A Line of Fire South of Portland and a Yearslong Recovery Ahead

SALEM, Ore. — A 36-mile-wide line of flames edged into the towns around Portland, Ore., and cities along the West Coast were smothered in acrid smoke and ash on Friday as history-making wildfires remained unchecked, killing at least 17 and leaving dozens of people missing. “We are preparing for a mass fatality incident based on what we know and the numbers of structures that have been lost,” Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, said as firefighters …

Trump Accuses Judge of ‘Stacking the Deck’ Against Him in Tax Ruling

New York|Trump Accuses Judge of ‘Stacking the Deck’ Against Him in Tax Ruling The president is appealing an order that allowed his tax returns and other financial records to be released to the Manhattan district attorney. President Trump’s lawyers have argued that turning his financial records over to prosecutors would cause him irreparable harm. Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times Published Sept. 11, 2020Updated Sept. 12, 2020, 8:48 a.m. ET President Trump’s lawyers on Friday accused a federal judge of “stacking the …

I Look White To Many. I’m Black. This Is What White People Say To Me.

I am a Black woman who for most of my life has often been mistaken for white. And I’m here to tell you that for four decades white people have openly, even sometimes proudly, expressed their racism to me, usually with a wink and a smile, all while thinking I’m white too.  The incidents pile up, year after year — at a friend’s wedding, when I met a new roommate, at the grocery store, while riding in a taxi, and …

Los Angeles County Issues Guidance Discouraging Trick Or Treating This Halloween

A store in Alhambra, California is stocked with Halloween decorations in September. Los Angeles County has issued health guidance discouraging people from trick or treating this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images A store in Alhambra, California is stocked with Halloween decorations in September. Los Angeles County has issued health guidance discouraging people from trick or treating this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. …

Live Covid-19 News Updates

Britain will ban most gatherings of more than six people starting Monday. Indoor dining in N.Y.C. will return with limits on Sept. 30.   Top U.S. health officials update Congress on vaccine development and distribution plans. Video transcript N.I.H. Director Has ‘Cautious Optimism’ for Covid-19 Vaccine by End of 2020 Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, emphasized to senators that coronavirus vaccine development and distribution would be determined based on science and not politics. I …

Fast-Moving Wildfire Destroys 80% Of Small Town In Eastern Washington State

In this photo from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, little remains of a building in Malden, Wash. A fast-moving wildfire destroyed 80% of the town on Labor Day. Whitman County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook hide caption toggle caption Whitman County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook In this photo from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, little remains of a building in Malden, Wash. A fast-moving wildfire destroyed 80% of the town on Labor Day. Whitman County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook Almost every structure in the small farming town …

California Wildfires: Extreme Heat Turns State Into a Furnace

Fires burning from near the Mexico border to the forests of the Sierra Nevada spread a curtain of smoke over California on Monday.   Wildfires Blaze Across California Fire crews faced wildfires from near the Mexico border to the Sierra Nevada that burned thousands of acres and spread thick smoke throughout the state. “Yeah, we copy.” “You guys are taking too much heat. You’ve got to get out.” “Guys, we’re making our way from the top of Carveacre [Road]. I …

Son sells birthday whiskey collection worth over $53G to buy his first house

Saving up to a buy a house can feel like a daunting task, but one young man in England found a unique way to do it. It turns out, his father’s idea to invest in whiskey paid off, literally. Matthew Robson would receive a bottle of Macallan single malt as a birthday gift from his dad, the BBC reports. Over 28 years, Robson’s father reportedly spent over $6,000 on the whiskey. HOMEOWNER SHOCKED AFTER HEAVY RAIN REVEALS SECRET BURIED UNDER …

Thomas Rhett reveals ‘humbling experience’ that led to him, wife Lauren Akins to seek ‘therapy’

Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins may seem to have a fairytale romance, but that wasn’t always the case. During a recent appearance on “The Bobby Bones Show,” the 30-year-old country star revealed that he and Akins, also 30, once relied on “therapy” to keep their relationship on track. Rhett and Akins, who have known each other for a majority of their lives, are parents to Willa Grey, 4, Ada James, 3, and Lennon Love, 6 months. During the process of …

‘A Journey That We Have To Join Together’: 2 Dutch Women Confront Slavery’s Legacy

Peggy Bouva (center) and Maartje Duin (right) with Bouva’s cousin Jessica Bouva (left) at the Museum van Loon in Amsterdam. Duin and Bouva spent two years researching their shared family history, which delved into the Dutch slave trade. They teamed up to produce a popular podcast exploring the colonial legacy of racism in the Netherlands.   Peggy Bouva was at home in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam a couple of years ago when she got a call that fascinated …

‘It’s Forensic Science, True Crime And A Little Bit Of History’: Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris On Smithsonian Channel Docu-Series ‘The Curious Life And Death Of…”

September 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm (CBS Local)– On Sunday, September 6, a new six docu-series premieres on Smithsonian Channel called “The Curious Life and Death Of…” where Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris re-examines the mysterious deaths of people like Pablo Escobar, Harry Houdini, Brittany Murphy and Brian Jones. Dr. Fitzharris is a medical historian with a doctorate from Oxford and hopes people can learn about the context around some of the most famous deaths ever and some stories history has forgotten about. …

Can A New App Revolutionize Youth Sports?: Tom House On ‘Mustard’ & Working With Tom Brady, Drew Brees

September 4, 2020 at 11:16 am (CBS Local Sports)– Former MLB pitcher, pitching coach and expert Tom House has spent decades studying the physical mechanics of throwing and the mental training of some of the world’s elite athletes. Through a new app called Mustard, House wants to apply the same techniques and evaluations to youth athletes across the country. House has been a player, coach or researcher for 50 years and Mustard is the world’s first elite-level motion app for youth …

Wildfires Are First Big Test To COVID-19 Firefighter Safety Plans

Firefighters in the valley area of Vacaville, in northern California, during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on Aug. 19, 2020.   When firefighter Ahri Cornelius got the call that his Missoula, Mont., based crew was deploying to central California, he had some reservations. They’d be traveling from a rural state with a relatively low infection rate to California, a coronavirus hot spot. Cornelius also has a three-year-old toddler back home with a preexisting lung condition. “Coming down here and knowing …

In Lebanon, Macron offers the carrot or the stick

Beirut, Lebanon – French President Emmanuel Macron presented Lebanon’s political establishment with two choices during a trip that ended Tuesday: implement reforms, and vital international aid will flow plentifully, but continue on the same path, and the doors to assistance will slam shut – and the country’s ossified political leadership may be directly targeted with sanctions. “I did not come today to give a warning, but I returned to help Lebanon and accompany it to its future,” Macron said on …

Look Up! Purple Martins Delight Downtown Nashville

People have flocked to downtown Nashville, Tenn. the past few days to take in a rare sight: thousands of Purple Martins. The migratory birds, on their way south for the winter, rarely roost in urban areas.   Rare purple martins are dazzling birders and bystanders near Nashville’s tourist district each night for the next week or two. Biologists estimate 150,000 have chosen to temporarily roost on the plaza outside the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. And the symphony very nearly ran them …

Business Updates: China’s New Export Rules Complicate TikTok Deal

The surprise move may be China’s attempt to dictate terms of the sale, which is happening under orders from President Trump.Credit…Tingshu Wang/Reuters The Chinese government over the weekend imposed new restrictions on technology exports, including what sound like the algorithms that underpin TikTok, and the move has thrown a wrench into negotiations to sell the video app to an American company. The surprise move may be China’s attempt to dictate terms of the sale, which is happening under orders from …

Coffee Keeps Its Mojo: Producers Overcome Pandemic Obstacles

Farmers check coffee beans handpicked at their farm located in Forquilha do Rio, municipality of Dores do Rio Preto, Espirito Santo, Brazil. Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images Farmers check coffee beans handpicked at their farm located in Forquilha do Rio, municipality of Dores do Rio Preto, Espirito Santo, Brazil. Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images Coffee lovers, here’s something to be grateful about. Unlike paper towels, disinfectant or yeast, coffee has never …

Episode One: The Book of Statuses

“Nice White Parents” is brought to you by Serial Productions, a New York Times Company. chana joffe-walt I started reporting this story at the very same moment as I was trying to figure out my own relationship to the subject of this story, white parents in New York City public schools. I was about to be one of them. When my kid was old enough, I started learning about my options. I had many. There was our zoned public school …

California Surpasses 700,000 Coronavirus Cases Even as Its Outbreak Slows

Some in Europe fear a return to lockdowns as cases rise. Colleges struggle to rein in sororities and fraternities. Published Aug. 29, 2020Updated Aug. 30, 2020, 3:06 a.m. ET Image A Los Angeles barber gave a haircut to a client in front of his barbershop this week while observing California’s safety restrictions.Credit…Mario Tama/Getty Images California, as its infection rate declines, becomes the first state to top 700,000 known cases. California on Saturday became the first state to pass 700,000 known …

UN renews Lebanon peacekeeping mandate with minor changes

Beirut, Lebanon – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously approved a resolution to renew the mandate of UN peacekeeping forces stationed on Lebanon’s southern border with Israel, making only minor changes after weeks of tough negotiations, a source at the UN told Al Jazeera. The renewal was set to be officially announced by the UN at 22:30 GMT. The 42-year-old mission’s troop ceiling was reduced from 15,000 to 13,000 after pressure from the United States and its ally …