Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 23, 2018 / 9:45 AM GMT By James Rainey Wind and rain arrived in Northern California this week, providing welcome relief to a region buffeted by the state's deadliest wildfire and then besieged for nearly two weeks by a dome of thick, noxious smoke. A high-pressure system had stalled over the Sacramento Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, leaving residents up to 200 miles south of the Camp Fire coughing, wheezing and tearing up from the acrid fumes. The ashy cloud closed schools throughout the region for more than a week and forced the delay of the UC Berkeley-Stanford football game, postponed for the first time in more than half a century. Smoke from the fire that destroyed much of Paradise, California, blew all the way to the Atlantic coast. "You see it everywhere and you feel something in your chest, a heaviness that is slightly … [Read more...] about Bad air from California’s Camp Fire makes people sick, but for how long?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Michelle Obama’s new book, “Becoming” (all times local): 10:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is brushing off former first lady Michelle Obama’s claim that she can’t forgive him for campaign rhetoric that potentially put her family at risk. Trump instead pointed to former President Barack Obama, telling reporters outside the White House on Friday, “She talked about safety. What he did to our military made this country very unsafe for you and you and you.” Trump didn’t explain what he meant. In Mrs. Obama’s upcoming memoir, she says Trump’s rhetoric barely concealed “bigotry and xenophobia” that was “dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.” She writes, “Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never forgive him.” The Associated Press bought a copy of the … [Read more...] about The Latest: Trump brushes off Obama book complaint about him
By Laurence Frost and Cyril Altmeyer PARIS (Reuters) - Air France-KLM <AIRF.PA> posted strong quarterly earnings and an upbeat outlook despite rising fuel costs, as new Chief Executive Ben Smith prepares to seek pilots' approval for plans likely to include an expansion of the group's low-fare operations. Revenue rose 4 percent to 7.55 billion euros(6.74 billion pounds) in the third quarter, the group said on Wednesday. Recurring operating profit fell 6.7 pct to 1.07 billion euros - still beating analysts' expectations, according to a Reuters poll. Describing the results as a "solid performance", the new Air France-KLM boss pledged to "build an ambitious and innovative strategy" for the group in coming months. Smith joined the French company last month from Air Canada, and within weeks struck a pay deal with staff unions to end a dispute that had led to protracted and costly strikes, grounding hundreds of flights earlier this year. But he has yet to secure a separate agreement … [Read more...] about Air France upbeat on sales as new CEO seeks pilots’ buy-in
John Wagner, The Washington Post Published 4:01 am PDT, Friday, October 12, 2018 First lady Melania Trump, in the East Room of the White House on Sept. 18, 2018. First lady Melania Trump, in the East Room of the White House on Sept. 18, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Andrew Harrer. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Andrew Harrer. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 First lady Melania Trump, in the East Room of the White House on Sept. 18, 2018. First lady Melania Trump, in the East Room of the White House on Sept. 18, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Andrew Harrer. Melania Trump brushes off questions about her husband's alleged infidelity 1 / 1 Back to Gallery First lady Melania Trump brushed aside allegations of … [Read more...] about Melania Trump brushes off questions about her husband’s alleged infidelity
By City News Service | PUBLISHED: October 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm | UPDATED: October 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm LOS ANGELES — Following a series of fires that have broken out in the hillsides over the last year, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Wednesday that increases requirements for brush clearance and fire safety in Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones, including a ban on metal weed whackers. The ordinance was called for by Councilmen Paul Koretz and David Ryu, who both represent districts with hilly neighborhoods. “Over the past year we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of fires in our hillsides and with the negative ramifications of climate change, it will be this way for the foreseeable future. That is why we have taken these long overdue steps to increase safety protocols for brush clearance in the hills of Los Angeles,” said Koretz, whose district includes Encino Hills, Benedict Canyon and Bel Air. Koretz’s district … [Read more...] about LA beefs up brush-clearance rules in wake of hillside fires