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California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fire

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 so far 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.


Melania Trump's Hotel Charges Were $174,000 For A Day Trip To Toronto: Records

Melania Trump's Hotel Charges Were $174,000 For A Day Trip To Toronto: Records First lady Melania Trump's hotel bills for a day trip to Toronto last year


Airbnb says quarterly revenue topped $1 bn

Airbnb says quarterly revenue topped $1 bn Airbnb said Friday it took in more than a billion dollars in revenue in the past three months, calling it the best quarter ever for the home-sharing giant as it readies a stock market offering. "The third quarter of 2018 was the strongest quarter in Airbnb history, and the first quarter in which Airbnb recognized substantially more than $1 billion in revenue," the company said in a memo shared with AFP. The revelation came as Airbnb prepared for an initial public offering (IPO) as soon as the middle of next year at a valuation estimated to be more than $30 billion.


U.S. prosecutors talking with accused Russian agent to resolve case

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.


California presses search for fire victims, number of missing soars

California presses search for fire victims, number of missing soars 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.


California presses search for fire victims, number of missing soars

California presses search for fire victims, number of missing soars 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.


Stacey Abrams: Republican Brian Kemp will be Georgia's next governor

Stacey Abrams: Republican Brian Kemp will be Georgia's next governor The Democrat Stacey Abrams has acknowledged that the Republican Brian Kemp will be declared the next governor of Georgia, bringing to a close the hard-fought and bitterly contested election. The race, in a state won comfortably by Donald Trump in 2016, had been too close to call since polls closed on Tuesday last week. Kemp had clung to a slim lead, staying just above the over 50% he needed to avoid a runoff election.


Abrams admits defeat in hard-fought Georgia governor race

Abrams admits defeat in hard-fought Georgia governor race 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.


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'I brace myself': anxious search for the missing in California fire

'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.


PG&E shares surge 40 percent on report regulator wants to avoid bankruptcy from wildfire

PG&E shares surge 40 percent on report regulator wants to avoid bankruptcy from wildfire 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.


Stacey Abrams Acknowledges Loss In Georgia Governor's Race

Stacey Abrams Acknowledges Loss In Georgia Governor's Race In a speech to her supporters on Friday night, Democrat Stacey Abrams


N. Korea swiftly expels US citizen amid nuclear talks

N. Korea swiftly expels US citizen amid nuclear talks North Korea said Friday it had expelled a US citizen who tried to enter illegally, an unusually swift resolution of a case that could have further complicated reconciliation moves between the two countries. The man, identified as Lawrence Bruce Byron, had been in custody after crossing into North Korea from China on October 16, the official Korean Central News Agency said. "While being questioned, he said he had illegally entered the country under the command of the US Central Intelligence Agency," KCNA said.


Judge eases Reagan shooter Hinckley's release conditions

Judge eases Reagan shooter Hinckley's release conditions 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.


Photos of the week: 11/9 - 11/16

Photos of the week: 11/9 - 11/16 Devastating wildfires continued to ravage parts of Northern and Southern


Grim fiscal forecast awaits Illinois' new governor

Grim fiscal forecast awaits Illinois' new governor Illinois' new governor faces a budget deficit that could triple in size, as well as a backlog of unpaid bills that could surpass the state's record high, according to a new five-year fiscal forecast from outgoing Governor Bruce Rauner. The Republican governor lost his bid for a second term in office to Democrat J.B. Pritzker in the Nov. 6 general election in what was the most expensive governor's race in U.S. history. In January, Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, will inherit a state with credit ratings just a notch or two above junk due to chronic unbalanced budgets and a $129 billion unfunded pension liability.


Prosecutors in talks with accused Russian agent to resolve case: filing

Prosecutors in talks with accused Russian agent to resolve case: filing U.S. prosecutors and defense lawyers are in talks potentially to resolve a criminal case accusing gun-rights activist Maria Butina of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate a pro-gun rights organization in the United States and influence U.S. foreign policy toward Russia. The filing also asked a federal judge to delay a status hearing on the case scheduled for Dec. 6 and said that defense lawyers are poised to withdraw motions they filed on Thursday asking for the case to be dismissed if the judge agrees to delay the hearing. Robert Driscoll, attorney for Butina and who is under a media gag order imposed by the judge in the case, declined to comment when asked whether his client may plead guilty in order to resolve the case.


Eleventh child dies from viral outbreak at New Jersey facility

Eleventh child dies from viral outbreak at New Jersey facility An 11th child has died in less than four weeks at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, one of 34 young patients with compromised immune systems to have been infected by a viral outbreak, state health officials said on Friday. The child, who died late Thursday, and the others at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the town of Haskell, became ill with adenovirus between Sept. 26 and Nov. 12, the state's Department of Health said in a statement. The deaths of the first six children at the facility's pediatric center were announced by health officials on Oct. 23.


Hundreds Missing In California Fire

Hundreds Missing In California Fire The numbers of people missing and killed in the Northern California Camp Fire continue to rise.


A legal takedown of genocide

A legal takedown of genocide Despite a four-decade delay in justice, a United Nations-backed court established on Friday that the Khmer Rouge had indeed committed genocide in Cambodia during its reign. The two most senior and surviving leaders of the radical group, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, were convicted of the most heinous of crimes – the killing of innocent minority groups en mass in the late 1970s. The verdict may further assist Cambodians in coming to terms with their “killing field” past.


Democrats’ reliance on seniority clashes with enthusiasm for fresh faces

Democrats’ reliance on seniority clashes with enthusiasm for fresh faces Rep. Diana DeGette, Democrat from Colorado, is done with waiting. For “probably” 12 years, she says, she’s aspired to one of the top three jobs in the Democratic leadership. Now that Democrats have won the majority in the House, Congresswoman DeGette is making her move – challenging a powerful member of the troika for the No. 3 slot, the “whip,” or chief vote counter.


Ford, Lincoln SUVs Recalled for Second-Row Seat Issue

Ford, Lincoln SUVs Recalled for Second-Row Seat Issue Ford is recalling approximately 38,000 of its 2018 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs because of a faulty second-row seat. The second-row bench seat may be missing a reinforcement bracke...


Are mass shootings doomed to be America's 'new normal'? 'That is a myth.'

Are mass shootings doomed to be America's 'new normal'? 'That is a myth.' The satirical online publication The Onion has posted the same short piece in the aftermath of several of the country’s worst mass shootings since 2014. The story includes details about the latest spasm of gun violence – where it occurred, the number of victims – followed by a quote from a fictional Midwestern resident.


Louisiana can enforce ban on strippers under 21: U.S. appeals court

Louisiana can enforce ban on strippers under 21: U.S. appeals court The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had on Sept. 20 found the 2016 law vague about how much of dancers' breasts or buttocks could be exposed legally, and said it was unlikely to survive a First Amendment challenge. The decision is a defeat for three erotic dancers, each identified as Jane Doe, who were ages 18, 19 and 20 when they sued in Sept. 2016 to overturn the law. "They want to wear the bare minimum, but the Constitution does not guarantee them that level of specificity," Circuit Judge Leslie Southwick wrote.


List of retailers that will be closed on Thanksgiving 2018

List of retailers that will be closed on Thanksgiving 2018 While many stores push the limits of Black Friday and offer store hours on


Top Kentucky court upholds state's 'right-to-work' law

Top Kentucky court upholds state's 'right-to-work' law Rejecting a challenge by the Kentucky AFL-CIO and other unions, the court in a 4-3 decision on Thursday said the promotion of economic development and job growth formed the "rational basis" that the state needed to justify passing the law. Voters in Missouri in August decided to reject a proposed right-to-work law, marking the first time such a measure was defeated at the polls. Kentucky state officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


The 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Will Be the First Corolla Hybrid In the U.S.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Will Be the First Corolla Hybrid In the U.S. It's based on the all-new Corolla sedan.


U.S. judge orders White House to restore press pass to CNN's Acosta

U.S. judge orders White House to restore press pass to CNN's Acosta The White House withdrew Acosta's credentials last Wednesday in an escalation of the Republican president's attacks on the news media, which he has called the "enemy of the people." U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, who is hearing CNN's lawsuit challenging the revocation, said Acosta's credentials must be restored while the network's case is pending. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Acosta's credentials would be temporarily restored. In its lawsuit filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, CNN 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.


Why Brexit compromise hasn't defused political tensions in Britain

Why Brexit compromise hasn't defused political tensions in Britain Two years after Britain voted in a highly charged referendum to leave the European Union, its government this week agreed to a draft treaty with the EU to make that choice happen. This week’s political chaos in London, replete with ministerial resignations, has exposed the tensions between full-throated calls for unfettered British sovereignty and the reality of Britain’s economic dependence on the EU, which is its closest and largest trading partner. On Wednesday, as Theresa May urged her reluctant cabinet to back the agreement, scores of noisy protesters gathered near 10 Downing Street, the Georgian townhouse that is the seat of executive power and a symbol of Britain’s historic reach across the globe.


The Latest: Hamas abides by cease-fire, restrains protests

The Latest: Hamas abides by cease-fire, restrains protests JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local):


White House will temporarily reinstate CNN reporter's access

White House will temporarily reinstate CNN reporter's access WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will temporarily reinstate access for CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, after a U.S. judge restored Acosta's press credentials for the time being, saying they had been revoked without due process. "We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future," White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Lisa Lambert)


Kentucky supermarket murder suspect charged with federal hate crimes

Kentucky supermarket murder suspect charged with federal hate crimes The U.S. Department of Justice said the indictment on Thursday charged Gregory Bush, 51, with hate crimes for targeting victims because of their race and color during the incident at a Kroger Inc grocery store in Jeffersontown, about 15 miles (24 km) from downtown Louisville on Oct. 24.


A New Study Says Low-Carb Diets May Help You Lose Weight. But Are Carbs Really So Bad For You?

A New Study Says Low-Carb Diets May Help You Lose Weight. But Are Carbs Really So Bad For You? Here's what the science says


Forced out, Bolton aide Ricardel expresses admiration for Trump, Melania

Forced out, Bolton aide Ricardel expresses admiration for Trump, Melania Forced out of the White House in a feud with first lady Melania Trump, Mira Ricardel on Friday expressed admiration for U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife as a tumultuous week ended for the former deputy national security adviser. Ricardel ran afoul of the first lady in negotiations over government resources for use in Mrs. Trump's trip to Africa in October. In a statement, Ricardel said she had been honored to serve as deputy national security adviser and proud of her tenure working for national security adviser John Bolton.


Florida: Senate race stays on knife edge as hand recount ordered

Florida: Senate race stays on knife edge as hand recount ordered Workers monitor the Republican party table at the Palm Beach county supervisor of elections warehouse. Florida’s election torment is set to continue after officials ordered a hand recount of ballots in the knife-edge US Senate race between the Republican Rick Scott and the Democrat Bill Nelson. After a troubled machine recount finished on Thursday, Scott had a lead of 12,603 votes, or 0.15 percentage points – within the threshold of 0.25 points that by state law triggers a manual recount.


Cindy McCain Hopes Trump Learns From The Midterms

Cindy McCain Hopes Trump Learns From The Midterms Cindy McCain, in her first interview since the death of her husband Sen. John


GOP Senator Says Voter Suppression Is A 'Great Idea'

GOP Senator Says Voter Suppression Is A 'Great Idea' Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) appeared to endorse voter suppression during a


Labor unions file pension lawsuit against Puerto Rico

Labor unions file pension lawsuit against Puerto Rico Puerto Rico violated a law meant to safeguard the pensions of its public-sector workers who have been unable to invest the more than $300 million they contributed to a new retirement plan, according to a lawsuit filed against the U.S. commonwealth's government and others by two labor unions on Thursday. The litigation, filed in U.S. District Court in San Juan, joins a long list of adversary cases in a form of bankruptcy Puerto Rico's federally created oversight board initiated in May 2017 to restructure the island's $120 billion of debt and pension obligations. It is also the latest chapter in a fraught relationship between Puerto Rico and its government employees, particularly teachers.


Judge overturns Montana man's conviction in tribal bond scheme

Judge overturns Montana man's conviction in tribal bond scheme U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams in Manhattan ruled that the evidence at the trial earlier this year had not shown that the man, Devon Archer, knew that the bond issue was fraudulent, or that he received any personal benefit from it. A spokesman for the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, which prosecuted the case, declined to comment. Galanis is already serving a six-year sentence for a separate financial fraud involving manipulation of the stock of now-defunct reinsurer Gerova Financial Group Ltd. His son, Jason Galanis, has pleaded guilty to taking part in both the Gerova and tribal bond schemes, for which he has been sentenced to more than 11 years and five years, respectively.


Bullseye! Hilarious photos capture dogs showing impressive concentration before catching treats

Bullseye! Hilarious photos capture dogs showing impressive concentration before catching treats This unique collection of photographs shows the concentrated faces of dogs just before catching their beloved treats. Professional photographer Christian Vieler, from Germany, shot the latest series of his “Dogs Catching Treats in Trouble” collection with hilarious results. Some of the 48-year-old’s images show the happy faces of successful catches, whereas others illustrate pooches’ shocked reactions on seeing such large amounts of treats thrown at them at once.


How To Cook A Heritage Or Pasture-Raised Turkey For Thanksgiving

How To Cook A Heritage Or Pasture-Raised Turkey For Thanksgiving In the not-too-distant past, all Thanksgiving turkeys came from the grocery


'Start Here' podcast: 4 military members charged with Green Beret's death

'Start Here' podcast: 4 military members charged with Green Beret's death The incident happened last June when the two Navy SEALs and two special ops Marines were stationed in Mali. ABC News' Brad Mielke reports.


North Korea to deport U.S. citizen held since October: state media

North Korea to deport U.S. citizen held since October: state media The KCNA news agency identified the American as Bruce Byron Lowrance and said he was detained on Oct. 16 as he crossed the border. An American man of the same name was deported from South Korea in November 2017 after being found wandering near the heavily fortified border with North Korea, but there was no immediate confirmation of the identity of the man held by North Korea. Using the initials of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, KCNA said the man had told his captors "he illegally entered the DPRK under the manipulation of the CIA".


British PM fights rebellion over Brexit deal

British PM fights rebellion over Brexit deal British Prime Minister Theresa May battled Friday to salvage a draft Brexit deal and her own political future. The Conservative leader said she believed with "every fibre of my being" in the Brexit course she had set, after facing a hostile parliament and seeing four ministers, including Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, quit the government. Members of parliament on all sides warned her there was no way the plan could win their approval, but she dismissed calls to quit, saying: "Am I going to see this through?


Captain says U.S. military does not view Central American migrants as 'enemies'

Captain says U.S. military does not view Central American migrants as 'enemies' "The military is not classifying them as the enemy in any way, shape or form," said Cunningham, who is the spokesman for the Special Purpose Marine Ground- Air Taskforce 7. Trump's politically charged decision to send troops to the border with Mexico came ahead of U.S. congressional elections last week. The number of U.S. troops at the border with Mexico may have peaked at about 5,800, the U.S. commander of the mission told Reuters, noting he would start looking next week at whether to begin sending forces home or perhaps shifting some to new border positions.


Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg Calls Explosive NYT Report 'Simply Untrue'

Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg Calls Explosive NYT Report 'Simply Untrue' Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg weighed in on the recent


Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600

Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600 A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. At least 63 people have been confirmed dead in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century. Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced with little warning through Paradise, a town of 27,000.


Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600

Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600 A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. At least 63 people have been confirmed dead in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century. Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced with little warning through Paradise, a town of 27,000.


California fire has claimed 63 as missing list grows to 631

California fire has claimed 63 as missing list grows to 631 MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — At least 63 are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing after the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century.


China's Xi promises support to Papua New Guinea amid regional tension

China's Xi promises support to Papua New Guinea amid regional tension The visit, ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit Xi will address on Saturday, comes amid heightened trade and diplomatic tension in a region that was until recently an almost exclusive sphere of influence of staunch U.S. ally Australia. APEC was established almost 30 years ago to remove barriers to trade in an area home to numerous tiny island economies reliant on third party aid and loans. China, which is stepping up its presence in the region, has recently faced criticism from some PNG officials for its lavish gifts, given at the potential expense of aid and development.