George H.W. Bush featured two debates, the first of which was largely uneventful. But the second began with journalist Bernard Shaw asking Dukakis if he would support the death penalty for someone who raped and killed his wife. Dukakis, a staunch opponent of capital punishment, answered resolutely that he would not, but the dryness of his response cemented the prevailing image of him as reserved and stiff. Soon after the debate, Bush began to climb in the polls.

    Perot's "giant sucking sound"

    The series of debates in 1992 featured three candidates: President Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and independent candidate Ross Perot, whose campaign was fueled by anti-Washington anger. Bush and Clinton spent much of the first debate attacking each other, and voters reacted in polls by declaring Perot the winner. In the second, Perot's straight-talking, humorous delivery reached a crescendo in his opening remarks, when he went on a tirade against the North American Free Trade Agreement, predicting that it would result in a massive loss of jobs to Mexico. The line became an instant hit.

    Bush checks his watch

    Later in the second debate of 1992, a member of the audience stood to ask the candidates a question about how the national debt had affected them personally. From the back of the stage, Bush glanced at his watch and then botched the question, struggling to explain himself before admitting, "I'm not sure I get it." A few minutes later, Clinton gave an impassioned response, and the debate was as good as won.

    Gore tries to intimidate Bush

    The last of three debates between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush in 2000 was held in a town-hall meeting style, leaving the candidates free to roam the stage while answering questions. The exchanges between Bush and Gore had become increasingly testy, with Gore at times expressing impatience with Bush's answers. That tension came to a head during Bush's attempt to explain how he thought the two men differed. Gore stood up and approached Bush in what seemed to be an effort to intimidate him. But Bush's handling of it gave him the upper hand.

    McCain: “that one”

    The 2008 race featured three debates between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. In the second, a town-hall style meeting, the candidates largely refrained from attacking each other's character but parried on policy in what was generally considered a boring exchange. Perhaps that is why the Democrats and the media fixated on a slight blunder by McCain as he tried to explain the two men's differences on energy policy. Emphasizing a point, he referred to Obama as "that one," which Obama's campaign tried to exploit as evidence that McCain was out of sorts and irascible. T-shirts and Facebook pages mocking the phrase sprouted up. Pundits argued whether it was that bad of a mistake, but it became the most discussed aspect of the debate, and that wasn't good for McCain.

    Romney's "binders full of women"

    In in answering a question about pay equity for women, Mitt Romney said during the 2012 presidential debate that as governor of Massachusetts he made an effort to include women in his administration. He said his team reached out to several women groups to find applicants and got "binders full of women." The commentary about Romney's phrase took off online even before his second debate with President Barack Obama wrapped up. 



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    FILE - In this Sept. 26, 1960, file photo U.S. Republican presidential candidate Vice President Richard M. Nixon wipes his face with a handkerchief during the nationally televised first of four presidential debates with Sen. John F. Kennedy, Democratic nominee, in Chicago, Ill., for the first televised debate between presidential candidates in U.S. history. Nixon's profuse sweating on stage with cool-as-a-cucumber rival John Kennedy (not shown) in 1960 proved to be stiff competition in the pantheon of campaign misfires.  (AP Photo/File)FILE - In this Sept. 26, 1960, file photo U.S. Republican presidential candidate Vice President Richard M. Nixon wipes his face with a handkerchief during the nationally televised first of four presidential debates with Sen. John F. Kennedy, Democratic nominee, in Chicago, Ill., for the first televised debate between presidential candidates in U.S. history. Nixon's profuse sweating on stage with cool-as-a-cucumber rival John Kennedy (not shown) in 1960 proved to be stiff competition in the pantheon of campaign misfires. (AP Photo/File)

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    After months of sparring through the press, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are facing off in the first of three presidential debates. Watch the event above live at 9 p.m. ET, and follow along below as FactCheck.org and PolitiFact fact check the candidates' statements in real time.



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    The stage is set for Monday night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.The stage is set for Monday night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

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    Newington, Connecticut, police have arrested a couple accused of locking their children in dog cages as a form of punishment when they lived on Kirkham Street in Newington.

    Michael Thalmann, 44, and Jennifer Thalmann, 48, of Audubon, Pennsylvania, turned themselves in to Newington police on active arrest warrants around 4 p.m. Sunday. They are each charged with cruelty to persons and risk of injury to a minor.

    The couple is accused of striking their two adoptive children with paddles, failing to feed the children, and locking the children in dog cages.

    They were each released on a $250,000 bond and appeared in court Monday, where they pleaded not guilty.



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    Michael Thalmann, 44, and Jennifer Thalmann, 48,  of Audubon, Pa.Michael Thalmann, 44, and Jennifer Thalmann, 48, of Audubon, Pa.

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    In this uncertain election season with its scandals, attacks and bald-faced lies, it’s refreshing when a politician takes a hardline stance on the world stage’s most pressing issues.

    That’s exactly what President Barack Obama did when pressed by chef and television star Anthony Bourdain on how appropriate ketchup on a hot dog is.

    “Is ketchup on a hot dog ever acceptable?” Bourdain asked the president on the season premiere of his television show “Parts Unknown.”

    Obama’s response was a swift “No.”

    Well… “It's not acceptable past the age of 8,” the president relented.

    “My hot dog question might have been diplomatically problematic for a first-term president. He answered without hesitation -- like a Chicagoan,” Bourdain wrote of his recent bun cha meal with the president in Vietnam.

    Bourdain also recently rattled off his favorite places to eat in Chicago during a Reddit AMAA.



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    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Anthony Bourdain after visiting with him in a shopping area in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.President Barack Obama shakes hands with Anthony Bourdain after visiting with him in a shopping area in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

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    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in the first presidential debate on Monday night. The candidates traded barbs and accusations throughout the often-tense 90 minute event at New York's Hofstra University; Clinton accused Trump of "a long record of engaging in racist behavior," referencing a justice department lawsuit accusing him of not renting apartments to African Americans. Trump mocked Clinton for her absence from the campaign trail in recent days, to which Clinton shot back that she did indeed prepare for the debate just as she has prepared to be president.

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    Twitter was abuzz during the presidential debate Monday, but nothing grabbed people's attention like a tweet Donald Trump sent in 2012, according to the company.

    Days before that year's election, Trump tweeted that global warming was a Chinese conspiracy "to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." It was the most retweeted tweet during the debate, according to Twitter's government and elections team.

    So what made that obscure tweet rise to the top of the Twitter hive mind's consciousness? Hillary Clinton said early on in the debate that Trump called climate change a hoax, and he strongly denied it.

    Twitter users, who have always jumped on candidates' statements during debates, were quick to fact check him with his own statements. That China example wasn't the only one.

    Elsewhere online, Google's search data suggested that Hillary Clinton gained more visibility from the debate. The tech giant's data and visualizations lab, Google Trends, found that every state in the country was uniformly searching Clinton's name more than Trump's after the debate, where Trump had dominated beforehand.

    And she dominated searches for long stretches in two key swing states: Ohio and Florida.



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    The Capitol Lounge two blocks from the U.S. Capitol was full for the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on September 26, 2016, in Washington, D.C.The Capitol Lounge two blocks from the U.S. Capitol was full for the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on September 26, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

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  • 09/27/16--04:23: Labor Dept. Sues Tech Firm

  • The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit accusing a high-flying Silicon Valley software company of systematically discriminating against Asian job applicants over the last five years.

    Palantir Technologies was co-founded by prominent tech financier Peter Thiel, with backing from an investment arm of the CIA. The Palo Alto, California, company makes data analytics software used by the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies, along with banks, insurance companies and other private clients.

    The lawsuit claims Palantir routinely eliminated Asian job candidates during the resume-screening and telephone-interview stages of the company's hiring process. The claims are based on a statistical analysis conducted by federal officials responsible for making sure government contractors comply with anti-discrimination rules.

    Palantir denied the allegations, saying the government's analysis is flawed.

    Palantir's chief executive is Alex Karp, who also co-founded the company.



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    Alex Karp, co-founder and CEO of Palantir Technologies.Alex Karp, co-founder and CEO of Palantir Technologies.

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    The presidential nominees sparred for 99 minutes in their first presidential debate held at Hofstra University Monday night.

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tackled the economy, ISIS, taxes and the president's birth status. They also took jabs at one another, and plenty of them.

    "I have a feeling by the end of this debate I'm going to be blamed for everything that's ever happened," Clinton joked.

    Clinton noted that cyber security attacks were a concern, and the United States should be wary of Russia, and noted that "Donald is very praiseworthy of Vladimir Putin." 

    Trump said he'd release his tax returns once Clinton provided the 33,000 emails she deleted, and that his temperment was his best asset. 

    "She doesn't have the stamina... I don't believe Hillary has the stamina" to be president, Trump said. 

    The top three issues posted to Facebook by 18- to 34 year-olds during the night were ISIS, racism and discrimination and crime and criminal justice, according to Facebook. 

    #TrumpSniffles began showing up on Twitter timelines in response to Trump appearing to sniffle throughout the debate. 

    Social media users shared a breadth of reaction as Lester Holt of NBC News moderated the debate. 



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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during the presidential debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016, in Hempstead, New York.Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during the presidential debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016, in Hempstead, New York.

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    Two home-made bombs hit a mosque and a conference center in eastern Germany late Monday in what officials called a "xenophobic" attack, NBC News reported.

    No one was injured by the blasts in Dresden, birthplace in 2014 of the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement, whose name is an acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West.

    The city's police chief said officials were "now in crisis mode."

    "Even though there has been no claim of responsibility, we have to assume that there is a xenophobic motive," Dresden police chief Horst Kretzschmar said in a statement.

    A recent government report warned that xenophobia was rising in ex-communist eastern Germany.



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    Policemen stand in front of the entrance of the Fatih Camii mosque in Dresden, eastern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Two bombs exploded in front of the mosque and an international congress building in Dresden the night before. Nobody was injured.Policemen stand in front of the entrance of the Fatih Camii mosque in Dresden, eastern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Two bombs exploded in front of the mosque and an international congress building in Dresden the night before. Nobody was injured.

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    Donald Trump told reporters after last night's debate that he held back from talking about former President Bill Clinton's private indiscretions because the former president's daughter Chelsea Clinton was present, NBC News reported.

    "I'm very glad that I didn't mention, because Chelsea was in the room, indiscretions by, I didn't think would be appropriate to do even though she's taken all these ads. I thought we did very well," Trump said.

    Trump's daughter Ivanka is friends with Chelsea Clinton. 

    Trump's running mate Mike Pence said on the "Today" show Tuesday morning that the Republican presidential candidate showed great restraint during the debate after an "avalanche of insults" from Clinton.



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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on Sept. 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on Sept. 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.

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    For children in war-torn Syria, Rami Adham is a welcome visitor. Since the beginning of the civil war, the Syrian native who lives in Finland has risked his life traveling to Syria more than two dozen times to deliver toys to children.

    "I was very saddened by what was going on," Adham told NBC News. "As a Syrian, I wanted of course to do my part in helping people ... so I decided to go there myself."

    According to Adham, his three-year-old daughter gave him toys before his first trip back to his homeland. From there, his charity, the Finland Syria Community Association, grew. It collects toys, sponsors orphans, and even builds schools for Syrian children.

    Even with the growth of the charity, though, Adham still carries the toys himself.



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    Rami Adham at his home in Helsinki, Finland, before embarking on his most recent trip to Syria earlier this month.Rami Adham at his home in Helsinki, Finland, before embarking on his most recent trip to Syria earlier this month.

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    Two children who were the subjects of an Indiana statewide Amber Alert Monday afternoon were found dead later that night, Elkhart police said.

    Amber Pasztor, 29, of Fort Wayne, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder and is being held in Elkhart County Jail.

    About 5:25 p.m. an officer walking out of the Elkhart Police Department on Marion Street, was stopped by Pasztor, the children's non-custodial mother, who was driving a vehicle matching the description of the one described in the Amber Alert, police said. Pasztor told the officer there were two dead children in the backseat of the car, police said.

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    The statewide alert was issued for 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor. 

    The children were last seen at 6:21 a.m. ET in Fort Wayne and were believed to be "in extreme danger," police said. 

    Fort Wayne is 125 miles north of Indianapolis. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Allen County Sheriff's office at (260) 449-7661. 



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    Taliban leaders were watching last night's debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from a secret location in Afghanistan, according to NBC News.

    A spokesman for the group, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NBC that they were "very interested in watching," and they had hoped Afghanistan would have been a more prominent part of the debate.

    He said that Trump is "non-serious," and said the candidate "[says] anything that comes to his tongue."

    "There nothing of interest to us in the debate as both of them said little about Afghanistan and their future plans for the country," Mujahid added.



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    A Taliban fighter sits on his motorcycle adorned with a Taliban flag in a street in Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, in this file photo from Sept. 29, 2015. A spokesman for the group told NBC News that they watched last night's presidential debate from a secret location in Afghanistan.A Taliban fighter sits on his motorcycle adorned with a Taliban flag in a street in Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, in this file photo from Sept. 29, 2015. A spokesman for the group told NBC News that they watched last night's presidential debate from a secret location in Afghanistan.

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    Investigators searched the Vermont home of a man who was rescued after more than a week lost at sea, removing an Internet modem, a Sim card and a letter he wrote.

    Nathan Carman, 22, of Vernon, Vermont, and his mother, 54-year-old Linda Carman of Middletown, Connecticut, set sail on a fishing boat on the weekend of Sept. 17. The boat sank, and Nathan Carman, authorities say, got onto a four-person inflatable raft, loading it up with food and water.

    He was found alive by a Chinese freighter Sunday, about 100 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard. His mother, however, is still missing and presumed dead.

    "Myself and my mom were fishing on Block Canyon and there was a funny noise in the engine compartment," Carman said to rescue crews in audio released by the Coast Guard. "I looked and saw a lot of water."

    The Coast Guard asked what had happened to his mother.

    "When I saw the life raft, I did not see my mom," Carman said. "We haven't been able to find her yet."

    Tuesday, Carman was brought back to shore in Boston, where he underwent further questioning.

    Documents show that a search warrant was executed Monday night at Carman's Vernon home. An affidavit filed by Lt. Alfred E. Bucco from the South Kingstown Police Department in Rhode Island shows that authorities believe "evidence relating to the crime of RIGL 46-22-9.3 {Operating so as to endanger, resulting in death} will be located inside Nathan's residence."

    Authorities seized Carman's modem and Sim card, as well as a letter he wrote, the nature of which was not made clear.

    Back in December of 2013, Carman's maternal grandfather, real estate developer John Chakalos, was shot to death at his home in Windsor, Connecticut. His murder has not been solved.

    A source close to the investigation told NBC Connecticut that Nathan Carman is being called a person of interest in the killing. At the time of the murder, he was living one town away in Bloomfield.



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    Nathan Carman, 22, of Vernon, Vermont, was rescued off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday.Nathan Carman, 22, of Vernon, Vermont, was rescued off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday.

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    Mandatory evacuations were ordered Tuesday morning for Santa Cruz Mountains residents living near the Loma Fire, which had charred at least 1,500 acres and was 5 percent contained early in the morning.

    The fire continued to churn through dry fuel in the mountainous terrain Tuesday, erupting at times as flames hit patches of thick vegetation. Evacuees were in a little more of a hurry Tuesday.

    "It's burning pretty hot and pretty fast, and they're hitting it pretty hard with all the bombers here," one resident named Stephen said.

    The new evacuations include all of Croy Road, which includes the Swedish community of Sveadal near Uvas Canyon County Park and Little Uvas Road. Cal Fire officials worried the fire was headed that way. Mandatory evacuation orders were previously ordered on Monday for the Loma Prieta ridgeline area including all tributary roads along Summit Road from Soquel San Jose Road to Ormsby Fire Station. This includes Uvas Canyon County Park, Loma Chiquita, Casa Loma, Loma Prieta Way, Highland Road and Mount Bache Road.

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    Cal Fire officials said Tuesday morning that two homes had burned, and 300 more remained threatened in the rugged terrain with little or no access roads.

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    Loma Fire Information Officer Bill Murphy agreed.

    "What's unique about what we're seeing, and we've seen this the last couple of years, is this fire is spreading very fast, very aggressively in almost the complete absence of wind," he said.

    For some residents, that meant no more waiting.

    "I was here through the night, and the fire was getting real close to the house right now over here to the south," resident Eric Bischoff said. "So we bailed out early this morning after we got everything put away."

    The Red Cross set up three evacuation centers Monday evening for those who needed food and shelter: Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Road in Soquel; the Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos; the Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church, 16970 DeWitt Ave, Morgan Hill.

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    The blaze is in the area of Loma Prieta and Loma Chiquita roads in Santa Clara County, west of Morgan Hill, and is spreading at a rapid rate in the southeast direction toward open space, Cal Fire said.

    Fire officials do not know the cause of the fire. They expect the blaze to burn for a few days. It started on Monday about 3 p.m. By Tuesday afternoon, 500 firefighters were battling the blaze.

    For the latest updates on the fire, visit the Cal Fire website or a dedicated groups.io page.

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    Loma Fire burning in the Santa Cruz mountain on early Tuesday morning. (Sept. 27, 2016)Loma Fire burning in the Santa Cruz mountain on early Tuesday morning. (Sept. 27, 2016)

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    More than 50 cats were removed from a home after a 91-year-old woman was found dead inside.

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    Dozens of drivers were rescued Monday when their vehicles were overtaken by flash flood waters in San Antonio, Texas.

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    Dozens of drivers were rescued Monday when their vehicles were overtaken by flash flood waters.Dozens of drivers were rescued Monday when their vehicles were overtaken by flash flood waters.

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    A young boy with a heart of gold is doing his part to keep the homeless warm in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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    Young boy with a heart of gold is doing his part to keep the homeless warm in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Young boy with a heart of gold is doing his part to keep the homeless warm in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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    A McDonough, Georgia, Walmart is facing a backlash after an employe refused to make a "Blue Lives Matter" cake for a retiring police officer, and the story is going viral. The officer's daughter says it was a cake for the officer's retirement party after serving for 25 years. After a friend posted about the incident on Facebook, a manager called her to apologize and make the cake. Walmart's corporate communications department also issued an apology.

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