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PARADISE, Calif. (AP) – “We’ve never seen anything like this in California.” That’s what President Donald Trump said while visiting fire-ravaged Northern California on Saturday. Trump stood among the ruins of the town of Paradise, calling the fast-moving wildfire “this monster.” Then Trump met briefly in an airport hangar with families of the victims of the mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

CHICO, Calif. (AP) – Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for more than a week after a wildfire ripped through parts of Northern California, destroying the town of Paradise. Authorities say not everyone on the list of missing may be dead, so they’re asking residents who fled the fire to check the list for their names. Meanwhile, the death toll is at least 76. The fire is 55 percent contained, but firefighters are bracing for strong winds.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The last undecided House contest in California has now been decided. On Saturday, Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California, increasing to six the number of congressional seats Democrats have picked up in the state. Cisneros beat Republican Young Kim in the 39th congressional district.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The death of a Saudi journalist is the subject of an upcoming government report – and is presenting President Donald Trump with a diplomatic dilemma. Trump faces the challenge of admonishing the Saudi government in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi while maintaining strong ties with a Middle East ally. Trump told reporters Saturday that “a very full report” including who was responsible for Khashoggi’s death would be released by his administration on Monday or Tuesday.

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Papua New Guinea were unable to agree on a final communique. Trudeau told reporters Sunday that the chair of the meeting, Papua New Guinea, will issue a statement instead. He says there were differences on trade issues among several countries including China and the U.S., which have been engaged in a tit-for-tat tariff war this year.


Journalist Khashoggi Killer... Trump to California Wildfire...Trump answers Questions...Julian Assange Won't Travel to US

WASHINGTON (AP) – American intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. That’s according to a U.S. official familiar with the intelligence agencies’ conclusion but not authorized to speak publicly about it. The conclusion is likely to bolster efforts in Congress to further punish the U.S. ally. The Saudi government denies the crown prince’s involvement. Vice President Mike Pence says the U.S. will “follow the facts.”

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) – President Donald Trump heads to Northern California to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, with 71 confirmed dead. Confusion continues over how many people remain unaccounted for after the sheriff said more than 1,000 are now on the missing list. On the eve of his visit, Trump again blamed the fires on poor forest management in comments that have irked some survivors.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller “very easily. But he says the questions may have been “tricked up” to try to catch him in a lie. Trump says” he hasn’t submitted his responses to investigators yet. The president did not say when he would turn over the answers to Mueller. But his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, indicated it could happen as soon as next week.

WASHINGTON (AP) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him. That word from his lawyer foreshadows a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the special counsel’s Russia-Trump investigation. Assange has taken cover in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted asylum.

WASHINGTON (AP) – One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in battleground races where seats were taken away from Republicans during the recent midterms. Priorities USA Chairman Guy Cecil says that offers a lesson for Democrats moving forward. The party is trying to draw in new voters who are young, diverse and college educated. But at a time when people are spending more time online, many candidates still spend most of their money on TV.


More Than 630 Listed as "Missing" in Wildfire Aftermath...Abrams Considering Legal Challenge in Georgia...North Korea to Deport American

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) – The residents of Paradise, California, are struggling to make sense of what’s left after fire ripped through their town last week. Nearly 9,000 homes and hundreds of shops and other buildings are gone. The more than 170-year-old town of 27,000 people took just hours to go up in flames. Yet 67-year-old Tom Hurst isn’t giving up. Hurst says when talking about Paradise, “Don’t use the word ‘was,’ use the word ‘is,’ because we ain’t done, we’re just getting restarted.”

CHICO, Calif. (AP) – Fire officials in Northern California say the list of 631 people missing in the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century probably includes people who fled the blaze and don’t know they’re being sought. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says he’s making that list public so that people can let authorities know they’re safe. Meanwhile, 63 people are confirmed dead and some 52,000 are displaced in shelters, motels and the homes of friends and relatives.

ATLANTA (AP) – Democrat Stacey Abrams is considering an unprecedented legal challenge in the unresolved Georgia governor’s race that could leave the state’s Supreme Court deciding whether to force another round of voting. Her longshot strategy is being discussed as Georgia elections officials appear to be on the cusp of certifying Republican Brian Kemp as the winner of a bitterly fought campaign.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. court filing is raising questions about whether the Justice Department has prepared charges under seal against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange’s name appears in an August court filing from a federal prosecutor in Virginia, who was attempting to keep sealed a separate case. Any charges against Assange could help illuminate the question of whether Russia coordinated with the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea said Friday that it will deport an American citizen it detained for illegally entering the country recently, as the country’s state media said leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test of a newly developed high-tech weapon in an apparent bid to pressure Washington and Seoul. The conflicting announcements suggest North Korea wants to maintain the mood for dialogue with the United States as it struggles to win concessions amid stalled nuclear diplomacy.


56 Now Confirmed Dead in CA Wildfires...Avenatti Accused of Domestic Violence...Death Penalty Recommended for Khashoggi's Killers

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) – Many of the missing in the deadly Northern California wildfire are elderly residents in Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 north of the destroyed town of Paradise. More than 450 people have been assigned to comb through charred remains in search of the 130 people who are still unaccounted for. Already, at least 56 people have been confirmed dead. Meanwhile, police are making sure residents who stayed behind have enough food and water, and utility crews also are in the area.

LONDON (AP) – Londoners are expressing skepticism over the Brexit deal that has been secured by Prime Minister Theresa May but that has already led to a swathe of resignations from her government. The resignations, which have included Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, make it even more difficult for May to get her deal through Parliament.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lawyer Michael Avenatti is calling his arrest on domestic violence charges “complete bogus.” The attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested near his apartment in Los Angeles. Police didn’t immediately disclose details about Avenatti’s arrest, but an LAPD spokesman says the victim has visible injuries. Avenatti has become famous representing Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) – Central American migrants who’ve reached the U.S.-Mexico border say they’ll wait for others to arrive before making their next move. They’ve been traveling through Mexico in a caravan, in hopes of crossing into the U.S., and hundreds have arrived by bus in Tijuana since Tuesday. On the other side are U.S. Border Patrol agents carrying machine guns in camouflage gear with San Diego’s skyline in the distance.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor is recommending the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi. The prosecutor, Saudi Al-Mojeb, told a press conference in Riyadh on Thursday that Khashoggi’s killers had been planning the operation since Sept. 29, three days before he was killed inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.