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Southern California Fires Live Updates: Threats in Ventura and San Diego Counties - New York Times

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LOS ANGELES — Firefighters battled to hold back flames that on Thursday threatened tens of thousands of homes in Southern California and forced new evacuations, as officials implored residents to remain vigilant in the face of a rash of wildfires across greater Los Angeles that will quite likely not abate for days.

More than 200,000 people in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have been told to leave their homes. The city of Ojai, nearly surrounded by blazes, was evacuated on Thursday, as were parts of the coastal city of Carpinteria. And hundreds of schools were closed and roads were blocked. With well over 100,000 acres scorched, residents were on edge, watching the news footage of hills and canyons going up in smoke.

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Southern California Fires Live Updates: Threats in Ventura and San Diego Counties - New York Times

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LOS ANGELES — Firefighters battled to hold back flames that on Thursday threatened tens of thousands of homes in Southern California and forced new evacuations, as officials implored residents to remain vigilant in the face of a rash of wildfires across greater Los Angeles that will quite likely not abate for days.

More than 200,000 people in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have been told to leave their homes. The city of Ojai, nearly surrounded by blazes, was evacuated on Thursday, as were parts of the coastal city of Carpinteria. And hundreds of schools were closed and roads were blocked. With well over 100,000 acres scorched, residents were on edge, watching the news footage of hills and canyons going up in smoke.

Across seven counties, millions of cellphones shook and squawked with a...


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State of emergency declared in San Diego due to Lilac Fire - UPI.com

Dec. 7 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County on Thursday after one of six wildfires began rapidly burning in the area.

Brown said the Lilac Fire has threatened thousands of structures and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents.

He had previously declared states of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Two more blazes broke out Thursday in Southern California, bringing the total number of fires to six and the number of acres scorched to 117,000, fire officials said.

The Lilac Fire, the sixth fire, erupted Thursday morning in San Diego County near Bonsall. As of 2:35 p.m., it was 2,500 acres in size with zero containment. Cal Fire said the blaze destroyed two structures and damaged 12 others.

A total of 700 crews from Cal Fire, North County Fire, Vista Fire, Oceanside Fire and Camp Pendleton Fire, worked...


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Southern California Fires Live Updates: Threats in Ventura and San Diego Counties - New York Times

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LOS ANGELES — Firefighters battled to hold back flames that on Thursday threatened tens of thousands of homes in Southern California and forced new evacuations, as officials implored residents to remain vigilant in the face of a rash of wildfires across greater Los Angeles that will quite likely not abate for days.

More than 200,000 people in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have been told to leave their homes. The city of Ojai, nearly surrounded by blazes, was evacuated on Thursday, as were parts of the coastal city of Carpinteria. And hundreds of schools were closed and roads were blocked. With well over 100,000 acres scorched, residents were on edge, watching the news footage of hills and canyons going up in smoke.

Across seven counties, millions of cellphones shook and squawked with a...


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State of emergency declared in San Diego due to Lilac Fire - UPI.com

Dec. 7 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County on Thursday after one of six wildfires began rapidly burning in the area.

Brown said the Lilac Fire has threatened thousands of structures and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents.

He had previously declared states of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Two more blazes broke out Thursday in Southern California, bringing the total number of fires to six and the number of acres scorched to 117,000, fire officials said.

The Lilac Fire, the sixth fire, erupted Thursday morning in San Diego County near Bonsall. As of 2:35 p.m., it was 2,500 acres in size with zero containment. Cal Fire said the blaze destroyed two structures and damaged 12 others.

A total of 700 crews from Cal Fire, North County Fire, Vista Fire, Oceanside Fire and Camp Pendleton Fire, worked...


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State of emergency declared in San Diego due to Lilac Fire - UPI.com

Dec. 7 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County on Thursday after one of six wildfires began rapidly burning in the area.

Brown said the Lilac Fire has threatened thousands of structures and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents.

He had previously declared states of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Two more blazes broke out Thursday in Southern California, bringing the total number of fires to six and the number of acres scorched to 117,000, fire officials said.

The Lilac Fire, the sixth fire, erupted Thursday morning in San Diego County near Bonsall. As of 2:35 p.m., it was 2,500 acres in size with zero containment. Cal Fire said the blaze destroyed two structures and damaged 12 others.

A total of 700 crews from Cal Fire, North County Fire, Vista Fire, Oceanside Fire and Camp Pendleton Fire, worked...


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Southern California Fires Live Updates: More Areas Under Siege as Wind Gains Strength - New York Times

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• Fire and smoke forced the closing of the 101 freeway — the main coastal route north from Los Angeles — between Ventura and Santa Barbara. Here is our list of road closures in the Los Angeles area.

• Hundreds of schools were ordered closed for the rest of the week because of the thick blanket of smoke filling the skies. The Los Angeles Unified School District said at least 322 schools, including independent charters, would not hold classes on Thursday.

• The National Weather Service, which warned of the risk of “very rapid fire growth,” said winds could diminish Friday into Saturday.

In Ventura, ‘the entire town slept with one eye open.’

Forty miles to the northwest of Los Angeles, the largest of several fires had consumed 96,000 acres by Thursday morning and at least 150 structures — probably hundreds more, fire officials said — and threatened 15,000 others in Ventura...


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Pearl Harbor survivors remember those killed 76 years ago - Chicago Tribune

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Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise bombing that plunged the U.S. into World War II.

About 20 survivors attended the event at a grassy looking overlooking harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. They were joined by about 2,000 Navy sailors, officials and members of the public.

Gilbert Meyer, who lived through the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing, said he returned to pay his respects to his shipmates from the USS Utah — and say a prayer for them.

The 94-year who lives near Lytle, Texas, was an 18-year-old fireman first class when a torpedo hit the port side of the Utah. He said he's still alive because he happened to be on the ship's starboard side.

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Two students killed, gunman dead in New Mexico school shooting - Fox News

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Cops confirm the shooter is also dead; no word yet if the suspect was a student at Aztec High School.

Two students were killed when a gunman opened fire at a northern New Mexico high school Thursday morning, law enforcement officials said.

The suspected gunman was also killed, a spokesman for the New Mexico State Police told Fox News. Police did not release any additional details about the shooter but confirmed the other two people who were killed attended Aztec High School.

"The families of the victims were notified immediately. They are in our thoughts and prayers," state police said in a statement on social media.

The high school, located in the northwest corner of the state near the Navajo Nation, was evacuated after a period of being in lockdown. Authorities said they cleared the buildings at the school, and students were boarding buses to another location where they could be reunited with their parents.

Initial reports indicated that more than a dozen people were...


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Al Franken announces he will resign from the Senate - Washington Post

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A majority of Senate Democrats on Dec. 6 called on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign as he faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment. (Bastien Inzaurralde,Jordan Frasier/The Washington Post)

In a stunning close to his congressional career, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Thursday announced that he will resign amid multiple allegations that he touched women inappropriately, becoming the second lawmaker to step aside over such accusations in three days.

Yielding to pressure from other Democrats, Franken said he will leave Capitol Hill in the “coming weeks,” but he continued to deny allegations of groping and unwanted advances from more than a half-dozen women.

The former rising Democratic star used his resignation speech to take aim at President Trump and Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who have not been forced aside despite facing arguably more serious...


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White House: Trump has scheduled a physical, and his slurred speech was caused by a dry throat - Washington Post

President Trump has scheduled a physical health exam for early next year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will share the results with the public, the White House announced Thursday, a day after Trump's slurred speech sparked concern about his health.

Trump slurred his words during a policy address Wednesday about Israel, inspiring media speculation that he may have had a dental or health problem. But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that Trump simply was suffering from a dry throat.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Dec. 7 said President Trump will undergo a physical exam early next year. (The White House)

“The president's throat was dry, nothing more than that,”...


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White ex-cop gets 20 years for Walter Scott slaying - ABC News

One by one, relatives of the late Walter Scott urged a judge to mete out a significant punishment for Michael Slager, the white former police officer who fatally shot Scott, an unarmed black man, in the back after a 2015 traffic stop.

Through tears, Scott's family told Slager they felt sorrow for him and the loss his young children would feel in his absence. In the end, a judge sentenced Slager to 20 years in prison, giving the Scott family the justice they had sought ever since a stranger came to them with the shocking video of Scott being killed.

"I forgive Michael Slager. I forgive you," Scott's mother, Judy, said as she turned toward her son's killer. "I pray for you, that you would repent and let Jesus come in your life."

Sitting just a few feet away, Slager wiped tears from his eyes and mouthed: "I'm sorry."

The punishment wrapped up a case that became a rallying cry for the


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Australia Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal - New York Times

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Gay rights advocates praised the landmark vote even as they said it was long overdue. In a country where there had been 22 unsuccessful attempts in Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage since 2004, they said, the law should be seen as the triumph of a democracy learning to live up to its values.

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Celebration at a bar in Sydney after the bill passed. The Australian public voted decisively for legalizing gay marriage in a nonbinding referendum last month. Credit Daniel Munoz/Getty Images

“This is a big victory,” said Evan Wolfson, the founder of Freedom to Marry, which led the campaign for marriage equality in the United States. “It is a huge affirmation of the dignity of gay people in yet another country, and that will reverberate in the lives of people across Australia and the...


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More evacuations ordered in Thomas fire as crews fight to protect Ojai amid 'weird wind pattern' - Los Angeles Times

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Crews battling a massive wildfire that has caused tens of thousands of Ventura County residents to flee are bracing themselves for a day of heavy winds Thursday, when forecasters predict fire-stoking gusts of up to 80 mph.

By Wednesday evening, the Thomas fire had scorched about 90,000 acres and carved a path of destruction that stretches more than 10 miles from Santa Paula to the Pacific Ocean.

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As flames raged toward neighborhoods in Ojai, Carpenteria and Fillmore late Wednesday, officials issued new evacuation orders in Ojai Valley, notifying residents with an emergency cellphone alert. Authorities said they were helping residents of five assisted-living facilities evacuate, while people at Ojai Hospital were advised to shelter in place.

"It's definitely moving," Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian said of the fire. "Forecasters were correct in...


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Where would a US Embassy in Jerusalem actually go? - Washington Post

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An American flag flies over the U.S. Consulate General building on Dec. 6 in Jerusalem.  (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

President Trump announced Wednesday that the United States formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision has numerous important symbolic implications for the Middle East peace process.

But in a city where land rights are often controversial, moving the embassy to Jerusalem is also a practical problem, too: Where exactly would this new embassy go? Trump, a real estate mogul-turned-world leader, may soon discover that finding a location for a new embassy is no easy task. Although the White House has suggested the embassy could be moved within three to four years, some think that that time frame is unrealistic.

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Why are Senate Democrats just now calling on Al Franken to resign? - Washington Post

More than a dozen Democratic senators issued calls on Dec. 6 for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign after multiple allegations of sexual harassment. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

Suddenly and all at once, a group of Senate Democrats are demanding their colleague Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) resign over multiple sexual harassment and groping allegations spanning a decade.

It's a big change from just weeks earlier, when they supported an ethics investigation into his conduct rather than asking him to resign.

“Be they political friends or foes, we must call out those who would seek to sweep under the rug behavior that should never be accepted in any family or community,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the top-ranking woman in Senate Democratic leadership, said in a statement.

Why are Franken's Democratic colleagues just now asking him to go? Franken has faced some of these...


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Why are Senate Democrats just now calling on Al Franken to resign? - Washington Post

More than a dozen Democratic senators issued calls on Dec. 6 for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign after multiple allegations of sexual harassment. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

Suddenly and all at once, a group of Senate Democrats are demanding their colleague Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) resign over multiple sexual harassment and groping allegations spanning a decade.

It's a big change from just weeks earlier, when they supported an ethics investigation into his conduct rather than asking him to resign.

“Be they political friends or foes, we must call out those who would seek to sweep under the rug behavior that should never be accepted in any family or community,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the top-ranking woman in Senate Democratic leadership, said in a statement.

Why are Franken's Democratic colleagues just now asking him to go? Franken has faced some of these...


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Why are Senate Democrats just now calling on Al Franken to resign? - Washington Post

More than a dozen Democratic senators issued calls on Dec. 6 for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign after multiple allegations of sexual harassment. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

Suddenly and all at once, a group of Senate Democrats are demanding their colleague Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) resign over multiple sexual harassment and groping allegations spanning a decade.

It's a big change from just weeks earlier, when they supported an ethics investigation into his conduct rather than asking him to resign.

“Be they political friends or foes, we must call out those who would seek to sweep under the rug behavior that should never be accepted in any family or community,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the top-ranking woman in Senate Democratic leadership, said in a statement.

Why are Franken's Democratic colleagues just now asking him to go? Franken has faced some of these...


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6 women sue Harvey Weinstein for alleged racketeering - ABC News

Six California women filed a federal lawsuit today against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, saying his alleged attempts to head off “unwanted sexual conduct” accusations amounted to racketeering.

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The alleged activity was carried out by what the lawsuit called the “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise,” a group of people and entities the women say combined “to facilitate and conceal his pattern of unwanted sexual conduct.”

The lawsuit names the Weinstein Co., current and former members of its board of directors, including New York Knicks owner James Dolan, and others “currently unknown but discoverable.”

The class-action lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in New York, names law firms the women say...


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Six California women filed a federal lawsuit today against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, saying his alleged attempts to head off “unwanted sexual conduct” accusations amounted to racketeering.

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The alleged activity was carried out by what the lawsuit called the “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise,” a group of people and entities the women say combined “to facilitate and conceal his pattern of unwanted sexual conduct.”

The lawsuit names the Weinstein Co., current and former members of its board of directors, including New York Knicks owner James Dolan, and others “currently unknown but discoverable.”

The class-action lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in New York, names law firms the women say...


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