Firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze in Ventura, which destroyed 150 structures and left 260,000 people without power.

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Wildfire Near L.A. Forces 27,000 to Flee

Firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze in Ventura, which destroyed 150 structures and left 260,000 people without power.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer |Dec. 5, 2017, at 10:43 a.m.

Wildfire Near L.A. Forces 27,000 to Flee

Wildfires in Northern California’s wine country in October destroyed more than 10,000 structures. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

A fast-moving, wind-blown wildfire swept through more than 30,000 acres in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, Tuesday, forcing 27,000 people to evacuate during the early morning hours.

The fire also consumed at least 150 structures — including a large apartment building, which collapsed around 4 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reported.

The wildfire made its way about a quarter-mile from Ventura City Hall and is advancing toward Ojai Valley. Officials predict it will burn at least 50,000 acres in the mountains between Santa Paula and Ventura.

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Wind gusts of up to 50 mph made it difficult for the hundreds of firefighters who worked through the night to keep the fast-moving flames from spreading. Fire officials said the strong winds paired with the intensity of the fire made it virtually unstoppable, according to the Times.

The Ventura city and county officials and authorities in Santa Paula have all declared a local emergency. There are 500 firefighters on scene with reinforcements on the way, along with scores of officers from local police departments and the California Highway Patrol coordinating evacuations and road closures, Ventura County reported. Water-dropping helicopters and aircraft are also being utilized.

 

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“The prospects of containment are not good. Really, Mother Nature is going to decide if we have the ability to put it out,” said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen.

One person was killed in a traffic incident on a road closed due to the fire Monday night, Ventura County officials said. However, as of Tuesday morning, no other deaths had been reported.

More than 260,000 customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties were without power, according to the Times.

The Thomas Fire, as it’s called, comes after what was already the worst year in California‘s history for wildfires. In October, more than 40 people died and more than 10,000 structures were destroyed when fires burned through Northern California’s wine country.

 

The Latest: More than 400 US Marines to leave Syria

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The Latest: More than 400 US Marines to leave Syria

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BEIRUT –  The Latest on developments in the war in Syria (all times local):

5 p.m.

The U.S. military operation in Syria and Iraq says it is sending home more the 400 Marines and their artillery from Syria, after they accomplished their mission against the Islamic State group.

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Bali volcano: Lava pools up in crater, ‘will certainly spill over to the slopes’

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Nov. 27, 2017: Clouds of ashes rise from the Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Indonesia.

Nov. 27, 2017: Clouds of ashes rise from the Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Indonesia.  (AP)

Indonesian authorities on Monday expanded the established danger zone around an erupting volcano that is hurling ash 9,800 feet into the atmosphere and whose explosions could be heard over seven miles away.

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Argentina says sound detected in search for missing submarine is consistent with non-nuclear explosion

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Argentina says sound detected in search for missing submarine is consistent with non-nuclear explosion

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Argentine navy reports an explosion near missing submarine

Search continues for the 44 crew members on board.

A sound detected in the search for a missing submarine with 44 crew members aboard is consistent with a non-nuclear explosion, officials in Argentina said Thursday.

Argentine Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said at a news conference the relatives of the crew have been informed and that the search will continue until there is full certainty about the fate of the ARA San Juan.

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Liberal CNN reporter under fire after tweeting that sex allegations are draining talent from media, entertainment

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A CNN reporter is taking an online beatdown after an ill-advised tweet saying the media and entertainment indistries are suffering a “drain of talent” because so many men are being ousted in disgrace over sexual harassment allegations.

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Bullfighter gored in the groin, carried out of ring bleeding and screaming in pain

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Bullfighter gored in the groin, carried out of ring bleeding and screaming in pain

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A bull charges into the ring during a bullfight at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona in 2015. This weekend in Mexico, a bullfighter was gored in a scrotum after being caught off guard in the ring.

A bull charges into the ring during a bullfight at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona in 2015. This weekend in Mexico, a bullfighter was gored in a scrotum after being caught off guard in the ring.  (Reuters)

A bullfighter was forced to leave the ring in pain with his hands over his bleeding scrotum after he was gored in the groin.

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Prisoner allegedly kills inmate who beat 2-day-old daughter to death, report says

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Prisoner allegedly kills inmate who beat 2-day-old daughter to death, report says

Liam Deane, 22, was convicted of murder earlier this year.

Liam Deane, 22, was convicted of murder earlier this year.  (West Yorkshire Police)

A father serving a life sentence for beating his 2-day-old baby to death was found dead in his U.K. prison cell Sunday and another prisoner has been charged in his death, The Yorkshire Evening Post reported.

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Zimbabwe army takes control, Mugabe and wife in custody

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Zimbabwe army takes control, Mugabe and wife in custody

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Longtime Zimbabwe President Mugabe under house arrest

Zimbabwe’s army seized control of the southern African country Wednesday, taking President Robert Mugabe and his wife into custody and securing government offices following a night of unrest.

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The Latest: Syria calls on US to withdraw its troops

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The Latest: Syria calls on US to withdraw its troops

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Syria has called on the United States to withdraw its forces from the country now that the fight against the Islamic State group is nearly over.

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Iran-Iraq earthquake kills more than 400, officials say

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Iran-Iraq earthquake kills more than 400, officials say

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In this photo provided by the Iranian Students News Agency, ISNA, a car lays smashed by debris from the earthquake at the city of Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. A powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing more than one hundred people and injuring some 800 in the mountainous region of Iran alone, state media there said. (Pouria Pakizeh/ISNA via AP)

Hundreds dead, thousands injured after Iran-Iraq earthquake

Benjamin Hall reports on the rescue efforts after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the Iraq-Iran border.

More than 400 people were killed when a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Iraq-Iran boarder on Sunday, sending residents fleeing as thousands of residents were left injured, officials said on Monday.

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte: I stabbed someone to death

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte: I stabbed someone to death

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he once stabbed a person to death when he was 16 years old.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he once stabbed a person to death when he was 16 years old.  (AP)

Outspoken Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte added to his legendary list of outrageous claims Thursday when he bragged about stabbing a person to death when he was 16 years old.

In a defiant speech hitting back at critics of his deadly drug crackdown, Duterte said he would go into jails and have “rumbles here, rubles there.”

“At the age of 16, I already killed someone. A real person, a rumble, a stabbing,” Duterte said during a summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang, according to the BBC. “I was just 16 years old. It was just over a look. How much more now that I am president.”

A spokesman for Duterte said the remarks had been made “in jest.”

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Duterte, 72, is known for his often incendiary and obscene language during speeches promoting the country’s crackdown on rampant drug use and trafficking.

Since Duterte took office 16 months ago, police said more than 3,960 people have been killed in the war on drugs. Another 2,290 people have been murdered in drug-related crimes, the government said.

Last year, Duterte said he would be “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts and that he even fatally shot criminals while he was mayor of the southern city of Davao to set an example for police.

Thursday was not even the first time he has mentioned stabbing and killing someone while a teenager. In 2015, he told the Philippines edition of Esquire magazine that during a “tumultuous fight in the beach” when he was 17, “maybe I stabbed somebody to death.”

It’s unclear if he was referring to the same incident in Thursday’s speech.

 

 

US Navy to run rare 3-carrier military exercise in Pacific

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Rep. Kinzinger reacts to the U.S. show of force amid the crisis in North Korea.

Three U.S. military aircraft carriers are heading to the same part of the world at the same time, to take part in a rare military exercise not seen in a decade.

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Welsh politician who resigned amid harassment claims dies

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Welsh politician who resigned amid harassment claims dies

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LONDON –  A politician who resigned from his post in the Welsh government last week after allegations of misconduct has died.

The family of Carl Sargeant said Tuesday said they were “devastated beyond words” by his death. Police said they are investigating the death and will provide an update when possible.

Sargeant, a member of the Labour Party, was one of a number of political figures caught up in a sexual harassment scandal in British politics. He resigned his Welsh Cabinet post Friday after misconduct allegations were made.

He had asked to be removed pending an investigation, saying an inquiry was needed to clear his name.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Sargeant’s death was “terrible and deeply shocking.”

 

 

 

Airbnb hosts violently murder houseguest, police say

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A 36-year-old man renting a $30-a-night room in a Melbourne, Australia, house through Airbnb was murdered last week by his three hosts, police said.

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Japanese man arrested after parts of 9 bodies found inside apartment, cops say

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Japanese man arrested after parts of 9 bodies found inside apartment, cops say

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Members of the media gather in front of an apartment building where nine bodies were reportedly found in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

Members of the media gather in front of an apartment building where nine bodies were reportedly found in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.  (Reuters)

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Kim Wall murder suspect admits dismembering body, denies killing her

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Kim Wall murder suspect admits dismembering body, denies killing her

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Peter Madsen, right, is charged with killing journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade Nautilus submarine.

Peter Madsen, right, is charged with killing journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade Nautilus submarine.  (Reuters)

The Danish inventor charged with killing journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade Nautilus submarine admitted Monday he dismembered her body — but insisted he wasn’t the one that caused her death, according to police.

Peter Madsen said Wall died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine while he was on deck, Copenhagen police said in a statement.

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UK’s Johnson Says Poles’ Post-Brexit Rights Protected ‘Whatever Happens’

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UK’s Johnson Says Poles’ Post-Brexit Rights Protected ‘Whatever Happens’

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UK’s Johnson Says Poles’ Post-Brexit Rights Protected ‘Whatever Happens’
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LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign minister Boris Johnson said Poles in Britain “will be protected, whatever happens” after Brexit, in comments publicized on Thursday that appeared to go further than Prime Minister Theresa May on guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens.

Johnson was speaking on Oct. 17 at the Belvedere Forum on UK-Polish relations, according to the British Embassy in Warsaw in remarks which were reported by The Guardian newspaper on Thursday.

“I have only one message for you all tonight, you know exactly what it is: You are loved, you are welcome, your rights will be protected, whatever happens,” Johnson said in a video posted by the embassy on its Twitter feed.

Earlier this month, May said it was a priority to protect EU citizens’ rights and an agreement with the EU was near but the government has resisted calls to unilaterally guarantee their rights.

 In a letter to EU citizens last week, May said:

“I want to give reassurance that this issue remains a priority, that we are united on the key principles, and that the focus over the weeks to come will be delivering an agreement that works for people here in the UK, and people in the EU.”

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said Johnson was not diverging from May’s comments: “The Foreign Secretary was simply reiterating our determination to achieve this.”

Last year there were just over 900,000 Poles living in Britain, according to the Office for National Statistics and Johnson praised their contribution to British life including through 30,000 businesses.

But some have returned home in recent months, concerned about their status following the Brexit referendum which many saw as a vote against recent immigration from Eastern Europe.

Johnson, who is known for his outspoken comments, has professed loyalty to May in recent weeks but his interventions have been seen as undermining her authority, which was severely weakened after a botched June 7 snap election.

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Fats Domino: Rock and roll legend dies aged 89

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Fats Domino, one of the most influential rock and roll performers of the 1950s and 60s, has died aged 89.

The American rock and roll artist was best known for his songs Ain’t That A Shame and Blueberry Hill.

The New Orleans singer sold more than 65 million records, outselling every 1950s rock and roll act except Elvis Presley.

His million-selling debut single, The Fat Man, is credited by some as the first ever rock and roll record.

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Fats Domino was one of the first rhythm and blues artists to gain popularity with a white audience and his music was most prolific in the 1950s.

Domino’s music has been credited as a key influence on artists during the 1960s and 70s. Elvis Presley introduced Fats at one of his Las Vegas concerts by saying “this gentleman was a huge influence on me when I started out”.

Paul McCartney reportedly wrote the Beatles song Lady Madonna in emulation of Domino’s style.

In 1986 he was among the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but by his later life Domino would no longer leave New Orleans – even to accept the award.

New Orleans-born musician and actor Harry Connick Jr is among those who have paid tribute to Domino on Twitter, saying he had “helped pave the way for New Orleans piano players”.


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Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr was born in New Orleans on 26 Feb 1928, the son of a violinist. His parents were of Creole origin, and French Creole was spoken in the family.

He was musically inclined from an early age and learned piano from his brother in law, the jazz banjo player, Harrison Verrett.

He was given his nickname by bandleader Bill Diamond for whom he was playing piano in honky-tonks as a teenager. He said the youngster’s technique reminded him of two other great piano players, Fats Waller and Fats Pichon.

Domino left school at the age of 14 to work in a bedspring factory by day, and play in bars by night. He was soon accompanying such New Orleans luminaries as Professor Longhair and Amos Milburn.

In the mid-1940s, he joined trumpeter Dave Bartholomew’s band, and the two co-wrote Domino’s first hit The Fat Man. Suddenly, the New Orleans sound became popular nationwide.

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World War 3 THREAT: Qatar situation is MORE DANGEROUS than North Korea, warns Bannon

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World War 3 THREAT: Qatar situation is MORE DANGEROUS than North Korea, warns Bannon

QATAR is just as dangerous to world stability as North Korea, the US President’s former strategist has said.

Qatar threat: Steven Bannon warned of the situation in Qatar
Steve Bannon claimed Qatar is the single most important thing happening in the world and people should be paying a great deal of attention to it.

The Saudi-Arabia led isolation of Qatar is the most worrying confrontation in the world at the moment, the former strategist added.

The US is currently backing moves by the Saudis to punish Qatar for allegedly funding the Muslim Brotherhood and other “radical Islamic terrorism”.

Bannon said at the Hudson Institute yesterday: “I think the single most important thing that’s happening in the world is the situation in Qatar,” Bannon said. “What’s happening in Qatar is every bit as important as what’s happening in North Korea.”

“I don’t think it was just by happenstance that two weeks after the summit that we saw the blockade by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and Egypt and the king of Saudi Arabia on Qatar,” he said.

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Foreign Affairs Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed an unprecedented land, sea and air blockade on their rich Gulf neighbour on June 5.

Qatar has rejected accusations that it supports extremists groups and signed a counter terrorism agreement with the US last month.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has said that the countries behind the blockade have not yet provided evidence to back up accusations that Qatar supports terrorism.

He said: “We have seen continuing escalation and attempt to market the accusation that Qatar supports terrorism without providing any evidence…

“Unfortunately, this is their constant behaviour since the beginning of the crisis.”

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has tried to protect US interests by rowing back on Donald Trump’s apparent support for the boycott early on.

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Report: Mueller probe expands to Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta’s Russia dealings

Report: Mueller probe expands to Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta’s Russia dealings

Tony Podesta, a powerful Democratic lobbyist and the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, reportedly has entered Robert Mueller’s investigative crosshairs as the special counsel’s office probes whether his firm violated federal law.

NBC News first reported that Podesta and his Democratic lobbying firm are now subjects in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, after inquiries regarding former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s finances.

The Podesta Group was co-founded by Tony and his brother John Podesta, who is a longtime Clinton aide and served as chairman of her 2016 presidential campaign.

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According to Monday’s NBC News report, Manafort organized a PR campaign for a pro-Ukraine nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), which reportedly was backed by a pro-Russia party. The Podesta Group reportedly was one of many firms that worked on the campaign.

According to NBC News, Mueller’s team began looking at Podesta and his company and is now pursuing a criminal inquiry into whether the company violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Under FARA, people in the United States who lobby on behalf of foreign entities must register through the Justice Department as a foreign agent and disclose their work. Podesta’s firm eventually filed a registration for the ECMU work, after the media reported on the business and Congress started asking questions.

But in a statement on Monday, a spokesperson for The Podesta Group claimed the company was in compliance — citing a series of FARA filings dating back years — and is “fully” cooperating with the special counsel’s office.

“The Podesta Group fully disclosed its representation of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU), and complied with FARA by filing under the lobbying disclosure act over five years ago and within weeks of starting our work,” the spokesperson said. “Any insinuation to the contrary is false. The Podesta Group has fully cooperated with the Special Counsel’s office and taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms compliance with the law. Based on our due diligence and on the recommendation of definitive legal experts, the firm immediately filed the appropriate public disclosures of its representation of the ECFMU over five years ago, and in eight subsequent public filings.”

The spokesperson said the work for ECMU “was in support of Ukraine’s admission to the EU, a position supported by foreign policy experts at the time. The ECFMU provided formal certification that it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party.”

The special counsel’s office declined to comment on whether Mueller’s team is investigating Tony Podesta and his firm. John Podesta left the company years ago.

The development, though, would speak to how the Mueller probe may be expanding well beyond the original focus on Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with Trump associates — ensnaring Democratic figures in the process.

“It’s a cliché, but a good cliché – prosecutors go where the evidence leads them,” former high-ranking DOJ official James Trusty, now with Ifrah Law LLC, told Fox News on Monday. “When you define the mission broadly, there is a lot of room for [an independent prosecutor’s] exploration.”

Trusty said Mueller’s investigation was broad, leaving “a lot of room to legitimately poke around and find information, on one party or another.”

“If you define it very narrowly, it is much easier to say the special counsel is a rogue elephant, but if you define the mission broadly, it is all fair game to look into any violation of federal law and relationships with Russia,” Trusty told Fox News. “You’ll find there are prosecutions no one would have anticipated at the start, or corruption from a different party than were initially looked at.”

Trusty added: “All of this is fair game if the independent prosecutor is doing his job the right way.”

This wasn’t the first problematic case for the company involving FARA. In November, the Podesta Group told the Justice Department that it failed to file legally required disclosures of White House advocacy on behalf of a foreign government — in this case India, according to federal filings. The Washington Free Beacon first reported that the Podesta Group was in violation of FARA.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.

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