Interactive map offers initial look at damage; spot fires persist

Laveta Brigham

Firefighters tried to take advantage of Saturday’s cooler temperatures as the Creek Fire raged nearly out of control.

The blaze swelled overnight to 196,667 acres with at least 369 structures ruined, including dozens of homes and businesses in Sierra National Forest mountain communities in eastern Fresno and Madera counties.

Containment remained at just 6% midday Saturday as about 1,811 firefighters battled what already has become the 16th largest wildfire in California’s history.

See dramatic photos, videos of the Creek Fire burning in California

The Creek Fire erupted Sept. 4 near Big Creek and Huntington Lake. The cause remained under investigation. Full containment isn’t expected until mid-October.

The Creek Fire is one of 28 major wildfires racing through California, including 13 new fires that broke out Friday, Cal Fire said Saturday. More than 16,000 firefighters are battling flames statewide.

3:45 p.m.: Map gives initial look at property damage

Cal Fire, in

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U.S. Has Its Deadliest Day in More Than Two Weeks: Virus Update

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The U.S. had its deadliest day since Aug. 26 while the global fatality count edged closer to the million mark. The University of Oxford said it was resuming trials of the coronavirus vaccine it has been developing with AstraZeneca Plc.

France reported the most cases since lockdown ended four months ago. Florida’s cases rose slightly, while deaths slowed. Canada reported no Covid-related deaths for the first time in six months.

Trump administration aides asked for the right to read and suggest changes to weekly Covid-19 reports from the Centers for Disease Control, Politico reported.

Global Tracker: Cases rise above 28.5 million; deaths exceed 917,100Trump’s stimulus end run fizzles as firms spurn payroll tax haltIn smoky San Francisco, Covid-hit businesses suffer double blowThe University of Illinois shows there’s no foolproof reopening planHow hotels are helping their neighbors fight the pandemicWhy telemedicine may stay even after Covid fades away: QuickTake

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British Airways backs airport testing, as four countries join quarantine list

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portugal – Getty

British Airways can only survive if Government works with it, including through support for airport Covid-19 testing, according to the carrier’s chief executive and chairman Alex Cruz. 

“These are the toughest times in the history of the aviation industry,” writes Mr Cruz for The Telegraph as four more countries are added to the UK’s travel ‘red list’. 

“Coronavirus has hit our business hard, and the sector is fighting for its very survival,” he adds. “What is hugely frustrating is that we know people want to travel, to fly, whether to see friends or family, to see business contacts face-to-face or to recharge on the beach, but without a rigorous, reliable Coronavirus testing programme – together with a sensible approach to quarantine – people’s plans are being unnecessarily grounded.”

Ongoing changes to the holiday quarantine-list have seen hundreds of thousands of Britons race back to the UK, or

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British Airways backs airport testing as four countries join quarantine list

Laveta Brigham

portugal - Getty
portugal – Getty

British Airways can only survive if the Government works with it, including through support for airport testing, according to the carrier’s chief executive and chairman Alex Cruz. 

“These are the toughest times in the history of the aviation industry,” writes Mr Cruz for The Telegraph as four more countries are added to the UK’s travel “red list”. 

“Coronavirus has hit our business hard, and the sector is fighting for its very survival,” he adds. “What is hugely frustrating is that we know people want to travel, to fly, whether to see friends or family, to see business contacts face-to-face or to recharge on the beach, but without a rigorous, reliable Coronavirus testing programme – together with a sensible approach to quarantine – people’s plans are being unnecessarily grounded.”

Ongoing changes to the holiday quarantine list have seen hundreds of thousands of Britons race back to the UK,

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Your online branding is key to your business success. Here’s your roadmap

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TLDR: With The All-In-One Digital Branding Certification Bundle, you’ll have all the training to get a new brand up and running across all the important digital avenues.

No matter how great your product or service is, without an easy, identifiable brand element to encapsulate it all, there’s a good chance your business will fly right past most modern digital audiences.

That means not only defining how you want your business to be seen online, but all the ways it’ll be seen and experienced, from images to text to social media. It’s a lot of ground to cover, but the training in The All-in-One Digital Branding Certification Bundle ($45, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) explains the basic steps all the platform you have to know and master to get the most out of your business in the digital space.

The bundle features 10 courses with 37 hours of in-depth

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Will Crypto Currencies Rule The Financial World?

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Cryptocurrency has taken the financial world by storm since the creation of bitcoin in 2009. You would have heard the buzz about bitcoin and how the cryptocurrency will be the future currency in the world. Everyone is talking about cryptocurrency about how it has become quicker to carry out transactions faster and faster.

Many people have made profit trading on bitcoin and investing in the currency with reliable bitcoin companies. You can read about Bitcoin Boost and about crypto platforms online to find a reliable platform to make reasonable investments. Read customer reviews to learn more about these crypto companies to know what they have to offer and if they are authentic.

Why You Should Invest in Cryptocurrency

Now there are indications that the cryptocurrency is the suitable investment for the future, and it will become the globally accepted currency. The crypto has become popular, and many institutions are making … Read More

Hey Siri, are you really ’20x’ more on top of it this year? Apple personal assistant getting new look in iOS 14

Laveta Brigham

Apple will stage its traditional post-Labor Day product reveal on Tuesday, where it is expected to tout new editions of the Apple Watch and iPad.

Along the way, there will be new things for Siri to do as well on the iPad, as part of the iOS mobile operating system upgrade. Siri is the oft-maligned but heavily used personal assistant.

This year, Siri will tout a “completely new look,” with “over 20x more facts than just three years ago.” Yes, Apple actually says this, on the promo page for the iOS 14 upgrade, which has traditionally been made available in September. (We first met Siri way back in October 2011, on the iPhone 4S.)

I downloaded iOS14 this week from Apple’s Beta site to give it a spin and engage in that great parlor game of asking Siri (and Alexa and the Google Assistant) multiple questions, to see if I

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, some are trying breathwork classes to relieve anxiety

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When Hermosa Beach, Calif., entrepreneur Amy Lloyd took her first breathwork class, she never expected it to make her emotional. After all, the yoga and meditation classes she regularly attends leave her feeling refreshed and rarely stir up her innermost feelings. Yet after her first class, she says, “it was like years of therapy in one session.”

If you’ve ever practiced yoga, meditation or tai chi, breathwork was almost certainly a large part of the activity. But in recent years, breathwork classes that aren’t tied to any other practice have surged in popularity, in part because they don’t require skills or experience, just the ability to do something we all do every day without much thought: breathe.

“I call it free medicine because the breath is like the Swiss Army knife of the body; there are so many different ways to use it to create a positive effect for yourself,”

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Woman who sawed off own hand found guilty of fraud

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Julija Adlesic appears in court in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Friday (AP)
Julija Adlesic appears in court in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Friday (AP)

A Slovenian woman has been found guilty of deliberately sawing off her own hand to make a fraudulent insurance claim.

A court in Ljubljana found Julija Adlesic, 22, had taken out five insurance policies before having her left hand severed above the wrist with a circular saw.

She stood to collect more than €1m (£926,000), about half paid immediately and the rest in monthly instalments.

She was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday.

The district court said Adlesic had agreed with her boyfriend to have her hand sawed off at their home in early 2019.

Her boyfriend and his father took her to hospital after the incident, saying she had injured herself while sawing branches.

Authorities said they left the severed hand behind rather than bringing it to the hospital to ensure the disability was permanent, but

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You might sneer but the Kardashians changed what it means to be famous

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 (E!/Kobal/Shutterstock)
(E!/Kobal/Shutterstock)

On Tuesday 8 September, after 14 years and 20 seasons, Kim Kardashian announced the end of Keeping Up With The Kardashians (KUWTK). The 39-year-old released a short five-paragraph statement on Instagram and Twitter to her combined 254 million fans across the platforms. It was somewhat understated for a family which embodies the antithesis of subtle, but also fitting at this point in their journey. It paid tribute to the tools that have given them celebrity super power making them some of the most famous and instantly-recognisable people in the world.

It is thanks to social media, Kim and her Kiblings were catapulted from the corners of sleepy Calabasas in West Hollywood, populated by the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, into a new type of global megastardom that has fundamentally changed what it means to be famous.

Kim’s first foray into the world of internet fame

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