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Animal survivors of the California fires

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Animal survivors of the California fires

The wildfires that ripped through communities in Northern and Southern California this week have left heartbreaking images of eviscerated neighborhoods and coroners searching for human remains. There have also been inspiring stories, including those of animals being rescued from the blazes. The front page of Wednesday’s Sacramento Bee featured a reporter’s first-hand account of returning London...

Mexican man faces execution in Texas for bludgeoning death of family

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Two West Virginia firefighters killed, three injured after truck flips

(Reuters) – A Mexican man was due to be executed in Texas on Wednesday for bludgeoning his wife and two children to death at their home in 1992, as his attorneys continued to plead that his case be reexamined, according to state officials and court documents. Roberto Ramos Moreno, 64, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for killing his 42-year-old wife Leticia Ramos and their...

U.S. safety board holds hearing on fatal Southwest engine explosion

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U.S. safety board holds hearing on fatal Southwest engine explosion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigative hearing on Wednesday into the fatal engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) Boeing 737 that killed one passenger. FILE PHOTO: U.S. NTSB investigators are on scene examining damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane in this image released from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S...

Mattis defends Mexico border deployment in first troop visit

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Mattis defends Mexico border deployment in first troop visit

BASE CAMP DONNA, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of troops to the border with Mexico as he traveled there on Wednesday, saying the mission was “absolutely legal” and justified, and that it was improving military readiness. U.S. Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7, secure...

National Guard to search for victims of California’s deadliest fire

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National Guard to help search for remains from California's deadliest wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – The wildfire raging in northern California spread on Wednesday as National Guard troops joined the search for its victims and lawyers filed a lawsuit blaming the blaze, the state’s deadliest, on poor maintenance by the area’s utility company. Cal Fire firefighters comb through a house destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 13, 2018...

Search intensifies for victims of California’s deadliest wildfire

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National Guard to help search for remains from California's deadliest wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – The search for remains of victims in the charred ruins of the northern California town of Paradise was set to intensify on Wednesday, while firefighters stepped up their nearly week-long efforts to contain the state’s deadliest-ever wildfire. Cal Fire firefighters comb through a house destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 13, 2018...

U.S. seeks to strike El Chapo lawyer’s opening statement

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U.S. seeks to strike El Chapo lawyer's opening statement

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday asked a federal judge to strike the opening statement made a day earlier by the lawyer for accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on the first day of his trial in Brooklyn for drug smuggling. A police vehicle stands outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse ahead of the start of the trial of Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord...

Search grows for victims of California’s deadliest wildfire

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National Guard to help search for remains from California's deadliest wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – The search for remains of victims in the charred ruins of the northern California town of Paradise was set to expand on Wednesday, while firefighters stepped up efforts to contain the state’s deadliest-ever wildfire. Cal Fire firefighters comb through a house destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester A...

Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza cease-fire deal

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Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza cease-fire deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman abruptly resigned his post Wednesday in protest over a cease-fire reached with Gaza militants, in a move that rocked the Israeli political scene and seemed likely to bring about early elections. Lieberman said the cease-fire amounted to “surrender to terrorism” after two days of heavy fighting, and that he could no longer...

House Democrat to probe census citizenship question

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House Democrat to probe census citizenship question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The lawmaker expected to head the powerful House Oversight Committee in the new U.S. Congress says one of his first priorities will be investigating why President Donald Trump’s administration decided to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) speaks with reporters after meeting with President...

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