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California Fires Live Updates: 100+ structures destroyed by wildfires in Solano, Napa, Sonoma counties

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Solano County evacuation orders include Travis Air Force Base and portions of Vacaville, Fairfield Update: Wednesday evening, Napa County and Solano County joined the rest of the Bay Area in ordering residents to keep in their homes as much as possible. VACAVILLE, Calif. -- Wildfires burning four Northern California counties have destroyed homes and prompted evacuations, officials said Wednesday. The fires, called the LNU Lightning Complex, were ignited Tuesday night by lightning strikes in Napa and Sonoma counties. Then overnight, the flames moved into Solano County, burning dozens of homes and alerting urgent evacuations. The complex fire has consumed 124,000 acres with zero containment, as of Wednesday night, Cal Fire stated. The complex is made up of at least seven different wildfires burning near each other, including the Hennessey, Morgan, Walbridge and Spanish fires. Four individuals have been injured from the LNU Lightning Sophisticated, Cal Fire Explained. About 105 structures

California Fires Live Updates: Vacaville wildfire destroys Houses, evacuations Expanded into Fairfield

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Thousands of homes in Vacaville and Fairfield are at risk after the LNU Lightning Sophisticated fire exploded overnight and turned toward Solano County. Update: Wednesday evening, Napa County and Solano County joined the rest of the Bay Area in ordering residents to keep in their homes as much as possible. CHP shut both directions of Interstate 80 soon after 4 p.m., involving Air Base Parkway and Cherry Glen Road in Fairfield, as the fire storms throughout the area. The fire jumped the freeway into the Paradise Valley neighborhood, which is now under an evacuation order. I-80 was reopened in the two instructions soon before 9 p.m. The flame, which originally started near Hennessy Ridge Road in Napa and immediately spread into the Lake Berryessa area, suddenly blew into Vacaville about 1 a.m. Wednesday as high winds gusted. Some residents were awoken in the middle of the night and forced to flee. "It is quite rare that we see the kind of fire behaviour I watched last night," V

Trump campaign sues New Jersey over mail-in voting plans

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President Donald Trump's reelection campaign resisted New Jersey Tuesday over the nation's decision to use a hybrid voting model for November's election where all residents will be sent a ballot, leaving it up to them to choose if they'd like to vote by email or in person. Donald J. Trump for President, the Republican National Committee and the New Jersey Republican State Committee brought the lawsuit asking the court to overturn Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order instituting the rules that aim to give voters the choice of preventing voting in person throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Trump himself has said that expanding mail-in voting options will result in fraud. In reality, there's absolutely no widespread voter fraud in US elections, and nonpartisan experts say neither party automatically benefits when states expand entry to mail-in voting. The lawsuit alleges that the executive order usurps the legislature's ability to decide if and how el

Trump campaign bashes Tuesday at DNC as 'loser night,' targeting Sally Yates, AOC

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Trump campaign bashes Tuesday at DNC as'loser night,' targeting Sally Yates, AOC Republicans reacted to the night Vice President Joe Biden formally became the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party with strikes on convention speakers and knocks on the former vice president's ability to direct. Democrats rolled out a string of past and present party leaders, from former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, to 17"rising stars," for example Stacey Abrams, on the second night of the Democratic National Convention in an attempt to highlight their unity and diversity. But conservative critics and the Trump campaign assailed the lineup for a collection of"winners" Fox News host Laura Ingraham explained it as a"veritable who's who of failures, all whom have done immense damage to our country." "I thought it was a gloomy night," said Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn at a video critiquing the second night of the convention.

Russia releases Movie of COVID-19 vaccine production Procedure

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Eager to market what Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised is the world's first COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Health has published a brief movie of its manufacturing process, according to a report. The 40-second clip shows several masked people clad in blue coveralls working in a laboratory, where a variety of machines have been observed in action supporting walls, Agence France-Presse reported. Meanwhile, another short promotional video for your vaccine was published by Sputnik News, a state-controlled news bureau. The CGI footage -- created by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the country's autonomous wealth fund -- reveals that the coronavirus, with its identifying spikes, engulfing the Earth and hovering in space. Last week, Putin announced that his country had officially enrolled the world's very first novel coronavirus vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, stating it offers"sustainable resistance" and one of his brothers was in

California Uber and Lyft drivers brace for shutdown over employee classification

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Companies threatened to shut down operations over a court judgment ordering them to classify their own drivers as workers by 20 August Uber and Lyft drivers are bracing for a shutdown in California, one of the rideshare companies' largest markets. For drivers it's a bittersweet moment. One that could not come at a worse time and yet holds the promise of a greater future. The coronavirus pandemic has struck so-called gig market workers challenging and ramped up state and local attempts to classify Uber and Lyft drivers as employees rather than contractors, a movement that would improve minimal salary and benefits for motorists. A spokesperson for Lyft affirmed in an email that when efforts to expand the stay on the arrangement after 20 August are unsuccessful, Lyft will shut down operations in California. Since the row continues rideshare drivers around the US are struggling to make ends meet, either continuing to work or relying on unemployment benefits from state approaches th

California Fires Live Updates: Evacuations in Vacaville as Homes Burn

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Fast-moving fires are spreading across Northern California, with wind-whipped fires forcing people to flee their homes. A group of fires in Northern California that covers over 46,000 acres has ruined at least 50 buildings or structures, the government said. The flames grew quickly immediately, forcing rushed evacuations. Wildfires tore through Northern California overnight, spreading quickly and engulfing homes as firefighters fought to get charge of the blazes, which have driven an increasing number of evacuations and so were probably caused by lightning strikes recently. Individuals were ordered to flee areas in Vacaville, a town of about 100,000 residents near Sacramento, as a blend of uncontrolled fires northwest of the city started to overtake homes. That set of flames, known collectively as the LNU Lightning Sophisticated, has destroyed more than 50 buildings or structures and is threatening almost 2,000 longer, the government said. It grew more than 14,000 acres overnight and c

New Zoom integration is a significant deal for Google, Amazon, and Facebook

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It's a big growth for Zoom, which has recently started to branch out into its licensed videoconferencing hardware. And smart screens -- with their high quality directional microphones and built-in touchscreens -- are almost intended to be great videoconferencing devices. The new Zoom integration is a significant deal for Google, Amazon, and Facebook, also, given that all three of these companies have almost exclusively stuck for their own, in-house video chatting solutions (such as Google Meet and Facebook Messenger) in their smart displays. Every one of those three solutions will execute Zoom a bit differently. Facebook's Portal apparatus will be adding a Zoom app (along with new apps for BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, and Webex, that were also announced today), also will rely on Facebook's"smart camera" technologies to automatically keep you in framework, just like it will for Facebook's own Messenger and WhatsApp calls. Additionally, Facebook is creating the Porta

Here Is Which Judges Are Intended For the Next Season of 'American Idol'

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ABC announced on Wednesday (Aug. 19) that the entire gang will be back for the next season of American Idol, with Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and host Ryan Seacrest coming next year. The band is getting together again to its fourth season of this show on ABC -- 19th overall -- following the show was made to switch things up and atmosphere liberally during the live phases of the contest as a consequence of the COVID-19 lockdown. "American Idol has ever been able to bring individuals together, amuse and entertain -- and I am so proud of this series continued to deliver happiness and laughter to people's homes through a time once we needed it the most," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment in a statement. "There is no one who we feel confident about leading us into a brand new season of notes than Luke, Katy, Lionel and the incomparable Ryan Seacrest." Showrunner and executive producer Trish Kinane added,"Katy, Lionel and Luke are fun, astu

About The Trail: Trump presents eyesight of the suburbs decades from date

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President Trump is highlighting a vision of the suburbs as part of his reelection message which paints them as a portion of the 1950s instead of the rapidly diversifying regions they're in 2020. In the event the suburbs were once the lily-white bastions of homogeneous picket fences, nuclear families and"suburban housewives," in Trump language, they're now equally as varied as the country at large. The 2010 census showed for the first time that the more Black Americans live in the suburbs surrounding the nation's 100 largest cities than inside the cities themselves. "That is an imaginary suburb which Trump is talking about," Frey said. "Now, the suburbs are just like the rest of America. They are rich and poor and Black and white and Hispanic." As his poll numbers have shrunk and the coronavirus pandemic has gripped the country, Trump has sought a new approach to suburban voters and suburban women that is a 21st century version of Richard Nixon&

Why Shares of Moderna 'Tripped' on Tuesday

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What occurred Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA), believed by some to be the leader of this pack of coronavirus stocks right now, fell by 3.9% Tuesday on which was generally an up day for the broader stock market. The most likely reason for this is the pronouncement of a Chinese pharmaceutical company, Sinopharm, which on Tuesday establish a budget for its two COVID-19 vaccine candidates. So what Like Sinopharm, Moderna is in late-stage testing of a vaccine candidate, the very promising mRNA-1273. Moderna investors might have been spooked by the Chinese company's announcement of a price range, as it might imply that you or both of Sinopharm's candidates will shortly be prepared for regulatory review. Probably nearly immediately after that -- given the vast need for a vaccine -- it could be made available for public consumption. Sinopharm's chairman, Liu Jingzhen, told China's Guangming Daily that his firm's vaccines would cost significantly less than the equivalent $145 for two

Trump's $400 in unemployment aid: When would it begin?

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President Donald Trump on Saturday authorized an additional $400 in weekly unemployment insurance benefits, a possible financial lifeline for the nation's 16.3 million unemployed workers. However while his memorandum makes those payments retroactive to August 1, the money could take weeks to reach individuals and amount to less than promoted for a few claimants. Mr. Trump's efforts to partially restore the supplemental benefits, which died late last month, means that nations will have to set up new systems for administering the advantages, which could require considerable time to get up and running, based on unemployment specialists. Unemployed workers shouldn't count on the excess benefits landing in their bank account in the next few weeks. Some countries also might not have the funds to provide 25 percent of their benefit, as suggested. That could observe the help sliced to $300 per week, half the additional weekly payment employees had been receiving before the end of J

Sen. John Kennedy asserts 'redistribution and race underpins' Democratic Party pushed left by Sanders, AOC

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'Biden may be the nominee of this party, however, Bernie Sanders is the mind of this party, that's clear.' "here is what I learned from last night," Kennedy told host Sean Hannity, representing about the coming night of the Democratic National Convention. "Vice President Biden could be the nominee of the party, but Bernie Sanders is the head of this party, that is clear. "And what Senator Sanders has done is fairly breathtaking," Kennedy added. "He and Congresswoman [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez have raised up this party and moved it to the left [so] I hardly recognize it." Kennedy himself abandoned the Democratic Party in 2007 to become a Republican, once remarking to Roll Call that the Democrats long ago abandoned the concept of the government"protect[ing] people rather than conduct [ing] their lifetimes." "Their message to America is currently,'Finish schoolfor a job, and work hard so we can take the money that you get a

Bret Baier wraps up night Just Two of DNC, says Biden 'Attempting to Utilize the 47 years in Washington as an Advantage'

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'Special Report' host states a lot of conference has been'about moderation... about creating trades' Democrats displayed good"message subject" on night two of the Democratic National Convention, Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier said Tuesday on"Fox News @ Night" "I believe one of those things that Democrats did really well tonight would be have message discipline, really, during the speakers," Baier told host Shannon Bream. "Discussing COVID-19 especially, [and] of direction overall. And Jill Biden obviously teed the relationship with Joe Biden and she believes he ought to be president." "Progressives need this large, bold shift, transformation. But most of this tradition so far is not about that," Baier said. "It's about moderation. It's about making trades. It's about relationships, nearly over five years, that Joe Biden had. And there is a lot of Republicans who've been showing up. So it

Belarusian leader request authorities to quash protests, EU declares sanctions

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The European Union held an emergency summit on the crisis, rejecting Lukashenko's re-election in a contested vote on Aug. 9 and announcing monetary sanctions against officials that the bloc blames for election fraud and a breaking down on protests. "Our concept is quite clear. EU commission head Ursula von der Leyen explained the list of those struck by sanctions would be ready swiftly. "That is all about the Belarusian people and their legitimate right to ascertain the future course of the country," she said. "The European Union stands at the side of the Belarusian men and women." Lukashenko, a gruff former Soviet collective farm boss facing the biggest crisis of the 26 year rule, has blamed foreign nations for stirring the unrest and says the protesters are funded from abroad. "There should no longer be any disease in Minsk of any kind," he said in comments reported by state news agency Belta, declaring the new police crackdown in the funds. &qu

Prices come as controversy surrounding mail-in voting increases

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A California man has been charged with mail-in voting fraud, accused of casting votes because of his deceased mother in three distinct elections. According to the criminal complaint, he was charged last month with one felony count of fraud in connection with votes cast, and a single felony count of fraudulent voting, relevant whenever someone applies for"a vote by mail ballot by fraudulently signing the title of... a person who is not qualified to vote." Mail-in voting has become a hot-button issue ahead of the 2020 presidential electionwith President Trump routinely railing against it. He tweeted last month that international mail-in voting would result in"the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history." @realDonaldTrump With Universal Mail-In Voting (maybe not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a fantastic humiliation to the USA. Delay the Election until people can correctly,

Wuhan water park hosts enormous pool party in China's coronavirus ground zero

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Millions crammed into a water park over the weekend at the Chinese city of Wuhan -- the first epicenter of this novel coronavirus that quickly swept the globe earlier this year. Massive audiences of bathing suit-clad partygoers standing shoulder to shoulder -- and with no face masks -- have been photographed at Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park on Saturday to attend a digital music festival, according to Agence France-Presse. Pictures showed a pool filled with people and inner tubes, leaving small distance between each other. No one appeared to be practicing social distancing, as close-knit audiences stood at waist-high water to obey some DJ and see a guy in a water jet pack soar over the pool in a pyrotechnics show. Saturday's scene came in stark contrast to how the city seemed earlier this season -- if Wuhan's some 11 million taxpayers were effectively sealed off from the rest of the world when the coronavirus started to spiral out of control in January. Throughout a 76-day lockdow

Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the rest of the 'Oligarchic Dozen' just attained a 'troubling landmark'

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'This is only too much political and economic power in the hands of twelve individuals' "The rich get richer" does not even begin to tell the story nowadays. According to the Institute for Policy Studies, the wealth of the top 12 billionaires in the U.S. lately exploded to more than one trillion dollars -- yes, 13 digits. The statistic, naturally, is an eye-popping figure on its own surface, made more so in light of the devastation at the broader economy on account of this coronavirus pandemic. "That is only too much economic and political power from the hands of twelve people. From the point of view of a democratic self-governing society, this represents an Oligarchic Dozen." Since the pandemic first blew up in the U.S. back in March, the"Oligarchic Dozen" has enjoyed a 40% surge in its joint wealth -- or a rise of $283 billion. Tesla's TSLA, 0.88% Elon Musk has become the biggest beneficiary, with his wealth, as of August 13, climbed to $73 b

Initial Covid-19 vaccine trial moving at a good clip, but officials still"very worried"

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The initial coronavirus vaccine trial in america is moving along at a fantastic clip, but requires more minorities to enroll if it is to triumph, officials tell CNN. While Black people and Latinos account for at least 50% of Covid-19 cases nationally, so much they make up only about 15% of participants in the country's initial large-scale clinical trial to check out a coronavirus vaccine, according to data obtained by CNN from a government official. That could possibly delay a vaccine out of getting to the marketplace. Moderna, the primary business in the US to conduct a Phase 3 clinical trial, is intending to enroll 30,000 volunteers. In the first three weeks, it already recruited 8,374, according to an email obtained by CNN from the company to its researchers. While that's millions, officials at Operation Warp Speed, the government's initiative to deliver 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by January, are"very concerned" about the very low proportion of

U.S. Postal Service will suspend any operational or policy changes before the 2020 presidential election

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 "To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election email, I am suspending these endeavors until after the election is concluded." The U.S. Postal Service will suspend any operational or policy changes before the presidential election, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy stated Tuesday. Critics claimed that DeJoy was hindering the agency's capability to accommodate an expected surge in mail-in voting, which he denied. DeJoy, a close ally of President Donald Trump and a longtime Republican donor who was appointed in May, stated he had come to the national agency to make modifications that could allow for"its long-term sustainability" but that he planned to delay the attempts as scrutiny of these practices has grown -- despite his view that the Postal Service had a significant overhaul. "In the meantime, there are a few longstanding operational initiatives -- efforts that predate my arrival in the Postal Service -- which have been raised as areas of concern a

Bill Clinton, once the dominant Democrat, now a footnote at convention

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It was a clearly diminished Bill Clinton who dealt with the Democratic convention. I don't mean diminished at a physical sense, although the famously raspy voice sounded slimmer and, turning 74 on Wednesday, he seemed a bit more delicate. This was the way he talked from his sofa at Chappaqua. It simply didn't seem like a Clinton address. It sounded like a language that might have been written by anyone. It was utterly generic. People who liked the Clinton presidency and people who despised it's consistently agreed that the man from Hope was a great communicator, even when he went on, as he did with so many State of the Union speeches. But that guy did not show up Tuesday night. Clinton just had five minutes, and has been relegated to the lesser-watched very first hour of this proceedings. A retail politician into his core, he'd no crowd power to fuel his performance. The ex-president described the election as a job interview and scored some points by criticized Presiden

Apple is now a 2 trillion-dollar corporation

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Now it faces one of the biggest legal challenges in its history. Apple was the first US firm to cross a $2 trillion market cap. It's an arbitrary milestone but nevertheless a significant one, testimony to the iPhone maker's pandemic-defying performance. It's also been just two years since Apple hit a market cap of $ 1 trillion, meaning the firm has essentially doubled in value in just over 24 months. Apple isn't the world's first firm to hit the $2 trillion benchmark. The gas and oil giant with headquarters in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco, did so first. Aramco reached the $2 trillion mark briefly in December 2019 but has slipped below that amount since as its stock price wavers. On 4 August 2020, Apple surpassed it as the most profitable corporation in the world. Shares in the company today surpassed the $467.77 threshold that gives Apple the value of $2 trillion, as reported by the Financial Times. But in the future they could well dip below that. Apple 's shares

A self-described 'starry Islamophobe' barred from social media has just secured a GOP nomination

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If you've been paying attention to the rise of the far right on the internet over the last few years, you know the Laura Loomer name. Loomer is one of this movement's most high profile figures — and one of its most controversial. She has described Islam as a "cancer of humanity" and said it should not allow Muslim candidates to hold office in America. She called herself a "stupid Islamophobe." That behavior has led to Twitter , Facebook and Instagram banning Loomer — Not to mention the Uber and Lyft Ride-Sharing systems. (In 2018, she tweeted that "somebody needs to create a non-Islamic Uber or Lyft form because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver.") And as of Wednesday morning Loomer is the Republican nominee in the 21st District of Florida, which happens to include Mar-a - Lago resort of President Donald Trump. In the general election, she won a six-way primary for the right to face Rep. Lois Frankel (D), raising over $1 mill