McKinney Fire becomes California’s largest blaze this year
Firefighters are working Monday to contain a wildfire just south of the Oregon border that exploded to more than 50,000 acres on Sunday, becoming California’s largest blaze this year just a week after breaking the previous record. The McKinney Fire erupted in the Klamath National Forest on Friday and quickly spun out of control, threatening the town of Yreka City and putting around 2,000 residents under evacuation orders. It remained contained at 0% Sunday evening, according to CalFire – a day after California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency. “Abundant” lightning, gusty winds, high temperatures and low relative humidity all pose threats to firefighters and could further intensify fire behavior, the US Forest Service said.
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Pelosi leads Asia visit amid tensions over Taiwan
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a congressional delegation visiting the Indo-Pacific region, but a controversial visit to Taiwan has so far gone unannounced. Pelosi’s office announced on Sunday that the delegation would travel to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. A potential shutdown in Taiwan has become a point of tension between Washington and Beijing. China considers Taiwan to be part of its territory and has warned of “consequences” if the speaker travels there. Taiwan considers itself a sovereign country, and the United States has long embraced a murky middle ground that seeks to support Taiwan without antagonizing China.
Kentucky flood death toll rises to 28, more rain expected
Devastated communities in eastern Kentucky continue to dig in Monday as the state’s death toll from historic flooding rose to 28, according to the governor’s office. State officials have said they expect the death toll to rise in the coming days. The floods caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and displaced hundreds of people, Governor Andy Beshear said. As of Sunday, dozens of people were still missing and some areas were inaccessible to search and rescue teams. Excessive runoff from downpours and thunderstorms Sunday and Monday could lead to further flooding of rivers, streams and creeks, the National Weather Service warned.
Ruling in Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson disciplinary case expected
Retired federal judge Sue L. Robinson is set to rule on Monday on the type of punishment Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson deserves for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy amid more than two dozen defendants. sexual misconduct allegations. The three-day disciplinary hearing that considered the findings of the NFL’s more than year-long investigation into the allegations concluded on June 30. The NFL had recommended an indefinite suspension of at least a year, even though Watson never faced criminal charges for the allegations made against him by massage therapists he hired when he was a quarterback for the NFL. Houston Texans. Two Houston-area grand juries chose not to charge him with crimes, but he faced civil lawsuits from 24 women and reached financial settlements with 20 of the accusers.
You may no longer need a COVID test to board a cruise
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is ending its COVID-19 testing requirement before boarding where local restrictions do not require testing starting Monday. The policy change applies to its brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Testing rules will remain in place for travel from locations with local testing rules, including the United States, Bermuda, Canada and Greece. The change comes as cruise travel returns to normal more than two years after the industry was shut down by the pandemic.