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California wildfires by the numbers: A closer look at the deadly blazes

As crews and family members desperately search for survivors amid the devastation of the Camp Fire in Northern California, 993 people remained unaccounted for on Sunday. The death toll has climbed to 77 in the Camp Fire, now the the deadliest on record in the state. As of Sunday, 67 of the victims had been identified. The same day the Camp Fire ignited, another unprecedented and deadly blaze hit the southern part of the state. Here is a closer look at the fires by the numbers: — Started on Nov. 8 in Butte County in Northern California — 77 people have died, making the Camp Fire the deadliest in California’s history — 151,000 acres burned — 66 percent contained — 11,713 homes destroyed, 472 commercial buildings destroyed and 3,388 other buildings destroyed R...

‘Start Here’: Wildfires, Florida, Khashoggi. What you need to know to start your day.

It’s Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Thanks for choosing to start here. 1. Death toll from California wildfires continues to grow Over the last few days, as search teams got access areas including Paradise, California, the death toll has continued to climb. Almost 1,000 people still are missing, officials said. ABC News’ Marcus Moore in Chico, California, also tells us that there’s concern about sanitary conditions in the tent cities that have popped up for those displaced by wildfires. 2. Rick Scott wins in Florida On Sunday, incumbent Florida Democratic senator Bill Nelson conceded the race to his republican challenger, former Gov. Rick Scott, after a manual recount concluded. Elsewhere in the state over the weekend, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum conceded to R...

Unsettled weather in the Northeast, then an arctic blast for Thanksgiving

Unsettled weather, meaning conditions that could produce precipitation, will greet many folks this morning from Wisconsin all the way to Maine. Two low-pressure systems should deliver light snow or rain showers from the Great Lakes into the Northeast through tomorrow morning. Upstate New York and Maine may see a quick blast of snow Tuesday morning as well, with some parts seeing 2 to 6 inches by the afternoon. Record lows will be possible the morning of Thanksgiving, as a significant shot of cold air — the coldest of the season so far — pushes behind a cold front as chilly air descends from Canada. The greater Northeast could wake up to temperatures in the teens or single digits — potentially above or below zero. It’s likely to be the coldest Turkey Day along the Ea...

Kansas governor demands county commissioner resign over ‘master race’ remark

The governor of Kansas is demanding the resignation of a white county commissioner who claimed he was “part of the master race” when talking to an African-American consultant during a public meeting last week. Gov. Jeff Colyer is asking Louis Klemp, chairman of the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners, to step down following his “inappropriate remarks” made during a public meeting on Nov. 13. “Racial and discriminative language have no place in our society, and most especially when spoken by someone holding a public office,” Colyer said in a statement. “The inappropriate remarks made by Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp are unacceptable and do not reflect the values of the county which he represents. As such I call on him to step dow...

Ed Department investigates claims against women’s programs

At home in Turkey, Kursat Pekgoz considered himself a feminist. In the world of American higher education, where he is now pursuing a doctorate in English literature, the 30-year-old activist says it is men who are being treated unfairly. Arguing that campus resource groups for women and women’s studies programs amount to discrimination against men, Pekgoz has filed federal complaints against several universities with the backing of the National Coalition for Men, an American men’s rights organization. The Education Department is taking the complaints seriously. Over the last year, its civil rights division has opened investigations into Yale, Princeton, the University of Southern California and Tulane University to determine whether their women’s programs violate Title I...

Yellowstone investigating illegal drone photo taken in park

Yellowstone National Park officials say they’re investigating after a photo was posted online showing one of the park’s geothermal features from a drone, which is illegal. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported the photo of Grand Prismatic Spring was posted on Instagram and then deleted after criticism from other users. Drones are banned in Yellowstone and many other parks. The National Park Service says drones can harass wildlife and the noise is a nuisance to visitors. Violation of the ban is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. A Dutch tourist crashed a drone into Grand Prismatic Spring in 2014 and was fined more than $3,000. ——— Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

Must reads before Monday

Some members of the so-called migrant caravan are fleeing LGBT discrimination in their home countries, Nancy Pelosi meets up with the woman who might challenge her for speaker of the House, and a missing Argentine submarine has been found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t miss out on some of ABC News’ best reporting from this week. Threat of violence at home spurs LGBT migrants on to the border Besides the violence and poverty faced by other members of the group of Central Americans who are making their way toward the U.S. border, LGBT migrants face an added layer of adversity. Plaintiffs in $70 million Title IX class action lawsuit against Dartmouth describe ‘systemic’ A complaint alleges that three professors at Dartmouth University “sexually assaulted, sexuall...

Grim discovery made near where San Francisco 49ers’ fan went missing

The search for a San Francisco 49ers’ fan who mysteriously went missing during a football game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, took a grim turn when fishermen discovered a body in the water near where the man vanished, police said. Santa Clara and San Jose police have been searching for Ian Powers, 32, a U.S. Army veteran from Spokane, Washington, since Nov. 12 when he got separated from his girlfriend and her two children during a Monday Night Football game between the Niners and New York Giants, police said. On Saturday afternoon, fishermen discovered the body of a fully-clothed man face down in the water about a mile offshore from a marina near Levi’s Stadium, Lt. John Hutchings, spokesman for the San Jose Police Department told ABC San Francisco affiliat...

Much-needed rain on the way for California later this week

The fire danger in California continues on Sunday, but firefighters in the region are about to get a needed respite. A red flag warning is in effect for the Sacramento area, near the Camp Fire, due to low relative humidity and the potential for wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph. This will not only make it difficult to fight existing fires, but could spread new fires if they were to ignite. But rain is on the way for the West Coast beginning late Tuesday night. This is extremely good news for the firefighting efforts in California. Also, this will help alleviate the widespread air quality issues in the state. The bad news is too much rain on the scorched ground could cause mudslides and debris flows. It is important to watch the progression of the pattern as some areas could see several inches of ...

Florida sues CVS, Walgreens over sale of opioids

The state of Florida has sued the two largest pharmacy chains in the country over the sale of opioids — an epidemic that has killed thousands in the state in just the past few years. Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the state had amended an original lawsuit, filed in May, to include both CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens. Insys Therapeutics, the specialty pharmaceutical company that produces Subsys, the brand name for a type of fentanyl, was also added to the complaint. CVS and Walgreens are the two largest pharmacy chains in the country, according to health care marketing firm SK&A, with about 18,000 stores between the two brands. Walgreens operates 820 stores and CVS operates 754 stores in Florida, according to the lawsuit. “We will continue to pursue those companies that pl...

Trump visits California as wildfires leave 74 dead, more than 1,000 others missing

More than 1,000 people are unaccounted for in California as deadly wildfires continue to burn at both ends of the state. The two monstrous blazes that both ignited last week have claimed a total of 74 lives while burning a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. A vast majority of the deaths were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in the state’s history. The number of people missing or unaccounted for in Butte County grew to 1,011 on Friday, though that figure may fluctuate as authorities track down the names on the list, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea. President Donald Trump arrived in California on Sunday to s...

Trump heads to California to see wildfire damage, meet with firefighters

President Trump is on his way to California to tour the devastation from the wildfires and said he plans to spend a lot of time on the ground to meet with firefighters and the state’s top elected officials. “It’s a shame. It seems that many more people are missing than anyone thought even possible. And I want to be with the firefighters and the FEMA and first responders. We’ll be spending a lot of time,” President Trump told reporters before departing for California. The president will also meet with Gov. Jerry Brown and the governor-elect, Gavin Newsom. In a tweet, Brown, who has feuded with Trump on several issues, welcomed the president to his state. “Tomorrow @GavinNewsom and I will join @POTUS during his visit to the state,” he tweeted Friday. “Now is a time to...