Top News Stories For Today – Oct 10, 2017
10 dead in California fire
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) issued an emergency proclamation for three counties north of San Francisco on Monday as firefighters struggled to contain at least 14 wind-fueled blazes raging through wine country. Authorities said Monday that at least 10 people have died in the fires, including an elderly blind woman found in her driveway in Santa Rosa, and more than 1,500 structures have been destroyed.
Several wineries have also burned to the ground. So far, the Tubbs Fire in Napa County has burned through 25,000 acres, the Atlas Fire in Napa County through 25,000 acres, and the Redwood Fire in Mendocino County through 10,000 acres; the blazes are 0 percent contained. ABC7, The Mercury News
Trump to withdraw clean power plan
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the White House will withdraw from the Clean Power plan, an Obama-era strategy that set national limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Pruitt indicated he will sign the proposal to repeal the plan Tuesday in Washington, D.C. “It was not about regulating to make things regular,” Pruitt said of the CPP.
“It was about regulating to pick winners and losers.” Instituted by former President Barack Obama in 2015, the CPP aimed to reduce carbon dioxide pollution, but the Trump administration sees the emissions standards as a job-killer that cost consumers billions, Politico reports. Politico, The Hill, The Week
Las Vegas shooting
Police have made a pretty big change to the known timeline of events in the shooting. They now say a security guard was shot six minutes before gunman Stephen Paddock began shooting concertgoers from his Mandalay Bay hotel room on the 32nd floor. Jesus Campos, who was investigating an alarm in another room on the same floor, was shot at 9:59 p.m. Paddock started his nearly 11-minute shooting rampage at 10:05 p.m.
This change is significant because police originally thought Campos was shot as the attack was already underway. They had believed Paddock stopped shooting because Campos diverted his attention when he neared the gunman’s room. Now they don’t know what made Paddock stop shooting, an attack that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured. CNN
An attorney for the Russian billionaire who allegedly pushed for the June 2016 meeting between senior members of Trump’s team and a Russian lawyer says he has documents showing the meeting wasn’t really about dirt on Hillary Clinton.
An email exchange and talking points provided to CNN are the latest indication of how some of the meeting participants plan to make their case about why the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. did not amount to collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. The new information stands in contrast with the initial email pitching the meeting to Trump Jr., which promised damaging information on Clinton. CNN
Tropical Storm Ophelia
The remnants of Hurricane Nate barely had time to exit the weather stage before Tropical Storm Ophelia formed. Ophelia, the 15th named storm of this active hurricane season, is churning away hundreds of miles west of the Azores Islands.
But forecasters say at this point, the storm is not a threat to land. Ophelia will strengthen, though, and become a hurricane on Friday, making it the 10th hurricane of 2017. CNN
4 Ships banned by UN
The U.N. Security Council has banned all nations from allowing four ships that transported prohibited goods to and from North Korea to enter any port in their country. Hugh Griffiths, head of the panel of experts investigating the implementation of U.N. sanctions against North Korea, told several reporters that “this is the first time in U.N. history”. He identified the four cargo ships as the Petrel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun.
According to MarineTraffic, a maritime database that monitors vessels and their moments, Petrel 8 is registered in Comoros, Hao Fan 6 in St. Kitts and Nevis, and Tong San 2 in North Korea. It does not list the flag of Tong San 2 but said that on Oct. 3 it was in the Bohai Sea off north China. VOA
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