California wildfires: List of missing passes 600 as hunt for victims continues

A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. At least 63 people have been confirmed dead in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single US wildfires since the turn of the last c...
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Julian Assange has been charged, prosecutors reveal inadvertently in court filing

The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Julian Assange.
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How Democrats will rule: Roadmap drafted for House overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a draft rules package Thursday for how they would govern the chamber when they take over the majority in the new Congress next year. The changes are large and small, from a requirement to post legislation at least 72 hours before action is taken to restoring some floor rights […]
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Mike Leach’s tweet of doctored Obama video cost WSU $1.6 million in donations

Following the Cougars coach's tweet containing a doctored video of former President Barack Obama, donors withdrew $1.6 million in pledges, much of which was in the form of estate gifts to be paid out upon the donors' deaths.
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Son of Iranian-American detainee asks Tehran ‘to show mercy’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family and attorney of an Iranian-American dual national held in Tehran say his health is rapidly deteriorating and are appealing to the Iranian authorities to allow him to leave for medical treatment. Babak Namazi, the son of Baquer Namazi, is asking Iran “to show mercy to my father.” Baquer Namazi, 81, […]
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Democrat Porter flips GOP House seat in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California’s Reagan country, extending a rout of the state’s GOP House delegation. Porter’s upset in Orange County is a sign of changing times in a region once known nationally as a GOP fortress. […]
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Democrat Katie Porter flips U.S. House seat in California’s Reagan country, beats GOP incumbent Mimi Walters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Porter flips U.S. House seat in California’s Reagan country, beats GOP incumbent Mimi Walters.
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Michael Avenatti 'still considering' running for president after domestic violence arrest

Michael Avenatti tells USA TODAY that despite his arrest over an alleged domestic abuse incident, he is still debating a bid for the White House.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Brexit deal: Theresa May determined to 'see this through' amid growing criticism – as it happened

Prime minister holds press conference after resignations and tough questions from MPs in the CommonsFull report: Raab and McVey quit cabinetPound falls steeply after resignation newsHow the papers covered the dealRaab’s resignation – snap analysisLatest summary 12.36am GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now. Thanks for reading. Here’s a summary of the evening’s events: Related: Theresa May vows to see Brexit plan through on day of turmoil 10.55pm GMT The former government mi...
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Melania Trump Isn’t Surprised People ‘Ridicule’ Her for Promoting ‘Responsible Online Behavior’

Melania Trump spoke at the Family Online Safety Institute's conference
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Joan Graves to Retire From MPAA’s Ratings Board, Will Be Succeeded by Kelly McMahon

WASHINGTON — Joan Graves, the longtime chair of the MPAA’s ratings board, the Classification and Rating Administration, will retire next year and will be succeeded by Kelly McMahon, who is currently the trade association’s vice president and corporate counsel. Graves will step down later next year. In the interim, McMahon will serve as deputy chair […]
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Each ballot matters: One vote decided a Kentucky House race

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Mary Beverly Goetz is 76, uses a walker and recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Worried her health issues would prevent her from voting for Democrat Jim Glenn in her western Kentucky state House district, she requested an absentee ballot by mail and sent it in weeks ahead of […]
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Florida’s secretary of state orders a manual recount in the state’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s secretary of state orders a manual recount in the state’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race .
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Trump to visit California wildfire victims on Saturday

President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to meet with people affected by the wildfires burning across the state, the White House announced Thursday.
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Kasich: Midterm turnout suggests opening for independent bid

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich says while he remains undecided about another presidential run, the midterm election results could suggest a greater opening for an independent or third-party candidate. Kasich on Thursday made his second trip this year to New Hampshire, where he finished second in the state’s leadoff Republican presidential primary […]
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Forest Service chief vows to rid agency of sexual harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid scrutiny stemming from fresh revelations of rampant discrimination, bullying, retaliation and sexual misconduct at the U.S. Forest Service, the agency’s new chief pledged Thursday that she will “do everything in my power to put us on a path to no harassment.” Vicki Christiansen acknowledged to a congressional panel that the Forest […]
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Melania Trump OK with criticism over anti-bullying campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump says she’s OK with the criticism and ridicule she has received for tackling online bullying and remains committed to the issue because “it will provide a better world for our children.” The first lady told attendees Thursday at an annual online safety conference to consider using “negative words” directed at […]
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Wisconsin governor: Students giving Nazi salute are ‘idiots’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says high school students who appear to be giving a Nazi salute in a photo are “a bunch of idiots.” Walker was asked Thursday about the photo of Baraboo high school students that circulated earlier this week. The photo of about 60 boys was taken outside the […]
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Pentagon: Border troops 'pretty much peaked'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. active-duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border has "pretty much peaked" at the current total of 5,800, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Thursday.That is far below the 10,000 to 15,000 that President Donald Trump initially said would be needed to secure the border against what he called an "invasion" of migrants.Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was asked about the military mission one day after his boss, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, visi...
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Unofficial results: Florida governor’s race seems settled after recount; U.S. Senate race likely headed to second review

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Unofficial results: Florida governor’s race seems settled after recount; U.S. Senate race likely headed to second review.
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Weekly Primer: As Dems Wade Into Trump’s Swamp, They Expect ‘Full Cooperation’ With Requests

A week after House Democrats rode a blue wave to a majority in the 116th Congress, we’re starting to see how those legislators will use their soon-to-be oversight powers to check the Trump Swamp. Speaking on CNN Sunday, incoming House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker would be “our very first witness.” “After Jan. 3,” Nadler promised, “we will summon, [or] if necessary subpoena, Mr. Whitaker.” The committee will ask, Nadler said, “h...
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Trump Tells Vets He’s ‘Done A Lot’ Amid Uproar Over Skipping WWI Cemetery

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump visited with Marines and spoke at a White House veterans’ conference Thursday amid fallout over his decision not to visit an American cemetery during his weekend trip to Paris to commemorate the end of World War I. The president and first lady Melania Trump spent about 40 minutes at the Washington, D.C. Marine Barracks compound, where about 150 Marines had gathered in an event space at tables set with mini pumpkin pies. Trump later spoke at a conference...
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Trump coming to California on Saturday to meet with wildfire victims

By Trrapper Byrne San Francisco Chronicle President Trump will visit California on Saturday to meet with people who have suffered losses in the state’s wildfires, the White House said Thursday. “The president will travel to California this Saturday to meet with individuals impacted by the wildfires,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement. “We will keep you updated on details as they are available.” Trump was silent for two days as the deadly Camp Fire destroyed the town of ...
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US cutting counterterror forces in Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it is reducing its counterterrorism forces in Africa and is studying whether to make similar moves elsewhere in the world. The stated reason for a planned 10 percent cut in the counterterrorism forces of U.S. Africa Command is to shift the military’s attention toward security threats from Russia and […]
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Trump seeks confirmation of new US ambassador to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking the Senate to approve a new ambassador to Iraq as the U.S. ratchets up pressure on neighboring Iran and as some Republicans in Congress call for a stronger response to Tehran’s influence in Baghdad. Trump on Thursday officially asked the Senate to confirm Matthew Tueller, who has […]
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Lawyer in stalled coal bailout argues for energy appointment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are questioning whether President Donald Trump’s choice for a seat on a national energy board can be objective given his past work on the administration’s plan to subsidize aging coal plants. Bernard McNamee, an Energy Department lawyer, appeared Thursday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which was considering […]
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California authorities collect DNA to identify fire victims

California authorities collected DNA samples from relatives on Thursday to help identify victims of the western US state's deadliest-ever wildfire, as President Donald Trump said he planned to visit the region at the weekend. At least 59 deaths have been reported so far from the sprawling blazes in northern and southern California and the toll is expected to rise as body recovery teams with sniffer dogs conduct searches. The White House said Trump, who has blamed the fires on "gross mismanagem...
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South Dakota turkeys head to White House seeking pardons

HURON, S.D. (AP) — A pair of South Dakota turkeys will make their way to the nation’s capital in the hopes of receiving presidential pardons and avoiding ending up as Thanksgiving dinner at the White House. Tourism officials in the birds’ hometown of Huron paraded the turkeys around the city on Wednesday as part of […]
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President Trump to meet with CA wildfire victims

President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to meet with victims of the deadly wildfires that have scorched the state.The White House announced Thursday that it is still arranging details of his trip to California, but that visit people who have been impacted by the fires.The fires in Northern and Southern California started last week and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people and the destruction of thousands of homes.At least 56 people were killed in and nea...
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AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The meeting with Graham and Whitaker comes as a bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation to protect Mueller’s job. The […]
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