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Many housekeepers, gardeners went to work despite Getty fire evacuation order: report

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Many housekeepers and gardeners who work at multi-million-dollar homes in some of Los Angeles’ most upscale neighborhoods arrived to work Monday despite mandatory evacuation orders over fires threatening the area because they were either unaware of the situation or simply needed the day’s pay, a report said.

STRONG WINDS INCREASE SIZE OF KINCADE FIRE

A report in the Los Angeles Times said that these workers could still be seen on the streets in Brentwood and other affluent areas that had been evacuated hours earlier.

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“If they say I have to evacuate, I will,” Chon Ortiz, 50, who was cutting grass, told the paper in Spanish. “But I need the work.”

The reporter spoke to several workers who babysit, perform house-cleaning duties and general yard work in the neighborhood that is home to some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

One woman who showed up for work told the paper she met the family she works for as they were leaving the house. They told her they wouldn’t be using her that day and handed her a mask.

The early morning scene in the area was chaotic, and no doubt, many families who employ these workers simply forgot to tell them about the evacuations due to the traumatic conditions.

At least eight homes were destroyed and six damaged in the LA-area blaze, fire officials said. Some of the recognizable names driven from their homes included LeBron James and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Others who own homes in the evacuation zone include Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat running for president, who was not home at the time; Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger; and rapper and producer Dr. Dre.

David Boyle, 78, awoke at 3 a.m. to his doorbell ringing and police officers pounding on the front door. They warned him the wildfire was advancing toward his house near the Getty complex.

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“They said, ‘You need to evacuate.’ I’m like, ‘When?’ They said, ‘Now,’” Doyle said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Kimmel Mocks Trump’s Baghdadi Ramblings By Showing How Obama Handled Bin Laden

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The host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” noted how Obama spent less than 10 minutes giving a televised address in 2011 to disclose the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces. Trump, however, on Sunday spent 48 minutes talking about the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the self-described Islamic State, during a U.S. military operation in Syria.

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Andrew McCarthy: There’s no basis for Barr to recuse himself over Ukraine

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Here’s a question: If Sen. Dianne Feinstein didn’t recuse herself from the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, why should anyone ever be recused from anything?

Feinstein is in the news, making the characteristically hyperpartisan and frivolous claim (on Twitter) that Attorney General William Barr should recuse himself from matters related to Ukraine because of concerns about his role in President Trump’s efforts to damage a political opponent and undermine the Russia investigation.

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Feinstein says she is speaking for Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, all of whom have signed a letter to the AG.

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There is no basis for Barr to recuse himself.

First, before we ever get to the law, the Democrats’ claim is factually vacant. The AG has no role in President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Barr did not ask the president to intercede with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky for the purpose of seeking assistance with the ongoing Durham probe of the Russia investigation. Despite the president’s reference to Barr in the July 25 Zelensky phone call, Barr did not communicate with Trump about Ukraine before the call. Barr did not follow up with the Ukrainians, nor did he discuss Ukraine with the president or the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

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Biden denied communion at South Carolina church over abortion stance, report says

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Democratic front-runner Joe Biden was reportedly denied communion by a priest at a South Carolina Catholic church over the weekend.

Biden, a lifelong Catholic, stopped by Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence on Sunday, but was denied Holy Communion by Father Robert E. Morey, local newspaper the South Carolina Morning News reported.

“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Father Morey told the newspaper in a statement.

“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”

“I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers,” Morey said in the statement.

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The Biden campaign did not return a request for comment on Monday night.

Biden’s stance on abortion has for decades been aligned with the more conservative wing of the Democratic party — but earlier this year he announced his opposition of the Hyde Amendment, a ban on federal funding for abortions.

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Trump draws muted praise, sharp criticism in al-Baghdadi death

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The initial burst of positive coverage of President Trump for the killing of the leader of ISIS has quickly dissolved into grudging praise mixed with mocking potshots.

And for some news outlets, a strong desire to quickly move on—or move back—to impeachment.

To be sure, some journalists have raised fair questions about the raid that led to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Even in the face of a military success, reporters don’t have to check their skepticism at the door.

Some of the criticism focused on Trump’s freewheeling, 40-minute news conference. As I said on the air Sunday, any other president would have made his solemn speech and walked off. Instead, Trump reveled in taking questions from reporters.

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The Washington Post said that unlike Barack Obama’s “measured tones” in announcing the death of Osama bin Laden, when he spoke about American values, Trump created a “spectacle” that displayed “overt showmanship, blunt language and airing of personal gripes.”

CNN ran a piece titled “The 41 most shocking lines from Donald Trump’s Baghdadi announcement.”

It was bracing to hear Trump say al-Baghdadi was a “coward” who “died like a dog,” “whimpering” and “crying.” But that kind of humiliating talk may well have been a way of sending other terrorists a message.

The president didn’t need to take a victory lap at the presser, but that’s his rough-and-tumble style. Much of the media still want Trump to be “dignified,” but that’s not how he got elected and that’s not what his supporters want. It shouldn’t detract from this military success—and if he raid had failed and Americans had been killed, the press wouldn’t have hesitated to pin the blame on Trump.

A New York Times news story said the raid “occurred largely in spite of, and not because of, Mr. Trump’s actions.”

That feels like a loaded line. But it involved the legitimate question of whether Trump’s pullout of troops from northern Syria “disrupted the meticulous planning underway and forced Pentagon officials to speed up the plan for the risky night raid” against al-Baghdadi.

And it’s equally fair to question whether the troop withdrawal will make it harder to mount future counterterrorism operations, as well as whether ISIS will still be a threat after the death of its leader.

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For many people, the awful Washington Post headline on an obit of al-Baghdadi captured a media mindset that is hard to fathom.

The original headline was fine, describing him as ISIS’ “terrorist-in-chief.” But some editor thought it would be a good idea to change it, so this wasn’t a rushed mistake on deadline.

The new headline: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”

Austere religious scholar.

The headline was offensive and amounted to whitewashing the reality that this was a brutal mass murderer who specialized in public beheadings and setting people on fire in cages. To use those words was unthinkable.

Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti Kelly tweeted that “the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly.” That was after a fierce online backlash. Coratti also told CNN that “Post correspondents have spent years in Iraq and Syria documenting ISIS savagery, often at great personal risk,” and the headline didn’t reflect that brutality.

Al-Baghdadi had not been seen in recent years, and ISIS is a diminished force, thanks to the Trump administration and our Kurdish allies. Still, his death is an important milestone in the war on terror. But many media outlets seem anxious to return to the impeachment narrative.

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Kimmel Mocks Trump’s Baghdadi Ramblings By Showing How Obama Handled Bin Laden

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The host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” noted how Obama spent less than 10 minutes giving a televised address in 2011 to disclose the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces. Trump, however, on Sunday spent 48 minutes talking about the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the self-described Islamic State, during a U.S. military operation in Syria.

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Iraqi Security Forces Open Fire On Protesters In Kerbala, Killing At Least 14

HILLA, Iraq, Oct 29 (Reuters) – At least 14 people were killed and 865 wounded overnight after Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters in the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala, medical and security sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

Three protesters died in the southern city of Nassiriya from wounds sustained in earlier protests, medical sources said.

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– via Getty Images Burning tires light up the night skies during anti-government protests in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala on Monday night.

Iraqis took to the streets for a fourth day on Monday in a second wave of protests against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government and a political elite they say are corrupt and out of touch. The total death toll since the unrest started on Oct. 1 is now at least 250 people.

The unrest, driven by discontent over economic hardship and deep-seated corruption, has broken nearly two years of relative stability in Iraq, which from 2003 to 2017 endured a foreign occupation, civil war and an Islamic State insurgency.

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– via Getty Images Soldiers were seen beating high school students with batons in two Baghdad districts.

Security forces fired tear gas at school and university students on Monday who defied a warning from Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and joined thousands in Baghdad protesting against his government.

Soldiers were seen beating high school students with batons in two Baghdad districts. A Defence Ministry statement condemned the incident and said the soldiers did not represent the Iraqi army as a whole. It did not say if they would be punished.

Populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who backs parliament’s largest bloc and helped bring Abdul Mahdi’s fragile coalition government to power, called on Monday for early elections after a curfew was announced in the capital Baghdad. 

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At Least 14 Killed After Iraqi Security Forces Open Fire On Protesters In Kerbala

HILLA, Iraq/BAGHDAD, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces killed at least 14 people in the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala overnight after opening fire on protesters, medical and security sources said, in a return to tactics denounced by the government’s own internal inquiry.

At least 865 people were wounded, the sources said. Three protesters died in the southern city of Nassiriya from wounds sustained in earlier protests.

Kerbala’s health department chief however said 122 people were injured, including 66 members of the security forces.

Kerbala’s police chief denied in a statement that any protesters had been killed and said only one person had died in an unrelated criminal incident, calling footage of security forces shooting at protesters that went viral on social media fabricated and designed to “incite the street” in the city.

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– via Getty Images Burning tires light up the night skies during anti-government protests in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala on Monday night.

Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets this week in a second wave of protests against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government and a political elite they say are corrupt and out of touch. The total death toll since the unrest started on Oct. 1 is now at least 250 people.

The unrest, driven by discontent over economic hardship and deep-seated corruption, has broken nearly two years of relative stability in Iraq, which from 2003 to 2017 endured a foreign occupation, civil war and an Islamic State insurgency.

OPEC member Iraq boasts vast oil wealth, but many Iraqis live in poverty or have limited access to clean water, electricity, basic health care and education. The country is still struggling to recover from years of conflict since 2003.

Many Iraqis blame a political elite they say is subservient to one or another of Baghdad’s two main allies, the United States and Iran. They say these powers use Iraq as a proxy to pursue their struggle for regional influence, without concern for the needs of ordinary people.

Despite promising reforms and ordering a broad reshuffle of the cabinet, Abdul Mahdi, whose position is increasingly precarious in the face of the stiffest challenge since he took office a year ago, has so far struggled to address the demonstrators’ complaints.

A Reuters correspondent saw a convoy of anti-riot police driving towards Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square on Tuesday where protesters, now joined by students, gathered for a fifth day.

A spokesman for Abdul Mahdi said on Sunday that anyone disrupting work or school days would be severely punished.

“They threatened us with our jobs, said they would cut our salaries off if we came, they can keep the salaries! Why all this blood? Why have all these young men lost their lives,” said a teacher in Tahrir Square who declined to give her name.

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– via Getty Images Soldiers were seen beating high school students with batons in two Baghdad districts.

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An Iraqi government committee investigating the first wave of unrest, which took place during the first week of October, found that 149 civilians were killed because security forces used excessive force and live fire to quell protests.

Its report, which said more than 70% of the deaths were caused by shots to the head or chest, held senior commanders responsible but stopped short of blaming the prime minister and other top officials, saying there had been no order to shoot.

Authorities committed serious human rights violations and abuses, the United Nations mission in Iraq said.

Protests stopped for two weeks before resuming on Oct. 25.

Security forces fired tear gas on Monday at school and university students who defied a warning from Abdul Mahdi and joined thousands in Baghdad protesting against his government.

Soldiers were seen beating high school students with batons in two Baghdad districts. A Defence Ministry statement condemned the incident and said the soldiers did not represent the Iraqi army as a whole. It did not say if they would be punished.

Populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who backs parliament’s largest bloc and helped bring Abdul Mahdi’s fragile coalition government to power, called on Monday for early elections after a curfew was announced in Baghdad.

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‘No end in sight’: California preps for another round of Santa Ana winds as Kincade, Getty fires continue assault

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California’s streak of extremely critical fire conditions will persist Tuesday, forcing thousands of residents to monitor blazes for flare-ups driven by gusty winds. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned Santa Ana winds that began Monday night could rapidly spread wildfires through a region that was already facing ongoing evacuation orders from the Getty Fire, which was just 5% contained. 

Gusts could reach as high as 70 mph from late Tuesday into early Thursday, said Evan Bentley, fire weather forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center, and reignite embers from fires that appeared to be extinguished. This round of Santa Ana winds is expected to be among the strongest this fall, he said. 

Rain won’t be bringing relief any time soon, either.

“There’s no end in sight for the dry conditions in California at this point,” Bentley said.

In Northern California, forecasters expect winds to reach 50 mph from Tuesday morning into Wednesday evening. The threat isn’t as severe as last weekend’s wind event, when gusts howled near 100 mph, but it could still fan the Kincade Fire, which has consumed 74,000 acres. 

Firefighters battling the blaze in Sonoma County, best known for its wine production, had reached 15% containment Monday night. Crews were cautiously optimistic, said CalFire Division Chief Jonathan Cox in an evening news conference.  

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“As the containment goes up, the more confidence grows. But I would say we are not out of the woods yet,” Cox said. 

Expecting the worse, Pacific Gas & Electric said it will shut off power for about 605,000 customers in 29 counties Tuesday and Wednesday to reduce wildfire risk. The outages will mark the beleaguered utility’s fourth Public Safety Power Shutoff this month, and may overlap with one started last weekend. 

The utility on Monday restored power to about a third of 1 million left in the dark, but said weather conditions may prevent some customers from getting electricity back before the next outage. 

Is this the ‘new normal’?: With raging fires, high winds and blackouts, California is living a disaster movie.

About 20,000 Southern California Edison customers were also without power Monday night, mostly in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The utility warned another 205,000 customers that crews may cut their power as conditions worsen this week.

Affected and at-risk customers included those who were forced to evacuate recent fires, including the Tick Fire near Santa Clarita in northern Los Angeles County. That blaze has charred 4,615 acres but is 82% contained.

Other Los Angeles County fires that have yet to be fully contained include the Saddleridge Fire, which is at 97% containment and 8,800 acres after starting about three weeks ago. 

The Getty Fire, which ignited early Monday, has consumed 618 acres and threatens 10,000 residences. 

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Strengthening winds increase size of menacing Kincade Fire

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Strengthening and shifting winds on Tuesday are expected to reenergize the Kincade Fire, placing red flag weather warnings into effect for most of the San Francisco Bay Area as northern California’s sweeping wine country battles what’s now the state’s largest fire this year.

The fire, which began late Wednesday near Geyserville, Calif., has surged through Sonoma County, forcing about 185,000 people to evacuate their homes, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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As of Monday, about 115 square miles had been scorched and 123 structures, including 57 houses and the historic Soda Rock Winery whose stone facade dates to 1869, had been destroyed, the Sacramento Bee reported. New evacuation orders were put in place for a portion of Lake County as the fire was expected to move eastward.

“We are fully capable and ready to respond to all of the state’s fire emergencies plus going through this part of the season,” Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter said, according to The Bee. “I want you to feel very confident that the fire service system and emergency response system is ready for California’s emergencies going into the rest of this fire season.”

Firefighters braced for high winds to return by Tuesday, with gusts expected to reach 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Officials said the fire was about 15 percent contained as of Monday evening, an improvement from just 5 percent containment earlier in the day. Winds in the region briefly died down Monday, allowing firefighters to catch up to the blaze.

“We’re playing both offense and defense right now on two different sides of the fire, and we’re going to have to flip-flop that tomorrow when that wind event comes through,” Cal Fire Division Chief Jonathan Cox said at a Monday night news conference.

The windstorm prompted officials to issue “red flag” warnings for “critical” fire weather in most of the Bay area from early Tuesday until Wednesday afternoon as the blaze may spread rapidly and become more difficult to control. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office on Monday permitted residents in two evacuation zones west of the metropolitan hub of Santa Rosa along the Pacific Coast to return home but warned they may need to leave again should conditions worsen, the Post reported.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, on Monday issued a state of emergency as several wildfires blazed across the state, including the Getty Fire near Los Angles.

Pacific Gas & Electric company on Monday made the decision to cut power for about 600,000 northern and central California customers amid high wind conditions, The Bee reported. The power utility company implemented a historically large blackout over the weekend on nearly 1 million customers, prompting criticism from officials who questioned what Newsom was doing to ensure veterans hospitals and other facilities could remain in operation.

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Speaking at a news conference at the Sonoma County fairground Monday evening, Newsom said PG&E had to “get their act together,” as widespread blackouts could not be the new normal in its approach to high wind wildfire conditions. He added a major investigation by the public utilities commission would assess the company’s protocol.

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