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Wildfires Rage on, Biden Ramps up Efforts Attracting Latinos in Florida & More

Lead Photo: Thick orange haze above San Francisco Bay on September 9 2020 from record wildfires in Californa, daytime view of ash and smoke over the Bay Area. Getty Images
Thick orange haze above San Francisco Bay on September 9 2020 from record wildfires in Californa, daytime view of ash and smoke over the Bay Area. Getty Images

Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other goings-on in the United States, Latin America, and the diaspora—all in one quick digest.

Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today:

The West Coast wildfires continue to rage on after killing 24 people and burning nearly 5 million acres of forests in the last week. On Sunday, firefighters fought against stronger winds that exacerbated the blazes—something that could continue to affect the intensity of the fires. [NYT]

Top Latino Democrats are urging Joe Biden to do more to attract the community after recent polls show Trump is making headway, particularly with Latinos in Florida. Biden is now playing catch-up and heading to the state to campaign starting on Tuesday (September 15). [WaPo]

The World Health Organization reported 307,930 new COVID-19 cases worldwide within the past 24 hours, which marks the highest single-day increase in cases of infections since the pandemic began. In the U.S., the country’s top epidemiologist Anthony Fauci disagreed with Trump’s claim that the states were “rounding the corner” in the fight against the virus. [CNN]

Puerto Rico has reopened beaches, casinos, gyms and movie theaters across the U.S. territory after government officials reported a drop in COVID-19 numbers. The changes will be in effect until Oct. 2, with social distancing and face masks remaining mandatory. Bars and restaurants remain closed. [USA Today]

Colombia has continued to see an uptick in violence, with the United Nations has documented at least 33 massacres this year. That number is up by 11 compared to 2017, one year after a historic peace accord was signed ending years of war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. [NYT]

While the pandemic temporarily halted deportation arrests for a few months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement have begun sweeping communities again and detaining immigrants. Despite the agency’s claims that it has focused on people with criminal records, data shows that many without records have been caught up as ICE has taken more than 2,000 people into custody from their homes, workplaces, and more. [NYT]