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Monday, November 12, 2018

California wildfire victims aided through Red Cross, GoFundMe donations, more: How you can help

At least 31 people have died in wildfires raging at both ends of California -- as hundreds of people remain unaccounted for and thousands have been forced from their homes.

In Northern California, more than 6,700 buildings have been destroyed in the fire that obliterated Paradise. And in Malibu, a relentless blaze destroyed at least 370 structures, according to officials.

The death toll from the devastation in Paradise and the surrounding area has matched the mark for

Dead in cars and homes: Northern California fire toll at 29

Fire crews clear rubble from the road near a building burned in the Camp Fire, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

PARADISE, Calif. – The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there

Deer goes through New Jersey woman’s windshield, lands in back seat

Melissa Misthal was praised for avoiding a potentially deadly situation with other drivers on the road. (Howell Township Police Department)

A New Jersey driver narrowly avoided death Monday morning when a deer she struck smashed through her windshield and landed in the back seat of the vehicle.

Melissa Misthal, of Howell, was driving her 2004 Toyota RAV4 on Route 9 when a deer darted in front of her

Georgia man shot while driving, crashes vehicle; shooter sought, police say

A man was hospitalized after he was shot while driving, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. (FOX5 Atlanta)

Authorities are hunting for a mysterious gunman after a man was shot while driving, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and crash into a ditch.

The man was driving on Highway 166 near Langford Parkway when another driver in a vehicle pulled up next to him

Chicago robbery suspect caught after making food order on stolen phone, police say

Anthony Sorrells, 18, was charged with two counts of armed robbery. (Chicago Police Department)

A Chicago man who allegedly stole a 16-year-old’s phone at gunpoint was caught by police after using the device’s UberEats app to make a food delivery order, police say.

Anthony Sorrells, 18, is now facing two counts of armed robbery following the incident Saturday afternoon, in which he is accused of placing a

Elephant found wandering in New York town gets escort from state police

A wayward elephant was found in Westtown, New York on Sunday. (New York State Police)

An elephant may never forget, but sometimes they need a little help with directions.

New York State Police said Monday a wayward pachyderm was found wandering by state troopers in the town of Westtown, about 70 miles northwest of New York City.

"Never a dull moment in Troop F," state police said in a

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Flames climb trees as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

WASHINGTON – Both nature and humans share blame for California's devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump's claims, fire scientists say.

Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate change over the long haul

AP PHOTOS: Wildfires rage; destruction, death in their wake

Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

The devastation is complete in Paradise, California, where a wildfire tore through town and destroyed everything, killing at least 29 and destroying so many houses it's already the most destructive fire on record in the state.

In other places in the state, fires were more

Baraboo School District weighing legal action after students purportedly photographed doing Nazi salute

An image has surfaced purportedly showing students from the Baraboo High School in Wisconsin giving a Nazi salute. (Google Maps)

A Wisconsin school district says it’s considering legal action against some of its own students after they purportedly were photographed in a group giving a Nazi salute.

The controversial image was taken in the spring, the Baraboo School District said, and it began circulating on the Internet on

Some Southern California fire evacuations lifted

Santos Alvarado, right, and his son Ricky recover a safe deposit box from their destroyed home at Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, following devastating wildfires in the area in Agoura Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

MALIBU, Calif. – Some of the thousands of people who fled Southern California's huge wildfire were being allowed to return home, and traffic was flowing Monday on the

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