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‘Gimme Shelter’: California is on the verge of ending single-family home only zoning


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U.S. Embassy Tells Americans in Kabul to ‘Shelter in Place,’ Airport Reportedly Taking Gunfire


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Japan rain: Nearly two million residents told to seek shelter


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Shelter in place issued for parts of Deptford Township, NJ: Officials


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Texans shelter in furniture store during brutal winter storm, as no end is in sight for days-long power outages


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Homeless man hailed as hero after rushing into burning animal shelter to save cats and dogs


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Gaza rocket sends Netanyahu to shelter during campaign rally: TV

Gaza rocket sends Netanyahu to shelter during campaign rally: TVA rocket launched from the Gaza Strip at a southern Israeli city on Wednesday as it hosted a campaign rally by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prompted him to take shelter briefly before resuming the event, Israeli TV stations reported. The Israeli military confirmed the launch against Ashkelon, which is 12 km (7.5 miles) from the coastal Palestinian enclave, and said the rocket was shot down by an Iron Dome air defense interceptor. There was no immediate claim of responsibility in Gaza, which is under the control of Hamas Islamists and where a smaller armed faction, Islamic Jihad, exchanged fire with Israel during a two-day surge of violence last month.



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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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Las Vegas bans homeless people from sleeping rough if shelter beds available

Las Vegas bans homeless people from sleeping rough if shelter beds availableLas Vegas has passed a law banning sleeping on the street if there are places in homeless shelters available.  To combat the growing number of homeless people in the city, the new law will impose punishments of a $ 1,000 fine and six months in prison. The ordinance – the latest in a series of measures by US cities to grapple with rising vagrancy – comes into force on Sunday, but its criminal provisions will not be applied until February. Sleeping on the streets of the gambling hub will only be illegal in downtown Las Vegas and residential areas – not the famous casino "Strip," which comes under a different jurisdiction. It will not apply when homeless shelters are full. Opponents of the law focused their anger on Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman before and during the vote late Wednesday. Protesters outside Las Vegas City Hall say housing shortages should be tackled before making 'surviving illegal' for the homeless Credit: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal Demonstrators outside City Hall chanted "Housing, not handcuffs" and held signs proclaiming "Poverty is not a crime," local media reported. Ms Goodman said the law is necessary for a city that is highly dependent on tourism revenues and to protect "the health and safety of the entire community." The law is not intended to punish the homeless but to help with their reintegration into society, she said, according to NPR radio. It has been backed by Las Vegas's Chamber of Commerce. According to the latest census, 5,500 people sleep on the streets of southern Nevada each night. Only 2,000 beds are available through municipal services and charities. –



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Delaware's latest First State title: Only no-kill state for shelter animals

Delaware's latest First State title: Only no-kill state for shelter animalsDelaware's designation as the country's first no-kill state for shelter animals came from the Best Friends Animal Society.



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