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American killed on remote Indian island off-limits to visitors

American killed on remote Indian island off-limits to visitorsThe North Sentinel Island is out of bounds for visitors, and is home to the Sentinelese community, who allegedly killed the American, identified as John Allen Chau, after he was illegally ferried there by fishermen, the officials added. In a statement late on Tuesday, Deepak Yadav, a senior police officer, said authorities in the island chain in the Bay of Bengal had launched an investigation. The investigation began after police were contacted by the United States consulate in the southern city of Chennai, which has been in touch with Chau's mother, the statement said.



11/21/2018 - 10:27 AM

 

Judge strikes down Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks

Judge strikes down Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeksIt had already been put on hold by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves after the state's lone abortion clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, immediately sued. Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, states may not ban abortions before a fetus is viable, and the medical consensus is that viability typically begins between 23 and 24 weeks, Reeves wrote on Tuesday. The judge acknowledged feeling "frustration" that Mississippi lawmakers passed the statute even though similar bans in other states have also been thrown out by federal courts.



11/21/2018 - 07:19 AM

 

In Mississippi U.S. Senate race, a 'hanging' remark spurs Democrats

In Mississippi U.S. Senate race, a 'hanging' remark spurs DemocratsThe U.S. Senate race between appointed Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, a black former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary, will test the power of the black vote and the viability of Democrats in a region where Republicans have dominated for decades. Republicans will hold a Senate majority even if Hyde-Smith loses and Democrats will control the House of Representatives. Espy, 64, is a heavy underdog in the Deep South state, which has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1982.



11/20/2018 - 09:38 PM

 

Witness at 'El Chapo' trial tells of high-level corruption

Witness at 'El Chapo' trial tells of high-level corruptionA witness at the U.S. drug trafficking trial of accused Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Tuesday testified that he paid a multimillion-dollar bribe to an underling of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in 2005. The witness, Jesus Zambada, also said he paid millions of dollars in bribes to former Mexican government official Genaro Garcia Luna on behalf of his brother, drug lord Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, who remains at large. A spokesman for Lopez Obrador did not immediately respond to a call and text message seeking comment.



11/20/2018 - 09:36 PM

 

U.S. judge strikes down Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks

U.S. judge strikes down Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeksIt had already been put on hold by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves after the state's lone abortion clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, immediately sued. Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, states may not ban abortions before a fetus is viable, and the medical consensus is that viability typically begins between 23 and 24 weeks, Reeves wrote on Tuesday. The judge acknowledged feeling "frustration" that Mississippi lawmakers passed the statute even though similar bans in other states have also been thrown out by federal courts.



11/20/2018 - 06:48 PM

 

Judge voids U.S. female genital mutilation law

Judge voids U.S. female genital mutilation lawU.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said Congress lacked authority under the Commerce Clause to adopt the 1996 law, and that the power to outlaw female genital mutilation, or FGM, belonged to individual states. "FGM is not part of a larger market and it has no demonstrated effect on interstate commerce.



11/20/2018 - 06:31 PM

 

Exclusive: Trump weighs authorizing U.S. troops to medically screen migrants

Exclusive: Trump weighs authorizing U.S. troops to medically screen migrantsThe proposal, which is still in draft form and circulating within the administration, would involve the military in screenings for things like illness and injury only if U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency personnel were overwhelmed and unable to do so on their own, the officials said. The proposal would expand the mission for the Pentagon, which said previously it did not expect its forces to directly interact with migrants. The Pentagon declined to comment on internal deliberations.



11/20/2018 - 06:01 PM

 

Traffic jams, bitter cold on this year's Thanksgiving menu

Traffic jams, bitter cold on this year's Thanksgiving menuAmericans may need an extra helping of patience this Thanksgiving weekend, with the largest number of travelers in a decade expected to hit the road or board flights to celebrate with family and friends after a prosperous year for many. The weather could complicate the journey in many parts of the country, as bitter, record-breaking cold blankets much of the Northeast on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and heavy rain in Northern California threatens to bring mudslides. Beginning on Tuesday, more than 54 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the traditional feast, jamming highways, airports, railroads and waterways, according to the American Automobile Association, the largest U.S. automotive advocacy group.



11/20/2018 - 05:20 PM

 

Two suspects arrested in deadly downtown Denver shooting

Two suspects arrested in deadly downtown Denver shootingTwo men have been arrested in a shooting on a street corner in downtown Denver in which one person was killed and four others wounded, including one of the two suspects, the city's police chief said on Tuesday. Chief Paul Pazen also said that Monday's late-afternoon barrage of gunfire in the area known as LoDo, a bustling district of hotels, restaurants and high-rise residential lofts, was a "targeted" attack, not random. The Denver Post cited a witness as saying he saw a gunman open fire with a pistol on a group of people, then get into the driver's seat of his car, slam the door shut and speed away.



11/20/2018 - 05:07 PM

 

Witness at 'El Chapo' trial tells of high-level corruption

Witness at 'El Chapo' trial tells of high-level corruptionThe witness, Jesus Zambada, also said he paid millions of dollars in bribes to former Mexican government official Genaro Garcia Luna on behalf of his brother, drug lord Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, who remains at large. A spokesman for Lopez Obrador did not immediately respond to a call and text message seeking comment. Garcia Luna could not immediately be reached through an email to GLAC Consulting, a security consulting firm he heads.



11/20/2018 - 04:56 PM

 

Interior's Zinke blames environmentalists for California wildfires

Interior's Zinke blames environmentalists for California wildfires"Radical environmental groups that would rather burn down the entire forest than cut a single tree or thin the forest," have brought lawsuits to stop forest management, Zinke told reporters in a teleconference about the California wildfires. "Yes, I do lay it on the feet," of environmentalists, he said. Randi Spivak, lands director for the Center of Biological Diversity, an environmental group that has sued the government over forest practices, said there have been just 38 lawsuits over the federal government's 576 forest management decisions involving California from 2009 to 2017.



11/20/2018 - 04:39 PM

 

Californians left homeless by wildfire brace for heavy rain

Californians left homeless by wildfire brace for heavy rainState and federal officials warned people to be alert to the risk of sudden flows of debris down the scorched, denuded slopes of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, where the Camp Fire has killed at least 79 people since breaking out on Nov. 8. "There are people still living in tents," Eric Kurth, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service's Sacramento office, said in a telephone interview. The fire largely obliterated the town of Paradise, a community of nearly 27,000 people about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco.



11/20/2018 - 04:01 PM

 

Chicago police investigate hospital shooting that left four dead

Chicago police investigate hospital shooting that left four deadChicago police on Tuesday were seeking a motive for a shooting rampage outside and inside a hospital late Monday that left four people dead, including the gunman, a physician who was his former girlfriend and a police officer, officials said. The gunman, Juan Lopez, 32, was the former boyfriend of Dr. Tamara O'Neal, 38, who he shot and killed outside Mercy Hospital on Monday, Officer Jose Jara of the Chicago Police Department said. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday described that first killing as an act of domestic violence.



11/20/2018 - 03:49 PM

 

U.S. judge orders release of Iraqis detained by Trump administration

U.S. judge orders release of Iraqis detained by Trump administrationA U.S. judge on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to release more than 100 Iraqis it detained longer than six months while seeking to deport them, saying the government acted "ignobly" and made "demonstrably false" statements in the case. Judge Mark Goldsmith of the Eastern District of Michigan sharply criticized the government for dragging its feet in following court orders and making untrue statements about Iraqi willingness to repatriate its citizens deported from the United States. "The government has acted ignobly in this case, by failing to comply with court orders, submitting demonstrably false declarations of Government officials, and otherwise violating its litigation obligations," Goldsmith wrote.



11/20/2018 - 03:32 PM

 

U.S. to deport Taiwan student who threatened to shoot up Pennsylvania school

U.S. to deport Taiwan student who threatened to shoot up Pennsylvania schoolU.S. immigration officials were preparing on Tuesday to deport a Taiwanese exchange student who pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to shoot up the Catholic high school he attended in suburban Philadelphia. An-Tso “Edward” Sun, 18, is being held in the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. U.S. District Judge Nitza Quinones Alejandro sentenced Sun on Monday to time served, approximately five months, and ordered his immediate deportation, which could take four to six weeks, according to the student's lawyer.



11/20/2018 - 03:29 PM

 

California wildfires-related insured losses within anticipated level: Fitch

California wildfires-related insured losses within anticipated level: FitchLosses from the ongoing California wildfires will likely hurt fourth-quarter earnings of insurers, but are expected to remain within anticipated levels, ratings agency Fitch said on Tuesday. Camp Fire is the deadliest wildfire in California's history, incinerating some 12,000 homes along the way, while the Woolsey Fire in the foothills above Malibu has threatened thousands of homes. Catastrophe risk modeler Risk Management Solutions has estimated insured losses from the Camp and Woolsey fires to range from $9 billion to $13 billion.



11/20/2018 - 01:10 PM

 

U.S. judge blocks Trump asylum restrictions

U.S. judge blocks Trump asylum restrictionsA U.S. judge on Monday temporarily blocked an order by President Donald Trump that barred asylum for immigrants who enter the country illegally from Mexico, the latest courtroom defeat for Trump on immigration policy. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules. Tigar's order takes effect immediately, applies nationwide, and lasts until at least Dec. 19 when the judge scheduled a hearing to consider a more long-lasting injunction.



11/20/2018 - 12:18 PM

 

U.S. court allows generic version of Indivior opioid abuse drug

U.S. court allows generic version of Indivior opioid abuse drugThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit lifted a preliminary injunction that blocked Dr. Reddy's from selling the generic, saying a lower court judge erred in granting the request. Indivior said in a statement that it would continue to vigorously pursue ongoing U.S. patent litigation against Dr. Reddy's that seeks to block sales of the generic version.



11/20/2018 - 11:23 AM

 

Some California wildfire victims may never be found: searcher

Some California wildfire victims may never be found: searcher(Editor's Note: Please be advised this story contains details that may upset some readers) By Andrew Hay (Reuters) - Searchers looking for the remains of victims of the wildfire that destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise said some bodies may never be found because of the intensity of the blaze. "We have been told we're to look as hard as we can, but it's still possible we may not be able to find something left of someone," said Trish Moutard, a volunteer with the California Rescue Dog Association, who may undertake a second deployment to Paradise on Tuesday with her dog IC. "If the fire stayed long enough and burned hot enough, the bones could, at a minimum, be fragmented down to such a small amount that we couldn't see them, and it's possible that even the dogs might not be able to detect them." Authorities have been urging residents to look at the missing persons list so they can remove people now known to be safe or whose names are duplicated, said Miranda Bowersox, a spokeswoman for the Butte County Sheriff's Office.



11/20/2018 - 08:16 AM

 

EPA plans biofuel 'reset' as program misses Congress' targets

EPA plans biofuel 'reset' as program misses Congress' targetsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose new targets for the final three years of the nation's renewable fuel program in January, replacing ambitious decade-old goals set by Congress with volumes closer to the industry's current output, two people familiar with the matter said. The planned reset of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard is likely to set up a fresh battle between two industries, with corn growers wanting the highest possible targets to spur investment, and oil companies eyeing the smallest to reduce costs. Oil companies say the policy costs them a fortune.



11/20/2018 - 08:05 AM

 

Fatal New York limo crash victim's family sues owner, operator

Fatal New York limo crash victim's family sues owner, operatorTen John Doe defendants representing additional parties whose acts contributed to the woman's injuries and death were also named in the lawsuit filed in New York state supreme court. Amanda Rivenburg was among 20 people killed in the Oct. 6 crash. The Ford Excursion limousine carrying 17 people to a birthday party ran a stop sign at a highway intersection in Schoharie, about 40 miles (65 km) west of Albany, officials said.



11/20/2018 - 07:16 AM

 

House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend Obamacare

House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend ObamacareDemocrats will scrutinize the Trump administration's decision not to defend Obamacare in federal court, when Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, a leading Democrat said on Monday. In June, the Department of Justice declared the healthcare law's individual mandate unconstitutional in federal court, which threatened to undermine insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions, and helped make healthcare a winning issue for Democrats in House elections on Nov. 6.



11/20/2018 - 07:15 AM

 

White House restores access for CNN's Acosta, ending legal fight

White House restores access for CNN's Acosta, ending legal fightThe White House on Monday restored press access for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, ending a legal fight that had so far gone against the Trump administration. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement the press pass for Acosta, which was revoked after a contentious Nov. 7 news conference with President Donald Trump, was restored but reporters who ignored new rules for news conferences could have their credentials taken away. The White House Correspondents' Association said it had not helped craft the White House's list of rules for news conferences.



11/20/2018 - 07:14 AM

 

Trump likely to give U.S. troops authority to protect immigration agents

Trump likely to give U.S. troops authority to protect immigration agentsAhead of U.S. congressional elections earlier this month, Trump denounced the approach of a caravan of migrants as an "invasion" that threatened American national security, and he sent thousands of U.S. troops to the border to help secure it. Currently, the troops do not have authority to protect U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel. U.S. officials briefly closed the busiest border crossing from Mexico early on Monday to add concrete barricades and razor wire amid concerns some of the thousands of Central American migrants at the border could try to rush the crossing.



11/20/2018 - 07:14 AM

 

Chicago hospital shooting leaves four dead, including police officer and gunman

Chicago hospital shooting leaves four dead, including police officer and gunmanThe shooter knew the doctor he shot outside Mercy Hospital, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told a news conference, describing the initial killing as an act of domestic violence. The gunman was the ex-fiance of the doctor, Chicago media outlets reported, with one witness saying he demanded a ring back. The shooting sent doctors and patients streaming out of the facility, some with their hands up, as heavily armed police officers sought to secure the hospital.



11/20/2018 - 12:32 AM

 

Five people shot, one fatally, in downtown Denver

Five people shot, one fatally, in downtown DenverA shooting on a downtown Denver street corner on Monday left one person dead and four hospitalized with bullet wounds, as investigators sought at least one suspect still at large, a police spokesman said. No further official details were immediately available about the circumstances of the shooting, which erupted about 4 p.m. in the lower downtown area of Denver known as LoDo, a district of hotels, restaurants and high-rise residential lofts. The area is close to Coors Field, home to Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies.



11/19/2018 - 11:37 PM

 

U.S. likely to give troops authority to protect border officials

U.S. likely to give troops authority to protect border officialsThe White House is likely to grant U.S. troops on the border with Mexico additional authority to protect customs and border personnel if needed, a U.S. official said on Monday. There are about 5,900 active-duty troops on the border with Mexico. Reinforcements were sent by U.S. President Donald Trump with the goal of helping bolster the border ahead of the expected arrival of caravans of Central American migrants.



11/19/2018 - 08:27 PM

 

'El Chapo' killed man after he refused to shake his hand: trial witness

'El Chapo' killed man after he refused to shake his hand: trial witnessJoaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was a ruthless killer who ordered the murder of a man who had refused to shake his hand at a meeting, a prosecution witness told jurors at Guzman's U.S. trial on Monday. Jesus Zambada, the brother of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada who was Guzman's alleged partner in running the Sinaloa Cartel, gave his most dramatic testimony after three days on the witness stand as he described Guzman's involvement in a series of murders. In a cross-examination, one of Guzman's defense lawyers launched an attack on Zambada's credibility, highlighting inconsistencies between his testimony and his original statements to U.S. prosecutors.



11/19/2018 - 07:11 PM

 

White House restores access for CNN's Acosta, ending legal fight

White House restores access for CNN's Acosta, ending legal fightThe White House on Monday restored press access for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, ending a legal fight that had so far gone against the Trump administration. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement the press pass for Acosta, which was revoked after a contentious Nov. 7 news conference with President Donald Trump, was restored but reporters who ignored new rules for news conferences could have their credentials taken away. The White House Correspondents' Association said it had not helped craft the White House's list of rules for news conferences.



11/19/2018 - 06:54 PM

 

Two killed in shooting at Chicago hospital, including gunman: local media

Two killed in shooting at Chicago hospital, including gunman: local mediaTwo people were killed and two others critically wounded in a shooting at a Chicago hospital on Monday, and among the dead was the gunman who started shooting in the parking lot and then burst into the medical facility and opened fire, according to local media. A police officer was among those wounded in the shooting on Chicago's South Side at Mercy Hospital, officials said. Police cars and ambulances swarmed the hospital after the shooting.



11/19/2018 - 06:29 PM

 

House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend Obamacare

House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend ObamacareDemocrats will scrutinize the Trump administration's decision not to defend Obamacare in federal court, when Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, a leading Democrat said on Monday. In June, the Department of Justice declared the healthcare law's individual mandate unconstitutional in federal court, which threatened to undermine insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions, and helped make healthcare a winning issue for Democrats in House elections on Nov. 6.



11/19/2018 - 05:46 PM

 

Fatal New York limo crash victim's family sues owner, operator

Fatal New York limo crash victim's family sues owner, operatorTen John Doe defendants representing additional parties whose acts contributed to the woman's injuries and death were also named in the lawsuit filed in New York state supreme court. Amanda Rivenburg was among 20 people killed in the Oct. 6 crash. The Ford Excursion limousine carrying 17 people to a birthday party ran a stop sign at a highway intersection in Schoharie, about 40 miles (65 km) west of Albany, officials said.



11/19/2018 - 03:47 PM

 

U.S. briefly shutters border crossing to brace for migrants

U.S. briefly shutters border crossing to brace for migrantsU.S. officials briefly closed the busiest border crossing from Mexico early on Monday to add concrete barricades and razor wire amid concerns that some of the thousands of Central American migrants at the border could try to rush the crossing. Northbound lanes at the San Ysidro crossing from Tijuana to San Diego, California, were closed "to position additional port hardening materials," a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said.



11/19/2018 - 03:41 PM

 

Trial spotlights U.S. drug safety concerns at compounding pharmacies

Trial spotlights U.S. drug safety concerns at compounding pharmaciesJanet Woodcock, who heads the FDA's pharmaceuticals division, testified in Boston federal court that she had never seen an outbreak like the one New England Compounding Center's mold-tainted steroids caused in 2012. Compounding pharmacies make tailor-made drugs for patients whose needs cannot be met by FDA-approved medications. Woodcock's testimony came during the sixth week of a trial of six former NECC employees or executives indicted after the outbreak.



11/19/2018 - 03:37 PM

 

U.S. judge questions Trump administration on asylum policy

U.S. judge questions Trump administration on asylum policyA U.S. judge closely questioned the government on Monday as he weighed whether to temporarily halt an order from President Donald Trump that bars asylum for migrants who illegally cross the border with Mexico. Trump cited an overwhelmed immigration system for his recent proclamation that officials will only process asylum claims for migrants who present themselves at an official entry point. Civil rights groups argue that Trump's Nov. 9 order violated administrative and immigration law.



11/19/2018 - 02:58 PM

 

Rain may hamper search for California wildfire victims

Rain may hamper search for California wildfire victimsThe remains of 77 people have been recovered, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said late on Sunday, as it cut the number of missing to 993 from 1,276. The Camp Fire broke out in northern California on Nov. 8 and quickly all but obliterated Paradise, a mountain town of nearly 27,000 people around 90 miles (150 km) north of the state's capital, Sacramento. It has burned about 151,000 acres (61,107 hectares) and was 66 percent contained early on Monday, up from 65 percent late on Sunday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.



11/19/2018 - 02:06 PM

 

Colorado man gets life for murders of pregnant wife, children

Colorado man gets life for murders of pregnant wife, childrenA Colorado man was sentenced to life without parole on Monday for strangling his pregnant wife, smothering their two young daughters and dumping their bodies in an oil field so he could pursue a romantic affair. Christopher Watts, 33, was spared the death penalty at the urging of family members of his wife, Shanann, 34, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and their daughters Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4. "This is perhaps the most inhumane and vicious crime I have handled," Judge Marcelo Kopcow, who has 17 years on the bench, said in the packed and windowless courtroom in Weld County District Court.



11/19/2018 - 01:49 PM

 

Some California wildfire victims may never be found: searcher

Some California wildfire victims may never be found: searcher(Editor's Note: Please be advised this story contains details that may upset some readers) By Andrew Hay (Reuters) - Searchers looking for the remains of victims of the wildfire that destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise said some bodies may never be found because of the intensity of the blaze. "We have been told we're to look as hard as we can, but it's still possible we may not be able to find something left of someone," said Trish Moutard, a volunteer with the California Rescue Dog Association, who may undertake a second deployment to Paradise on Tuesday with her dog IC. "If the fire stayed long enough and burned hot enough, the bones could, at a minimum, be fragmented down to such a small amount that we couldn't see them, and it's possible that even the dogs might not be able to detect them." Authorities have been urging residents to look at the missing persons list so they can remove people now known to be safe or whose names are duplicated, said Miranda Bowersox, a spokeswoman for the Butte County Sheriff's Office.



11/19/2018 - 09:58 AM

 

Grim search for 993 missing after deadliest California wildfire

Grim search for 993 missing after deadliest California wildfireThe number of believed missing fell 283 late on Sunday, down from 1,276 people, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said in a statement, but gave no other details. The blaze ignited on Nov. 8 was 65 percent contained, up from 60 percent earlier in the day. The death toll far surpasses the previous fatality record from a single California wildfire - 29 in the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles - and already ranks among the deadliest U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century.



11/18/2018 - 11:30 PM

 

Republican Scott secures Florida U.S. Senate seat after recount

Republican Scott secures Florida U.S. Senate seat after recountRick Scott, Florida's outgoing governor, was declared the winner on Sunday of his hard-fought U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson following a hand recount of ballots, giving Republicans control of both of the state's Senate seats for the first time since the 19th century. In the recount of the Nov. 6 election, Scott won by 10,033 votes out of 8.19 million cast statewide, Florida elections officials said. Scott took 50.05 percent, compared to 49.93 percent for Nelson, they added.



11/18/2018 - 04:46 PM

 

Factbox - Still counting: Uncalled U.S. federal elections

Factbox - Still counting: Uncalled U.S. federal electionsIn Mississippi, Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democratic challenger Mike Espy will compete in a runoff election on Nov. 27 after neither won a majority for a U.S. Senate seat. On Sunday, Florida's outgoing governor, Republican Rick Scott, was declared winner of the state's U.S. Senate race following a recount of ballots in the tight matchup against three-term Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. Democrats have so far made a net gain of at least 35 House seats.



11/18/2018 - 04:46 PM

 

Grim search for 1,276 missing after deadliest California wildfire

Grim search for 1,276 missing after deadliest California wildfireEarly on Sunday the blaze, which ignited on Nov. 8, was 60 percent contained, officials said, up from 55 percent Saturday. The death toll far surpasses the previous fatality record from a single California wildfire - 29 in the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles - and already ranks among the deadliest U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century. Minnesota's Cloquet Fire in October 1918 killed 450 people.



11/18/2018 - 01:41 PM

 

Fiery mailboxes and dogs in bags: fleeing California's wildfire

Fiery mailboxes and dogs in bags: fleeing California's wildfireNicole Montague and her 16-year-old daughter Destiny noticed a red glow on the horizon as they drove to school in Paradise, California, that Thursday morning. "As we were driving out, the mailboxes were on fire," Nicole said. California's deadliest ever wildfire, the innocuous-sounding "Camp Fire," swept into Paradise early on Nov. 8, as a rapid-moving, wind-fueled disaster that has left at least 76 people dead and more than 1,276 missing.



11/18/2018 - 06:31 AM

 

Search on for 1,276 now missing after California's deadliest wildfire

Search on for 1,276 now missing after California's deadliest wildfireThe number of people missing after California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire jumped on Saturday to 1,276, despite authorities locating hundreds of people who scattered when the Camp Fire tore through the mountain town of Paradise. Forensic recovery teams sifting through the charred wreckage recovered the remains of five more victims, bringing the death toll to at least 76, authorities said. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said much of the increase in the number of missing was due to his office's efforts to comb through a backlog of emergency calls that came in during the first hours of the fire on Nov. 8.



11/17/2018 - 10:40 PM

 

Republican DeSantis secures Florida governor's seat after rival Gillum concedes

Republican DeSantis secures Florida governor's seat after rival Gillum concedesGillum, the 39-year-old liberal mayor of Tallahassee, had initially conceded the race on the night of the Nov. 6 election to DeSantis, a conservative former congressman. This fight for Florida continues." DeSantis, 40, said on Saturday on Twitter, "This was a hard-fought campaign. Now it's time to bring Florida together." After a machine recount ended on Thursday, official results showed DeSantis with a lead of 33,683, or 0.41 percent.



11/17/2018 - 06:47 PM

 

Teams search for 1,000 missing in California's deadliest wildfire

Teams search for 1,000 missing in California's deadliest wildfireForensic recovery teams searched for more victims in the charred wreckage of the northern California town of Paradise on Saturday as the number of people listed as missing in the state's deadliest wildfire topped 1,000. President Donald Trump visited the devastated small community in the Sierra foothills, 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, where authorities say the remains of at least 71 people have been recovered. "Nobody could have thought this would ever happen," Trump told reporters amid the charred wreckage of the town's Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park.



11/17/2018 - 04:58 PM

 

Evacuation plan 'out the window' when fire hit California town

Evacuation plan 'out the window' when fire hit California townAs strong winds sent flames roaring into Paradise at 2 miles per minute, emergency personnel and locals realized their escape plans, crafted after a 2008 blaze, would not work. "The lessons we had learned in the past kind of went out of the window due to the sheer speed and intensity of this fire," Paradise Emergency Operations Coordinator Jim Broshears said in a phone interview. The small mountain town was facing the so-called Camp Fire, one of a series of recent "megafires" fueled by drought, erratic winds and overgrown forests that quickly torch over 100,000 acres.



11/17/2018 - 02:14 PM

 

California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fire

California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fireForensic recovery teams pressed their search for more victims in the flame-ravaged northern California town of Paradise on Friday as authorities sought clues to the fate of about 1,000 people reported missing in the state's deadliest wildfire on record. Remains of at least 71 people have been recovered in and around a Sierra foothills hamlet that was home to nearly 27,000 residents before the town, 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, was largely incinerated by the deadly Camp Fire on the night of Nov. 8.



11/17/2018 - 11:47 AM

 

Rain storms could bring more misery for California fire evacuees

Rain storms could bring more misery for California fire evacueesThousands of people displaced by California's most destructive wildfire, including hundreds living in tents and cars, face heavy rains next week that could trigger dangerous floods and mudslides, while helping douse the flames. At least 300 people who fled the Camp Fire were sheltering on Friday in the flood-prone parking lot of a Walmart in Chico, about 15 miles (24 km) west of where the blaze consumed the mountain town of Paradise on Nov. 8. A rain storm is forecast to hit next week and so authorities are asking people to leave the Walmart lot by Sunday afternoon, said Bryan May, a spokesman for the California Office of Emergency Services.



11/17/2018 - 09:31 AM

 

U.S. Coast Guard seizes $500 million worth of cocaine

U.S. Coast Guard seizes $500 million worth of cocaineThe cocaine was taken off the Coast Guard cutter James in the Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday after it was confiscated from 15 drug smuggling vessels in the international waters, the Coast Guard said. Multiple U.S. Coast Guard cutters helped seize the drugs of Mexico, Central and South America, it said. Some 49 suspects were also arrested and will be prosecuted in southern Florida, the Miami Herald reported.



11/17/2018 - 12:34 AM

 

 

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