May 15, 2014 11:25 AM EDT

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, May 15:

  • Wildfires are burning in Southern California, destroying 30 homes and forcing thousands to evacuate.
  • The Daily Mail released audio of Sterling criticizing Barack Obama and threatening to go to the Supreme Court in order to keep the Clippers.
  • Fast food workers across the world are striking for higher wages.
  • A cat saves the day, fighting off a viscous dog that was attacking a four-year-old boy.

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