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B.C. fire destroys 30 homes

OLIVER, B.C.—Residents in southeastern British Columbia are regrouping from an immense and fast-spreading wildfire that so far has wiped out 30 homes and forced hundreds to flee with little more than the clothes on their backs.

Kerstin Klenheimer and her husband deserted their house when the 37-sq.-km Rock Creek fire broke out Thursday evening.

Gas prices take big jump

CALGARY—Western Canada is being hit with the twin pains of the lowest prices for heavy crude in years alongside a significant spike in gasoline prices following a shutdown at a major U.S. refinery.

Much of Canada west of Ontario saw gasoline prices jump 15 cents a litre last week for one of the biggest increases on record, says Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com

Kerry calls for ‘genuine democracy’ as Stars and Stripes rises over new embassy in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba — U.S. Marines raised the Stars and Stripes over the newly reopened American Embassy in Cuba on Friday as Secretary of State John Kerry made an unprecedented nationally broadcast call for democratic change on the island ruled by a single party for more than five decades.

Player had millions in counterfeit chips

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—A man admitted yesterday that he brought millions of dollars in counterfeit poker chips to use in a casino’s poker tournament, a scheme that was uncovered when he clogged a pipe by flushing the chips down the toilet in his hotel room.

Christian Lusardi, 43, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to trademark counterfeiting and criminal mischief.