Things you should know today – September 20, 2015

californiaMore than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in California wildfires
Two large wildfires burning for days in California have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and hundreds of outbuildings. The Valley Fire has consumed 585 homes as while raging through Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties over the course of a week. It has destroyed hundreds of other structures and scorched more than 70,000 acres of land. Another wildfire burning in a nearby area, the Butte Fire, has destroyed 511 residences and more than 330 outbuildings in the course of at least 10 days. CNN


cuba-popePope Francis visits Cuba
Pope Francis arrived in Cuba on Saturday, and due to celebrate Mass on Sunday in Havana’s iconic Revolution Square. He was greeted by President Raul Castro in Havana. He will spend four days in Cuba before flying to the United States. BBC



syriaNew US-backed rebels entered Syria from Turkey
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group of 75 US-backed rebels has crossed into northern Syria from Turkey to fight jihadists in Syria. A top US general said on a handful of rebels trained by US were still fighting in Syria, a while ago. GOP branded the $ 500 million scheme to train and equip the Syrian rebels a “total failure”. BBC


trump 2Trump: I’m not “morally obligated” to defend Obama
In an early morning Twitter screed attacking the media for manufacturing a “no win situation,” Donald Trump defended his actions from Thursday’s campaign stop when he declined to correct a man who claimed President Obama is Muslim. Trump posted in twitter “This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something.” CBS


arizona+fwy+shooterPhoenix freeway shooting suspect is arrested
Two law enforcement officials attributed the arrest of Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., 21, to a combination of ballistics, “shoe-leather police work” and Merritt’s social media presence. Merritt is facing a total of 28 felony charges, including four counts each of intentional terrorism, committing a drive-by shooting, endangerment, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage, disorderly conduct and discharging a firearm within city limits. FOX