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By Michael Fiala CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled for an eighth day on Friday to quell a deadly blaze near California's renowned Big Sur coast that has destroyed dozens of homes, threatened hundreds more and forced several state parks to close at the height of summer tourist season. The so-called Soberanes Fire ignited last Friday just south of the upscale oceanside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea and has roared through nearly 32,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral, grass and timber into the Los Padres National Forest. Mountainous terrain combined with extremely hot, dry weather conditions have hampered efforts by nearly 4,300 firefighters to hack buffer lines through dense vegetation around the perimeter of the blaze, officials said.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Armando Morales was a gang leader, drug dealer and a jailhouse snitch. But he was also a commanding, dynamic presence on the witness stand when he told jurors that his cellmate, Ingmar Guandique, confessed to the murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy.