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Firefighters used a backfire to try to head off the Rocky Fire on Monday near Clearlake, California.


Flames fueled: The Rocky Fire — the largest of the nearly two dozen fires torching California — destroyed 24 homes and 26 outbuildings as it continued to burn yesterday for a sixth day. It’s charred 67,000 acres and is only 20% contained. Lower temperatures, higher humidity and clouds are helping firefighters gain ground on the fires, but another weather element — lightning — is making things worse. Thousands of lightning strikes over the past several days have helped fuel the flames, igniting hundreds of small wildfires in the northern part of the state.


The last word?: When will the world know with certainty if an object that washed up on an Indian Ocean island is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? An answer could come this week. Expert analysis of a wing part from a Boeing 777 begins today at a specialized lab in southwestern France. Officials have already said they believe the part is from MH370 because it was the only 777 plane known to have gone missing over water.


Making the cut: It was just like the announcement of the college football playoff earlier this year: Fans and pundits waiting to see who ranked high enough to get into the big game. Only this time, the big game is the big debate. Yesterday, Fox News announced the lineup for Thursday’s prime-time GOP debate. Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and seven others are in. So what happens to the seven unlucky souls who missed the cut? Well, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and others will still get their time to shine on stage, they’ll just have to do it at 5 p.m. ET, when pretty much no one will be watching.

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