The smoke is so thick, at times the Cessna had to climb to stay out of it. At times your eyes burn and you close the air vents to keep the cabin habitable. Sometimes it is so bad, it is hard to see how bad it actually is on the ground below.

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Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters have on their radar in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast.

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Retired NFL fullback Le'Ron McClain took to Twitter Saturday to plead for help dealing with head and brain troubles he said have resulted from playing football.

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The University of Florida's band director says he was attacked Saturday night after the school's football game against the University of Miami in Orlando.

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A Raleigh homeowner was handcuffed by police and detained in his underwear after his home security system was tripped by mistake.

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Take a look at 30 amazing sports photos from August 18 to August 25.

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US stock futures slid Sunday night after a weekend of global meetings left little resolved and added confusing signals about the US-China trade war.

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President Donald Trump -- irritable and inconsistent on the world stage -- raised, then swiftly dashed, hopes for an easing of his fast worsening trade war with China that is threatening the global economy.

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The judge presiding over the historic Oklahoma opioid trial will deliver his ruling Monday afternoon -- a decision that could have sweeping implications as other states and communities try to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid epidemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans since 2000.

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A pumice "raft" the size of Manhattan is drifting towards Australia, bringing along with it new marine life that could help with the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef's corals, half of which have been killed in recent years as a result of climate change.

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The greatest things in the world can often disguise themselves as the worst things in the world. Which is why, as Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck walked off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night, he was presented with a gift cloaked as a turd.

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Police drew their guns as protesters threw bricks and petrol bombs during one of the most violent nights Hong Kong has seen over 12 consecutive weekends of protests.

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