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Valley Fire Burns Through Northern CA, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

iStock/Thinkstock(MIDDLETOWN, Calif.) — The Valley Fire continues to cause destruction throughout Northern California due to high winds and arid conditions.

On Sunday, the Valley Fire spread rapidly through Northern California, hitting 40,000 acres in one day. State Senator Mike McGuire said the fire has forced thousands of people to evacuate.

“This word of unprecedented is used quite often, but we have not seen a fire like this in decades,” said McGuire. “We are facing historic conditions in our community.”

Cal Fire told ABC News Sunday up to 1,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the blaze so far.

One Middletown resident who was evacuated said his neighbor doesn’t have a home anymore.

“The house next to mine is gone,” he said. “The other side, we fought a couple of fires, we jumped the fence into their yard and fought a couple of spot fires. That house is saved but everything else there – there’s two hours – and everything else around it is gone.”

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Valley Fire Blazes Through Northern CA, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

iStock/Thinkstock(MIDDLETOWN, Calif.) — The Valley Fire continues to cause destruction throughout Northern California due to high winds and arid conditions.

On Sunday, the Valley Fire spread rapidly through Northern California, hitting 40,000 acres in one day. State Senator Mike McGuire said the fire has forced thousands of people to evacuate.

“This word of unprecedented is used quite often, but we have not seen a fire like this in decades,” said McGuire. “We are facing historic conditions in our community.”

Cal Fire told ABC News Sunday up to 1,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the blaze so far.

One Middletown resident who was evacuated said his neighbor doesn’t have a home anymore.

“The house next to mine is gone,” he said. “The other side, we fought a couple of fires, we jumped the fence into their yard and fought a couple of spot fires. That house is saved but everything else there – there’s two hours – and everything else around it is gone.”

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Police Make 3 Arrests in ‘Copycat’ Case After Arizona Freeway Shootings

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Three teenagers were arrested in Arizona for allegedly using a slingshot and rocks to attack pedestrians and cars, in an incident officials described as a “copycat” to a string of shootings along a nearby freeway.

The teenagers allegedly shot at several cars and pedestrians on Arizona State Route 24 Saturday afternoon and evening, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said at a news conference on Sunday.

Milstead says the string of shootings is no laughing matter, and kids shouldn’t be fooling around while the suspects are still at large.

“None of this is fun and games,” said Milstead. “It’s all very very serious and none of us should have to drive the freeways or any roadway and worry about people just randomly shooting items at our vehicles.”

Eleven vehicles have been shot at in the past two weeks shattering windshields and damaging cars. So far, only a 13-year-old girl has been injured.

Milstead told ABC News earlier this week that it’s unclear whether all of the incidents are related and also unclear whether all incidents involved bullets.

Milstead classified the incidents as “domestic terrorism.” He called the suspect or suspects cowards who are putting innocent lives at risk.

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‘Case Disrupted’ Ahead of Pope Francis Visit to US, Says House Homeland Security Chair

VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee expressed his concern Sunday about security ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States later this month, adding that authorities have already “disrupted one particular case.”

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) didn’t offer specifics on the case he said was disrupted, only saying he had been briefed by the Secret Service. The pope is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. later this month and will visit New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

“The Pope is a very … passionate man. He likes to get out with the people and with that comes a large security risk,” McCaul told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week.” “We are monitoring very closely threats against the pope as he comes into the United States. We have disrupted one particular case in particular, but as that date approaches, I think we’re all very, being very vigilant to protect him as he comes into the United States.”

When asked about the case, the Secret Service and a spokesperson for McCaul declined comment.

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3 in Custody After Report of Suspicious SUV in Pentagon Parking Lot

STAFF/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Three people were taken into custody Sunday morning following a report of a suspicious SUV at the Pentagon South parking lot, authorities said, according to ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

Arlington County Police said the group appeared to heavily intoxicated, and added that drugs may have been involved, according to WJLA-TV.

A bomb squad responded to the scene and sent a robot to search the SUV, the station reported.

The Pentagon Metrorail station was temporarily shut down due to the police activity and bus service was cancelled in the area.

The Arlington County Police could not be immediately reached by ABC News.

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Ben Carson Says He Fears for Future of US Without Change in Direction

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Surging Republican presidential Ben Carson, who has been feuding with rival Donald Trump this week, expressed his concern for the future of the United States on Sunday, saying he fears the country “may not survive the future” without a change of direction.

The retired neurosurgeon said his comments were not directly aimed at supporters of Trump, but rather voters all across the country. Carson is second to Trump in several polls in national and early-voting states.

“I’m going after everybody in American because, you know, we live in very perilous times,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Our country is in grave danger and if we don’t begin to change out direction and change our attitude, I think we may not survive the future.”

Carson’s feud with Trump began earlier this week when he attacked the real estate mogul’s faith. He later apologized for the comments.

“It wasn’t meant as an attack,” he said Sunday. “It wasn’t my intention and I’m certainly not going to allow it become my intention subsequently, regardless of how anybody reacts to it.”

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Fight Against ISIS: ‘We’re Not Done,’ Says Gen. John Allen

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Just over one year after the U.S. began its mission, along with Arab allies, to launch airstrikes targeting the ISIS terror group in Iraq and Syria, the top U.S. envoy in the coalition says there is still much work to be done.

“We’re not done yet,” retired Gen. John Allen told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in an interview Sunday on “This Week.”

“There’s much work to be done, but we’ve had some real successes,” Allen said. “Tikrit was taken back by Iraqi security forces. Tikritis are returning home now… And in Syria — in that place called Kobani, where we thought we would see another horrendous massacre occur, brave defenders supported that coalition, ultimately held the city.”

Allen also acknowledged that the ongoing refugee crisis, unmatched in scale since World War II, is due in large part to actions of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“Back in 2011, when the Arab Spring had such promise in many countries, it had great promise in Syria. But he chose, rather than to listen to the dissidents, he chose to attack them,” Allen said. “And that created a sequence of events that has delivered us to where we are today.”

Yet Allen did not express any interest in targeting Assad’s military, a move that would be a dramatic shift in policy.

“No matter what we do militarily, Syria has got to be solved at a political level,” Allen said.

The humanitarian crisis has led to the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees into Europe. The Obama administration said this week it wants to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016. But Allen notes that the U.S. needs to be cautious and that there is a potential threat that ISIS could infiltrate these refugee groups.

“I think we should watch it. We should be conscious of the potential that Daesh may attempt to embed agents within that population,” Allen said, using another common name for the terror group.

But Allen was quick to say that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have the ability to thwart any potential threat within the refugee population.

“I have confidence that they’ll work very, very hard to prevent them from getting into the country,” Allen said.

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Mother Charged With Child Endangerment for Leaving Kids in Cave

iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — A mother is in custody after leaving her young children in a cave for days.

A 24-year-old Missouri woman has been charged with child endangerment after cops found her two children, ages 4 and 6, living in a 10-foot-by 8-foot crate in an underground cave.

The mother was in custody Saturday night under $75,000 bail.

According to ABC News affiliate KMBC-TV, Sheriff’s deputies said the kids were covered in dirt with no shoes or toys and without parental supervision for “several days.”

The 6-year-old boy, told Sheriff’s deputies he was supposed to be in first grade but had not been going to school, said KMBC-TV.

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Father and Daughter Accused of Robbing Bank, Leading Cops on High-Speed Chase

WFAA(ALVARADO, Texas) — A father and his teenage daughter are accused of robbing a bank and leading police on a nearly hour-long pursuit.

Michael Bailey, 41, and Megan Bailey, 19, allegedly robbed a bank in Grandview, Texas, Thursday, then took authorities on a high-speed chase through several towns, according toABC News affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas.

“We had chased them probably a good 30, 45 minutes in speeds [in] excess of 150 miles per hour,” said Alvarado Police Department Capt. Gary Melson, according to WFAA-TV.

Dash cam video shows the suspects dangerously weaving past other cars on the road. The duo eventually crashed, ending the chase.

Officers surrounded the car and were shocked to find a father and daughter as the suspects, WFAA-TV said.

Michael Bailey and Megan Bailey were both charged with aggravated robbery, and Michael Bailey was also charged with evading arrest, WFAA-TV reported.

The Alvarado Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment. The police department in Grandview, where the bank robbery was reported, declined to comment to ABC News today.

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Oregon Cat Steals for Its Police Sergeant Owner

ABC News(GLADSTONE, Ore.) — A cat burglar has amassed quite an impressive haul in one Oregon neighborhood.

Tigger the cat has been stealing trash and other goods in Gladstone, near Portland, for four years, ABC affiliate KATU-TV reports. Anything the feline takes — including a bag of marijuana– ends up in the driveway and back porch of his owner, West Linn Police Sgt. Dave Kempas.

“He left it right out here,” Kempas told KATU-TV. “Tigger is kind of a party cat.”

The police sergeant had a surveillance camera installed to observe his “kleptokitty.” He also posts images of Tigger’s stash on the cat’s own Facebook page.

Kempas cleans whatever Tigger drags in and then donates those items to charity.

“I didn’t take a receipt or anything for it,” he said. “I figure I can’t take that as a tax deduction. I didn’t get it honestly in the first place.”

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