Wildfires cause mass devastation across California
Officials expect destruction estimates to rise Tuesday after devastating wildfires caused major havoc in Northern California’s famed Napa and Sonoma wine country. At least 10 people have died and about 20,000 people were evacuated in what some consider one of the most destructive wildfire days in the state’s history. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in multiple counties and mobilized the National Guard to help combat the burgeoning crisis. In Southern California, Santa Ana winds spread the Canyon 2 Fire in Anaheim, Calif. to 6,000 acres, burning at least a dozen structures in Orange County. The National Weather Service’s red flag warnings will persist into Tuesday across the state.
North Korea marks another anniversary, U.S. scans the skies
Tuesday is the anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea, a date North Korea could mark by testing a long-range missile capable of striking the United States, according to analysts and the South Korean and Russian governments. The anniversary comes days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promoted his sister, Kim Yo Jong, as an “alternate member” of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee within the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea. President Trump and Kim Jong Un have traded insults for weeks, and tensions remain high amid North Korea’s insistence it won’t back down over its nuclear weapons program.
USMNT can lock up a World Cup berth
Figuring out what the United States men’s national soccer team has to do Tuesday to qualify for the World Cup is tricky (of course, for a lot of countries it’s even trickier).Friday’s crucial win over Panama helped simplify the formula, but there are still some complications. 1. If the USA beats Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday (live 8 p.m. ET, beIN Sports, Universo) America qualifies for the Cup. 2. If they tie, USA could qualify for the summer extravaganza. If USA loses … it gets messy. But before the U.S. can win or lose, they have to brave a super-wet field at Ato Boldon Stadium.
Rollback of Clean Power Plan begins
The Trump White House is fired up and ready to start taking apart the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan rule. EPA chief Scott Pruitt announced he will sign a rule Tuesday rolling back the Obama-era plan targeting coal-fired power plants that account for nearly 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. But that’s just the first step in the time-consuming, pain-staking, research-based, process required to repeal a regulation. The Clean Power Plan has been on hold pending the outcome of legal challenges from two dozen states that contend Washington doesn’t have the authority to enact such a sweeping measure.
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said Monday he’ll sign a proposed rule to withdraw the Clean Power Plan.
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College hoops scandal: Arraignments begin for coaches caught in sting
The first arraignments are expected to begin Tuesday in New York for 10 men who were arrested as a result of the FBI’s investigation into corruption in men’s college basketball. The group includes four assistants at major programs — Auburn’s Chuck Person, Southern California’s Tony Bland, Arizona’s Emanuel “Book” Richardson and Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans — who were arrested on charges of bribery, money laundering, fraud and corruption. Currently only one head coach, Rick Pitino of Louisville, has paid a price for alleged involvement in the scandal after being ousted from his post.
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken goes inside the scandal that has rocked the sports world and the ripple effect it will have on college basketball and Rick Pitino’s legacy.
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