PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A fierce wildfire in Northern California incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. Nine people died in what quickly grew into the state's most destructive fire in at least a century.Only a day after it began, the blaze near the town of Paradise had grown to nearly 140 square miles, had destroyed more than 6,700 structures — almost all of them homes — and was burning completely out of control."There was really no firefight involved," Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, explaining that crews gave up attacking the flames and instead helped people get out alive. "These firefighters were in the rescue mode all day yesterday."With fires also burning in Southern California , state officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at about 250,000. Evacuation orders included … [Read more...] about At least 9 dead as fire incinerates Northern California town
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I ride off the top of a butte backward on a burro. I’m also being shot at, but I’m pretty sure that’s just a bonus here. If it were real-real, it’d be about a 500-foot fall, minimum. I’m tumbling like a crash test dummy off the side of what is clearly a virtual replica of West Mitten Butte. The burro is along for the ride. I don’t feel great about that, if we’re going to consider the feelings of the burro for a minute. Let me rephrase that: It’s a beautifully rendered knockoff West Mitten Butte. If someone did not know West Mitten Butte by name — and I didn’t, prior to looking it up in a long list of things I had a form, but no name for, in Red Dead Redemption — then you know it. It’s one of the biggest rock formations in Monument Valley, aka John Ford’s backyard used in iconic Westerns like The Searchers and Stagecoach, aka Bone County from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, aka the spot in the desert where … [Read more...] about Why the original Red Dead Redemption is the greatest Western ever made
President Trump announced Tuesday night that Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appellate court judge based in Washington, D.C., is his pick to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy — a nominee who, if confirmed, will cement a conservative majority on the nation’s highest court.Trump made the announcement from the East Room of the White House.Kavanaugh worked closely with independent counsel Ken Starr during Starr’s Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. As documented in the latest episode of the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” Kavanaugh debunked the conspiracy theories that the Clintons were responsible for former aide Vince Foster’s death before becoming the primary author of the report laying out the case for Clinton’s impeachment. Kavanaugh was concerned with the more explicit sexual details of the report and attempted to redact them just before its publication.One of the possible grounds for … [Read more...] about Trump announces his pick to replace Justice Kennedy on Supreme Court
To understand the socio-political effect YouTube has on the world in 2018, you first have to ask: What is YouTube? There’s a divide between how a large portion of the general public views YouTube — as an open platform where almost any ideology can live — and how YouTube executives seem to regard their company — as a stage for encouraging social change. That dichotomy led to the alleged “YouTube Purge” this past week, a term coined by predominantly right-wing voices that say YouTube is trying to remove their content from the site and censor free speech. It all came to a head on March 3, when Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who owns and hosts on the right-wing network Infowars, said that YouTube was going to delete his personal channel and all of his videos on March 4. “The Alex Jones channel with billions of views is frozen,” he tweeted. “We have been told it will be deleted tomorrow and all 33 thousands (sic) videos will be … [Read more...] about How does YouTube decide to get rid of certain channels?
Poll: Did you lose any friends or disown family members in the past year because of politics and/or who they said they voted for? (26 votes) No, I didn't let politics get between friends or family because we never bought up politics. 42% Yes, I was against Donald Trump and I dumped family and friends that admitted they supported him. 15% Yes, I was against Hillary Clinton and I dumped family and friends that admitted they supported her. 0% No, I was against Donald Trump, but I didn't dump any family or friends that supported him unless they were unreasonable*. 27% No, I was against Hillary Clinton, but I didn't dump any family or friends that supported her unless they were unreasonable*. 15% *For the purpose of the answers, unreasonable refers to them doing something you can't dismiss as a simple difference in political opinion, such as being openly bigoted in their support of their candidate or against yours, … [Read more...] about Did you lose any friends or disown family members in the past year because of politics and/or who they said they voted for?