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Debra Brown | Wednesday October 11th 2017

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Wildfires Burn Out of Control Across Northern California; 15 Are Dead.

Dry conditions and strong winds fueled a deadly outbreak of wildfires in California that quickly tore through at least 115,000 acres of forest and residential neighborhoods, killing 15 people and injuring over 100 others. It is among the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in the state’s history. The reason that so many blazes erupted at once is under investigation, the chairman of the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday.

Puerto Rico Death Toll Rises to 45.

Almost three weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the storm’s official death tolls has risen to 45, Puerto Rico Governor Richard Rossello said on Tuesday.

Update on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:

As of October 10

84% of Puerto Rican’s are without power

74% in the U.S. Virgin Islands are without power.

Here is how you can help.

Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports.

Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his film studio, the Weinstein Company, in response to reports that he sexually harassed women for decades. Many others came forward to share their stories of sexual harassment, including actor and former NFL player Terry Crews. He said the Weinstein news is giving him PTSD and shared a thread on twitter telling his story in hopes of encouraging someone who feels hopeless.

White Supremacists Reappear in Charlottesville in Torch-Lit Protest. 

Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., demonstrators reprised their chant of “You will not replace us!” and asserted that the South would “rise again.”

Deandre Harris, a black man whose brutal beating at the hands of Charlottesville white supremacists was captured on video, is now wanted on charges of unlawful wounding in connection to the rally two months ago. A magistrate, not the police department, issued the warrant, although a news release said police officers had verified other video that led to the arrest. Harris is accused of attacking a man in the group that beat him.

The FBI Cites Black Identity Extremists as New Domestic Terrorist Threat.

The US government has declared “black identity extremists” a violent threat, according to a leaked report from the FBI’s counter-terrorism division. The report, dated August 2017 and compiled by the Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit, said: “The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence.” The FBI’s dedicated surveillance of black activists follows a long history of the US government aggressively monitoring protest movements.

Washington State Sues Over New Trump Birth Control Rules.

Washington state sued President Trump on Monday over his decision to let more employers claiming religious or moral objections opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.

State Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson, who successfully sued to block Trump’s initial travel ban early this year, announced his latest lawsuit on Monday, three days after the new rules were issued.

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