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One man dies as wind-driven Los Angeles wildfire forces 100,000 to flee

One man dies as wind-driven Los Angeles wildfire forces 100,000 to fleeA fierce, wind-driven wildfire swept through foothills and canyons along the northern edge of Los Angeles on Friday, engulfing homes, closing roads and devouring acres of dry brush and chaparral as 100,000 residents were forced to flee. At least one death was attributed to the fire, a man who authorities said suffered a heart attack while trying to battle encroaching flames on his property rather than heeding evacuation orders. The blaze, dubbed the Saddleridge fire, began on Thursday night and had raced across some 7,500 acres (3,035 hectares) by midday Friday, growing into the largest and most ferocious among a spate of wildfires across Southern California.



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Asylum seekers I meet flee something even worse than Trump's unethical immigration agenda

Asylum seekers I meet flee something even worse than Trump's unethical immigration agendaOur immigration policies seek to discourage border crossings by making life difficult for migrants. But almost nothing could be worse than going home.



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UPDATE 6-Thousands try to flee hurricane-devastated Bahamas islands

UPDATE 6-Thousands try to flee hurricane-devastated Bahamas islandsHundreds of people fled the Bahamas island of Great Abaco by boat and plane on Friday and thousands more lined up to get on a cruise ship leaving neighboring Grand Bahama to escape the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The most powerful hurricane on record to hit the Bahamas swept through the islands earlier this week, leveling some neighborhoods, swallowing others with storm surge, and causing what one official described as a “staggering” number of deaths. Hundreds, if not thousands, are still missing in the country of about 400,000 people, but the official death toll stands at only 43, according to news media reports late on Friday, including the Washington Post and NBC.



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Some storm-savvy Floridians shrug, others flee or bunker down

Some storm-savvy Floridians shrug, others flee or bunker downMichael James was boarding over the last two windows of his house on Florida’s east coast. The first gusty blasts of wind were announcing Hurricane Dorian’s imminent arrival, and most residents had fled. Monster storm Dorian was downgraded Monday to a still-powerful Category 4 as it lumbers slowly across the Bahamas toward the Florida coast.



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Brazil gang leader puts on silicon mask and wig in attempt to flee jail disguised as his daughter

Brazil gang leader puts on silicon mask and wig in attempt to flee jail disguised as his daughterA Brazilian gang leader tried to escape from prison by dressing up as his daughter when she visited him behind bars and walking out the penitentiary's main door in her place, authorities said on Sunday. Clauvino da Silva, also known as "Shorty", donned a silicon girl's mask and long dark-haired wig for his attempted jail break in the western part of Rio de Janeiro.  But prison officials said the nervousness displayed as he tried to leave the prison in his disguise gave him away. His plan was apparently to leave his 19-year-old daughter inside the jail. Police are looking into her possible role as an accomplice in Saturday's failed escape attempt from Gericino prison. The gang leader had apparently planned to leave his 19-year-old daughter in the prison Credit: Rio de Janeiro Penitentiary Administration Secretariat /AP Rio's State Secretary of Prison Administration released photos showing da Silva in the mask and wig, wearing tight jeans and a pink shirt with a cartoon image of donuts. They also released a video in which da Silva can be seen removing the mask and some of the clothes, and saying his full name. Authorities say da Silva was part of the leadership of the Red Command, one of the most powerful criminal groups in Brazil that controlled drug trafficking in a large part of Rio. After the failed escape bid, da Silva was transferred to a unit of a maximum-security prison and will face disciplinary sanctions, officials said.



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Right-wing ‘militia threat’ shuts down Oregon Capitol as Republicans flee climate bill vote

Right-wing ‘militia threat’ shuts down Oregon Capitol as Republicans flee climate bill voteThe Oregon Capitol will be closed on Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation drags on.Republican state senators fled the legislature — and some, the state — earlier this week to deny the majority Democrats enough votes to take up the climate bill, which would dramatically reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2050.It would be the second programme of its kind in the nation after California if passed.Governor Kate Brown then dispatched the state police to round up the rogue lawmakers, but none appeared in the Capitol on Friday and the stalemate seemed destined to enter its third day with a week left in the legislative session.Right-wing groups posted their support for the GOP lawmakers on social media on Friday — in one instance offering to provide escorts to them should the state police come for them.A group of local Republicans were set to protest inside the Capitol on Saturday when lawmakers were present, and anti-government groups threatened to join, prompting the statehouse shutdown.One of the groups, the Oregon Three Percenters, joined an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Dozens of people occupied the remote Oregon refuge for more than a month to protest federal control of Western lands.The standoff began to unravel when authorities fatally shot the group's spokesperson and arrested key leaders as they headed to a community meeting."The Oregon State Police has recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow due to a possible militia threat," Carol Currie, spokesperson for Senate president Peter Courtney, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press late on Friday.The governor's office also confirmed the threats.Oregon State Police, in a statement, said it has been "monitoring information throughout the day that indicates the safety of legislators, staff and citizen visitors could be compromised if certain threatened behaviours were realised."Also late on Friday, Mr Courtney and House speaker Tina Kotek, both Democrats, condemned comments made by senator Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, Oregon, that urged the state police to "send bachelors and come heavily armed" when they come to bring him back to the Capitol."His comments have created fear among employees in our workplace," the leaders said in a joint statement. "We will always defend free speech and welcome frank policy discussions, but threats like these are unacceptable."Mr Boquist has not responded to multiple requests for comment. A spokesperson for Senate Republicans did not respond to queries about the statehouse closure.Democrats have an 18 to 12 majority in the chamber, but they need 20 members present for a quorum. One GOP senator recently died and has not yet been replaced.Under the proposed cap-and-trade bill, Oregon would put an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions and auction off pollution "allowances" for each tonne of carbon industries plan to emit.The legislation would lower that cap over time to encourage businesses to move away from fossil fuels: The state would reduce emissions to 45 per cent below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.Those opposed to the cap-and-trade plan say it would exacerbate a growing divide between the liberal, urban parts of the state and the rural areas. The plan would increase the cost of fuel, damaging small business, truckers and the logging industry, they say.Democrats say the measure is an efficient way to lower emissions while investing in low-income and rural communities' ability to adapt to climate change. It has the support of environmental groups, farmworkers and some trade unions.California has had an economy-wide cap and trade policy like the one Oregon is considering for a decade. Nine northeastern states have more limited cap-and-trade programmes that target only the power sector.Associated Press



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Scared Muslim refugees flee Sri Lankan homes over attack fears

Scared Muslim refugees flee Sri Lankan homes over attack fearsHundreds of Muslim refugees in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings, activists said Thursday. At least 359 people died in Sunday’s coordinated suicide blasts, including more than 100 Christians attending mass at St Sebastian’s church in Negombo on the island’s west coast. The attacks have been condemned by leaders of the country’s Muslim minority who have said mosques will not bury the bombers, and the community has been left in fear of a backlash.



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Tourists Flee Sri Lanka as Foreigners Targeted in Blasts

Tourists Flee Sri Lanka as Foreigners Targeted in BlastsKishu Gomes, chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, said he couldn’t give an exact count of the number of people leaving, but it could run into the thousands. Tour operators in India, the biggest source market for visitors to Sri Lanka, are also canceling trips for clients. The foreigner death toll rose to 39 on Monday, including nationals from India, Portugal, Turkey, the U.K. and the U.S. The Sri Lankan government blamed the local group National Thowheed Jamath for the attack after confirming seven suicide bombers carried out the blasts.



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US weather: Thousands flee midwest as three die amid flooding triggered by 'bomb cyclone'

US weather: Thousands flee midwest as three die amid flooding triggered by 'bomb cyclone'Thousands of people are being forced to leave their homes after a so-called bomb cyclone brought flooding to huge swathes of the American midwest. From Nebraska to Kansas, and Missouri to Illinois, residents have been evacuated amid flooding that has killed at least three people. The governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency.



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Syria force nets 400 jihadists trying to flee enclave

Syria force nets 400 jihadists trying to flee enclaveKurdish-led forces in eastern Syria captured around 400 Islamic State group jihadists as they attempted to slip out of their besieged enclave of Baghouz, a senior officer said Wednesday. The Syrian Democratic Forces intercepted a large group trying to escape from the village, the last tiny patch of territory under IS control, the officer said. “Four hundred IS fighters tried to flee Baghouz” on Tuesday night, the SDF official said on condition of anonymity.



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