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‘Kill him with his own gun’: US officer Michael Fanone describes facing the mob at the Capitol


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Australian man describes how he survived bushfire in makeshift shelter as inferno roared around him

Australian man describes how he survived bushfire in makeshift shelter as inferno roared around himAn Australian man who became trapped by a bushfire has described how he survived the inferno as it tore through his property at the weekend. Steve Harrison decided to stay for as long as possible to defend his home in the New South Wales village of Balmoral, which was all but wiped out by the out-of-control fires on Saturday.  "When it came, it came in like three or four minutes, just a big plume of black smoke and then ember fallout," recalled Mr Harrison. In an interview with ABC, the 67-year-old artist described how he frantically tried to turn on the sprinklers on buildings in his property but within minutes he found himself trapped, unable to escape. "My garden was already on fire here. And the driveway was on fire, and the road was on fire. So I realised I couldn't evacuate," Mr Harrison said. Steve Harrison is lucky to be alive. The potter hid in his ‘makeshift kiln’ for 20 mins as the Green Wattle Creek fire engulfed his property. He watched his beloved potting shed burn to the ground but thankfully his house is still standing. @abcsydney@abcnewspic.twitter.com/mG6o73MBLF— Lydia Feng (@LydiaLFeng) December 22, 2019 He said he had to turn to his plan B: Hiding in a small kiln, just the size of a coffin, that he had built the day before. It was just big enough for him to crawl inside, he said. "I hid in there for half an hour while the firestorm went over," he said. "It was huge, just glowing orange-red everywhere. Just scary. I was terrified." Mr Harrison said all his neighbours' homes had been destroyed, but his efforts to protect his home meant it was still standing. "I put a lot of money and effort and time into putting dedicated firefighting pumps just to run the sprinklers on the walls and roof," he told ABC News. "My wife and I spent the day wrapping [the house] up in aluminium foil to reflect the heat."  Bushfires rage as Australian heatwave leads to hottest ever day, in pictures The village of Balmoral, southwest of Sydney, was devastated by the Green Wattle Creek firestorm that roared through the area twice in three days. Dozens of homes have been lost since Thursday in massive wildfires, including the Gospers Mountain blaze, which covered more than 460,000 hectares (1.1 million acres). Scorching heat baking the country eased on Monday bringing relief from the bushfires, which destroyed around 180 houses and killed one person over the weekend, allowing firefighters to prepare for worsening conditions post-Christmas. Six people have now died in bushfires which have destroyed more than 3.7 million hectares (9.1 million acres) across five states. A statue of Buddha damaged by Saturday's catastrophic bushfires in the Southern Highlands village of Balmoral, Australia Credit: Reuters Nearly 100 fires are burning across New South Wales state. "Conditions have begun to ease," the New South Wales (state) Rural Fire Service said on Monday. "Crews will continue their work today to identify and strengthen (fire) containment lines, with favourable conditions over coming days." Temperatures are forecast to spike again in many states by the weekend, with the South Australian capital city of Adelaide forecast to reach 39 Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit), according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Similar temperatures are expected in the Victorian city of Melbourne. Under-fire Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejected calls for "reckless" and "job-destroying" cuts to the country's vast coal industry in the face of the deadly climate-fuelled bushfire crisis. A view of a house damaged by recent catastrophic bushfires in the Southern Highlands village of Balmoral Credit: Rex Mr Morrison's conservative government has fiercely defended the lucrative coal industry in Australia, which produces a third of global coal exports and provides work in key swing electoral districts. "I am not going to write off the jobs of thousands of Australians by walking away from traditional industries," Morrison told the Seven Network, in one of several morning interviews rejecting calls for further action. "What we won't do is engage in reckless and job-destroying and economy-crunching targets which are being sought," he told Channel 9, responding to calls for more climate-friendly policies. Mr Morrison's media blitz came as he sought to limit the political fallout from a much-criticised Hawaiian holiday – taken as bushfires destroyed an area the size of Belgium and unleashed toxic smoke into Australia's major cities.



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'Stunned, amused, and embarrassed': Anonymous author describes what it's like working for Trump

'Stunned, amused, and embarrassed': Anonymous author describes what it's like working for TrumpImagine your boss is an erratic, petulant egomaniac, averse to reading, prone to angry outbursts and known for an acutely short attention span. Then imagine your boss is the president of the United States.



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Joe Biden describes his health care plan using Pete Buttigieg's term, 'Medicare for all who want it'

Joe Biden describes his health care plan using Pete Buttigieg's term, 'Medicare for all who want it'Biden on Wednesday referred to his health care plan as "Medicare for all who want it," employing the phrase used by rival Pete Buttigieg.



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Pelosi describes Trump's 'very serious meltdown' during White House meeting on Syria

Pelosi describes Trump's 'very serious meltdown' during White House meeting on SyriaHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked out of a meeting with Donald Trump about the crisis in Syria Wednesday after she said the president had had a “very serious meltdown” and insulted her in front of other congressional leaders.



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'The Worst Natural Disaster I've Ever Seen.' U.S. Search and Rescue Team Describes Hurricane Dorian's Impact on the Bahamas

'The Worst Natural Disaster I've Ever Seen.' U.S. Search and Rescue Team Describes Hurricane Dorian's Impact on the BahamasAfter spending a week recovering bodyes, a U.S. search and rescue team describes Dorian's impact on the Bahamas



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Lawmaker describes 'unacceptable' border detention conditions, meets with US citizen in Border Patrol custody

Lawmaker describes 'unacceptable' border detention conditions, meets with US citizen in Border Patrol custodyA U.S. lawmaker described 'unacceptable' border detention facilities while meeting with a U.S. citizen in Border Patrol custody.



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Trump says detention facilities 'beautifully run' after report describes dangerous conditions

Trump says detention facilities 'beautifully run' after report describes dangerous conditionsPresident Donald Trump is defending border facilities used to detain undocumented immigrants after a government report cites overcrowded conditions.



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Fairfax Accuser Describes Alleged Sexual Assault in Graphic Statement

Fairfax Accuser Describes Alleged Sexual Assault in Graphic StatementVanessa Tyson released a statement Wednesday describing for the first time in graphic detail the sexual assault she alleges she suffered at the hands of Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax. Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch.



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Neighbor describes opening the door to find missing teen Jayme Closs after parents were found dead 3 months ago

Neighbor describes opening the door to find missing teen Jayme Closs after parents were found dead 3 months agoMan who helped the missing Wisconsin teenager Peter Kasinkas says she did not know her kidnapper.



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