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In photos: Woolsey fire wreaks havoc on Southern California

Llamas tied to a lifeguard stand at the beach as the Woolsey fire burns on. Photo: Wally Skalij/The Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Nearly 250,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes in Southern California as the Woolsey and Hill fires continue to wreak havoc the region.

The damage: The Woolsey fire, in particular, has covered 35,000 acres, the L.A. Times reports, and is still on the move as it creeps towards the coast through Oak Park and Thousand Oaks sustaining wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The fire has taken at least 100 structures, according to the Los Angeles fire chief. Among the damaged structures is Paramount Ranch in Agoura where HBO's "Westworld" has been filmed.

Trump to award Orrin Hatch, Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth among others with medal of freedom

President Trump
President Trump. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images

President Trump on Saturday named seven recipients he will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to next week.

Who they are: Among the recipients are Miriam Adelson, a philanthropist and the wife of GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page. He also gave posthumous medals to singer Elvis Presley, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and baseball hall of famer "Babe" Ruth.

Alibaba's Singles Day tops Amazon's Prime Day in under 10 minutes

Alibaba's Singles Day festival
A preview of Alibaba's Single's Day Festival. Photo: Visual China Group/Getty Images

Singles Day sales for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba smashed Amazon's Prime Day sales in less than 10 minutes, Business Insider reports.

By the numbers: The company logged $6.5 billion in sales in its opening 20 minutes. Amazon's Prime Day sales are estimated to have eclipsed $4.2 billion over a 36 hour period.

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