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Rapid Reads: 6 Big stories of the day

It’s been a great weekend, but now it’s time to catch up on everything you missed. Lucky for you, we already did it. Here are the top stories everyone will be talking about today:

1. Trouble in the Golden State

California is on fire and we don’t mean that in a good way. Governor Jerry Brown was forced to declare a state of emergency this weekend after one of two active wildfires grew to cover more than 1,000 acres. Four firefighters have been injured battling the blaze, and hundreds of people have been evacuated. There’s also some real concern that the fires could reach Napa Valley, putting wineries at risk right before the harvest season. Drought conditions, combined with gusty winds and hot weather, have made the state particularly vulnerable to fires. Since January, California firefighters have responded to 6,800 wildfires that have burned more than 545,000 acres, making this among the longest and most destructive fire seasons in history. — The New York Times

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2. Mistaken identity leads to tragedy

Earlier today Egyptian security forces mistook a tourist convoy for militants and accidentally killed 12 Mexican tourists. Ten others are also injured in the mishap. The tourists’ cars reportedly drove into a restricted zone in Egypt’s western desert where police and military forces were chasing terrorists. They assumed the cars were full of militants and opened fire. Egypt’s tourism ministry said the cars were taking part in an “unapproved safari,” and they intend to launch a full investigation to figure out how the tourists even got out there. — Reuters

3. Working hard or hardly working?

Kim Davis returns to work at the Rowan County clerk’s office this morning. The gay-marriage opponent spent five nights in jail after a federal judge charged her with contempt for refusing his order to issue marriage licenses to both straight and gay couples, or else. Since being released, Davis has continually said she won’t do anything that will “violate” her conscience, meaning she’s probably going to continue refusing to do her job and end up back in jail very soon. Stay tuned to see what ridiculous stunt she’ll pull next. — NBC News

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4. #DumpTrump

Latino activists in Dallas are planning a rush-hour anti-Donald Trump protest this evening called “Dump the Trump.” Trump is speaking at Dallas’ American Airlines Center to a projected crowd of 20,000 people. Local chapters of the League of United Latin American Citizens and other groups will march wearing red, white and blue as a counter-protest to Trump’s supporters. Trump has promised that, if elected, he’ll deport all undocumented immigrants and build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. The protesters are hoping to show that the U.S. is a united country of immigrants and Trump’s ideas aren’t welcome. — USA Today

5. Big winners

Last night Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to win the U.S. Open men’s singles title and his 10th Grand Slam. Though Djokovic is ranked number one, many were hoping Federer would pull out a win, as he hasn’t won a Grand Slam in more than three years. Flavia Pennetta took the title for the women and then announced her surprise retirement. Pennetta was previously unranked and took on Roberta Vinci — who beat Serena Williams on Friday — for the title. It was just one of many surprising victories in a U.S. Open some are calling the most “wild and unpredictable” in years. — ESPN

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6. There she is

Last night was the 2015 Miss America Pageant, and Miss Georgia took home the crown. Betty Cantrell is the 95th young woman to wear the special sash. Viewership of the pageant has been in decline over the past several years, as people express their distaste for what they see as an antiquated and sexist tradition. As the pageant approaches its centennial anniversary, it will be interesting to see if the Miss America Organization can revitalize and modernize their event to keep it relevant for a new generation of empowerment-minded young women. — People

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