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Break in winds helps California battle historic wildfire

Break in winds helps California battle historic wildfireBy Phoenix Tso VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Calming winds on Sunday helped firefighters slow the spread of a California wildfire that already ranks as the third largest in state history, having scorched 270,000 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.


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/break-winds-helps-california-battle-historic-wildfire-030440632.html

Toronto homicide police take lead in probe of billionaires deaths

Toronto homicide police take lead in probe of billionaires' deathsBy Anna Mehler Paperny TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian homicide detectives on Sunday took the lead in investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, a day after relatives complained about the handling of the case. The development does not mean the deaths are being treated as homicides, Toronto Police Service spokeswoman Michelle Flannery told Reuters. The couple, who were celebrated for their philanthropy and financial success, were found on Friday hanging from a railing by the side of their pool by a real estate agent involved with selling their house in Toronto, Canadian media reported.


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/toronto-homicide-police-lead-probe-billionaires-deaths-010154465.html

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.


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-winds-fuel-states-third-largest-wildfire-100942168.html



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