California

California's monster Thomas fire becomes largest-ever wildfire in state history

(Worthy News) – Although a cold front and calmer winds have helped aid firefighters, the massive Thomas fire in Southern California now ranks as the state’s largest-ever wildfire, Cal Fire said late Friday. The flames have charred at least 273,400 acres, or more than 427 square miles. That’s slightly above the previous wildfire record of…

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Judge: State Can't Force CA Baker to Make Cakes for Same-Sex Weddings

(Worthy News) – The state of California attempted to shut down a baker after its Christian owner refused to make cakes for same-sex weddings, saying it went against her religious beliefs. California’s Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a surprise motion for a temporary restraining order—giving the owner of Tastries Baker, Cathy Miller…

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Second U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules

(Worthy News) – A second U.S. judge on Thursday blocked President Donald Trump’s administration from enforcing new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide insurance that covers women’s birth control. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. in Oakland, California, said the federal government likely did not follow proper administrative procedures in promulgating…

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The Thomas fire is now the second largest in modern California history

(Worthy News) – After a brief respite from the relentless gusts that have driven the deadly Thomas fire for more than two weeks, powerful winds are expected to return, adding to the challenges facing firefighters working to contain the mammoth blaze. The fire, which began near Santa Paula in the foothills above Thomas Aquinas College…

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Report: Nearly every American household affected by massive data breach

(Worthy News) – Virtually every single American household has been affected by a massive data breach that exposed private information, according to a cybersecurity firm report. Security researchers with the UpGuard Cyber Risk Team said a cloud-based data repository was left online by Alteryx, a California-based data analytics firm. The breach included massive data sets…

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California wildfire 3rd largest in state history, threatening Montecito

(Worthy News) – The Thomas Fire, now the third largest fire in California’s recorded history, is only 40 percent contained in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and is bearing down on mansions in Montecito. Firefighters are bracing for the blaze to strengthen because strong Santa Ana winds are pushing south from the mountains down to…

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Southern California's Thomas Fire forces new evacuations, threatens wealthy enclave

(Worthy News) – One of the biggest wildfires in California’s history sparked new evacuation orders Saturday in Santa Barbara County, as powerful Santa Ana Winds brought damaging gusts across the region early Sunday that threatened to fan the flames. Nearly 8,500 firefighters continue to battle the Thomas Fire in Southern California, which has burned since…

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Firefighter dies battling Calif. blaze, now 4th-largest in state history

(Worthy News) – A Cal Fire engineer died Thursday while battling the Thomas fire in steep terrain in the hills outside Fillmore, officials said. The firefighter’s death is the second confirmed fatality linked to the Thomas fire. Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula, was found dead last week at the site of a car accident…

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US military to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield

(Worthy News) – The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks. The cyber soldiers have been integrated for six months in infantry units, and will tailor operations according to commanders’ needs, said Colonel William…

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Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

(Worthy News) – An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress. The Thomas Fire, which broke out on Dec. 4 near the community of Ojai, has since traveled 27…

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