More wildfires caused by erratic winds erupt across Southern California
The unpredictable blazes that have devastated parts of Southern California will carry over Friday leading to more evacuations and destruction. With a new assessment of damage from the largest fire burning in Ventura County, the toll from the fires since Monday is now at least 500 structures. At least two new wildfires broke out on Thursday, with the blazes affecting Riverside and San Diego counties. Authorities have even reached across multiple state lines for help, with teams from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington expected to assist with relief efforts. Here's a look at what's triggering the massive fires, which authorities say could extend through the weekend.
Wildfires destroy homes in Southern California
Palestinians incensed over Trump's move on Jerusalem
Tension are running high in Israel and the Palestinian territories amid protests over President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The leader of the terrorist group Hamas called for a new "intifada," or uprising, against Israel to begin Friday, which is also the Muslim holy day when Palestinians gather for mass prayers. Also, the United Nations Security Council is expected to meet to discuss Trump's announcement, which upended decades of U.S. policy and countered long-standing assurances to the Palestinians that the fate of Jerusalem would be determined in negotiations.
Trump heads to Florida days before Alabama's special election
President Trump will head to Pensacola, Fla., for a campaign-style rally days before the Alabama Senate election. It remains to be seen if Trump will use the rally to campaign for Roy Moore, the Republican candidate who has recently been accused of sexual misconduct against minors. While Trump has previously not campaigned for Moore, he has called Moore's Democratic rival, Doug Jones, a "Schumer/Pelosi puppet" and a "disaster."Pensacola shares a television media market with Mobile, Ala., and downtown Pensacola is less than 15 miles from the Alabama state line.
Roy Moore accusations shine national spotlight on Alabama Senate race
Economy adds robust 228,000 jobs in November
Employers added 228,000 jobs last month in a sign the labor market remains healthy despite worker shortages and two months of hurricane-related volatility. The numbers were released Friday morning. The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different survey, was unchanged at 4.1%, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg forecast 195,000 employment gains in November. Businesses added 221,000 jobs. Federal, state and local governments added 7,000. Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida suppressed job growth in September because many workers stayed home, leading to an outsize increase in October as most of them returned to job sites. But as many as 50,000 more employees in Texas, Florida and Georgia were not back in time to be counted in the October survey and could have further bolstered payrolls in November, Goldman Sachs economists said.
Netflix's 'The Crown' dazzles all over again in Season 2
The Crown, Netflix's chronicle of the reign of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, returns Friday. The shows second season follows Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and the royal family from roughly 1956 through 1964, as she settles into her reign and Britain begins its transformation to a more modern society, Alas, Winston Churchill (portrayed by the Emmy-winning John Lithgow) is gone, but USA TODAY's Kelly Lawler says The Crown "retains the drama and intrigue, luxe costuming and Foy's withering glares."
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