Calif. Governor Requests Federal Emergency Declaration As SoCal Fires Rage

Nearly 200,000 Californians have had to flee their homes so far. Yet another blaze ignited in the southern part of the state on Friday morning, this one east of San Diego on the western edge of the Cleveland National Forest. It was quickly brought under control and by Friday afternoon was considered “largely contained.”  The governor added: “The extreme …

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Buying a smart suitcase? Make sure it has a removable battery.

Smart suitcases like the Samsara bag will be more of a hassle to check in on planes starting in the new year.Image: SAMSARA That “smart” suitcase might not be the best gift idea thanks to new checked baggage restrictions from several major airlines. On Friday, American Airlines announced that starting Jan. 15, only smart suitcases …

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5 Weird Ways The Rich Are Preparing For The Apocalypse

Say, are you worried about the end of the world? Sure you are! It’s been scheduled to happen like 30 times in the last 30 days, and you better believe we’ll be penciling it in a bunch more times before the week is out. Nuclear war, global warming, sentient sex dolls — shit’s going down …

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Look At The Fresh Hell That Is The Los Angeles Freeway Before Thanksgiving

ABC News posted a video of bumper-to-bumper traffic as holiday travel kicked into gear in LA. The video racked up more than 4.6 million views within a few hours of its posting. CNN also posted aerial footage of the traffic on its Facebook page, featuring some additional views.  For air travelers, the Transportation Security Administration predicts …

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Missing UK explorer ‘alive and well’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn a recent documentary Benedict Allen described his experiences of living in Papua New Guinea Missing UK explorer Benedict Allen has been seen “alive and well” near an airstrip in Papua New Guinea. The BBC’s Frank Gardner said Mr Allen had asked to be rescued and efforts …

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Search under way for missing UK explorer

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn a recent documentary Benedict Allen described his experiences of living in Papua New Guinea A search has been mounted for British explorer Benedict Allen, whose family say has gone missing during an expedition to Papua New Guinea. The 57-year-old was travelling on his own to try …

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Best overseas breaks at Christmas and new year: readers travel tips

Our tipsters go cold turkey on the traditional British Christmas in search of ice hotels, a lantern festival, exotic wildlife and traditional markets, from Brittany to the Japanese alps Winning tip: east African wildlife trip Last year we spent 25 December in Ethiopia to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas on 7 January in the Bale mountains, …

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Los Angeles is the globe in a small space: author Ryan Gattis

LA is the most diverse city in the US, says the thriller writer. And with regeneration, areas like Downtown are fizzing with cultural mashups and food fusions When I moved to Downtown LA in 2007, it felt abandoned. Going out at night was a bit like being in a zombie movie it was so empty. …

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