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Kavanaugh accuser's call for FBI inquiry before testimony is dismissed

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Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

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‘I can fix a top Algerian football match for $68,000’

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Tax exemptions bill for PM approved in first reading

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Knesset moves to grant PM tax exemptions for work-related expenses incurred in his private residence; bill’s author, MK Miki Zohar, asks the MKs to ‘put aside populism’ and focus on the essence of the law, saying a prime minister in Israel should receive a salary befitting of his post.

California's wine country fire has been brewing for years

California's wine country fire has been brewing for yearsFire has returned to California's wine country as the flames thrive on bounties of parched land.  The County Fire began on Saturday afternoon and since then has devoured over 1,000 acres of land each hour. As of Tuesday morning, the Golden State's largest fire had spread over 70,000 acres in Yolo County and into the edges of Napa County. The return of fire to the region, which cast ominous, orange glows over San Francisco to the south, is especially unwelcome after last October's firestorms in the region, which were the deadliest in the state's history.  SEE ALSO: A landmark climate change ruling could go up in smoke after Justice Kennedy retires But such a fire — ultimately produced by a grim mix of dry land, hot temperatures, and gusty winds — wasn't unexpected.  Fire managers knew there was "significant fire potential" here. Any spark could turn into a nasty conflagration due to the exceptional amount of parched vegetation, or fuel, just waiting to burn. "There's indications we have record fuel loading right now," Brenda Belongie, lead meteorologist of the U.S. Forest Service's Predictive Services in Northern California, said in an interview. "There's lots of dry grasses." The latest Modis image shows smoke form the #CountyFire in the valley. Smoke will continue to affect the valley this evening into tomorrow. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/RRPfY2R2Rf — NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) July 2, 2018 "Grass is a big fire curator," said Belongie. "You add wind to that and you’ve got a good combination."  In the short term, grasses have just shot up this April, when the region received some much-needed rain after a drier winter.  "Timing is everything, said Belongie. "We got rain in April which allowed the grass crop to just explode."  But grasses in past years have also proved to be big fuel contributors. Specifically, an abundance of grasses and other vegetation from the previous winter (2016-2017) were left to burn. This vegetation flourished after that profoundly rainy winter, one of California's wettest on record.  And that winter was followed by another extreme: The state's hottest summer ever recorded. All this vegetation proceeded to dry out, and was then followed by April's growth. "It's last year's leftovers and this year's additions," said Belongie.   A caravan of fire trucks en route to the County Fire on July 2, 2018.Image: JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA-EFE/REX/ShutterstockBut that's not all.  Much of the land burned by the Country Fire, as well as the Pawnee Fire to the north, "has not burned in decades," Gregory Giusti, a former forestry researcher for California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said over email.  In short, decades of built-up vegetation, or fuel, has not been naturally thinned out by normal wildfire events. "I don’t believe any of the acres currently burning have been impacted by the past fires so the fuel loads [grasses and vegetation] are heavy," said Giusti. The result of all this fuel, combined with weather conditions, has proven incendiary. "This is certainly unprecedented fire growth for this time of year," Gabe Lauderdale, a public information officer for Cal Fire, the state's fire protection agency, said in an interview. Lauderdale notes that later in the season, like September, is when the land is even drier and more susceptible to large fires. #CountyFire [update] near County Road 63 and Highway 16, Rumsey Canyon (Yolo and Napa Counties) is now 60,000 acres and 5% contained. Evacuations in effect https://t.co/z2FpwZ89SK pic.twitter.com/3PloUYdyoL — CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) July 3, 2018 A fire like this in early July, however, "is not unknown," said Belongie. Along with dry fuel and the shape of the land ("fire loves to run uphill"), the third factor of windy or hot weather can come at anytime, and stoke surges of fire.  "Weather is like the two-year-old in the group — it's constantly changing," she said.  Fortunately, the land burning so far is largely undeveloped.  "Though that is no comfort for those who do live the in fire's path," said Giusti. California may be increasingly susceptible to loads of dried-out grasses in the future. Climate scientists say to prepare for periods of alternating extremes of grim drought and winter deluges — just like the abrupt transition from the state's worst drought on record (2012-2016) to a winter rife with flooding.  This means loads of vegetation will shoot up, but might soon become parched for years at a time under the famously sunny, and often cloudless, California sky.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


Ex-Malaysian PM Najib charged with corruption

Ex-Malaysian PM Najib charged with corruptionFormer Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was formally charged Wednesday with corruption linked to a multi-billion dollar financial scandal that contributed to his shock election defeat less than two months ago. Allegations of massive corruption were a major factor behind the electoral earthquake in May that toppled Najib’s long-ruling coalition and ushered in a reformist alliance headed by his 92-year-old former mentor Mahathir Mohamad. Wednesday’s court hearing was the latest step in a fast-moving investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Najib, his family and many of his close political and business allies.


The Trump administration is not answering basic questions about separation of migrant families

The Trump administration is not answering basic questions about separation of migrant familiesAlmost two weeks have passed since President Trump signed an executive order to “address” immigrant children being taken from their parents at the U.S. border, but the impact of his action remains unclear. Much of the uncertainty stems from the fact that officials on Tuesday still would not answer basic questions about the issue, including how many separated children are currently in custody. Officials also aren’t saying whether the government has stopped taking immigrant children from their parents after illegal border crossings.


Trump-Russia: more election meddling evidence found, says Senate panel

Trump-Russia: more election meddling evidence found, says Senate panelDonald Trump speaks on 27 June 2018, in Fargo, North Dakota. A Republican-controlled Senate panel has said that further evidence has been found to support a US intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help elect Donald Trump. The Senate intelligence committee said “information obtained subsequent to publication” of a January 2017 report by US intelligence agencies “provides further support” to the conclusion that Vladimir Putin and his government aimed to discredit Hillary Clinton and boost Trump.