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California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: North vs South, That Fading Rivalry

Thursday: A debate over NorCal versus SoCal, fire-resistant Getty Center, waiting for rain, Tavis Smiley show suspended and finally, Jewish humor for Christmas.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: The Plan for the L Train Shutdown

Thursday: Your options during the L train shutdown, wintry weather and readers reflect on the terrorist attack.

environmentNews reuters.com

Fierce winds to intensify as firefighters battle California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California firefighting crews may face on Thursday another round of fierce gusts that have fed a volatile wildfire, one of the largest in the state's history, as they protect homes from flames and build control lines.

environmentNews reuters.com

Seizures of medicines using banned animal parts see steep rise

LONDON (Reuters) - The amount of medicinal products containing illegal wildlife parts seized by EU authorities has risen sharply in the last six years, according to monitoring group TRAFFIC, and includes items from a range of animals including tigers, bears and snakes.

Myanmar nytimes.com

Arrests of Reuters Reporters in Myanmar Add to Fears About Press Freedom

The two journalists, accused of trying to obtain official documents illegally, could face up to 14 years in prison.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Siyata Mobile Announces Increase Of CDN$1 Mln To Brokered Private Placement

* SIYATA MOBILE ANNOUNCES INCREASE OF CDN$1 MILLION TO BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT RESULTING IN UP TO CDN$4 MILLION IN UNSECURED CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES

Agriculture and Farming nytimes.com

More Victims of the California Wildfires: Avocados and Lemons

The largest of the fires has damaged a portion of the harvest in the country’s most productive region for both crops.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California's scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds.

healthNews reuters.com

Fears of Israeli job cuts at Teva sparks call for general strike

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Reports that Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is planning a restructuring involving mass layoffs in Israel sparked calls on Wednesday for a half-day general strike to be held in protest.

healthNews reuters.com

Obamacare sign-ups rise but overall enrollment set to fall

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment, the government said on Wednesday, but it did not appear to be enough to grow the program.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

Grad students plead for mercy from U.S. tax overhaul

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Graduate student Mollie Marr is worried that the U.S. tax overhaul working its way through Congress will force her and many other fellow students to give up on their educations.

healthNews reuters.com

Obamacare sign-ups rise to 1 million as pace picks up before deadline

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance next year surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment on the federally-run HealthCare.gov website, picking up the pace ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.

environmentNews reuters.com

Renewed winds, dry conditions hamper fight to tame California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters trying to tame a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California were facing bone-dry conditions and the return of powerful wind gusts on Wednesday.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: A Mayor for a City in Transition

Wednesday: The death of San Francisco’s mayor, California’s failing dams, wildfires, the Go-Go’s and the state Hall of Fame

businessNews reuters.com

Wall Street rises at open as technology stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Wednesday on gains in technology stocks while investors awaited the Federal Reserve's decision on an interest rate hike due later in the day.

companyNews reuters.com

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St rises at open as technology stocks gain

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Wednesday on gains in technology stocks while investors awaited the Federal Reserve's decision on an interest rate hike due later in the day.

businessNews reuters.com

U.S. consumer prices increase, but core CPI moderates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices accelerated in November amid a rebound in gasoline prices, but declining healthcare and apparel costs curbed underlying inflation pressures.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Olympic Steel Increases And Extends Asset Based Credit Agreement To Support Future Growth

* OLYMPIC STEEL INCREASES AND EXTENDS ASSET BASED CREDIT AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT FUTURE GROWTH

companyNews reuters.com

CANADA STOCKS-Futures rise with oil prices

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Wednesday as oil prices rose after industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles.

environmentNews reuters.com

Winds, dry conditions to hamper efforts to tame California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Powerful gusts of wind and bone dry conditions will remain overriding concerns for Californian firefighters on Wednesday as they seek to tame a huge blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes.

environmentNews reuters.com

After fires, Southern California faces risk of mudslides

CARPINTERIA, Calif./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California are slowly gaining control of one of the largest wildfires in state history, but residents may not enjoy much relief as experts said the flames are laying the groundwork for the next disaster - mudslides.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-W W Grainger Says Size Of Board Increased To 11 Directors On Dec 12 - SEC Filing

* W W GRAINGER INC SAYS WITH DEC 12 APPOINTMENT OF LUCAS WATSON TO BOARD, SIZE OF BOARD WAS INCREASED TO 11 DIRECTORS - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2z7kAY5) Further company coverage:

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VW bank expects profit rise in 2017 despite diesel scandal

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The financial arm of German carmaker Volkswagen said on Wednesday that it expects a rise in operating profit in 2017, despite a diesel scandal that has rocked the industry.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Can the City Prevent Terror Attacks?

Wednesday: Foiling lone-wolf attacks, free admission at the National Museum of Mathematics, and are New Yorkers too jaded?

United States Economy nytimes.com

The Fed and Interest Rates: What to Watch For Today

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point, and to issue a new economic forecast.

cnn.com

USA Today bashes Trump as 'not fit to clean the toilets' in Obama's presidential library

USA Today isn't known for its blistering op-eds. Which makes the one the paper's editorial board just published on President Donald Trump all the more savage.

Theater nytimes.com

Review: In ‘The Children,’ the Waters Rise and a Reckoning Comes Due

In Lucy Kirkwood’s chilling play, the meltdown of a nuclear power plant is not just an environmental crisis, but an existential one.

cnn.com

Mom and son scramble 5 times to stay out of California wildfire's path

Emily Vedder's heartbreaking and heartwarming story of evacuation from the Thomas Fire has shadowed the path of the devilish inferno.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-94Th Common Stock Monthly Dividend Increase Declared By Realty Income

* 94TH COMMON STOCK MONTHLY DIVIDEND INCREASE DECLARED BY REALTY INCOME

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Capital Southwest Says Net Proceeds Of Increased Public Offering Will Be About $48.5 Mln

* CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION PRICES AN INCREASED PUBLIC OFFERING OF $50,000,000 - 5.95% NOTES DUE 2022

California nytimes.com

Quakes and Fires? It’s the Cost of Living That Californians Can’t Stomach

For many Californians, natural disasters are a moment to take stock and rethink the dream. But in the end, it almost always comes down to cost.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-‍Acasta Enterprises Announces Deal To Lease Four Airbus C295 Aircrafts To Humanitarian Assistance Organization​

* ‍ACASTA ENTERPRISES' AVIATION COMPANY ANNOUNCES DEAL TO LEASE FOUR AIRBUS C295 AIRCRAFTS TO HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION​

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - A massive 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.

Courts and the Judiciary nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Law Schools Should Protect Students From Judges Like Alex Kozinski

Professors should refuse to send students to a problematic judge and publicly explain why.

businessNews reuters.com

S&P, Dow rise with help from banks, Nasdaq lags

(Reuters) - Wall Street stocks were higher on Tuesday afternoon with the biggest boost from the financial sectors as investors bet on strong economic growth a day ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's widely-expected hike in interest rates.

companyNews reuters.com

US STOCKS-S&P, Dow rise with help from banks, Nasdaq lags

* Indexes: Dow up 0.64 pct, S&P up 0.34 pct, Nasdaq down 0.02 pct (Updates to late afternoon, adds commentary, changes byline)

cnn.com

Don't expect a big pay increase in 2018

A report from consulting firm Korn Ferry predicts that workers around the world will get a real pay increase of just 1.5% on average in 2018.

environmentNews reuters.com

California and Washington state join carbon pledge in defiance of Trump

PARIS (Reuters) - California and Washington state joined five nations on the Pacific coast of the Americas on Tuesday to agree to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central economic policy to slow climate change.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters wrestle to control California wildfire as winds persist

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters on Tuesday fought to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist throughout the week.

companyNews reuters.com

CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises to record high as financials and energy gain

TORONTO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to a record high on Tuesday, led by the heavyweight financials group as bond yields rose, while the energy group also gained ground.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Capricor & California Institute For Regenerative Medicine​ Entered Into Amendment 3 To CIRM Notice Loan Award

* CAPRICOR SAYS ‍ON DEC 11, CO, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE​ ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT NO. 3 TO CIRM NOTICE OF LOAN AWARD - SEC FILING

companyNews reuters.com

MIDEAST STOCKS-Oil prices help Gulf rise, Saudi petchems strong

DUBAI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Middle East stock markets mostly rose on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline pushed Brent oil above $65 a barrel for the first time since mid-2015.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters look to gain on California wildfire as winds persist

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters on Tuesday hoped to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist.

topNews reuters.com

U.S. producer prices rise strongly, point to firming inflation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. producer prices rose in November as gasoline prices surged and the cost of other goods increased, leading to the largest annual gain in nearly six years.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: A Tax Challenge for Sacramento

Tuesday: Proposition 13, Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco dies, Mulholland Drive and a box of chocolates.

companyNews reuters.com

FX trading volumes rise in November - TR

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Currency trading on Thomson Reuters platforms recovered slightly in November but remained well below a 2017 peak seen in September, the company said on Tuesday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Hydropothecary To Increase Production Capacity To 108,000 Kilograms Per Year Of Dried Cannabis

* HYDROPOTHECARY ANNOUNCES EXPANSION PLANS TO INCREASE PRODUCTION CAPACITY TO 108,000 KILOGRAMS PER YEAR OF DRIED CANNABIS

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: What We Know About the Subway Bombing

Tuesday: A look at Monday’s terrorist attack near Times Square, the origins of whiskey, and the first night of Hanukkah.

worldNews reuters.com

Death toll from fighting in South Sudan's Great Lakes rises to 170

JUBA (Reuters) - The death toll from inter-clan fighting in South Sudan's Great Lakes region last week - a new source of violence in a country devastated by a four-year civil war - has reached at least 170, officials said on Tuesday.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters look to gain on California wildfire as winds remain relentless

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters hope gain further control on Tuesday of a wildfire, the fifth-largest in California's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather conditions are expected to persist.

cnn.com

California wildfires: 'It's still not great, but it's a better bad'

Thousands of firefighters are making headway against the vast Thomas Fire burning in Southern California, expressing hope that conditions are becoming more favorable.

worldNews reuters.com

Death toll from fighting in South Sudan's Great Lakes region rises to 170: official

JUBA (Reuters) - The death toll from intercommunal fighting between two clans in South Sudan's Great Lakes region last week has reached at least 170, an official said, up from 45, reflecting a new source of violence in a country devastated by a four-year civil war.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Volkswagen says VW brand deliveries rise 11.8 percent in Nov

* SAYS VW BRAND DELIVERIES RISE 11.8 PERCENT TO 594,300 VEHICLES IN NOV

companyNews reuters.com

Japanese stocks slip before Fed; but miners, shippers rise

TOKYO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei slipped on Tuesday, reversing earlier gains as investors turned cautious ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters hold back massive Southern California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters, taking advantage of a lull in the winds, on Monday held in check a massive Southern California wildfire that has torched hundreds of buildings and charred an area larger than New York City.

Wildfires nytimes.com

In California, Mixed Results for Regulations Meant to Help Stop Fires

While the rules can certainly help in slow-moving fires, they have proved no match to the high-wind fires that made this season so destructive.

companyNews reuters.com

EMERGING MARKETS-Chile stocks see highest rise in two years on copper prices

By Felipe Iturrieta and Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chilean stocks rose more than 2 percent on Monday, their highest daily rise in almost two years, driven by foreign buyers in large stocks and higher prices for copper, the country's main export. The IPSA index rose 2.69 percent to 5,018.67 points, its best performance since January 2016. The copper reference price on the London Metals Exchange rose 1.5 percent, its largest daily rise in almost two months. Shar

cnn.com

Having older brothers increases men's likelihood of being gay, study says

If you're a guy with an older brother, there's an increased chance you're gay.

domesticNews reuters.com

U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said on Monday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Ventas Increases Fourth Quarter 2017 Dividend

* VENTAS INC - BOARD RAISED COMPANY'S Q4 2017 DIVIDEND BY 2 PERCENT TO $0.79 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

businessNews reuters.com

Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow

By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Jemima Kelly and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss

businessNews reuters.com

Wall Street rises with help from technology, energy sectors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street indexes were higher on Monday with boosts from technology and energy sectors as oil prices rose while investors prepared for an expected U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike later in the week.

companyNews reuters.com

CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St rises with help from technology, energy sectors

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Lilly Announces 8 Percent Dividend Increase

* ELI LILLY AND CO - DIVIDEND FOR Q1 WILL BE $0.5625 PER SHARE ON OUTSTANDING COMMON STOCK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

environmentNews reuters.com

California wildfire rages, threatens communities

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred an area larger than New York City on Monday struggled to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

Obesity nytimes.com

A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity

Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses.

Movies nytimes.com

The Carpetbagger: Jessica Chastain Feared Speaking Out Would Hurt Her Career

The Golden Globe nomination on Monday was especially gratifying for the “Molly’s Game” actress, who has been an outspoken critic of sexual harassment.

companyNews reuters.com

GLOBAL-MARKETS-Wall Street stocks tick higher; stocks rise worldwide

* Wall Street up after brief uncertainty on New York explosion

cnn.com

Secret message apps on the rise at work

companyNews reuters.com

Female directors snubbed, Plummer surprises at Golden Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Women were shut out of the directors race at the 2018 Golden Globe nominations on Monday, while Ridley Scott's scramble to reshoot "All the Money in the World" led to a surprise nod for actor Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey.

Golden Globes (Awards) nytimes.com

The TV Surprises and Snubs of the 2018 Golden Globes

The Golden Globe nominations came out this morning and on the TV side, there were some snazzy out-there choices, along with some snubs.

environmentNews reuters.com

Strained firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred 230,500 acres braced on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

cnn.com

'Love overcoming fear': What nominees are saying

Some lucky people woke up Monday morning to news that they had been nominated for a Golden Globe award.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: A Weekend of Fires

Monday: Fires approach Santa Barbara, delivery robots and the enduring legacy of Willie Brown.

Refugees and Displaced Persons nytimes.com

Fearing the Worst, China Plans Refugee Camps on North Korean Border

A Chinese county has a blueprint in place if a crisis in North Korea results in thousands of refugees crossing the border.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Bristow Group Says Overall Liquidity Increases To About $496 Mln

* BRISTOW GROUP INC SAYS AS OF DECEMBER 8, 2017, OVERALL LIQUIDITY OF COMPANY INCREASED TO APPROXIMATELY $496 MILLION - SEC FILING

environmentNews reuters.com

Weary firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: A Culinary School for Refugees

Monday: Meeting the woman behind a local philanthropy, unconventional wreaths, and holiday gifting.

cnn.com

California wildfires now larger than New York City and Boston combined

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

companyNews reuters.com

Nikkei rises to close at 25-year high, construction companies fall

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks hit a fresh 25-year high on Monday in choppy trade as gains in financial shares and large cap stocks offset falls in real estate and construction companies, with Obayashi Corp diving more than 7 percent.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 3-Oil dips on increased US drilling activity, uncertainty over OPEC cuts

* UAE says OPEC to next June announce strategy to exit cuts (Adds UAE comment, updates prices)

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 2-Oil prices drop on increased U.S. drilling activity

* Oil cut deal to be reviewed before June '18 -Kuwait (Adds Kuwait comments, updates prices)

United States Economy nytimes.com

A Fed Rate Increase Is Expected. But What Comes Next?

The Federal Reserve has signaled its move this week. Investors, though, want to know whether the central bank will continue with its patient approach to rates.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Rise of the Roypublicans

The Republican Party won’t be able to shake Roy Moore’s values if he wins.

cnn.com

Global arms sales rise for the first time in 5 years

Global arms sales increased for the first time in five years in 2016 as rising geopolitical tensions fueled defense spending.

companyNews reuters.com

Oil prices drop on increased U.S. rig drilling

SINGAPORE, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Monday, pulled down as the latest rise in the U.S. rig count pointed to a further increase in American production, potentially undermining efforts led by OPEC to tighten markets.

environmentNews reuters.com

California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging wildfire pushed toward a string of California coastal cities on Sunday, prompting new evacuations as crews fought to save homes in the face of gusty winds that have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week.

environmentNews reuters.com

New evacuations ordered as winds reinvigorate California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California's largest wildfire pushed toward prosperous coastal cities on Sunday, prompting a new wave of evacuations as firefighters struggled to curb its destructive power with the gusty winds that have fueled fires for nearly a week.

environmentNews reuters.com

New evacuations ordered as California wildfires rage on

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-Congolese lower house adopts new mining code that increases taxes

DAKAR, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The Congolese lower house of parliament has adopted a new mining code that will increase taxes and royalties, two members of parliament and an aide to the speaker said.

companyNews reuters.com

MIDEAST STOCKS-Major markets rise, led by Saudi and Egypt

* Saudi continues bounce from chart support, volume very high

environmentNews reuters.com

Crews battling California wildfires gird for return of high winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Santa Ana winds that have stoked wildfires across Southern California, destroying hundreds of buildings and forcing evacuations of some 200,000 people are forecast to return in force on Sunday, authorities said.

cnn.com

California fires: Governor offers grim outlook

Gov. Jerry Brown has a sobering message for Southern Californians after a week of raging wildfires: This is your new normal.

environmentNews reuters.com

California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge nytimes.com

On Washington: How Arctic Drilling, Stymied for Decades, Made Surprise Return in Tax Bill

Advocates of oil exploration in an Alaska wildlife refuge are taking advantage of the special rules of the tax debate to charge toward victory.

environmentNews reuters.com

Strong winds pose fresh threat in California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state's devastating wildfires on Saturday, as firefighters rushed to contain the blazes before dry desert winds were expected to intensify.

domesticNews reuters.com

California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

(Reuters) - Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well.

companyNews reuters.com

RPT-California wildfires send film, TV productions scrambling

LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Wildfires raging across Southern California are taking a toll on the region's iconic film industry, forcing producers of commercials, television shows and even student films to pause or seek alternate shooting locations.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to strengthen

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again.

cnn.com

First wildfire-related death confirmed in California

A woman, whose body was found at a crash site along an evacuation route, was the first-related death confirmed in a series of wildfires that ravaged Southern California this week.

Wildfires nytimes.com

In Scorched California, a Year of ‘Epic Firefighting’ Is Testing Limits

Major fires raging across the state this year from wine country to just shy of the Mexican border have stretched California firefighters.

environmentNews reuters.com

Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes.

California nytimes.com

Dozens of Horses Killed as Fires Tear Through California

The horses died in two fires this week — and at least three people were injured — even as trainers and rescuers tried to save as many as they could.

companyNews reuters.com

Drug industry group sues to stop California drug price law

Dec 8 (Reuters) - The trade group representing U.S. drugmakers on Friday said it has a filed a lawsuit to stop California from implementing a law aimed at reining in prescription drug prices.

cnn.com

N. Korea threats raise Olympic security fears

US and South Korean security agencies are becoming increasingly concern that North Korea may attempt an attack during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

companyNews reuters.com

California wildfires send film, TV productions scrambling

LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Wildfires raging across Southern California are taking a toll on the region's iconic film industry, forcing producers of commercials, television shows and even student films to pause or seek alternate shooting locations.

California nytimes.com

‘We Watched Our House Burn.’ Losing It All in California’s Fires.

In Ventura County, Jack Selby watched his childhood home burn to the ground, and Nancy Cole lost all her possessions, including family heirlooms from Holocaust survivors.

environmentNews reuters.com

No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Exhausted fire crews made little headway on Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in South California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community.

cnn.com

Rep. Franks resigns effective today

Arizona GOP Rep. Trent Franks, who said Thursday he would resign in January after the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate allegations against him of sexual harassment, announced he will instead resign effective Friday.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-Retailers' Dec. imports to rise on last-minute restocking -NRF

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Imports by retailers are estimated to rise 1.5 percent in December, indicating that companies are expecting strong sales through the holiday season, according to industry group National Retail Federation (NRF).

companyNews reuters.com

Speculators increase net-short dollar bets to $4.28 billion -CFTC and Reuters

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Speculators increased their bearish, net-short bets on the U.S. dollar to $4.28 billion in latest week of trading, marking the 21st straight week of net-negative speculator dollar positioning, data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission calculated by Reuters showed.

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions nytimes.com

Your Money: Under New Tax Plan, the Cost of Aging Could Rise

If the tax bill removes medical expense deductions, many people could lose over $10,000 annually.

cnn.com

31 Republicans side with grad students on tuition tax

Even some Republicans who voted for the House tax bill are concerned about the provision to tax graduate student tuition waivers.

businessNews reuters.com

Trump says fines against Wells Fargo could be increased

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump took aim at the third-largest U.S. bank on Friday, writing on Twitter that government fines and penalties against Wells Fargo & Co could be hiked amid an ongoing sales scandal.

companyNews reuters.com

Retailers' December imports to rise on last-minute restocking-NRF

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Imports by retailers are forecast to rise 1.5 percent in December year-over-year, indicating that companies are expecting strong sales through the holiday season, according to industry group National Retail Federation (NRF).

cnn.com

Obama invokes Nazi Germany in warning about today's politics

Former President Barack Obama urged voters this week to stay engaged in democracy, warning that complacency was responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Cohbar Increases its Board Size To Six On John Amatruda's Appointment

* COHBAR INC - ON DEC, 6 BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CO INCREASED NUMBER OF ITS DIRECTORS TO SIX AND APPOINTED JOHN AMATRUDA, AS A MEMBER OF BOARD-SEC FILING Source : ( http://bit.ly/2jaYtdY ) Further company coverage:

environmentNews reuters.com

High winds to hamper California firefighters into weekend

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds expected to drive the conflagrations into the weekend.

businessNews reuters.com

Wall Street rises as jobs data shows strength in economy

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were pushed higher on Friday by a stronger-than-expected jobs data for November, which indicated improving economic fundamentals at the world's largest economy in the run up to a near certain interest rate hike next week.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Graco Announces 3-For-1 Stock Split And Increases Quarterly Dividend By 10.4 Percent

* GRACO ANNOUNCES 3-FOR-1 STOCK SPLIT AND INCREASES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND BY 10.4 PERCENT

environmentNews reuters.com

Norway cuts payments to Brazil after Amazon forest losses rise

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway has slashed its annual payments to Brazil to protect the Amazon rainforest by 60 percent to $42 million after a rise in forest destruction in 2016, but welcomed signs that losses have slowed this year, Norway's Environment Ministry said on Friday.

domesticNews reuters.com

Trump declares emergency in California over wildfires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency in California due to raging wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of structures and forced thousands from their homes.

environmentNews reuters.com

High winds to hamper California firefighters through weekend

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds driving the conflagrations expected to continue into the weekend.

Wildfires nytimes.com

California Fires Live Briefing: A ‘Very Dangerous’ Time for an Already Charred State

Fires continued to ravage much of Southern California on Friday, where fast-moving flames had scorched more than 142,000 acres across four counties.

companyNews reuters.com

CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with energy stocks; Kinder Morgan Canada jumps

TORONTO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, boosted by broad gains for energy stocks as oil prices moved higher, and as pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd jumped following a favorable regulator ruling.

companyNews reuters.com

GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks rise as Brexit deal adds to Asian cheer

* European stocks surge 0.8 pct, following Asian stocks higher

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: Guiding L.A. Through a Crisis

Monday: Mayor Eric M. Garcetti responds to the wildfires, 747 Supertankers, Bay Area Firefighters and Xavier Becerra.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday across densely populated Southern California that have destroyed at least 500 structures and chased tens of thousands of people from their homes over the past five days.

healthNews reuters.com

Venezuela's chronic shortages give rise to 'medical flea markets'

SAN CRISTOBAL/MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's critical medicine shortage has spurred "medical flea markets," where peddlers offer everything from antibiotics to contraceptives laid out among the traditional fruits and vegetables.

sportsNews reuters.com

Figureskating: Canada's Osmond takes surprise lead in Grand Prix Final

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond took a surprise lead in the women's short program at the Grand Prix Final on Friday, edging ahead of Russian teenager Alina Zagitova by less than a point.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Deciphering Holiday Dress Codes

Friday: Fashion experts’ tips on seasonal party attire, your weekend lineup and lessons on lightsabers.

cnn.com

California wildfires have scorched more than 140,000 acres and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate

Wildfires roared across Southern California for a fifth day Friday, with new blazes prompting additional evacuations as neighborhoods went up in flames in San Diego County.

environmentNews reuters.com

Firefighters battle intense wildfires ravaging southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday that have swept across densely populated Southern California, destroying at least 500 structures and chasing 190,000 people from their homes over the past five days.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Touchstone To Complete A $5 Million Private Placement And Increase 2018 Drilling Program To 10 Wells

* TOUCHSTONE TO COMPLETE A $5 MILLION PRIVATE PLACEMENT AND INCREASE 2018 DRILLING PROGRAM TO 10 WELLS

companyNews reuters.com

Nikkei rises helped by gains in real estate, chip-related cos; Nikkei flat on week

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday on gains for most sectors after Wall Street climbed overnight, while Japan Display jumped on hopes that Apple may use liquid crystal technology on one of its new smartphones.

cnn.com

Pundit: Quote doesn't even surprise me

CNN's Don Lemon and his panel discuss comments reportedly made by Republican Alabama Senate candidate at a rally in September. According to the Los Angeles Times, Moore responded to a question saying that the last time America was great was "at the time when families were united -- even though we had slavery -- they cared for one another."

nytimes.com

Europe Edition: Jerusalem, California, Johnny Hallyday: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Largo Resources Announces Increase to Private Placement Offering for Maximum Proceeds of $35 Mln

* LARGO RESOURCES ANNOUNCES INCREASE TO PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING FOR MAXIMUM PROCEEDS OF $35 MILLION

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

On Washington: Al Franken’s Improbable Political Rise and Sudden Fall

Mr. Franken came to the Senate as an instant star, but he was brought down by accusations of inappropriate behavior and a Democratic need to clean house.

cnn.com

Out-of-control wildfires devastate California

Four major wildfires are torching the Los Angeles area

companyNews reuters.com

Nikkei rises, real estate and chip-related firms lead; JDI soars

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday morning on gains for most sectors after Wall Street climbed overnight, while Japan Display jumped on hopes that Apple may use liquid crystal technology on one of its new smartphones.

cnn.com

California wildfire racing toward tourist area

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County had burned 96,000 acres as of Thursday, making it roughly the size of Denver and nearly three times bigger than the most destructive of the Napa-Sonoma fires. CNN's Sara Sidner has the updates.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

California’s Fires, by the Numbers

Just one of the fires raging in Southern California has already burned an area larger than Detroit, fueled by winds nearing hurricane strength. Here’s a look at the numbers behind the state’s worst fire season ever.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Verizon - Customers In Southern California Areas Hardest Hit By Wildfires Will Be Offered Free Unlimited Talk, Text And Data from Dec 7-Dec 10

* VERIZON -CUSTOMERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREAS HARDEST HIT BY WILDFIRES WILL BE OFFERED FREE UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT AND DATA FROM DEC 7 THROUGH DEC 10​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Disasters and Emergencies nytimes.com

Fleeing the California Wildfires: What to Take and When to Evacuate

When wildfires threaten, be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice, officials say. Here are some suggestions on how to get ready for such an emergency.

domesticNews reuters.com

Two students, gunman dead in New Mexico school shooting

(Reuters) - A gunman fatally shot two students at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, before he himself died, state and local police said.

domesticNews reuters.com

Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rage

FARIA BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - Fanned by gusting winds, wildfires raged in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing 200,000 people to flee their homes with dangerous conditions forecast until Sunday.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Validus Provides Initial Estimate of Losses from Oct California Wildfires

* VALIDUS HOLDINGS, LTD. PROVIDES INITIAL ESTIMATE OF NET LOSSES FROM OCTOBER 2017 CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES AND COMMENTS ON U.S. HOUSE AND SENATE TAX REFORM BILLS

Wildfires nytimes.com

In a Warming California, a Future of More Fire

The recent cycle of drought and deluge in California led to major fire risk. Climate change makes that cycle worse.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

Fire Alert Sent to Millions of Cellphones Was California’s Largest Warning Yet

The cellphone alert, which went to at least eight million people, was California’s largest use ever of a federal warning system activated in 2012.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Anthem Inc - Board Increased Company's Share Repurchase Authorization By $5 Billion

* ANTHEM INC - ON DECEMBER 7, 2017, BOARD INCREASED COMPANY'S SHARE REPURCHASE AUTHORIZATION BY $5 BILLION

environmentNews reuters.com

Wildfires pile woes on California pot industry after tough year

(Reuters) - Wildfires blazing through Southern California are worrying marijuana growers, who fear that smoke could damage their crops, the basis of a newly legalized industry in the state.

cnn.com

Why California's wildfires are spreading so quickly

It's been an especially devastating year for wildfires in California, with four of the deadliest in the last 12 months, according to state records.

Wildfires nytimes.com

‘It Burns and It Keeps Burning’: Scenes From Southern California’s Wildfires

Wildfires have burned more than 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Fighting them were professionals and homeowners with garden hoses.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Wec Energy Group Announces Plan To Increase Dividend

* WEC ENERGY GROUP INC - ‍PLANNING TO RAISE QUARTERLY DIVIDEND ON COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK TO 55.25 CENTS PER SHARE IN Q1 OF 2018​

domesticNews reuters.com

Gunman, two students dead after New Mexico high school shooting

(Reuters) - A suspected shooter opened fire at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, killing two students before being killed, according to police and officials from the nearby Navajo Nation.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Brandywine Realty Trust increases quarterly dividend by 12.5 pct

* BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST INCREASES COMMON QUARTERLY DIVIDEND BY 12.5% AND CONFIRMS FOURTH QUARTER 2017 EARNINGS RELEASE AND CONFERENCE CALL

healthNews reuters.com

Gum infections tied to increased risk of stomach cancer precursor

(Reuters Health) - Gum infections may increase people’s risk for sores in the digestive tract that can lead to stomach cancer, a small study suggests.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Al Franken’s Rise and Fall

Once a star of “Saturday Night Live,” Al Franken took his liberal politics to Washington in 2008 when he narrowly won a Minnesota Senate seat. He said he would resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.

businessNews reuters.com

Technology stocks lead Wall Street's rise

(Reuters) - The three major U.S. indexes rose in late morning trading on Thursday with stocks of technology companies leading the pack, followed by industrials.

sportsNews reuters.com

Golf: Davidse rises from hospital bed to lead at Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Keenan Davidse overcame illness and a spell in hospital to card a 63 and take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the European Tour’s Joburg Open at the Randpark Golf Club on Thursday.

environmentNews reuters.com

Southern California fires force 200,000 people to flee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors on Thursday as raging wildfires wreaked havoc on Southern California, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses.

companyNews reuters.com

METALS-Copper rises on bargain hunting, gains seen as fragile

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Adds technical analyst comment, updates prices)

companyNews reuters.com

CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as energy stocks gain with oil prices

TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday, helped by gains among energy stocks as oil prices picked up and as BlackBerry Ltd moved higher after announcing an automotive partnership with chipmaker Qualcomm.

Wildfires nytimes.com

California Fires Live Updates: ‘Extreme’ Threat as Wind Gains Strength

Los Angeles and other cities in Southern California are bracing for winds so strong “there will be no ability to fight fire,” the state’s firefighting chief warned.

companyNews reuters.com

CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with banks, energy stocks

TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ticked higher in early trade on Thursday, helped by gains among its heavyweight financial and energy sectors.

cnn.com

Hormonal birth control increases breast cancer risk

Birth control can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer by up to 38%, depending on how long she has taken it, a new study finds.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: A Special Fires Edition

Thursday: Fires reach Los Angeles, smoke masks, and tales of evacuation

companyNews reuters.com

METALS-Copper rises on bargain hunting, gains seen fragile

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Adds analyst comments, updates prices, changes dateline from MELBOURNE)

environmentNews reuters.com

Just subtract water - how a dry spell allowed winds to lash California with flames

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds will likely whip up the unseasonably fierce wildfires ravaging Southern California on Thursday, forecasters said. The gales have come at the worst time, at the end of a long dry spell.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Do Dogs Need Winter Coats?

Thursday: How pups fare in cold weather, goings-on around town, and a day to honor pioneer pilots.

environmentNews reuters.com

Winds whip up wildfires, forcing mass evacuations in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are expected to fan several relentless wildfires in southern California on Thursday, where hundreds of houses have burned and tens of thousands have fled their homes around Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city.

cnn.com

Millions feared stolen in bitcoin hack

businessNews reuters.com

Bitcoin rises above $14,000 on Bitstamp to record high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin soared to a record high of $14,047.40 on Thursday, continuing its surge from below $1,000 at the beginning of the year.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

4 Reasons California’s Fires Are So Bad This Year

California has suffered unusually destructive fires this year. Here’s why.

scienceNews reuters.com

Colossal distant black hole holds surprises about early universe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The oldest and most distant black hole ever observed -- a celestial brute 800 million times more massive than the sun -- is providing scientists some surprises about the nature of the universe when, on a cosmic scale, it was a mere toddler.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 2-Lululemon forecasts upbeat holiday quarter, shares rise 7 pct

* Holiday-quarter sales expectation beats estimates (Adds conference call details, analyst comments; updates share move)

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-Lululemon forecasts upbeat holiday quarter, shares rise

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Canadian yoga and leisure apparel maker Lululemon Athletica Inc on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected profit and gave an upbeat holiday-quarter forecast, sending its shares up 6 percent in after-hours trading.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Treasury Metals Increases Flow-Through Financing to C$4.25 mln

* TREASURY METALS ANNOUNCES INCREASE TO PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FLOW-THROUGH FINANCING TO C$4.25 MILLION

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Prudential Financial Elects To Increase 2047 And 2049 Notes Cap Of Its Private Exchange Offers

* PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING TERMS AND ELECTION TO INCREASE THE 2047 NOTES CAP AND THE 2049 NOTES CAP OF ITS PRIVATE EXCHANGE OFFERS OF CERTAIN OUTSTANDING NOTES FOR NEW NOTES

topNews reuters.com

California fires force evacuation in exclusive L.A. area

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Southern California wildfires raged into an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood on Wednesday, forcing evacuations, threatening multibillion-dollar homes and temporarily shutting a major highway.

Movies nytimes.com

The Carpetbagger: ‘I’d Never Seen My Fears as an African-American Man Onscreen’

Jordan Peele, writer-director of “Get Out,” says his own concerns almost prevented it from being made. Now prize givers love it. Will the academy agree?

businessNews reuters.com

Wall Street flat; rise in tech stocks offsets energy lag

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes were little changed on Wednesday, with technology stocks clinging on to modest gains and helping offset losses in energy shares after oil prices slipped more than 2 percent.

companyNews reuters.com

US STOCKS-Wall St flat; rise in tech stocks offsets energy lag

* Indexes down: Dow 0.06 pct, S&P 0.08 pct, Nasdaq 0.07 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

environmentNews reuters.com

More than 1,000 firefighters battle California inferno

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - More than 1,000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

Study abroad appeals to more U.S. college students, but costs can mount

CHICAGO (Reuters) - While most college seniors are still hoping to land a good job after graduation, Kelsey Berg is set.

topNews reuters.com

Russia's Putin, pulling no surprises, says he'll seek re-election

NIZHNY NOVGOROD/MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin confirmed Russia's worst kept political secret on Wednesday, saying he would run for re-election in March 2018 - a contest he seems sure to win comfortably and extend his grip on power into a third decade.

companyNews reuters.com

YRC closes freight terminals in California due to wildfire

Dec 6 (Reuters) - YRC Worldwide Inc said on Wednesday it closed two freight terminals in California due to a wildfire.

Wildfires nytimes.com

California Fires: Blaze Breaks Out Near Getty Center in Los Angeles

A brush fire erupted on the west side of Los Angeles before dawn on Wednesday, while a much larger fire continued to rage out of control in the Ventura area.

businessNews reuters.com

Tech stocks rise in choppy Wall Street trading

(Reuters) - Wall Street treaded water in choppy morning trading on Wednesday with gains in technology stocks offsetting losses in financial shares.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Johnson Controls Announces Increased Quarterly Dividend

* JOHNSON CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL -APPROVED REGULAR QTRLY CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.26/COMMON SHARE, WHICH IS $0.01 CENT INCREASE OVER PREVIOUS QTRLY DIVIDEND Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: Outlier Fires Are Becoming the Norm

Wednesday: Southern California fires, border arrests plummet, Oakland strike, Christmas tree shortage and finally llamas, yes, llamas.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-RenaissanceRe Announces $90 Million Initial Estimated Net Negative Impact From Oct 2017 California Wildfires

* RENAISSANCERE ANNOUNCES $90 MILLION INITIAL ESTIMATED NET NEGATIVE IMPACT FROM OCTOBER 2017 CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

businessNews reuters.com

California Department of Insurance seeks to suspend Wells Fargo's licenses

(Reuters) - The California Department of Insurance is seeking to suspend or revoke Wells Fargo & Co's licenses for alleged improper insurance sales practices related to the company's online insurance referral program.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: How Trains Helped Create the Holidays

Wednesday: The linked histories of trains and the holiday season, lightings around town, and a Christmas tree of lobster traps.

Campaign Finance nytimes.com

China Scolds Australia Over Its Fears of Foreign Influence

The Chinese Embassy accused Australian officials of damaging “mutual trust,” a day after laws were proposed to curb interference by other countries in Australian politics.

companyNews reuters.com

EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks hit 2-mth lows on Israel fears, tech selling

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Emerging equities tumbled to near two-month lows on Wednesday as geopolitical concerns over North Korea and the Middle East soured risk sentiment and investors continued a rotation out of tech stocks, hitting index heavyweights in Asia.

environmentNews reuters.com

Unrelenting California wildfire threatens thousands of homes

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - An unrelenting wildfire fanned by hot, dry Santa Ana winds threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, California, on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to race for safety.

cnn.com

California fire tore through neighborhoods, razed homes

Burning with extreme speed and ferocity, a flurry of wildfires torched more than 65,000 acres in Southern California, as firefighters struggled to control the simultaneous infernos.

cnn.com

See Beyonce's surprise appearance

Beyonce presented former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick with Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, which celebrates athletes whose career has directly or indirectly impacted the world.