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California wildfire death toll rises to 36 as dangerous winds return – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Nearly a week after flames began fanning across Northern California’s wine country, firefighters have made progress in containing the deadly wildfires even as high winds threaten to return and spark another round of conflagrations. In an ominous Friday-afternoon bulletin, the National Weather Service warned that winds are expected to increase dramatically Friday night throughout Northern California, noting that the dangerous conditions will continue “at least through Saturday.” An enormous swath of the state is under a…

Trump Disavows Nuclear Deal, but Doesn’t Scrap It – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mr. Trump, in declaring his intention not to certify Iran’s compliance with the deal, essentially kicked to Congress a decision about whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran and blow up the agreement. His aides, however, insisted that was not the goal, and that they instead wanted Congress to enact legislation defining what would incite the United States to reimpose sanctions. The president listed three such triggers — the deployment of…

In California, Fires So Fast Hesitation Proved Lethal – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Search and rescue teams from around Northern California converged on the incinerated remains of Journey’s End on Friday, a mobile home park for seniors in Santa Rosa. They came with shovels, rakes and a cadaver-sniffing Australian cattle dog named Seven. They left with bone fragments. These were among the first steps in a painstaking process of finding the missing and the dead, under unusually difficult conditions. The fires were so…

Epic legal battles shaping up over Trump’s scrapping of Obamacare subsidies – Politico

Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman immediately indicated Thursday night he intends to use the courts to fight the decision. | Frank Franklin II/AP By PAUL DEMKO and RACHANA PRADHAN 10/13/2017 01:55 PM EDT Updated 10/13/2017 05:17 PM EDT 2017-10-13T05:17-0400 President Donald Trump’s move to cut off critical Obamacare subsidies will almost surely be tied up in the courts for years as Democratic-led states seek injunctions, while insurers seek to…

Police in New York and London Look Into Assault Allegations Against Weinstein – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Neither police statement named Mr. Weinstein, in line with British protocol. The British press, including the BBC, reported that he was the subject of the inquiry. In New York, the police are looking to interview the actress Lucia Evans, who told The New Yorker that Mr. Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in the offices of Miramax (now the Weinstein Company) in TriBeCa in 2004. There is no statute of limitations…

Black lawmakers pushing for more aid, attention to Virgin Islands – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Aerial video shows the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on St. Thomas in the U.S Virgin Islands. (Sept. 12) AP Rep. Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat from the Virgin Islands, discusses the need for disaster aid during a news conference of the Congressional Black Caucus in the Capitol on Oct. 12, 2017(Photo: Deborah Barfield Berry/USA TODAY) WASHINGTON — Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are pushing for a trip…

Trump makes his move on Iran nuke deal – The Hill

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

President Trump declared Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in the national security interest of the United States, but stopped short of withdrawing from the Obama-era pact.  “I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said during a speech at the White House. “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat…

Death toll rises to 31, more victims identified in deadly Northern California fires – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

Firefighters continued to gain control of some fires scorching Northern California on Thursday night, thanks in part to continued calm winds in some parts of the region. Altogether, the 15 fires have burned more than 212,000 acres and caused at least 31 deaths. Officials expect the death toll to rise as search efforts continue. Officials began to gain a toehold Thursday night and early Friday against fires raging in Sonoma…

Las Vegas police now say there was no six-minute gap between first shots and concert massacre – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

Las Vegas police said Friday that the gunman who opened fire on a country-music festival far below his hotel suite did not shoot a security guard six minutes before that rampage, contradicting a timeline they had offered earlier this week. The change marked the latest shift in the official narrative of what happened before and during the massacre on Oct. 1. Authorities said the gunman, Stephen Paddock, fired from his…

Trump To Values Voters: In America ‘We Don’t Worship Government, We Worship God’ – NPR

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

President Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP President Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C. Evan Vucci/AP Updated at 2:28 p.m. ET President Trump spoke to one of the most faithful blocs of his base on Friday, telling attendees of this year’s Values Voter Summit that in America “we…

A man finds a $24 million lottery ticket in an old shirt — just in the nick of time – CNN

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

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The Daily 202: Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

President Trump prepares to sign his executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Thursday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve THE BIG IDEA: President Trump took two giant steps Thursday to disembowel the Affordable Care Act. The administration announced late last night that he will immediately halt cost-sharing reductions. These $7 billion in annual subsidies to health insurers allow around 7…

Ashes and bones found in ruins scorched from California wildfires – CNN

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

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Europe charts own course on Iran with Washington as outlier over nuclear deal – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

BRUSSELS — European leaders braced Friday for another broadside assault on transatlantic unity from President Trump, this time through his plan to strip White House backing for an international agreement that restricts Tehran’s ability to expand its nuclear program. The agreement — a milestone achievement of coordination among the Obama Administration and European capitals — is the latest target for Trump’s ire that strikes at U.S.-European cooperation and common policies….

Trump Warns Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico That Aid Won’t Last ‘Forever’ – New York Times

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

“Our country will stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done,” Mr. Kelly said. The president, he asserted, merely meant that eventually the federal government would complete its mission. “The whole point is to start to work yourself out of a job,” he said. Shortly after, his deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, in accepting Mr. Trump’s nomination to succeed Mr. Kelly as secretary of homeland security, added…

31 Killed In Deadliest Week For Wildfires In California’s History – NPR

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

Firefighters watch from their fire trucks as wildfires continue to burn on Thursday, near Calistoga, Calif. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption toggle caption Jae C. Hong/AP Firefighters watch from their fire trucks as wildfires continue to burn on Thursday, near Calistoga, Calif. Jae C. Hong/AP The death toll from a series of blazes in Northern California has reached at least 31 people — making it the deadliest week for wildfires…

Trump to end key ACA subsidies, a move that will threaten the law’s marketplaces – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. The decision coincides with an executive order on Thursday to allow alternative health plans that skirt the law’s requirements. The White House confirmed late Thursday that it would halt federal payments for cost-sharing reductions, although a statement did…

‘The Taliban Can’t Win,’ Says Commander Of US Forces In Afghanistan – NPR

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (second right) stands with Gen. John W. Nicholson (right) during an Oct. 7 ceremony after receiving two Black Hawk helicopters donated by the U.S. government, in Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption toggle caption Massoud Hossaini/AP Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (second right) stands with Gen. John W. Nicholson (right) during an Oct. 7 ceremony after receiving two Black Hawk helicopters donated by the U.S….

Federal disaster aid for Puerto Rico isn’t foreign aid — but Trump acts that way – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

Rafael Reyes embraces his wife, Xarelis Negron, and his son, Xariel, as they stand next to their belongings, in front of the remains of their home destroyed by Hurricane Maria, in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico. (AP) Puerto Rico was back in the news Thursday — this time because of a series of tweets from President Trump that “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to…

In Weinstein saga, Rose McGowan emerges as powerful voice – ABC News

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

In a flurry of unrestrained tweets and with the “RoseArmy” at her back, Rose McGowan has emerged a kind of whistleblowing avenger in the Harvey Weinstein saga, leaving a scorched path behind her across social media. After long referencing a past incident with Weinstein, McGowan on Thursday for the first time said it outright: “HW raped me,” the actress wrote, apparently referring to the embattled former Weinstein Co. co-chairman. Weinstein…