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Southern California wildfire grows in size

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/21/20, 03:47 am

The Bobcat fire, which began Sept. 6 in northeast Los Angeles, scorched more homes and structures in the mountainous area on Sunday. The fire destroyed the nature center at the Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area, while a Benedictine monastery in the desert community of Valyermo escaped major damage. The blaze has already burned through 156 square miles and many surrounding communities remain on evacuation alert. Bobcat is only 15 percent contained and authorities estimate it likely will burn through October due to high winds and low humidity.

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Trump pledges to pick female Supreme Court justice

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/19/20, 10:57 pm

Voters will find out in the coming week whom President Donald Trump wants to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87. At a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., the president declared the choice would be “a very talented, very brilliant woman.” Amy Coney Barrett, a pro-life, Catholic judge from the 7th U.S.

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TikTok ban on hold

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 9/19/20, 10:31 pm

WASHINGTON—TikTok will partner with Oracle and Walmart to form a U.S.-based company that serves the social media app’s roughly 100 million American users. President Donald Trump on Saturday said the deal had his “blessing” and his administration would delay a proposed ban on downloading or providing technical support for the app. TikTok and another China-based app, WeChat, raised concerns the Chinese government could collect user data about Americans from the platforms.

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