Firefighters battle part of the Sand Fire after flames jumped across a road in Santa Clarita, Calif. on Sunday. As the blaze changed direction multiple times over the weekend Firefighters were forced to retreat and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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California Fires Threaten Homes, Force Hundreds Of Evacuations

The body of a man was found in an area burned by a 33,000 acre wildfire north of Los Angeles. The Sand Fire has destroyed more than a dozen homes and is one of 19 major fires burning in California.

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'Ghost' Soprano Marni Nixon, Who Voiced Blockbuster Musicals, Dies At 86

You might not know Marni Nixon's name, but you've probably heard her. Nixon dubbed the voices for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King and I.

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Violent Femmes, Live In Concert

The off-again, on-again rock band from Milwaukee, Wis., built a careening, playful set around mainstays like "Blister in the Sun" and new songs like "I Could Be Anything."

Violent Femmes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

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Syrian Suicide Bomber Injures 12 In Southern Germany

The man's request for asylum had been rejected; he was supposed to be deported to Bulgaria, according to German media reports.

Syrian Suicide Bomber Injures 12 In Southern Germany

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

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An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

Harvard researcher Kit Parker built his academic career studying the heart. But Parker, also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, switched his focus to figuring out how IED blasts damage the brain.

An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

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At 75, Wonder Woman Lassos In A New Generation With An Ageless Fight

As the launch of the upcoming film coincides with the heroine's Comic-Con fandom, Wonder Woman appears to be hooking new fans for the same reasons she was birthed in 1941: justice, peace and feminism.

At 75, Wonder Woman Lassos In A New Generation With An Ageless Fight

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For Brazil's Women, Laws Are Not Enough To Deter Rampant Violence

Alexsandra Moreira, a mother of four, was stabbed 21 times by her husband. "Even with all the laws, when everything was done to protect her by the book, we failed," says the prosecutor in her case.

For Brazil's Women, Laws Are Not Enough To Deter Rampant Violence

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"It's easier for me to sell direct to a customer now," says James Ernest, co-creator of the game Unexploded Cow. The board game is one of the most popular created by Ernest, who's made ample use of crowdfunding sites. Courtesy of Cheapass Games hide caption

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Amid Board Game Boom, Designers Roll The Dice On Odd Ideas — Even Exploding Cows

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Sales of hobby games grew about 20 percent last year, and crowdfunding sites are opening doors for indie game designers. All this is paving the way for more than a few new and, well, inventive games.

Amid Board Game Boom, Designers Roll The Dice On Odd Ideas — Even Exploding Cows

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