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N. California fire officials begin agonizing search for dead

  • Noah Berger / Associated Press

    Deer walk past a destroyed home on Orrin Lane after the wildfire burned through Paradise, Calif., on Saturday.

PARADISE, Calif. — Sheriff’s investigators have begun the agonizing task of scouring through the wreckage of California’s most destructive fire on record in search of the dead. By Saturday, the death toll had reached 23, but it seemed likely to climb.