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Wildfires Continue to Ravage California

Three California wildfires continue their paths of destruction with no sign of stopping. (image: Independent video)

Powerful winds are sweeping through California, worsening the wildfires ravaging both northern and southern ends of the state, stretching firefighting resources thin. The Camp Fire in the north and the Woolsey and Hill fires in the south have caused record amounts of damage and claimed at least 31 lives with over 200 people still missing. Hundreds of thousands of California residents have evacuated their homes and many will not have homes to return to, including many celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler, and Robin Thicke.

California Governor Jerry Brown has requested that President Trump declare a major disaster so that the state can receive more federal emergency funds. However, Trump is blaming the fires on poor forrest management and refusing to give any more funds.

The smallest of the fires, the Hill Fire, is 75 percent contained. The Camp Fire, the most destructive and deadly in the state’s history, has burned through 111,000 acres and is about 25 percent contained, while the Woolsey Fire is 10 percent contained. Firefighters made progress in containing the fires Saturday, but the return of powerful winds and continued dry conditions are threatening their efforts.


In global news…

Trump Visits France for Anniversary of WWI

President Trump made a trip to Paris for the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I, joining world leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. During the trip, Macron gave a foreboding speech about the dangers of nationalism and Trump took a rain check on honoring the U.S. soldiers of WWI.


In global health…

The Congo Is Suffering Its Worst Ebola Outbreak

The Democratic Republic of Congo is suffering its worst Ebola outbreak of the ten outbreaks in the country’s history. There have been almost 200 deaths since August with about 300 other probable or confirmed cases. About 25,000 people have been inoculated through a vaccination program, which, unfortunately, will not be enough to help the hundreds of people already infected.


In technology…

Vine Is Coming Back (Sort Of)

The creators of vine have announced a new video looping app called Byte. The app will be launching in Spring 2019 and Byte’s twitter account already has almost 74,000 followers.


In national news…

RBG Is Out of the Hospital and Back at Work

After enduring a fall that left her hospitalized with fractured ribs, 85-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is out of the hospital and back at work.


In music:


Trending today…

The Best Michelle Obama Fangirl

With the release of Michelle Obama’s new memoir Becoming, we’re revisiting one of our favorite fangirls — Parker Curry, who dressed up as the former first lady’s portrait for Halloween.


Last but not least…

University of Georgia Sophomore Creates Online Jewelry Company

Read about one college student’s hand-crafted jewelry business in Lindsay Wigo’s report for CMN.


Monday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia KolenkoLindsay WigoLizzie GoodfriendDaysia Naima CornishKevin AshleyDuane Paul Murphy, and the CMN Staff. Veterans Day was officially yesterday, but it’s never too late to thank a veteran for their service.

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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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