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California wildfire: ‘Firefighters taking a beating’ – Incredible photos of brave heroes

AFP California fire: Hero firefighters tackling the blazes The four wildfires have wreaked devastation across Southern California – with one blaze estimated to be the same size as Denver as it continues to spread towards Los Angeles. Around 5,000 firefighters – half of them assigned to Thomas Fire, the biggest of the four – have been racing across hillsides as they fight the blaze, officials said. Astonishing photos show as the brave heroes try to tackle the huge flame single-handedly, clutching at their hoses in a desperate attempt to quell…

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North Carolina county refuses to pay ransom for hacked files

Officials in North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County are refusing to pay hackers $23,000 in ransom for the return of government files, even though the cyberattack has virtually halted most of the local government’s services. County Manager Dena Diorio said Wednesday that officials made the decision after consulting with cybersecurity experts, who warned against negotiating with the hackers. Instead, Diorio said the county will begin the long, slow process of restoring their files from backups. Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio at a news conference about the hacking of Mecklenburg County’s servers in…

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Science 

What's Making California’s Wildfires So Dangerous?

The Southern California wildfires spreading through Ventura and Los Angeles counties are among the devastating wildfires residential communities have seen in the decades since developers have expanded further and further onto land prone to natural disaster. But in several ways California’s fires are unusual. They come late in the year when weather conditions typically stifle potential fires and some have sprouted up in the middle of dense urban areas typically far from fire zones. California’s unusual wildfire activity comes largely thanks to dry conditions in the region and the state’s…

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Harold Ford Jr. blasts misconduct claim that led to firing

The investment bank Morgan Stanley said Thursday that it had severed its ties with former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., a managing director at the bank, citing an accusation of misconduct. Ford, who is also a political commentator on MSNBC, forcefully denied the accusation and threatened to sue both the bank and the woman who accused him, identified in his statement as a journalist. Harold Ford Jr., at a panel discussion in 2012. Danny Moloshok / Reuters The Huffington Post, which first reported the allegations, said the journalist accused Ford of…

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Sport 

Arsenal 6 – BATE 0: Gunners storm to Europa League victory as Walcott and Wilshere shine

The Gunners were already tough to the last-32 stage before kick off and Arsene Wenger rested the majority of his first-team stars. And in front of a sparse crowd at the Emirates Arsenal put on a show. Long-forgotten defender Mathieu Debuchy opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Theo Walcott slid home to double Arsenal’s lead. Jack Wilshere then fired in a well-take effort two minutes before half time. BATE defender Dzyanis Palyakow smashed into his own net after the break, and Olivier Giroud made it five when converting…

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Bada bing! New Jersey whacks ‘Sopranos’ strip club

LODI, N.J. — A New Jersey strip club that served as a favorite hangout for fictional mobsters in HBO’s “The Sopranos” has been ordered to shut down as authorities investigate possible real-life crimes. Scenes at the show’s fictional Bada Bing club were shot inside Satin Dolls in Lodi. On Thursday, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced that Satin Dolls and another club owned by the same family must stop live entertainment this month and sell their liquor licenses by Jan. 3. Investigators say former owner Anthony Cardinalle continued to…

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or of his career – video

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling Lionel Messi’s record after a season that saw him lead Real Madrid to their 12th Champions League title. Ronaldo was presented with the award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday evening. ‘It’s a great moment in my career,’ says the Portuguese

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Trump’s Jerusalem recognition creates CHAOS as protesters clash with Israeli troops

Witnesses reported ugly scenes as protesters fired rockets, set alight tyres and threw stones at soldiers drafted in to bolster security. All those wounded were said to be Palestinians struck by tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and live ammunition. Israeli military sources said two rockets fired from the Gaza strip towards their territory fell short. Critics said the conflict was inevitable following President Trump’s sudden decision to go ahead with a campaign promise to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The move – which snubs the Palestinians’ claim on the…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars 8: Snoke’s sinister link to DARTH VADER and his castle on Mustafar REVEALED

Fans already know that everthing in Star Wars is rings within rings. The filmmakers have liked to repeated link everyting across movies and trilogies in a form of circular pattern, ostensibly as the Force tries to work through to the perfect stte of teh galaxy. Or something like that. And, speaking of rings, Snoke is wearing a very impressive huge black kyber crystal ring in all the latest merchadise and imagery from Episode 8. New leaks have revealed that the First Order leader has another close link to his villainous…

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Turkish gold trader accused of raping New York cellmate

A former cellmate is accusing a Turkish gold trader who is the star prosecution witness in a U.S. sanctions-busting trial of raping him in a federal lockup. A lawsuit filed late Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court alleges that in 2016 and early 2017 Reza Zarrab sexually assaulted a 62-year-old man being held on terrorism support charges at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan. Reza Zarrab, seen here in 2013, is accused of raping a cellmate. Ozan Kose / AFP – Getty Images file “Believing that he was immune from…

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