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California wildfires: List of missing passes 600 as hunt for victims continues
Posted 5 hours 21 minutes ago

A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. At least 63 people have been confirmed dead in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single US wildfires since the turn of the last century. Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced with little warning through Paradise, a town of 27,000. Nearly 12,000 homes and buildings, including most of the town, were incinerated last Thursday night hours after the blaze erupted, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has said. A property reduced to ashes is seen in Paradise, California Credit: AFP What was left was a ghostly, smoky expanse of empty lots covered in ash and strewn with twisted wreckage and debris. Thousands of additional structures were still threatened by the blaze, and as many as 50,000 people were under evacuation orders at the height of the blaze. An army of firefighters, many from distant states, labored to contain and suppress the flames. The revised official roster of 630 individuals whose whereabouts and fate remained unknown is more than double the 297 listed earlier in the day by the Butte County Sheriff's Office. California wildfires in pictures: Flames ravage Paradise and celebrity enclave of Malibu Sheriff Kory Honea said nearly 300 people initially reported as unaccounted for had been found alive. He said the list of missing would keep fluctuating with names being added and others removed, either because they turn up safe or are identified among the dead. The higher confirmed death toll, and rising number of those unaccounted for, were revealed at an evening news briefing by Honea, who said the remains of seven more Camp Fire victims had been located since Wednesday's tally of 56. How the wildfire in Paradise developed The sheriff has asked relatives of the missing to submit DNA samples to hasten identification of the dead. But he acknowledged some of those unaccounted for may never be conclusively found. The Butte County disaster coincided with a flurry of smaller blazes in Southern California, including the Woolsey Fire, which has been linked with three fatalities and destroyed at least 500 structures in the mountains and foothills near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles. The latest blazes have capped a pair of calamitous wildfire seasons in California that scientists largely attribute to prolonged drought they say is symptomatic of climate change. The cause of the fires are under investigation. But two electric utilities have said they sustained equipment problems close to the origins of the blazes around the time they were reported. The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump, who has been criticized as having politicized the fires by casting blame on forest mismanagement, plans to visit the fire zones on Saturday to meet displaced residents. 10 California wildfires with largest death toll Cal Fire said that 40 percent of the Camp Fire's perimeter had been contained, up from 35 percent, even as the blaze footprint grew 2,000 acres to 141,000 acres (57,000 hectares). Containment of the Woolsey fire grew to 57 percent. But smoke and soot spread far and wide. Public schools in Sacramento and districts 90 miles (145 km) to the south, and as far away as San Francisco and Oakland, said Friday's classes would be canceled as the Camp Fire worsened air quality. Those who survived the flames but lost homes were moving in temporarily with friends or relatives or bunking down in American Red Cross shelters. At a shelter set in a church in nearby Oroville, a bulletin board was plastered with dozens of photos of missing people, along with messages and phone numbers. Church officials posted lists of names they received in phone calls from people searching for friends and family. Evacuees are asked to check the boards to see if their names appear. Volunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of burned homes in Paradise Credit: AP Many others found haven at an encampment that sprang up in the parking lot outside a still-open Walmart store in Paradise, where dozens of evacuees pitched tents or slept in their cars. Part of the lot was roped off as a distribution center for clothes, food and coffee. Portable toilets were also brought in. Evacuees milling in the parking lot faced morning temperatures that dropped to just above freezing and many wore breathing masks for protection from lingering smoke. Nicole and Eric Montague, along with their 16-year-old daughter, showed up for free food but have been living with extended family in the neighboring city of Chico, in a one-bedroom apartment filled with 15 people and nine dogs. They recounted being stunned at how swiftly the fire roared through Paradise the first night. "We didn’t have any time to react," Eric said. "The news didn’t even know the fire was coming. It just happened so quick." Nicole said she fled once her home's mailbox caught fire and neighbors' propane tanks began exploding. Facing walls of flames and traffic gridlock, her evacuation with her daughter was so harrowing that she called her husband to say farewell. "I called him and said, 'Honey, I'm not going to make it. I love you,'" Nicole said.


Death Toll Rises To 63 In Northern California Camp Fire, 631 Now Unaccounted For
Posted 6 hours 30 minutes ago

The death toll in Northern California's Camp fire rose once again on Thursday


Kasich: Midterm turnout suggests opening for independent bid
Posted 7 hours 42 minutes ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday while he remains undecided about another presidential run, the midterm election results could suggest a greater opening for an independent or third-party candidate.


Melania Trump Knows It’s Ironic That She Advocates Against Bullying
Posted 9 hours 12 minutes ago

Melania Trump acknowledged the irony that she is advocating against bullying


Justice Department Preparing To Prosecute WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: WSJ
Posted 10 hours 16 minutes ago

The U.S. Justice Department said it is planning to prosecute controversial


Florida to recount ballots by hand in tight U.S. Senate race
Posted 11 hours 18 minutes ago

Under state law, the Florida Department of State must trigger a manual recount if an electronic recount of ballots finds a margin of victory of less than 0.25 percent. The order came after U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee, Florida, cleared the way to include ballots from as many as 5,000 people across the state who submitted ballots by mail that were rejected by election officials. A Georgia federal judge issued a similar ruling as that state worked to resolve a close governor's race.


The Latest: Post urges independent probe in columnist slay
Posted 11 hours 56 minutes ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments following the Oct. 2 killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul (all times local):


Father: Threats to driver won't bring justice for slain kids
Posted 12 hours 2 minutes ago

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — The father of one of three Indiana children who were struck and killed by a pickup truck as they crossed a road to board a school bus said Thursday that threats against the driver and her family won't bring justice for his daughter or help those she left behind.


U.S. sanctions 17 Saudis over killing of journalist Khashoggi
Posted 16 hours 12 minutes ago

The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing last month of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the first concrete response by the Trump administration to the journalist's death. Among those sanctioned were Saud al-Qahtani, who has been removed from his position as a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the Saudi Consul General Mohammed Alotaibi and members of a 15-person team Turkey has identified as being involved in Khashoggi's death.


Ford Model T survives California wildfires almost untouched
Posted 16 hours 22 minutes ago

Ron Westbrook had to flee his home due to the Californian wildfires, but can find minor comfort in his Ford Model T surviving


U.S. troops help fortify southern border as migrant caravan approaches
Posted 16 hours 54 minutes ago

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the use of active duty troops on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that in some ways it provides good training for war. The Pentagon chief said that within a week to 10 days the 5,800 troops currently deployed for the border mission will have accomplished all the tasks initially requested by Customs and Border Protection, although additional tasks are now being worked out between the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to the 5,800 active duty troops in the border area, about 2,100 National Guard troops have been providing border support since April.


Macron in Morocco for opening of high-speed railway
Posted 17 hours 29 minutes ago

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Morocco on Thursday to take part in the inauguration of a high-speed railway line that boasts the fastest journey times in Africa or the Arab world. The French leader, who was invited by King Mohammed VI, will attend a grand ceremony at Tangiers' newly renovated train station, with heavy security measures put in place. Macron will travel with the monarch on the high-speed train from Tangiers, a major port linking Africa and Europe, to the capital Rabat.


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Photos: Pets, owners reunited following deadly and destructive Camp Fire
Posted 18 hours 30 minutes ago

The Camp Fire, the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history, has destroyed hundreds of homes, put hundreds of lives at risk and separated pets from their owners.


U.S. envoy for Iran warns EU banks, firms against non-dollar Iran trade
Posted 19 hours 58 minutes ago

European banks and firms who engage in a special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran will be at risk from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions, the U.S. special envoy for Iran warned on Thursday. It is "no surprise" that EU efforts to establish a so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for non-dollar trade with Iran were floundering over fear in EU capitals that hosting it would incur U.S. punishment, Special Representative Brian Hook said.


Camp Fire is now California's most destructive wildfire
Posted 22 hours 19 minutes ago

Burning in Butte County, the Camp Fire has destroyed more than 9,000 structures and is threatening 15,000 more.


This Gluten-Free, Vegan Stuffing Recipe Will Please Just About Everyone
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Pound plunges as UK ministers quit over Brexit deal
Posted 23 hours 25 minutes ago

The pound plunged against the dollar and euro Thursday after ministers, including Britain's Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, quit in protest against a draft deal to exit the EU. The latest market gyrations came as the nation's business sector gave a lukewarm verdict to the proposed agreement, and amid worries that British Prime Minister Theresa May could soon face a no-confidence vote. London's FTSE 100 index of major companies meanwhile dipped 0.1 percent to 7,026.17 points.


Trevor Noah Provides 'Presidential Harassment' Training For House Democrats
Posted 1 day 5 hours 45 minutes ago

With Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, Trevor Noah


Lion Air: a deadly crash and a whole lot of questions for Boeing
Posted 1 day 8 hours 16 minutes ago

Questions swirled Wednesday about how Boeing had failed to tell airlines and pilots about changes to an anti-stall system suspected in last month's fatal crash in Indonesia. Investigators are examining whether the system, which is meant to prevent aircraft from stalling, was tied to the crash of Lion Air Flight 610. The Boeing 737-MAX plunged into the Java Sea on October 29, killing all 189 people aboard.


Can Sneakers Made From Recycled Plastic Save Our Planet?
Posted 1 day 9 hours 15 minutes ago

Recycled plastic has become the material du jour for the fashion industry.


Ryan Zinke Says California Wildfires Are Getting Worse But Won’t Mention ‘Climate Change’
Posted 1 day 9 hours 20 minutes ago

After Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited Northern California communities


What To Buy On Black Friday At Walmart
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Jeff Flake Says He'll Oppose Trump Judicial Nominees Over Robert Mueller Protection Bill
Posted 1 day 10 hours 4 minutes ago

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said he will not vote to confirm any more of


Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Michael Avenatti Arrested After Domestic Violence Allegations
Posted 1 day 10 hours 21 minutes ago

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels,


Northern California Fire Victims Are Suing The Power Company
Posted 1 day 10 hours 24 minutes ago

Northern California's Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has once again found itself


Witness didn't hear officer order security guard to drop gun
Posted 1 day 10 hours 27 minutes ago

CHICAGO (AP) — A security guard who was working at a suburban Chicago bar when a black co-worker was fatally shot by a white police officer said Wednesday that he never heard the officer order the other man to drop his gun.


PG&E Cash Sweep Sends Distress Sign to California Lawmakers
Posted 1 day 12 hours 16 minutes ago

The state enacted a law earlier this year to help utilities cover costs of last year’s wildfires, including by selling bonds backed by customer bills. PG&E, owner of California’s largest utility, has lost more than $12 billion in market value, about half, since the deadliest wildfire in state history broke out Nov. 8. PG&E put its utility subsidiary through bankruptcy after the California power crisis of 2000-2001.


US could lose in war with China or Russia, panel warns
Posted 1 day 12 hours 28 minutes ago

The United States is facing a national security and military crisis and could lose in a war against Russia or China, a bipartisan congressional panel warned in a report Wednesday. Congress had tasked the National Defense Strategy Commission to look at President Donald Trump's sweeping National Defense Strategy (NDS), which highlights a new era of "Great Power competition" with Moscow and Beijing.


As relationship sours, Macron tells Trump France is not vassal of U.S.
Posted 1 day 12 hours 31 minutes ago

In five posts sent on Tuesday after a visit to Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Trump reminded France of its near-defeat by Germany in two wars, took a swipe at its wine industry, and mentioned Macron's falling approval ratings. Trump had earlier criticized Macron's suggestion that a European army was needed, in part, to reduce reliance on the U.S. military. Asked in an interview on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier whether he was offended by Trump's tweets, Macron talked at length about the long military alliance between the two countries, from America's War of Independence onwards.


Democrats and Republicans offer dueling narratives in recount as Thursday deadline nears
Posted 1 day 12 hours 35 minutes ago

Democrats protested at the Broward County elections office Wednesday, demanding that every vote be counted, while a small group of Republicans chanted “stop the steal.”


Turkey calls for international probe into Khashoggi murder
Posted 1 day 14 hours 22 minutes ago

"At the current stage we believe an international investigation is a must," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency. Khashoggi, 59, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was last seen entering the kingdom's consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his marriage.


X-ray images show tools Khashoggi killers brought to Istanbul, Turkish paper claims
Posted 1 day 14 hours 52 minutes ago

The 15-strong Saudi kill team responsible for the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi carried luggage containing scissors, syringes and a stun gun, a pro-government Turkish paper has claimed. Sabah, a daily newspaper headquartered in Istanbul, published images on Tuesday purported to be airport X-ray scans of the team's bags as they left Istanbul for Riyadh on October 2, the day of Mr Khashoggi’s murder.  A number of tools and pieces of equipment can be seen, including walkie-talkies, a signal jammer and a pair of scissors.  The bags were loaded onto two private jets but police were not able to open them due to diplomatic immunity, according to the report. The paper, which is close to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is one of a number of outlets that has published a steady stream of leaks providing lurid details of Khashoggi’s death, a tactic seemingly designed to keep pressure on Riyadh and its allies. How the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi unfolded Mr Khashoggi, a regular contributor to the Washington Post, was killed in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate while attempting to secure paperwork that would allow him to remarry.  According to Istanbul’s chief prosecutor, he was strangled and his body dismembered soon after entering the building.  Saudi officials initially denied all involvement but in the face of mounting international outrage admitted that the columnist had been killed as part of a “rogue” operation. The X-ray images were published as the New York Times reported that in an audio recording of the killing, one of the team responsible can be heard instructing a superior to "tell your boss" after the murder takes place, a suspected reference to Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince.  Khashoggi was once close to the royal family but went into self-imposed exile last year and had since been critical of the Crown Prince in his writing. Mr Erdogan described the tape as a “calamity” this week and said it shocked even a Saudi intelligence officer who listened to it, according to local media. The Turkish president added that orders for the killing came from the highest levels of the kingdom.


Are Gummy Vitamins Even Good For You? Here's What Experts Say.
Posted 1 day 15 hours 48 minutes ago

Gummy vitamins taste like candy, making them more enjoyable to consume than


Watch California's powerful, relentless winds stoke the state's fires
Posted 1 day 16 hours ago

It's the time of year when winds really kick up in California, and firefighters on Tuesday night captured footage of relentless gusts driving a new blaze over the parched terrain.  Firefighters in San Bernardino County — an arid region east of Los Angeles — spent the night combatting the newly-born Sierra Fire amid potent seasonal winds, known as Santa Anas. Though this particular fire (147 acres and well-contained), is quite small compared to the expansive Camp and Woolsey fires, it shows how persistent 50 mph gusts can whip fire over the land — land that has been parched by a confluence of dry winds and a long, scorching summer.  #SierraFire: Footage from earlier this evening. In #SantaAnaWinds, Dozers can often engage where it’s too dangerous for handcrews. A decisive force multiplier in tonight’s firefight. ^eas — SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) November 14, 2018 In the video, a bulldozer, which had been clearing vegetation to limit the spread of fire into an adjacent community, can be seen working while the winds blow smoke through the air and stoke brush fires in the background. Santa Ana winds are notorious for stoking fall fires in California. These dry winds, traveling east from the great U.S. deserts, pick up in the fall and eventually peak in December, Sasha Gershunov, a research meteorologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said in an interview.  But typically by mid-November — and certainly December — some rains will wet the dry California vegetation.  The winds will always blow, but these days they're increasingly gusting over dried-out terrain. This makes for perfect fire conditions.  SEE ALSO: When will this terrible wildfire season in California end? "Now we’re in our traditional fire season, but the fuels are untraditionally dry this late into the season," said Gershunov. "This seems to be getting more common as the climate changes," he added. Some of the most destructive, deadliest wildfires occur in Southern California, a place not defined by pine forests, but shrubs and grasslands.  Here, a confluence of Santa Ana winds, development in fire-prone areas, and climate change have boosted the state's growing wildfire woes. Overall, the amount of land burned in the United States has more than doubled over the last 30 years, and predictably, these fires have been enhanced by a warming globe. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


Michelle Obama Says She And Barack Are 'Finding Each Other Again' In Post-White House Romance
Posted 1 day 16 hours 24 minutes ago

Michelle Obama is getting candid about her relationship with her husband of


California wildfires: Fears radioactive waste could be caught in destructive blaze
Posted 1 day 16 hours 42 minutes ago

An organisation of physicians fear radioactive waste could become a major issue after southern California’s huge wildfire burned near a former nuclear test site. The organisation of Physicians for Social Responsibility said it was likely that smoke and ash from the fire spread radiological and chemical contamination that was in soil and vegetation near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Regulators in California said initial testing found no elevated levels of radiation of hazardous compounds after the blaze near the site.


10 Cheap Stocking Stuffers Under $10
Posted 1 day 17 hours ago

If you're reading this, it's not too late. At least, not for inexpensive,


#ThisIsOurLane: Doctors push back on NRA over gun debate
Posted 1 day 17 hours 14 minutes ago

The National Rifle Association tweeted that doctors should "stay in their lane" when it comes to the gun debate. Now, doctors are fighting back, arguing they are the ones who see the impact of gun violence firsthand. Dr. Megan Ranney joins CBSN to discuss her article and what she thinks should be done.


California wildfires - live: Death toll climbs to 50 as strong winds bring new blazes near Los Angeles
Posted 1 day 17 hours 18 minutes ago

The remains of six more victims of California’s most lethal and destructive wildfire in history were found on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 48. Forensic teams with cadaver dogs spent the day combing through ash and charred debris in what was let of the town of Paradise, around 175 miles (280km) north of San Francisco. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said 100 National Guard troops were being sent in at his request to assist in the search for additional human remains left by the so-called Camp Fire.


Marco Rubio's Biblical Criticism Of Florida Election Recounts Goes Awry
Posted 1 day 17 hours 31 minutes ago

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) went full Old Testament on Wednesday with his latest


Fox News To File Amicus Brief In Support Of CNN's Jim Acosta Lawsuit
Posted 1 day 17 hours 51 minutes ago

Fox News, which frequently provides favorable coverage of President Donald


Wisconsin company gives employees handguns for Christmas: 'The perfect gift'
Posted 1 day 18 hours 16 minutes ago

A Wisconsin family-owned company decided to forgo traditional cash bonuses


Yahoo News Explains: Is the Vatican doing enough to address sexual abuse in the church?
Posted 1 day 18 hours 24 minutes ago

The Vatican halted a plan by U.S. bishops to address the age-old sexual abuse issues plaguing the Roman Catholic Church.


Israel defence minister says resigning after Gaza ceasefire
Posted 1 day 22 hours 24 minutes ago

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday and called for early elections after a sharp disagreement over a Gaza ceasefire deal, throwing the government into turmoil.


Fast food manager attacked by woman over ketchup
Posted 1 day 22 hours 31 minutes ago

Police say they are searching for a McDonald's customer caught on surveillance video attacking two employees last month at a restaurant in Santa Ana, California.


The Best Makeup Palettes For Holiday Gifting, According To The Pros
Posted 1 day 23 hours 5 minutes ago

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Howard Dean: Republicans will 'have a terrible time because they’re getting older and whiter'
Posted 1 day 23 hours 49 minutes ago

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean was pleased with the party’s performance in last week’s midterm elections — and not just because it regained control of the House.

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