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Teams 'look for skulls' in ashes of California's deadliest wildfire

Teams 'look for skulls' in ashes of California's deadliest wildfire The intensified effort to locate victims came on the sixth day of a blaze that incinerated over 7,000 homes and other buildings, including most of the town of Paradise in the Sierra foothills of rural Butte County about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. County Sheriff Kory Honea said 228 people were listed as missing, and his office also was conducting "well-being checks" on nearly 1,300 individuals whose loved ones had reported concern for their whereabouts. By Tuesday, the killer blaze dubbed the Camp Fire had blackened 125,000 acres (50,500 hectares) of drought-parched scrub and brush, up 8,000 acres from the night before, but crews had carved containment lines around nearly a third of the fire's expanding perimeter.


Sitting in the embers, Californians wonder: can Paradise be rebuilt?

Sitting in the embers, Californians wonder: can Paradise be rebuilt? Like many residents of this town of about 27,000 in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, Reasons came to Paradise for its spectacular natural vistas and affordability. By Tuesday, the fire about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco expanded to 125,000 acres. "We consider ourselves survivors, and we will come back from the ashes," said Paradise Emergency Operations Coordinator Jim Broshears, a resident since 1974. "We are fully committed to building a new Paradise".   Rebuilding will take a lot of work, but those who love the town say it will be worth it.


El Chapo is a scapegoat for drug lord who bribed Mexico's president: lawyer

El Chapo is a scapegoat for drug lord who bribed Mexico's president: lawyer "He's blamed for being the leader while the real leaders are living freely and openly in Mexico," attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said on the first day of Guzman's trial for drug smuggling in Brooklyn federal court, which is expected to last up to four months. Mayo Zambada did." Lichtman also said that Zambada had been left free because he "bribes the entire government of Mexico including up to the very top, the current president of Mexico," Enrique Pena Nieto. Pena Nieto's spokesman said of the accusation: "That is false." Lichtman's statement came after Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels laid out the U.S. government's case, describing how prosecutors would prove that Guzman rose from a low-level marijuana trafficker in the 1970s to lead the powerful Sinaloa Cartel.


House Democrats to probe Trump impact on FBI, Justice: lawmaker

House Democrats to probe Trump impact on FBI, Justice: lawmaker Representative Jerrold Nadler, now the panel's top Democrat, gave acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and FBI Director Christopher Wray until Dec. 31 to respond to more than 100 letters House Democrats have already sent concerning Trump's behavior toward U.S. law enforcement, including verbal attacks on senior officials. "I write with growing concern over President Trump's repeated attacks on the integrity of the Department of Justice and the FBI," Nadler told Whitaker and Wray in the Nov. 13 letter that was made public.


Pentagon official: 'No fundamental concern' over defense consolidation

Pentagon official: 'No fundamental concern' over defense consolidation The U.S. government is still reviewing a merger of Harris Corp and L3 Technologies, a top Pentagon official said on Tuesday, adding that she had no fundamental concerns about further consolidation in the U.S. defense sector. Harris and L3, maker of military communications equipment and other weapons, on Oct. 14 said they planned an all-stock merger that will create the sixth-largest U.S. defense contractor with a market value of $34 billion.


Motorists drove 0.8 percent fewer miles on U.S. roads in September: DOT

Motorists drove 0.8 percent fewer miles on U.S. roads in September: DOT Motorists drove 0.8 percent fewer miles on U.S. roads and highways in September versus last year, according to figures released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Travel for the month is estimated to be 260.6 billion vehicle miles, DOT says, down from 262.6 billion miles last year. Motorists increased miles traveled on U.S. roads and highways for the sixth consecutive year in 2017, according to DOT.


U.S. judge to hold hearing on CNN White House lawsuit

U.S. judge to hold hearing on CNN White House lawsuit In its lawsuit filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, the cable news network said the White House violated the First Amendment right to free speech as well as the due process clause of the Constitution providing fair treatment through judicial process. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, dismissed the action as "just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit." U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to respond to the lawsuit by 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) on Wednesday and he set a hearing for 3:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) that day on the request for a restraining order. Kelly, a former lawyer for the Senate Judiciary Committee, was nominated to the bench by Trump last year.


U.S. anti-Semitic hate crimes spiked 37 percent in 2017: FBI

U.S. anti-Semitic hate crimes spiked 37 percent in 2017: FBI The release of the data comes just weeks after a gunman burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue and shot dead 11 worshippers while shouting "All Jews must die." According to the FBI's annual Hate Crime Statistics report, there were a total of 7,175 hate crime incidents reported last year by law enforcement agencies, up from 6,121 incidents in 2016. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement that hate crimes were "despicable violations" of America's values. "I am particularly troubled by the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes," Whitaker said.


Hugh Jackman on 'The Front Runner': I told Gary Hart I took his legacy 'very seriously'

Hugh Jackman on 'The Front Runner': I told Gary Hart I took his legacy 'very seriously' The filmmakers behind “The Front Runner” discussed the importance of former Sen. Gary Hart’s unsuccessful 1988 presidential campaign after a screening Monday.


Factbox: The career of Mexico's brutal Robin Hood, 'El Chapo' Guzman

Factbox: The career of Mexico's brutal Robin Hood, 'El Chapo' Guzman The evidence likely to be presented at the New York trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will paint a picture of a Robin Hood figure, albeit a brutal one, who amassed a $14 billion fortune by bribery, murdering rivals and smuggling huge amounts of drugs. Guzman’s lawyers have signaled that they intend to downplay their client’s role in the Sinaloa Cartel which prosecutors say he led for years, at the trial which starts on Tuesday. The following includes some of the most colorful claims made by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) in pre-trial documents: * Guzman started as a teenager cultivating marijuana and growing poppies for heroin production, going on to become the main leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, "the world’s largest and most prolific drug trafficking organization." * While he was guarded by a virtual army of enforcers and cartel assassins, Guzman was also known to carry a gold-plated AK-47 assault rifle and a diamond-encrusted pistol for his own personal protection.


Cory Booker: I will 'take some time over the coming months' to consider 2020 bid

Cory Booker: I will 'take some time over the coming months' to consider 2020 bid “Right now, … this is those wonderful moments in Washington where we should be able to come together and get good work done before we start balkanizing ourselves for presidential ambitions,” Booker said.


Ohio lays murder charges in deaths of eight people in rural family feud

Ohio lays murder charges in deaths of eight people in rural family feud Four members of the Wagner family were charged with murdering seven members of the Rhoden family and a fiancée of one of the victims, DeWine said by Twitter. In April 2016, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and DeWine said it was clear the victims, ranging in age from 16 to 44, had been deliberately singled out for attack at four different crime scenes, most of them while they slept.


Rumors of a major shakeup rock a White House that's mum

Rumors of a major shakeup rock a White House that's mum News that several senior officials in the Trump administration were set to be fired rocked the White House on Tuesday. President Trump is said to be considering replacing his chief of staff, John Kelly, according to a Wall Street Journal report published on Tuesday. The Journal reported the move would be part of a larger “shake-up” that would begin with the removal of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.


Man convicted on terrorism charge in 2017 Michigan airport stabbing

Man convicted on terrorism charge in 2017 Michigan airport stabbing A jury in Flint, Michigan, found Amor Ftouhi guilty on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport, interference with airport security and committing an act of terrorism, the court said.


New York Taxpayers Are Buying A Helipad For The Richest Man In The World

New York Taxpayers Are Buying A Helipad For The Richest Man In The World New Yorkers, take note: While you commute in dilapidated and decaying subways,


Deadly wildfires continue to burn in California

Deadly wildfires continue to burn in California Deadly wildfires are continuing to burn in Northern and Southern California. The Camp Fire in Northern California is now the deadliest fire in the state's history, having killed at least 42 people. The Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire continue to burn in Southern California. All three fires began on Thursday.


'Megafire' that torched town now common in California

'Megafire' that torched town now common in California Born of tinder dry conditions and erratic winds, the "Camp Fire" was the latest California megafire, a huge blaze that burns more intensely and quickly than anything the state has experienced before. In recent years authorities in California have reported an increase in such large, explosive and swiftly spreading wildfires over a virtually year-round fire season. Four out of the five largest fires in California history have occurred in the last six years.


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10-year-old stops potential kidnapper by asking for family's secret 'code word'

10-year-old stops potential kidnapper by asking for family's secret 'code word' A 10-year-old Arizona girl says she was able to ward off a potential kidnapper


Official at center of Florida vote controversy says she may leave job after recount

Official at center of Florida vote controversy says she may leave job after recount Brenda Snipes has been found at fault in a number of disputes over her handling of elections over the past few years, exasperating both Republicans and Democrats in the state.


No, This Is NOT the 2020 Ford Bronco (It's the "Baby Bronco" Crossover)

No, This Is NOT the 2020 Ford Bronco (It's the "Baby Bronco" Crossover) A leaked image from a Ford dealer presentation shows the smaller SUV.


Iowa senator says expect fewer biofuel waivers from Wheeler's EPA

Iowa senator says expect fewer biofuel waivers from Wheeler's EPA The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may issue fewer biofuel waivers to small refineries under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler than it did under its previous leadership, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said on Tuesday. "I sense that Wheeler has a feeling that (former Administrator Scott Pruitt) was very liberal on his issuing of waivers," Grassley told a conference call.


U.S. top court to review Virginia voting districts in race case

U.S. top court to review Virginia voting districts in race case The high court will hear an appeal by the Republican-led state House of Delegates of a June ruling by a federal three-judge panel that said the 11 state House districts in question all violated the rights of black voters to equal protection under the law under the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. Democrats have accused Republicans in Virginia and other states of crafting such legislative maps in a way that crams black and other minority voters into certain districts in order to reduce their overall sway in the state. The justices said the lower court had not sufficiently analyzed the consideration of race by the Republican legislators in the process of drawing Virginia's electoral map.


Former SS guard testifies he was aware of camp conditions

Former SS guard testifies he was aware of camp conditions BERLIN (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS concentration guard on trial on hundreds of counts of accessory to murder painted himself Tuesday as an unwilling participant in the Nazi machinery of death.


Trump rips Macron for denouncing nationalism: 'MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!'

Trump rips Macron for denouncing nationalism: 'MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!' President Trump lashed out at France on Twitter Tuesday, chastising French President Emmanuel Macron for denouncing nationalism.


U.S. court orders Georgia to continue review of governor's race

U.S. court orders Georgia to continue review of governor's race Georgia voters will wait until at least Friday for the final word on who will be their next governor after a U.S. federal judge ordered state election officials to review provisional ballots cast in last week's election. In an order late on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg urged county election officials to conduct a "good faith" or "independent" review of ballots cast by voters on a provisional basis in the race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican and former Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.


Despite restrictions, digital spending hits record in US midterms

Despite restrictions, digital spending hits record in US midterms Even as online platforms tightened rules for political ads, digital spending set new records in the 2018 US midterm elections and appears poised for further growth in 2020. Digital media campaign spending rose 2,400 percent from the 2014 midterms to $1.8 billion, roughly 20 percent of the total $8.9 billion in ad spending, according to preliminary estimates from the research firm Borrell Associates. Online spending, much of it on social networks like Facebook, has been a significant factor in campaigns for a decade, but tighter rules imposed by digital giants in the wake of the 2016 election could have curbed some of that growth.


Colorado voters reject tougher rules on oil and gas drilling

Colorado voters reject tougher rules on oil and gas drilling The measure was defeated in an election that saw oil companies pour millions of dollars into efforts to combat the proposal and was one of several ballot initiatives that sought to curb fossil fuels use. Shares in producers active in the state gained ground on Wednesday, including Anadarko Petroleum Corp , which rose 5.7 percent, and Noble Energy Inc , which climbed 4.2 percent. It garnered 43 percent of votes, according to final data from the Colorado Secretary of State's office.


U.S. plans new limits on heavy-duty truck emissions

U.S. plans new limits on heavy-duty truck emissions The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce plans to propose new rules to significantly decrease emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxide from diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks, an agency official said. Industry groups and state environmental officials have urged the EPA to set new nationwide rules as the state of California has been moving forward with plans to set new state emissions limits. California also wants nationwide rules, in part because more than half of all trucks delivering goods in the state are registered in other states.


Best Bites: Red wine short ribs

Best Bites: Red wine short ribs Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your


Trump seeks end of Florida recount; Democrats win Arizona Senate seat

Trump seeks end of Florida recount; Democrats win Arizona Senate seat TAMPA, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged Florida election officials to end a recount and declare his fellow Republicans the winners of disputed races in last week's elections, while Democrats picked up a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona. U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema declared victory and Republican opponent Martha McSally conceded after multiple media outlets called the closely contested Arizona race for the Democrat. Sinema will succeed Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic, who did not seek-election.


Army push to end a peacekeeping institute sparks wider debate

Army push to end a peacekeeping institute sparks wider debate The Army’s top civilian leader has proposed shutting down the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, which has played a large role in preparing the military and civilians to work in regions recovering from war.


Justin Trudeau Says Canada Has Heard Recording Of Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder

Justin Trudeau Says Canada Has Heard Recording Of Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that members of his


Amazon picks New York, suburban Washington for new, split HQ: WSJ

Amazon picks New York, suburban Washington for new, split HQ: WSJ Amazon has decided to split its new headquarters between New York City and a Washington suburb in Northern Virginia, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday night. An official announcement from the online retail giant is expected as early as Tuesday, the newspaper said, quoting people familiar with the issue. After a year-long search in which more than 200 cities wooed the web giant for the project -- and the treasure of jobs, development and tax revenue it will bring -- Amazon opted to divvy up its so-called HQ2 between the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens in New York and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington.


At least 42 fatalities tallied in California's deadliest wildfire ever

At least 42 fatalities tallied in California's deadliest wildfire ever The latest death toll, up from 29 tallied over the weekend, was announced by Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea at an evening news conference in the nearby city of Chico after authorities found the bodies of 13 more victims of the devastating blaze dubbed the Camp Fire. The fire already ranked as the most destructive on record in California in terms of property losses, having consumed more than 7,100 homes and other structures since igniting on Thursday in Butte County's Sierra foothills, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. Honea said 228 people were officially listed as missing in the disaster, but added that his office had received requests to check on the wellbeing of more than 1,500 people who had not been heard from by loved ones.


Fewer foreign students coming to United States for second year in row: survey

Fewer foreign students coming to United States for second year in row: survey The number of international students entering U.S. colleges and universities has fallen for the second year in a row, a nonprofit group said on Tuesday, amid efforts by the Trump administration to tighten restrictions on foreigners studying in the United States. Visa and immigration policy changes by the Trump administration have deterred some international students from enrolling, college administrators and immigration analysts said. A strong dollar has made U.S. college tuition relatively more expensive, Canadian and European universities are competing fiercely for the same students and headlines about mass shootings also may have deterred some students, said Allan Goodman, president of IIE.


Indonesia says situation facing crew of doomed Lion Air jet not in flight manual

Indonesia says situation facing crew of doomed Lion Air jet not in flight manual The comments shed further light on the areas under scrutiny as investigators prepare to publish their preliminary report on Nov. 28 or 29, one month after the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX dived into the Java Sea, killing all 189 on board. Now the investigation's focus appears to be expanding to the clarity of U.S.-approved procedures to help pilots prevent the 737 MAX over-reacting to such a data loss, and methods for training them. Dennis Tajer, a 737 captain and spokesman for Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents American Airlines Group Inc pilots, said his union was informed after the crash about a new system Boeing had installed on 737 MAX jets that could command the plane's nose down in certain situations to prevent a stall.


Trump Reportedly Plans To Fire DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen In Coming Weeks

Trump Reportedly Plans To Fire DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen In Coming Weeks President Donald Trump plans to fire Department of Homeland Security Secretary


Carpenter erects wooden crosses in honor of shooting rampage victims

Carpenter erects wooden crosses in honor of shooting rampage victims Mourners returned on Monday to the scene of a shooting rampage at a bar in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks, where a Chicago-area carpenter erected wooden crosses dedicated to each of the 12 victims. Greg Zanis, who has been building crosses to remember shooting victims for more than two decades, said he arrived in Thousand Oaks, 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, early on Sunday morning to meet the families and put up the crosses. A former U.S. Marine combat veteran opened fire last week in the Borderline Bar and Grill bar, which was packed with line-dancing college students, killing 12 people in a mass shooting that stunned Thousand Oaks, a bucolic Southern California community with a reputation for safety.


California's PG&E reports outage in area at time Camp wildfire erupted

California's PG&E reports outage in area at time Camp wildfire erupted In a regulatory filing, PG&E said it "observed by aerial patrol damage to a transmission tower" one mile (1.6 km) northeast of the town of Pulga, which is about 27 miles (43 km)from the town of Paradise, which was devastated by the wildfire. Shares of PG&E Corp , which operates in the northern part of California, dropped 16 percent on Monday, bringing its loss over two sessions to 29 percent, equivalent to $8 billion. Emergency teams searched on Monday for more than 200 people listed as missing in the deadliest northern California wildfire on record as officials voiced concerns the casualty toll will climb higher and crews battled for a fifth day to suppress the flames.


Paradise lost: Grim search under way in incinerated California town

Paradise lost: Grim search under way in incinerated California town University anthropologists, trained in spotting bone fragments and other blackened body parts, systematically mined the ash and detritus of buildings wiped out when a wildfire swept through the town of Paradise, 100 miles north of Sacramento, on Thursday. For friends and relatives of the unaccounted-for in and around the town of 26,000 residents, the wait has been excruciating, knowing that the remains of some of the dead may never be recovered. "In some cases, the fire burned so intensely that it burned everything to the ground, and in some cases it melted the metal," Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters on Sunday.


Hundreds Missing In Northern California Wildfire As Blazes Continue Across State

Hundreds Missing In Northern California Wildfire As Blazes Continue Across State Northern California's deadly Camp fire has left dozens of people anxiously


Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For California As Deadly Wildfires Rage On

Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For California As Deadly Wildfires Rage On President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for


At least 42 killed in northern California wildfire, now deadliest in U.S. history: sheriff

At least 42 killed in northern California wildfire, now deadliest in U.S. history: sheriff Remains have been recovered from at least 42 people killed by a devastating wildfire that largely incinerated the town of Paradise in northern California, making it the deadliest in U.S. history, the Butte County sheriff said on Monday. The latest death toll was announced after authorities located the remains of 13 additional victims from the Camp Fire, which also ranks as the most destructive on record in California, having leveled more than 7,100 homes and other buildings since it erupted on Thursday, officials said.


Factbox: Too close to call - U.S. federal, state elections still in flux

Factbox: Too close to call - U.S. federal, state elections still in flux The outcomes of two Senate races, 13 House seats and two governorships had yet to be settled on Monday. The results of Arizona's U.S. Senate race became clear on Monday, when Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema declared victory and Republican candidate Martha McSally conceded after multiple media outlets called the race for Sinema. Florida ordered a recount in the race where Democratic Senator Bill Nelson trailed his Republican challenger, Florida Governor Rick Scott.


Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Post 'Squad' Pics Of Diverse New Members Of Congress

Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Post 'Squad' Pics Of Diverse New Members Of Congress New progressive members of Congress posted photos on social media on Monday


Key Florida county prepares for recounts in too-close-to-call races

Key Florida county prepares for recounts in too-close-to-call races Broward County officials have been working around the clock to complete a recount of the races for governor and U.S. Senate.


Exclusive: Britain's Hunt sees prospect for Yemen talks, news on Khashoggi inquiry

Exclusive: Britain's Hunt sees prospect for Yemen talks, news on Khashoggi inquiry Following meetings in Riyadh with the Saudi king and crown prince - the main proponent of Saudi military intervention in Yemen - Hunt also said he anticipated "rapid progress" in bringing to justice those responsible for last month's murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "I was led to believe that certainly the legal processes are going to be starting very soon indeed and we should hear something about that quite shortly," Hunt told Reuters in an interview. Hunt's trip, which included a meeting in the United Arab Emirates with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, comes as Riyadh, already under scrutiny for civilian deaths in Yemen air strikes, is facing global criticism and potential sanctions over Khashoggi's killing inside its Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2.


How the Florida recount will unfold - and why it matters

How the Florida recount will unfold - and why it matters Florida elections officials are racing to recount ballots this week after razor-thin voting margins left the state's marquee contests for the U.S. Senate and governor too close to call. President Donald Trump is calling for the recounts to end, saying without evidence that Democrats are out to steal his party's wins in America's largest political battleground state. The drama, which has included dueling lawsuits and unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud, has evoked memories of the state's 2000 presidential vote recount where the winner of the White House hung in the balance for weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the counting and Republican George W. Bush triumphed over Democrat Al Gore.


Northern California officials fear record wildfire death toll could rise

Northern California officials fear record wildfire death toll could rise The deadly Camp Fire also ranked as California's most destructive ever in terms of property losses, having incinerated more than 6,700 homes and other buildings in the Sierra foothills of Butte County, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. Most of the devastation and loss of life was in and around the town of Paradise, where flames reduced most of the buildings to ash and charred rubble on Thursday night, just hours after the blaze erupted. At least 29 fatalities have been confirmed so far, a tally that ranks as the most ever from a single northern California wildfire - surpassing the 25 lives lost in the 1991 Oakland Hills firestorm - and ties the all-time statewide record set in 1933 by the Griffith Park blaze in Los Angeles.