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In this Nov. 11, 2018, file photo, a home burned down by a wildfire sits on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

- Associated Press

Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday.

FILE - In this May 23, 2018 file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington.  ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

A tale of two Trump comrades

- The Washington Times

Paul Manafort thought he was in the clear in the summer of 2014 after meeting with federal prosecutors and FBI agents about his Ukrainian income, bank records and income tax returns.

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