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By John Whitesides and Amanda Becker PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton takes her newly energized campaign to become America's first woman president on the road on Friday to "Rust Belt" swing states that might decide the fate of the Nov. 8 election. After presenting an upbeat view of the country in her keynote address to the Democratic convention on Thursday night, the former secretary of state will launch a campaign tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania, two heartland states hit by the decline in U.S. manufacturing. Clinton is likely to face a tough challenge in such states from Republican nominee Donald Trump, a New York businessman who is trying to win white working-class voters with rhetoric against free trade and illegal immigration.
By Mike Fiala CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters worked on Friday to suppress a deadly wildfire near California's famed Big Sur coast that has burned more than 40 homes, forced hundreds of residents to flee and closed popular parks at the height of summer travel season. The so-called Soberanes Fire erupted last Friday just south of the upscale oceanside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea and has raged through more than 31,000 acres (12,545 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral, tall grass and timber into the Los Padres National Forest. Steep terrain and adverse weather conditions, particularly low humidity and high temperatures, have complicated efforts by nearly 4,300 firefighters to hack buffer lines through dense vegetation around the perimeter of the blaze, officials said.