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 …

George Bizos, Anti-Apartheid Lawyer Who Defended Mandela, Dies at 92

A champion of human rights, he represented his client and friend in the so-called Rivonia trial of leaders of the African National Congress in the 1960s. George Bizos in 2011 touring the building where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo had a law office in Johannesburg.Credit…Denis Farrell/Associated Press Sept. 9, 2020Updated 5:28 p.m. ET George Bizos, who fled the Nazi occupation of his native Greece at age 13 to become one of South Africa’s most prominent human rights lawyers, championing Black …

ISIL claims responsibility for deadly Tunisia knife attack

The ISIL (ISIS) armed group claimed responsibility on Monday for a knife attack in Tunisia that killed one National Guard officer and wounded another as security forces rounded up more suspects. The attack on Sunday in a tourist district of the coastal city of Sousse saw a group of assailants ram a patrol of the National Guard with a vehicle before stabbing the officers. They were chased by security forces before three attackers were shot dead in an ensuing gun …

Democratic Kansas state House candidate blames abuse of ex-girlfriend on lack of ‘early childhood education funding’

A 19-year-old Kansas Democrat running for a seat in the state House blamed a lack of “early childhood education funding” after admitting to abusive behavior toward his ex-girlfriend on Sunday. “We must strive to create a society safe for women, which we currently do not do,” candidate Aaron Coleman wrote in a statement. “I believe if we had more early childhood education funding, and taught what healthy interpersonal relationships look like, my ex and I would have been less toxic to each other.” KANSAS …

Dozens dead in central Somalia as villagers battle al-Shabab

Al-Qaeda-linked armed group al-Shabab controls large parts of south and central Somalia [File: Al Jazeera] Dozens of people have died following clashes between villagers and al-Shabab fighters in central Somalia, local officials said. “We have reports that nearly 30 people, including 16 militants, [have been] killed in the Shabeelow village, where civilians … took up arms [to] battle the terrorists,” Osman Isse Nur, a spokesman for authorities in the Galmudug region, told the dpa news agency on Saturday. Local freelance militiamen are …

Willy T. Ribbs On Superstar Racing Experience Series Coming To CBS In 2021: ‘It’s Like A Pro Bowl’

(CBS Local/CBS SF)- Superstar Racing Experience made a new addition to its driver roster on Wednesday announcing that Willy T. Ribbs Jr. would be joining the series for its inaugural season in the summer of 2021. Ribbs competed across a wide variety of racing disciplines during the course of his career, finding the most success in the Trans-Am series where he picked up 17 wins. However, he is more widely known for breaking down barriers in the sport, becoming the …

Vikings’ Kirk Cousins unafraid to die from coronavirus, still wears mask out of respect for others

Despite knowing what New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller went through when they contracted the coronavirus, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins remains unafraid to face the illness. Cousins said during an interview on Spotify’s “10 Questions with Kyle Brandt” podcast published Wednesday that he believes it’s “survival of the fittest” when it comes to the coronavirus and isn’t afraid to die. NFL REQUIRING COACHES, STAFF NEAR BENCH TO WEAR MASKS Cousins said he’s tried to …

Duch, Prison Chief Who Slaughtered for the Khmer Rouge, Is Dead at 77

A former schoolteacher whose real name was Kaing Guek Eav, he became a symbol of the regime’s brutal rule over Cambodia. The former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, in a Phnom Penh courtroom in 2012.Credit…Nhet Sokheng/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Published Sept. 1, 2020Updated Sept. 2, 2020, 1:28 a.m. ET Kaing Guek Eav, the former schoolteacher known as Duch who became the most notorious killer during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror in Cambodia in …

Appeals Court Rejects Justice Department Effort To Shut Down Michael Flynn Case

Michael Flynn, here at Trump Tower in December 2016, spent less than a month in the role of President Trump’s national security adviser.   A federal appeals court has declined to order a criminal case against Michael Flynn dismissed. Instead, it ruled Monday that a judge can hear arguments about the Justice Department’s motivations for dropping the case against President Trump’s former national security adviser. The 8-2 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, …

Monsoon Rains Wreak Havoc Across Pakistan, Killing At Least 63 People

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Heavy rains hit parts of Pakistan for a fifth straight night, bringing more flooding to the financial capital Karachi and towns and villages and leaving at least 63 people dead, officials said Friday. Rescuers evacuated people from flooded neighborhoods. About 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain have fallen in Karachi since Sunday, when monsoon rains began lashing the coastal city, forcing authorities to use boats to evacuate people trapped in flooded streets. Forty-seven people were killed …

Can Hydroxychloroquine Prevent COVID-19? We’ll Probably Never Know.

BuzzFeed News; John Phillips / Getty Images When Nicholas White decided to launch a clinical trial about hydroxychloroquine, he didn’t know he’d picked the soon-to-be most controversial drug in the world. Early on in the pandemic, his research team set out to see if the malaria medication could prevent coronavirus infections, something test-tube research hinted at. Their goal: to sign up 40,000 healthcare workers. The count, since April: about 100. Months ago, trials like this one were flooded with volunteers …

Add This Secret Ingredient To Make The Best Stuffed Peppers You’ve Ever Had (That’s Already In Your Kitchen)

Stuffed peppers can take many forms, but there’s one simple secret ingredient that will make any version the absolute most delicious you’ll ever eat. So what’s the secret to the best stuffed peppers ever? It’s salt. I know, SHOCKING revelation, right? But hear me out! The thing about most stuffed bell pepper recipes is 3that they call for salt in the filling, not for the peppers themselves. Without salt, the peppers are flabby and bland, merely a filling case. With a sprinkle of salt, they transform …

Blanked-Out Spots On China’s Maps Helped Us Uncover Xinjiang’s Camps

Read Part 1 of this investigation here. Read Part 2 here. This project was supported by the Open Technology Fund, the Pulitzer Center, and the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism. In the summer of 2018, as it became even harder for journalists to work effectively in Xinjiang, a far-western region of China, we started to look at how we could use satellite imagery to investigate the camps where Uighurs and other Muslim minorities were being detained. At the …

Hurricane Laura Live Updates: Storm Intensifies to Category 4 Strength

The hurricane is projected to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border, pushing a storm surge of 15 to 20 feet into some areas. Right Now The center of Laura, now a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of nearly 140 miles per hour, is about 200 miles south of Lake Charles, La., and moving toward the city. Image Residents gathered at the Burton Complex, an event center in Lake Charles, La., for assistance with evacuation.Credit…William Widmer for The New York …

Afghanistan flooding: Dozens dead, hundreds of homes destroyed

Heavy flooding in northern and eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 100 people, as the deluge ravaged large parts of Charikar city, the capital of Parwan province, officials have said. Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for Parwan province, said on Wednesday the number of casualties may rise as rescue teams work to locate people buried under destroyed houses. Containing the incident and helping the affected families was beyond the capacity of the local government, and the central government should step in quickly, …

Belarus turns up pressure on protesters, arrests more than 50

Police in Belarus arrested more than 50 people across the country during protests demanding the president’s resignation, officials said on Wednesday. The renewed crackdown on protesters, who have been taking to the streets for more than two weeks, came on Tuesday as authorities cranked up pressure on the opposition, jailing several activists, summoning others for questioning and selectively ordering dozens of demonstrators to appear in court.  The interior ministry said 51 protesters were arrested on Tuesday at rallies that spanned …

The US Immigration System Won’t Come To A Halt After Massive Work Furloughs Were Canceled

The US agency that oversees key parts of the immigration system, including the processing of citizenship, green cards, and asylum applications, has canceled its planned furlough this week of nearly 70% of its staff, according to an internal email sent to staff Tuesday morning. The planned furlough of more than 13,000 US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees on Aug. 30 was set to bring the immigration system to a halt, delaying the processing of green card applications and setting …

A Facebook Executive Who Shared An Anti-Muslim Post Has Apologized To Employees

A top Facebook executive in India has apologized to Muslims in the company for sharing a post on her Facebook page that called India’s Muslims a “degenerate community” for whom “nothing except purity of religion and implementation of Shariah matter.” “Dear friends – The intent of my personal Facebook post was not to denigrate Islam,” Ankhi Das, Facebook’s policy director for India and South and Central Asia, wrote in an internal message to employees obtained by BuzzFeed News. “It was …

Aleksei Navalny Hospitalized in Russia in Suspected Poisoning

DEVELOPING The prominent opposition leader was reported to be in “serious condition” in intensive care in Siberia after his flight to Moscow was forced to make an emergency landing. A video posted on social media on Thursday showed Aleksei A. Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, being wheeled to an ambulance in Omsk, Russia.Credit…Sergei Chirikov/EPA, via Shutterstock Aug. 20, 2020Updated 6:36 a.m. ET MOSCOW — Aleksei A. Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, was on a ventilator in intensive care …

My Life Is Like ‘Indian Matchmaking,’ But Here’s The Question No One Is Asking Me

My reputation among friends is the guy who never watches TV. But toward the end of July, my best friend insisted: “You have to watch this new Netflix show called ‘Indian Matchmaking’ starring Sima Taparia, who is apparently Mumbai’s top matchmaker.”   “Why?”  I asked. “It’s about arranged marriages in the Indian community. I think you’ll get a kick out of it,” he replied. But the truth of the matter was that I didn’t need a TV show to explain the nuts …