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Thomas Fire Now Third Largest In State History

Monday through Friday, according to Caltrans officials. Counties like Santa Barbara and Ventura are currently facing the blaze and is now threatening Montecito county, the wealthiest county in the state, USA Today reports. Fire officials counter that these events, which are low-intensity and are conducted in cooler temperatures during high humidity and calm wind conditions, produce significantly less smoke than wildfires, which have the capacity to destroy all growth in their path. Read More »

London gets first-ever female bishop


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan added: "Congratulations to Sarah Mullally, the new Bishop of London - an incredible public servant, a great Londoner, and the first woman to take on this role". The appointment of a woman cleric threatens to bring conflict to a major Church of England diocese that has always been a redoubt for opponents of women priests and bishops. Read More »

Christmas tree recycling for Knox Co. residents


A local safety alert regarding your Christmas tree . Heated rooms rapidly dry out live trees , be sure to monitor water levels daily and keep the tree stand filled with water. Meanwhile, Zamzows on Fairview and Liberty only has about 20 trees left. "The commercialization of this new Christmas tree research is proof that innovation truly is happening in every industry across Canada", he said in a statement. Read More »

Feds reportedly spent $22M on mysterious UFO program


Retired US Senator Harry Reid: "I'm not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going". I think it's one of the good things I did in my congressional service. "I've done something that no one has done before". "It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change", a Pentagon spokesman, Thomas Crosson, said in an email, referring to the Department of Defense. Read More »

Princess Charlotte will start nursery school in January


Fees to attend the school start at £1160 per term for two afternoons per week, ranging to £3050 per term for daily morning sessions. Sharing the photograph, taken by Getty's Chris Jackson at Kensington Palace, a statement announced: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family". Read More »

(NASDAQ:AMD) Short Interest Update

NIKE, Inc .'s now has a PEG ratio of 3.22 where as its P/E ratio is 27.68. The stock increased 1.58% or $0.16 during the last trading session, reaching $10.29. In terms of relative volume, these shares are trading at 1.26x their normal volume. This is one of the most popular methods investors use to evaluate a company's financial performance. Read More »

RTÉ producer pleads guilty to child grooming charges


But when the 55-year-old arrived, he was met by members of Predator Exposure who created the fictional teenager and streamed the encounter live. He admitted to two charges this morning - one of child grooming and one of inciting a child to carry out a sexual act. Read More »

Trump Attorney Walks Back, Says No Consideration Of Flynn Pardon


President Donald Trump's private lawyers are set to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller as early as next week to discuss the next phases of his Russian Federation investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter. Chicago's violence in 2016 was worse - there were 4,369 shootings for the year, averaging one person shot every two hours. Others whose activity is under investigation include Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. Read More »

IOC Bans National Emblem in Uniform of Russian Athletes for Olympics


The IOC, however, left the door open for Russian athletes with a clean history of non-doping to be invited to compete in Pyeongchang as neutrals. The six players have been "disqualified from the events in which they participated", the International Olympic Committee said while banning them from any future Olympics. Read More »

France takes Amazon to court for abuse of dominant position


Specifically, Amazon sellers take responsibility for problems like damaged packages, delivery issues and unfulfilled deadline, and can be kicked off the site if they don't comply. One user said that a single customer complaint over a delay, which was not his fault, provoked a threatening letter. France has a history of being rather unwelcoming to Amazon-it views the service as a threat that could "destabilize" the economy by upending the restaurant and grocery business. Read More »

North Korea: Australian police charge man for illegal arms deals

The Australian police described him as a "loyal agent of North Korea ". It also forecast that North Korea could go for additional military provocations if the fence-mending attempt ends in failure, possibly a test to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile as far as possible, a test launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile or even its seventh nuclear test. Read More »

Virginia police chief retires after criticism over rally


State police and Charlottesville police were unable to communicate by radio the day of the rally because they were on different channels, the report said, and commanders "instructed their officers not to intervene in all but the most serious physical confrontations". Read More »

Province releases top baby names for London, Southwestern Ontario


Benjamin, William, Adam and Owen round out the top five for London boys' names. As 2017 winds down, Des Moines hospitals are revealing the most popular baby names in their maternity wards. When it comes to baby names, Ontario's long-reigning queen has been joined by a new king. Over at Mercy, the three most popular girls' names are Evelyn, Olivia and Hannah. Read More »

Pence further delays trip to Middle East


The schedule shift follows President Donald Trump's December 6 announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital that prompted Palestinian officials and leading Muslim and Christian clerics in Egypt to refuse to meet with Pence, forcing him to adjust his schedule. Read More »

The US just vetoed a United Nations resolution condemning Trump's Jerusalem announcement


The draft resolution was submitted to the UN Security Council by Egypt on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. This move has enraged the Palestinians and other Muslims across the world. A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement on Monday said the fact that the resolution was approved by the 14 other Security Council members is "the most concrete indication of the illegitimacy" of the USA decision on Jerusalem. Read More »

PM May defiant as Brexit talks enter phase 2


Citi Bank warned last week that the United Kingdom faces a "binary" choice between remaining in the European Union single market or leaving with a narrow trade deal that excludes services. The proposal will be presented to Brexit Secretary David Davis on 18 December. The PM will say even though the United Kingdom is leaving the single market and customs union in March 2019, she wants "access to one another's markets" to continue "as now" during an implementation period. Read More »

Republican Senator Lee says he will vote for tax bill


And, after GOP leaders announced they'd expand the refundability of the child tax credit, Sen. Even if a bipartisan agreement is reached on some or all of these issues, the timeline is tight: The House is not expected to vote on its spending bill until Wednesday at the earliest, leaving little time for the Senate to take that bill, amend it, and send it back to the House. Read More »

Gujarat Polls: EVMs are tampered: Hardik


The Gujarat election as well as the 2019 General Election are considered to be the acid tests for Rahul as the Congress President since he was repeatedly criticised for his failure as a leader in the past. "Though people of Gujarat had taken a decision (of uprooting the BJP), the ruling party won though money power and by tampering with EVMs", Patel told reporters. Read More »

CDC Director Says There Are 'No Banned Words'


Well, the list was first unveiled at meeting of senior CDC officials to discuss budgeting with HHS officials. "Three words that had been flagged in these drafts were " vulnerable , ' 'entitlement" and 'diversity .' [Alison] Kelly told the group the ban on the other words had been conveyed verbally", the Post reported Friday . Read More »

McGregor plans return to MMA for next fight


St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) vacated the UFC belt he won from Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November after his was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis . Conor redeemed himself by winning the epic rematch at UFC 202, and followed up with the 155lb. title after obliterating Eddie Alvarez. "I can come right back". Read More »

Province ends grizzly bear hunting effective immediately


On Dec. 8 Donaldson said a consultation process was completed to help craft regulations around the future of the grizzly bear hunt in the province. The hunting of grizzly bears for trophies and food is banned effective immediately across B.C., the NDP government announced Monday in Vancouver in a major policy shift. Read More »

Kaspersky files lawsuit over anti-virus software ban


Kaspersky Lab filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the Trump administration's ban on the use of the company's cybersecurity software within federal agencies. In October, Kaspersky offered to submit source codes for its software to independent authorities so they could inspect them. Chief executive Eugene Kaspersky contended in a release that his company has "not been provided a fair opportunity in regards to the allegations and no technical evidence has been produced to validate" action ... Read More »

Japan trade surplus drops sharply on higher oil imports


The trade surplus was ¥113.4 billion ($1 billion). The ministry said the yen was on average 8.2 percent cheaper against the U.S. dollar in November compared to the same month a year earlier, making Japan's imports costlier. Exports to Asia advanced 20.4% on year to 3.894 trillion yen, while exports to China alone jumped an annual 25.1% to 1.379 trillion yen. The adjusted trade surplus was 364.1 billion yen, beating expectations for 265.0 billion yen and up from 349.3 billion yen in October. Read More »

The US Pentagon's secret investigation into UFOs


But the Pentagon was less clear about whether the UFO program continues to hover somewhere in the vast universe of the US defense establishment. Out of the huge chunk of money the USA spends on defence and security, a small amount is dedicated to a program to investigate reports of unidentified flying objects and alien life. Read More »