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Driver opened fire at vehicle with teens inside after one of them pulls gun, Harris Co. sheriff says

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 16:35

Authorities say the suspected shooter opened fire at an 18-year-old who had pulled an apparent weapon in southwest Houston.


Passenger stops Utah Greyhound bus after driver passes out

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 16:28

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Greyhound bus passenger got behind the wheel and steered the bus to safety after the driver began passing out on a Utah highway Friday morning, police said.


California Wildfires Kill 5 People Trapped In Vehicles

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 16:21

Devastating wildfires scorching large sections of California have killed five


Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport, 10 injured

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 16:11

Ten people were injured in scenes described as "chaos" as a Boeing airliner carrying 126 people, most of them Canadians, crash-landed in Guyana's capital Georgetown on Friday, skidding to a halt just before a steep drop. The Fly Jamaica Airways plane was bound for Toronto when it suffered a hydraulic problem shortly after takeoff and returned to the airport, crashing and careening off the runway, Transportation Minister David Patterson said. "Everyone was going crazy, screaming, crying for their lives, everything," said passenger Invor Bedessee, describing how some people were injured getting off the flight.


Judge To Hear Arizona Senate Race Vote Count Dispute

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:41

PHOENIX (AP) -- As the Arizona Senate vote count starts to tip into Democratic


For Democrats looking to future, 2020 looms large

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:34

“People are looking too much at what got flipped and not at long-term directional trends,” said Jessica Alter of Tech for Campaigns, which connects tech and campaign experts with candidates.


Jeff Sessions Dealt Police Reform One Final Blow On His Way Out The Door

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:31

WASHINGTON ― Hours before he resigned as the nation's 84th attorney general,


Twitter Is Rallying Behind Black Female Journalists After Trump's 'Loser' Comment

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:15

People on social media are shedding light on the important work by black


Ice-T Says He’s Never Eaten A Bagel Before And People Are Freaking Out

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:13

Ice-T shook Twitter Friday when he announced he has never eaten a bagel.


How California erupted in flames overnight

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:13

Newly-born fires torched bone-dry Northern and Southern California throughout the night of November 8. One deadly blaze in particular, the Camp Fire, ripped through 70,000 acres in just 24 hours.  "It's incredible," Michael Gollner, a fire scientist at the University of Maryland, said of the uncontrollable Northern California wildfire. "I don’t know if I want to say unprecedented — but it's getting close to that. It's incredibly rare."  "That blows your mind," Brenda Belongie, lead meteorologist of the U.S. Forest Service's Predictive Services in Northern California, said in an interview. "That impresses us in the industry."  While the Camp Fire nearly burned the entire town of Paradise to the ground, residents in heavily-populated Southern California documented their nighttime escapes from falling embers and glowing hillsides.  The Woolsey and Hill fires have now burned through 14,000 acres, with thousands of residents receiving urgent nighttime evacuation messages via text. In both the north and south of the parched Golden State, the rapidly-evolving circumstances are similar: profoundly dried-out land with the arrival of persistently dry, gusty winds. "Then all you need is a spark," said Belongie.  Clouds of smoke seen from Hermosa Beach, California.Image: susan kaufmanAlthough fires are complex environmental phenomena driven (and exacerbated) by weather, U.S. fires in the last couple decades have been burning at least twice as much land than in the early 1980s, and they've been burning for weeks — not days — longer. A warmer climate means more dry, flame-susceptible vegetation. "These fires are going to be happening more often," noted Gollner. The California fire season should be nearing its end. Typically, by mid-October the season dies down as the first rains will make the grasses and forests less likely to burn — particularly in Northern California. But not this year. "We are still very much in fire season," said Belongie. "It's just one fire after another." The Camp Fire, barely contained as of Friday morning, is the continuation of a historic fire season in the heavily-forested northern part of the state. In July, the Carr Fire — after jumping the Sacramento River — grew into a towering, spinning vortex of flame.  SEE ALSO: The EPA completely axed its climate change websites. But why are NASA's still live? Northern California has now seen a record number of acres burned during a fire season, Belongie said. That's around 150 percent of the previous record, she noted.  The now-raging Camp Fire has exploited exceptionally dried-out forests and grasses. In some portions of Northern California, forests are now as dry as they were during the peak summer fire season, when temperatures were in the triple digits. It's now well into November, and parched forests are at their seasonal records for dryness, with some setting new records. Worse than no rain is negative rain. Evaporative Demand Index (EDDI) is maxing out for some areas for the last 4 weeks. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/AP3ZYjscZt — Rob Elvington (@RobElvington) November 8, 2018 "This is a huge deal," said Belongie.   For a few weeks now, California forests have been increasingly dried-out by strong, dry winds, blowing from the north and east — so fire experts expected flames. And through the night, east-blowing winds blew persistent gusts through much of the state.  The dry stage was set.  "Unfortunately, it's not unexpected," said Gollner. And Westerners can expect similar circumstances in the future. Once these large fires start, there's little that can be done to stop them — even our massive fire-retardant dropping aircraft have little effect. "The airplanes aren’t going to do very much once the fire grows to this enormous size," said Gollner. #HillFire [update] at Hill Canyon Rd and Santa Rosa Rd, Santa Rosa Valley (Ventura County) per Ventura County Fire is now 10,000 acres. https://t.co/m9mxnWQh0T pic.twitter.com/MWOXL4vThd — CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) November 9, 2018 With this modern reality, society needs to prepare, emphasized Gollner.  For instance, it's now imperative that flame-vulnerable communities reduce vegetation near their homes, so communities aren't met with 100-foot tall walls of flame. We can't stop the flames — but we can make them manageable.  "It's not about making it a black-top all around," said Gollner. "It's about reducing the fuel over the land — so we don’t have this really high risk next to our homes." But for now, fire managers just want this particular season to just end.  "This is an endless fire season," said Belongie. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside communities

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:09

The beachside community of Malibu and at least 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have been evacuated as multiple wildfires raged across California. Meanwhile, flames have claimed more than 8,000 acres of land and jumped over the south-side of the 101 freeway, effectively shutting down miles of roadway into the Calabasas area. What that means is, you don’t have to leave, we want you to leave,” Ventura County Fire spokesman Rich Macklan told reporters on Friday.


California Has A Law That Might've Prevented The Thousand Oaks Shooting. It Wasn't Used.

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 14:57

Few might have been able to predict that Ian David Long would walk into a bar


Contradicting himself, Trump denies knowing acting AG Matt Whitaker

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 14:26

President Trump on Friday said he did not know Mark Whitaker before appointing him acting attorney general, despite saying he did less than a month ago.


Flight Attendant Breastfeeds Passenger's Crying Baby

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 14:16

A young passenger got a very special in-flight meal aboard Philippine Airlines


The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Is a Lot More Expensive Than the E-class

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:44

The CLS450 starts at nearly $12,000 more than an equivalent E450.


Thousand Oaks shooting victim confirmed as survivor of America's worst ever mass shooting a year ago

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:39

A man who survived America's worst ever mass shooting in Las Vegas last year was killed in another gun massacre at a bar in California this week. Telemachus Orfanos, 27, a US Navy veteran, was among 12 people shot dead at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousands Oaks, just outside Los Angeles, on Wednesday night. The shooting happened 13 months after 58 people died when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Susan Orfanos, the victim's mother, said: "My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn't come home last night. "I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers. I want gun control. No more guns." Marc Orfanos, the victim's father, said: "It is particularly ironic that after surviving the worst mass shooting in modern history, my son went on to be killed in his home town." #UPDATE: Telemachus Orfanos has been confirmed as one of the 12 victims of the #BorderlineBarShooting in Thousand Oaks. pic.twitter.com/Bj2M9gIl9W— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) November 9, 2018 The Borderline Bar and Grill hosted country music line dancing events and had become a popular venue for dozens of survivors of the Las Vegas country music festival shooting. On Wednesday night Ian David Long, 28, a former US Marine thought to have been suffering from PTSD, attacked the bar with a handgun and smoke bombs. His Glock handgun was legally owned, but he also had a high capacity magazine that was illegal in California. Brendan Kelly, 22, another survivor of the Las Vegas shooting who was also at the Borderline bar, said: "I already didn't wish it on anybody to begin with for the first time. The second time around doesn't get any easier." Mr Kelly, a US Marine who has a large tattoo commemorating victims of the Las Vegas shooting, added: "The chills go up your spine. You don't think it's real - again." It was later reported that the gunman was posting on social media as he carried out the massacre. Long held his gun in one hand and phone in the other, posting messages on Instagram, TMZ reported. The images have now been deleted. The gunman was reportedly a regular at the bar. A former classmate told TMZ he had been teased in high school over his lazy eye, and some of the students who teased him were also regulars at the bar, TMZ reported. Police discovered a Facebook post the gunman made around the time of the shooting, CNN reported. It said: "I hope people call me insane...wouldn't that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah.. I'm insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is 'hopes and prayers'.. or 'keep you in my thoughts'... every time...and wonder why these keep happening..."


Trump signs order denying asylum-seeking, illegal border crossers

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:05

"We want people to come into our country, but they have to come into the country legally," the president told reporters on the White House's South Lawn Friday.


Trump claims he doesn’t know Matt Whitaker, contradicting statements he made last month

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:58

President Trump said multiple times today: “I don’t know Matt Whitaker.” But during a phone interview with “Fox & Friends” on Oct. 11, he said, “I can tell you Matt Whitaker’s a great guy. I mean, I know Matt Whitaker.”


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