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  • Two suspects arrested in deadly downtown Denver shooting

    Two 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:07:36 -0500
  • Witness at 'El Chapo' trial tells of high-level corruption

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    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. Garcia Luna could not immediately be reached through an email to GLAC Consulting, a security consulting firm he heads.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:56:24 -0500
  • Exclusive: Trump weighs authorizing U.S. troops to medically screen migrants

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    President Donald Trump's administration is considering giving U.S. troops on the border with Mexico the authority to carry out medical screening of migrants, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday. The proposal, which is still in draft form and is circulating within the administration, would involve the military in screenings for things like illness and injury only if U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:45:29 -0500
  • Interior's Zinke blames environmentalists for California wildfires

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    "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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:39:54 -0500
  • Traffic jams, bitter cold on this year's Thanksgiving menu

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    Americans 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:06:09 -0500
  • Californians left homeless by wildfire brace for heavy rain

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    State 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:01:38 -0500
  • Chicago police investigate hospital shooting that left four dead

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    Chicago 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:49:47 -0500
  • U.S. judge orders release of Iraqis detained by Trump administration

    A 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:32:31 -0500
  • U.S. to deport Taiwan student who threatened to shoot up Pennsylvania school

    U.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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:29:02 -0500
  • California wildfires-related insured losses within anticipated level: Fitch

    Losses 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:10:41 -0500
  • U.S. judge blocks Trump asylum restrictions

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    A 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:18:31 -0500
  • U.S. court allows generic version of Indivior opioid abuse drug

    The 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:23:39 -0500
  • 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:16:22 -0500
  • EPA plans biofuel 'reset' as program misses Congress' targets

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    The 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:05:00 -0500
  • Fatal New York limo crash victim's family sues owner, operator

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    Ten 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:16:38 -0500
  • House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend Obamacare

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    Democrats 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:15:16 -0500
  • White House restores access for CNN's Acosta, ending legal fight

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    The 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:14:44 -0500
  • Trump likely to give U.S. troops authority to protect immigration agents

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    Ahead 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:14:12 -0500
  • Chicago hospital shooting leaves four dead, including police officer and gunman

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    The 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.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:32:17 -0500
  • Five people shot, one fatally, in downtown Denver

    A 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 23:37:47 -0500
  • U.S. likely to give troops authority to protect border officials

    The 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:27:16 -0500
  • 'El Chapo' killed man after he refused to shake his hand: trial witness

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    Joaquin "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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 19:11:44 -0500
  • White House restores access for CNN's Acosta, ending legal fight

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    The 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 18:54:11 -0500
  • Two killed in shooting at Chicago hospital, including gunman: local media

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    Two 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 18:29:52 -0500
  • House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend Obamacare

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    Democrats 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:46:44 -0500
  • Fatal New York limo crash victim's family sues owner, operator

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    Ten 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:47:55 -0500
  • U.S. briefly shutters border crossing to brace for migrants

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    U.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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:41:26 -0500
  • Trial spotlights U.S. drug safety concerns at compounding pharmacies

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    Janet 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:37:59 -0500
  • U.S. judge questions Trump administration on asylum policy

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    A 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:58:18 -0500
  • Rain may hamper search for California wildfire victims

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    The 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:06:00 -0500
  • Colorado man gets life for murders of pregnant wife, children

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    A 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:49:03 -0500
  • 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.

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 09:58:37 -0500
  • Grim search for 993 missing after deadliest California wildfire

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    The 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.

    Sun, 18 Nov 2018 23:30:19 -0500
  • Republican Scott secures Florida U.S. Senate seat after recount

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    Rick 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.

    Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:46:43 -0500
  • Factbox - Still counting: Uncalled U.S. federal elections

    In 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.

    Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:46:43 -0500
  • Grim search for 1,276 missing after deadliest California wildfire

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    Early 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.

    Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:41:06 -0500
  • Fiery mailboxes and dogs in bags: fleeing California's wildfire

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    Nicole 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.

    Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:31:23 -0500
  • Search on for 1,276 now missing after California's deadliest wildfire

    The 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.

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 22:40:59 -0500
  • Republican DeSantis secures Florida governor's seat after rival Gillum concedes

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    Gillum, 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.

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:47:09 -0500
  • Teams search for 1,000 missing in California's deadliest wildfire

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    Forensic 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.

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:58:49 -0500
  • Evacuation plan 'out the window' when fire hit California town

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    As 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.

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:14:02 -0500
  • California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fire

    Forensic 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.

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:47:09 -0500
  • Rain storms could bring more misery for California fire evacuees

    Thousands 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.

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:31:53 -0500
  • U.S. Coast Guard seizes $500 million worth of cocaine

    The 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.

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:34:57 -0500
  • U.S. prosecutors talking with accused Russian agent to resolve case

    U.S. prosecutors and lawyers for accused Russian agent Maria Butina are engaging in negotiations, both sides said in a court filing on Friday, raising the possibility the case could be resolved with a plea deal. Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who has publicly advocated for gun rights, was charged in July with acting as an agent of the Russian government and conspiracy to take actions on behalf of Russia.

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:30:29 -0500
  • California presses search for fire victims, number of missing soars

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    Remains of at least 63 people have been recovered so far in and around the Sierra foothills hamlet of Paradise, which was home to nearly 27,000 residents before the town was largely incinerated by the deadly Camp Fire on the night of Nov. 8. More than a week later, firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around 45 percent of the blaze's perimeter, up from 35 percent a day earlier, even as the burned landscape grew slightly to 142,000 acres (57,000 hectares). More than 11,000 evacuees were being housed in 14 emergency shelters set up in churches, schools and community centers around the region, American Red Cross spokeswoman Greta Gustafson said.

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:45:13 -0500
  • Abrams admits defeat in hard-fought Georgia governor race

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    Abrams' announcement effectively hands victory to Republican Brian Kemp in a bitter race that has drawn national attention both for her historic campaign and for Kemp's role as the state's top election administrator. Abrams accused Kemp of using his position as Georgia Secretary of State to interfere with the vote - an allegation he has strongly denied. "To watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling," Abrams told supporters in Atlanta.

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:22:07 -0500
  • 'I brace myself': anxious search for the missing in California fire

    Since the "Camp Fire" swept rapidly into Paradise, which sits atop a ridge 1,700 feet above a canyon cut by the Feather River, Farrell's family has been unable to reach her. "The hardest part is just waiting to know what happened," said Tom Perez, 58, the husband of Farrell's granddaughter. California's deadliest wildfire roared into the town of 27,000 last week, speeding seven miles in 90 minutes and leaving residents little time to flee.

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:03:42 -0500
  • PG&E shares surge 40 percent on report regulator wants to avoid bankruptcy from wildfire

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    SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - PG&E Corp shares soared 40 percent in after-hours trade on Thursday following a report that a regulatory official told investors the agency does not want the utility to go into bankruptcy should it be found responsible for this month's deadly wildfire in northern California. Bloomberg reported the comment by a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) official on a call hosted by Bank of America Corp, citing a person familiar with the matter. A CPUC spokesman said he could not confirm the remarks and Bank of America declined to comment.

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:52:03 -0500
  • Judge eases Reagan shooter Hinckley's release conditions

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    Hinckley, 63, has been living with his mother, who is in her 90s, in Williamsburg, Virginia since his September 2016 release from a Washington psychiatric hospital. The judge also said reports from Hinckley's doctors show that Hinckley has "remained mentally stable" and complied with all his release conditions.

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:14:40 -0500
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