17 Dec 2017

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Trump says not considering firing U.S. special counsel Mueller

Trump says not considering firing U.S. special counsel MuellerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, when asked on Sunday if he was considering firing U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, told reporters, "No. I'm not." Democratic lawmakers in recent days have expressed concern that Trump might fire Mueller, who is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether Trump or anyone on his team colluded with Moscow. Russia denies meddling in the election and Trump has denied any collusion. (Reporting by Jan Pytalski; Editing by Paul Simao)

17 Dec 2017 10:44pm GMT

Diminished winds help California battle historic wildfire

Diminished winds help California battle historic wildfireBy Phoenix Tso VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Calming winds on Sunday helped slow the spread of a California wildfire that already ranks as the third largest in state history, having scorched 269,000 acres (109,000 hectares) along the scenic Pacific Coast north of Los Angeles. Officials said more than 8,500 firefighters were battling the so-called Thomas Fire in Southern California, which began on Dec. 4. It has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and threatened 18,000 others, including homes in the wealthy town of Montecito just outside the coastal city of Santa Barbara.

17 Dec 2017 10:35pm GMT

Flights delayed at Atlanta airport after power outage

Flights delayed at Atlanta airport after power outage(Reuters) - Flights were delayed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday after a partial power outage, leaving passengers at the world's busiest airport stranded in dimly lit terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs. The partial shutdown at the start of one of the busiest travel weeks of the year forced the Federal Aviation Administration to hold back flights bound for Atlanta. The cause of the outage, which occurred just after 1 p.m. (1800 GMT), was not immediately known, the airport said in a statement.

17 Dec 2017 9:49pm GMT

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California's Thomas Fire: Resident says it's like a war zone

Jeannette Frescas was not concerned about the Thomas Fire until the massive flames inched toward her neighborhood.

17 Dec 2017 6:47pm GMT

Couple loses two homes in two months to wildfires

Dr. Antonio Wong and his wife remember falling in love with their first home, a 3,000 square-foot beauty in Southern California they've owned for more than a decade.

17 Dec 2017 3:17pm GMT

15 Dec 2017

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Photos: Wildfires spread in Southern California

See images from Southern California as powerful Santa Ana winds fuel a series of fast-moving wildfires.

15 Dec 2017 11:52pm GMT