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Photos and video show terrifying spread of California's Thomas Fire.

As wildfires continue to blaze throughout Southern California, displacing residents and destroying buildings, terrifying images and videos show firefighters struggling to battle the historically large Thomas Fire. SEE ALSO: How to help victims of the Southern California wildfires As of Monday morning, the fire had grown to ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Earthquake hits Iran's Northern and Central province.

, December 13 : An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale on Wednesday hit Northern and Central Iran.No casualty or damage has been reported so far in the earthquake.Iran is prone to near-daily quakes as it sits on major fault lines.Yesterday, an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale had hit ...

- Sify - IN

Biggest LA fire spreading more slowly as survivors pick up the pieces.

LOS ANGELES, Dec 13 — Crews battling wildfires ravaging southern California for a week have managed to slow the spread of the worst of the blazes, officials said yesterday, as residents were taking stock of the catastrophic damage. The biggest...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Perfect storm of overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. authorities.

The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard, after an overconfident captain let the ship steam into a hurricane, while poor training and equipment also factored into the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, a federal safety board said on Tuesday. Preliminary findings of a National ...

- Yahoo! News - US

House and Senate tax bills treat disaster victims unequally.

If the House Republican tax bill became law, victims of hurricanes in Texas and Florida who've yet to account for all their losses could deduct them on their 2018 taxes. Not so for victims of the California wildfires.If the Senate...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Kashmir chamber meets J&K Bank Chairman.

Srinagar A delegation of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry headed by its President, Javid Ahmad Tenga had a detailed meeting with the Chairman J&K Bank on Tuesday and discussed various issues related to trade. According to chamber spokesman, the issues related to non insured flood victims, debt recovery, Dastkaar ...

- Kashmir Life - IN

Italy: helicopters ferry flood victims to safety.

Italian firefighters used helicopters and rubber dinghies to evacuate stranded residents of a town in the northern region of Emilia Romagna that flooded when waters overran earthen dikes.

- FOX News - US

El Faro captain ignored storm reports before tragedy: U.S. authorities.

The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard in the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, after the captain ignored reports the ship was heading directly into a strengthening hurricane, a U.S. safety board concluded on Tuesday. According to the preliminary findings of a National Transportation ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Number of flood victims in Kota Belud increases to 409.

KOTA BELUD, Dec 12 — The number of flood victims in Kota Belud increased to 409 people from 157 families as at 8pm this evening compared to 120 from 79 families recorded earlier today. The flood relief centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pekan, which...

- The Malay Mail - MY

How to help California fire victims in Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

Multiple wildfires continue to burn throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego counties in Southern California. The largest blaze — known as the Thomas Fire — began last week in Ventura County and burned more than 200,000 acres. Santa Ana winds have pushed the Thomas Fire into Santa Barbara County, ...

- Business Insider - US

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes.

MARION, Ind. — She was first roused awake at 2:30 a.m. by a call seeking an emergency placement for a child. Ninety minutes later, it was a storm of texts telling of a problem at a foster home. Now,…

- Billings Gazette - US

Cyclone Ockhi aftermath: Death toll goes up to 52 in Kerala; search for 95 missing fishermen continues

Death toll due to Ockhi Cyclone, which hit the Kerala coast, rose to 52 on Tuesday as more bodies were recovered and the search for the missing fishermen in the high seas continued The post Cyclone Ockhi aftermath: Death toll goes up to 52 in Kerala; search for 95 missing fishermen continues appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

Boy feared drowned in river while fishing

JOHOR BARU, Dec 12 — A 12-year-old boy is feared to have drowned when he fell into Sungai Plentong at Kampung Sri Makmur in Plentong after a heavy thunderstorm here today. The victim, Mohd Farezuan Anuar, was believed to have gone fishing with...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Justin Bieber offers to help California wildfire victims

Justin Bieber has pledged on social media to help the victims of the California wildfires that continue to harm the southern part of the state.

- UPI - US

Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Kerman province in southeast Iran

There have been no reports of deaths or injuries from Monday's quake

- The Hindu - IN

Is California's Weed Market Ready For Legalization After A Year Of Wildfires?

On January 1, Californians will be able to use pot recreationally. But the huge fires in Northern California in the fall devastated many marijuana growing operations. Will there be enough–or will prices soar? Peter Pietrangeli received the dire news in the early morning of October 9. One of the dozen-plus wildfires ...

- Fast Company - US

A Strong Earthquake Shook Iran

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 shook an area northeast of the Iranian city of Kerman, an administrative center of the province of the same name, Reuters reported. According to the American Geophysical Institute, the outbreak was at a depth of 57 km. No damages or injuries are reported. In the same area in Southeast Iran on ...

- Novinite - BG

California wildfires: What we know

It's been a week since southern California has been charred by a devastating wave of wildfires, blasted by almost hurricane force winds. Vast areas have been destroyed, hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated and thousands of firefighters are working around the clock.

- Times Of India - IN

Quake hits Iran's southeastern province

, December 12 : An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale has hit southeastern Iran in Kerman province.No casualty or damage have been reported so far in the earthquake.Local officials had not yet gathered any information on possible deaths or injuries from the quake, which was near the town of Hejdak, according ...

- Sify - IN

Top Ten Science Stories of 2017

Alongside the tragic deaths from synthetic drugs, freshwater, biosecurity, earthquakes and volcanoes have all made a show in the year's top science stories.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Guam student starts donation drive to help Puerto Ricans affected by storms

After Hurricane Maria cut a path of devastation through the Caribbean, a 13-year-old boy at a Defense Department school on Guam decided to make a difference.

- Stars and Stripes - US

California wildfires: what we know

It's been a week since southern California has been charred by a devastating wave of wildfires, blasted by almost hurricane force winds.

- PhysOrg - NL

Live Updates: California Wildfires Destroy More Than 900 Buildings, Rage Into Second Week

The Thomas Fire, the largest of several major wildfires burning in California, has scorched more than 350 square miles in Ventura County, forcing thousands of people to evacuate and killing one woman as she tried to flee. View Entire Post ›

- BuzzFeed - US

Mexico City arrests man over building collapse's in quake

Mexico City prosecutors say they have arrested a man who signed off on an apparently faulty construction project that collapsed in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake of Sept. 19 and killed two women.

- FOX News - US

UN expert on poverty visits Puerto Rico to assess help for hurricane victims

A United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights met Monday with hurricane victims in Puerto Rico as complaints grow about the U.S. government's response to a Category 4 storm. U.N. envoy Philip Alston toured one of the hardest hit areas in the capital of San Juan, marking the first...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Mexico City arrests man over building collapse's in quake

MEXICO CITY — Mexico City prosecutors say they have arrested a man who signed off on an apparently faulty construction project that collapsed in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake of Sept. 19 and killed two women.Prosecutors have...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Incredible satellite photos of Southern California's wildfires show the disaster's evolution from space

Deimos Imaging/UrtheCastWhile the most destructive wildfire season in California's history slogs on, satellites are recording the devastation from space. California's latest group of blazes began with the Thomas fire in Ventura County on December 4. Since then, at least six other large fires sparked across the Southern ...

- Business Insider - US

Photos and video show terrifying spread of California's Thomas Fire

As wildfires continue to blaze throughout Southern California, displacing residents and destroying buildings, terrifying images and videos show firefighters struggling to battle the historically large Thomas Fire. SEE ALSO: How to help victims of the Southern California wildfires As of Monday morning, the fire had grown to ...

- Mashable! - US

Quake hits Iran-Iraq border region

A tremor shook Kermanshah province in western Iran near Iraq's border Monday, causing panic a month after a major quake killed hundreds of people there, state media and officials said.

- PhysOrg - NL

Wind, rain slam Slovenia, Croatia; 1 death reported

Croatia's state television says one man died as heavy rains and strong winds slammed the country, also flooding some roads.

- FOX News - US

Earthquake hits western Iran, where hundreds died last month

An earthquake hit western Iran on Monday, the region where an earthquake last month killed at least 530 people, state media reported.

- GMA News - PH

California's devastating wildfire season is part of a larger trend — here's how much worse it has gotten

REUTERS/Gene Blevins California's wildfires are getting worse: 14 of the 20 largest wildfires in the state have happened since the year 2000, according to an analysis. The state spent $505 million fighting fires in 2017, and if trends continue, that cost will continue to go up. A series of wildfires have devastated ...

- Business Insider - US

The wildfire in Ventura County grew by almost 100,000 acres over the weekend, triggering more evacuations

REUTERS/Gene Blevins Multiple wildfires continue to race through parts of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Diego counties in Southern California. The largest blaze — known as the Thomas Fire — has scorched more than 230,000 acres. Evacuation orders have been extended to parts of Santa Barbara, ...

- Business Insider - US

Live Updates: Thomas Fire Grows To 230,000 Acres, Forcing Thousands More To Evacuate

The fire, one of several major wildfires that burned across California this week, has scorched more than 270 square miles in Ventura County, forcing thousands of people to evacuate and killing one woman as she tried to flee. View Entire Post ›

- BuzzFeed - US

Sri Lanka receives another 1,000 tons of rice from China for drought victims

Dec 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday has received the second consignment of 1,000 tons of rice from China, to be distributed to the drought struck victims in the island country, Xinhua reported.

- ColomboPage.com - LK

This Photo Series Beautifully Captures The Urgency Of Fixing The Climate

Anne de Carbuccia’s photos contrast gorgeous shots of nature with reminders that we are running out of time to avert our demise. After a year of floods and fires and earthquakes, the world seems to be falling apart. Especially when you consider that many of these natural disasters aren’t just acts of God, but ...

- Fast Company - US

NASA airborne science team surveys California fires

A team of NASA scientists is using a high-altitude aircraft and a sophisticated imaging spectrometer built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to study environmental impacts caused by the devastating Southern California wildfires. NASA's ER-2, based at Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Firefighters brace for second week of California wildfires

This is the new normal,' Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown warned on Saturday after surveying damage from the deadly Ventura fire. The governor and experts said climate change is making wildfires a year-round threat.

- The Hindu - IN

FAA warns against flying drones near California wildfires

"Any drone pilot who recklessly interferes with firefighting or other emergency response operations can face civil penalties ... of up to $20,000 per violation," says a public affairs manager for the FAA

- CBS NEWS - US

Cyclone Ockhi: Search ops for missing fishermen on as 67 return to Kochi

Out of 67 fishermen, 49 are from Tamil Nadu, 13 from Kerala, four from Assam and one from Andhra Pradesh, they said.

- Rediff.com - IN

'Outlander' Season 3 Finale Recap: A Near Sacrifice, A Near Death and an Actual Death in 'Eye of the Storm'

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Eye of the Storm,” the third season finale of “Outlander.” As this season finale opens, Claire is floating in the water and we hear her voice saying, I was dead. Everything was blinding white. There was this soft rushing sound, like the wings

- Variety - US

Ockhi: Kerala death toll climbs to 40, 250 fishermen return

The death toll in the Ockhi cyclone in Kerala rose to 40 today with the recovery of two more bodies, even as search operations to trace the missing fishermen entered the 10th day. Meanwhile, a total of 250 fishermen, trapped in the high seas following the November 30 cyclone, returned to Kochi. The fishermen had put out to ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire Tragedy

At least 46 racehorses at a training center in San Diego County were killed by flames or smoke inhalation in a particularly heartbreaking result of the fires raging through southern California.

- Yahoo! News - US

First Fatality In Southern California Wildfires Confirmed

Medical officials confirmed the first fire-related fatality in Southern California's most recent spate of wildfires to HuffPost on Saturday.

- Yahoo! News - US

NASA Airborne Science Team Surveys California Fires

Pasadena CA Dec 11, 2017 A team of NASA scientists is using a high-altitude aircraft and a sophisticated imaging spectrometer built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to study environmental impacts caused by the devastating Southern California wildfires. NASA's ER-2, based at Armstrong Flight ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

'Storm Ana' wreaks havoc: Man missing in Mallorca, planes grounded in Andalucia and floods in Galicia

SPAIN'S first-ever 'weather with a name' is making 'her' presence felt in the western half of the mainland with flights cancelled ...

- thinkSPAIN - ES

Person feared killed by huge waves in Mallorca as Storm Ana brings severe travel and weather warnings across Spain

ONE person is missing in Mallorca after Storm Ana began to cause devastation across Spain. Maritime Rescue are searching for the individual

- The Olive Press - ES

Republican tax plan will remove the write-offs for disaster damages after fires, hurricanes and everything else

Congress is planning to limit taxpayers' ability to write off losses from wildfires and other disasters. The disaster write-off is one of the many little-known deductions that would be mostly wiped out in the Republican tax plan, but it's getting new attention because of the fires that have devastated parts of Southern ...

- The Raw Story - US

Congress plans to cut tax write-offs for disaster damage

Congress is planning to limit taxpayers' ability to write off losses from wildfires and other disasters. The disaster write-off is one of the many little-known deductions that would be mostly wiped out in the Republican tax plan, but it's getting new attention because of the fires that have devastated parts of Southern ...

- The Raw Story - US

'Outlander' stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan discuss the Season 3 finale's twist ending

Spoiler alert: This recap contains plot details for Outlander Season 3, episode 13, titled "The Eye of the Storm." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our episode 12 recap. Outlander Season 3 has taken Claire and Jamie Fraser on a truly epic voyage , from Scotland to Jamaica, and now to America, as the ...

- Mashable! - US

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