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Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:53:08 GMT

The fifth-largest wildfire in California history expanded Tuesday, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighborhoods amid fears of renewed winds. Elsewhere, fire officials announced that a cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked a blaze last week that destroyed six homes in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Tax package would ease hit to residents of high-tax states

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:16:35 GMT

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday were speeding toward an agreement on a massive tax package that would ease the hit on Americans living in high-tax states and appease corporations that could have lost precious tax breaks. Negotiators were working to expand a deduction for state and local taxes to allow individuals to deduct income taxes as well as property taxes, said two congressional aides.

Fire danger remains high as - real' winter eludes Southern California

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:59:37 GMT

A red flag warning denoting a high risk of wildfire remained in effect today in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains because of gusty winds and exceedingly low humidity. The warning is scheduled to expire at 8 tonight in the Santa Clarita Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains but remain in force another 24 hours in the San Gabriels and the Angeles National Forest.

The Latest: Schwarzenegger upbeat on tackling climate change

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:24:29 GMT

Arnold Schwarzenegger is arguing that U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord doesn't matter, because companies, scientists and other governments can "pick up the slack" to reduce global emissions. The Hollywood star and former California governor took a spin on a Parisian electric bike Monday as part of events leading up to an international climate summit Tuesday hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The premiere of 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' in Los Angeles, California, on December 11, 2017.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:47 GMT

Members of the cast, including in front seat, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson and in rear, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, arrive in a vehicle for the premiere of the film `Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle` in Hollywood, California on December 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN The premiere of 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' at TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on December 11, 2017.

Hundreds of Southern California firefighters deploy to massive Thomas ...

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:48:02 GMT

U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest.

Firefighters continue to make progress on Southern California...

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:37:16 GMT

Thousands of firefighters continued to make progress Sunday, Dec. 10, on blazes across Southern California despite record-breaking dry conditions throughout the region. With the exception of the Thomas fire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, all evacuation orders had been lifted by Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The Latest: Best film actor Golden Globe nominees announced

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:05:07 GMT

The Golden Globe nominees for best motion picture drama actress have been announced in Beverly Hills, California. They are: Jessica Chastain, "Molly's Game"; Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"; Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"; Meryl Streep, "The Post" and Michelle Williams, "All the Money in the World."

There's no rain in sight. So why is Southern California bracing for floods, mudslides?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:35:17 GMT

On the 210 freeway between Sunland Blvd and La Tuna Canyon, work crews have been creating avenues for possible mudflows that may occur when rains soak the hillsides that have lost vegetation due to brush fires. Sunland-Tujunga, CA 12/8/2017 Even as charred hillsides smoldered from a series of wildfires that tore through Los Angeles County, state and local officials were planning last week to head into burn areas to assess slopes and culverts, in an effort to prevent flash floods and mudslides that can occur after a massive blaze.

Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:02:04 GMT

Republicans are determined to deliver the first revamp of the nation's tax code in three decades and prove they can govern after their failure to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law this past summer. Voters who will decide which party holds the majority in next year's midterms elections are watching.

PM meets Cabinet amid fight to hold EU divorce deal

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:41:18 GMT

Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and Bieber are among raft of celebs coming out in support of Tennessee boy after his mom shared heartbreaking video of him pleading to be left alone by bullies Trauma surgeon to the stars is found dead by his 11-year-old daughter with a knife in his chest in their Manhattan home 'Jaw-dropping, gripping, unpredictable, insane': Twitter reacts to Star Wars: The Last Jedi as it's billed 'best movie since Empire' 'I don't want my children to be influenced by people like you': Outrage as woman says gay photographer can no longer take her maternity photos after learning of her 'unacceptable lifestyle' US to hold joint missile tracking drills for two days with South Korea and Japan as tensions rise over North Korea's weapons programs Coco tops box office for third week in a row... as theaters brace for the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Anti-nuclear weapons ... (more)

The ironic cause of our greenhouse gas decline

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:24:28 GMT

Gov. Jerry Brown hopped around Europe for two weeks last month, telling the world that to avoid a climate change Armageddon, it should emulate what California is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As Brown was crusading in Europe, his Air Resources Board issued a reporthailing California's nearly 5 percent reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases in 2016 by companies governed by the state's "cap-and-trade" system.

New evacuations as huge S. California fire flares up

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:00:02 GMT

A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through old-growth brush in canyons and along hillsides toward coastal towns. Crews with help from a fleet water-dropping planes and helicopters saved homes as unpredictable gusts sent the blaze deeper into residential foothill areas northwest of Los Angeles that haven't burned in decades.

New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:31:04 GMT

In this early morning Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 photo released by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters working on structure protection, keep a close eye on nearby flames atop Shepard Mesa Road in Carpinteria, Calif. The area has been evacuated by law enforcement and FD has moved in to protect homes.

Forecasters warn of continuing wildfire risks as Santa Ana winds gust through Southern California

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:15:25 GMT

The National Weather Service is forecasting hazardous weather conditions to persist Sunday throughout a wide swath of coastal and inland Southern California. "Any fires will have extreme fire growth and be very difficult or impossible to control.

Northern California shooter who killed 5 died by suicide

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:43:56 GMT

A recent booking photo of the suspected gunman Kevin Neal in the shooting rampage in Rancho Tehama Reserve in Corning, Calif. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

First fire-related death confirmed in Southern California

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:09:51 GMT

A woman whose body was found at a crash site along an evacuation route in Southern California became the first confirmed fire-related casualty in a series of raging wildfires that could gain strength this weekend. Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday was due to visit Ventura County, home to the largest of the six wildfires, the Thomas Fire.