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When 'megafire' blocked escape plan, California town had to think fast

When 'megafire' blocked escape plan, California town had to think fastAs strong winds sent flames roaring into Paradise at 2 miles per minute, emergency personnel and locals realized their escape plans, crafted after a 2008 blaze, would not work. "The lessons we had learned in the past kind of went out of the window due to the sheer speed and intensity of this fire," Paradise Emergency Operations Coordinator Jim Broshears said in a phone interview. The small mountain town was facing the so-called Camp Fire, one of a series of recent "megafires" fueled by drought, erratic winds and overgrown forests that quickly torch over 100,000 acres.


  • November 17th 2018 at 16:15

Rain storms could bring more misery for California fire evacuees

Rain storms could bring more misery for California fire evacueesThousands of people displaced by California's most destructive wildfire, including hundreds living in tents and cars, face heavy rains next week that could trigger dangerous floods and mudslides, while helping douse the flames. At least 300 people who fled the Camp Fire were sheltering on Friday in the flood-prone parking lot of a Walmart in Chico, about 15 miles (24 km) west of where the blaze consumed the mountain town of Paradise on Nov. 8. A rain storm is forecast to hit next week and so authorities are asking people to leave the Walmart lot by Sunday afternoon, said Bryan May, a spokesman for the California Office of Emergency Services.


  • November 17th 2018 at 15:31

Sinterklaas β€˜arrives’ in Zaandijk, arrests in Rotterdam, Eindhoven

By robin

The ‘arrival’ of Sinterklaas in the Noord-Holland village of Zaandijk passed off peacefully on Saturday but there were clashes between...

Missing Argentine navy sub 'imploded' at sea

An Argentine navy submarine that went missing last year may have imploded while at sea, a senior official has said.

  • November 17th 2018 at 15:21

Missing Argentine navy sub 'imploded' at sea

An Argentine navy submarine that went missing last year may have imploded while at sea, a senior official has said.

  • November 17th 2018 at 15:21

Watchdog probes 'City bond market cartel'

The competition watchdog is probing a suspected cartel among bond traders at a group of international banking giants, posing a renewed risk to the City's reputation a decade after the financial crisis.

  • November 17th 2018 at 15:09

'Rebellion' protesters block London bridges

Protesters in London are trying to block five of the capital's bridges to demand urgent action on climate change.

  • November 17th 2018 at 13:57

'Rebellion' protesters block London bridges

Protesters in London are trying to block five of the capital's bridges to demand urgent action on climate change.

  • November 17th 2018 at 13:57

One dead and 47 injured in fuel tax protests in France

A woman has died and 47 people are injured as people block roads around France to protest against rising fuel taxes.

  • November 17th 2018 at 13:43

One dead and 47 injured in fuel tax protests in France

A woman has died and 47 people are injured as people block roads around France to protest against rising fuel taxes.

  • November 17th 2018 at 13:43

Brexiteers keep up pressure on PM's leadership

Brexiteers are staging a determined attempt to keep up the pressure on Theresa May as a leading critic told the prime minister that "most MPs" will vote against her in a confidence vote.

  • November 17th 2018 at 12:17

Facebook Increasingly Reliant on A.I. To Predict Suicide Risk

By Martin Kaste
Facebook has been using artificial intelligence to detect if a user might be about engage in self-harm. The same technology may soon be used in other scenarios.

Ten times a day, on average, Facebook's AI-driven self-harm detection system alerts authorities to someone who may be about to harm him or herself.

(Image credit: Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

  • November 17th 2018 at 11:00

Separated By Fire, Man Launches Wrenching Search For His Wife

By Stephanie O'Neill
Jim Knaver at the site of his burned home in Paradise, Calif.

For every person still unaccounted for, there are family members and friends desperately trying to find them.

(Image credit: Stephanie O'Neill/for NPR)

  • November 17th 2018 at 11:00

DeVos Announces New Rules On Campus Sexual Assault; New Bill Tries To Simplify Financial Aid

By Anya Kamenetz
Shortening the FAFSA is a tall order.

Also in our weekly roundup: Peer pressure can be used to reduce sexual violence in schools; more students are using Pell Grants over the summer.

(Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR)

  • November 17th 2018 at 11:00

Nearly 3,000 Votes Disappeared From Florida’s Recount. That’s Not Supposed to Happen

By FRANCES ROBLES

None of the discrepancies are enough to affect the outcome of races. But they call into question the reliability of the state’s elections.

Frenetic efforts to save May and her Brexit plan

As Theresa May returned to her Maidenhead constituency on Friday night, she left behind a Downing Street operation that had kicked into overdrive.

  • November 17th 2018 at 02:36

Stacey Abrams Ends Challenge Against Republican Brian Kemp for Georgia Governor

Stacey Abrams Ends Challenge Against Republican Brian Kemp for Georgia GovernorStacey Abrams Ends Challenge Against Republican Brian Kemp for Georgia Governor


  • November 17th 2018 at 00:39

President Trump Honored a GOP Megadonor. Here's Why Some Republicans Are Worried

President Trump Honored a GOP Megadonor. Here's Why Some Republicans Are WorriedPresident Donald Trump will today present the nation’s highest civilian honor to Miriam Adelson, one of the GOP pre-eminent megadonors.


  • November 16th 2018 at 19:58

Organized Crime Lurks Everywhere in My Brilliant Friend. Here's the Real Story of the Rise of the Naples Underworld

Organized Crime Lurks Everywhere in My Brilliant Friend. Here's the Real Story of the Rise of the Naples UnderworldThe bestselling novels, now an HBO series, tell a story not only of friendship, but also of the influence of organized crime in Naples


  • November 16th 2018 at 18:00
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