Thomas Fire scorches southern California

Firefighters are struggling to contain the biggest of six blazes burning in southern California, with the Thomas Fire slipping from 15% containment to 10%.

Posted: Dec 11, 2017 9:15 AM

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The wildfires tearing through Southern California are now burning an area bigger than New York City and Boston combined. The biggest of the six blazes -- the 230,000-acre Thomas Fire -- is the fifth-largest blaze in state history. And the weather is not helping out firefighters at all. There's no rain in the forecast for 10 days, winds are still gusty and vegetation is still dry. Gov. Jerry Brown, who toured damage over the weekend, warned Californians wildfires are "the new normal."


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In Beirut, hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police near the US Embassy to protest Trump's decision. And more than 300 people were injured Friday in protests across the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley defended the decision, calling it "the will of the American people." (Here's why recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital is so controversial.)

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