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Wildfire ravages Paradise, Calif.

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/09/18, 09:27 am

A wildfire swept through a Northern California town Thursday, destroying several thousand buildings, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection official said. The 28-square-mile Camp Fire devastated the town of Paradise, forcing all 27,000 residents to evacuate. Butte County Cal Fire Chief Darren Read said at a news conference that at least two firefighters and multiple residents were injured. But with firefighters unable to control the flames after the first day, officials could not give an exact count of the wounded.

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Associated Press/Photo by Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader

Missouri duck boat captain charged in deadly accident

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/08/18, 01:06 pm

A grand jury indicted the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people in July, charging him with 17 counts of neglect of duty by a ship’s officer resulting in death, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Kenneth Scott McKee was captaining an amphibious vessel called a duck boat on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo., in July when a sudden storm hit, causing the accident. Nine people from an Indiana family were among the victims.

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Education reforms largely fail midterms

Education | School funding became a rallying cry this spring but had mixed results at the ballot box Tuesday
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/07/18, 05:26 pm

Education played a much smaller role than expected in Tuesday’s midterm elections following teacher strikes this year. Activists hoped a pro-education wave would wash over state capitols and, in some cases, governors’ mansions. But the advocacy championed by teachers unions had mixed results.

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