Drop in winds eases Cal­i­for­nia fire­fight­ers

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Hil­lary rebukes donor We­in­stein

WASH­ING­TON – Hil­lary Clin­ton con­demned disgraced Hol­ly­wood ex­ec­u­tive Har­vey We­in­stein yes­ter­day, mark­ing her first pub­lic com­ments on the mat­ter since re­ports of his al­leged preda­tory be­hav­iour broke five days ago.

“I was shocked and ap­palled by the rev­e­la­tions about Har­vey We­in­stein,” Clin­ton said in a state­ment through her spokesman Nick Mer­rill.

“The be­hav­iour de­scribed by women com­ing for­ward can­not be tol­er­ated. Their courage and the sup­port of oth­ers is crit­i­cal in help­ing to stop this kind of be­hav­iour.”

We­in­stein is a long-time as­so­ciate of the Clin­tons and a ma­jor Demo­cratic Party donor who bun­dled funds for their po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns.

Many Demo­cratic of­fice hold­ers quickly re­pu­di­ated We­in­stein, with some go­ing so far as to send do­na­tions given by We­in­stein to char­ity. But Clin­ton’s state­ment made no men­tion of We­in­stein’s siz­able do­na­tions to her own war chest. (CNN) SANTA ROSA – Fire­fight­ers bat­tling 15 wild­fires that have killed at least 11 peo­ple and de­stroyed hun­dreds of build­ings in Cal­i­for­nia’s wine coun­try wel­comed a drop in winds and an ex­pected layer of cool, moist fog rolling in yes­ter­day.

Of­fi­cials said about 1 500 homes and com­mer­cial build­ings had been de­stroyed as tens of thou­sands of acres had gone up in flames since the week­end.

Videos and pic­tures cir­cu­lated on­line showed pock­ets of dev­as­ta­tion, in­clud­ing an en­tire res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood re­duced to ashes, a Hil­ton ho­tel ablaze and an in­ferno that was pre­vi­ously a su­per­mar­ket.

The fires were fanned by high tem­per­a­tures and dry con­di­tions, dis­plac­ing some 20 000 res­i­dents, rob­bing oth­ers of power and forc­ing schools and at least two hos­pi­tals in Sonoma County to close.

Steve Craw­ford, an op­er­a­tions chief for the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion, said yes­ter­day morn­ing that a change in the weather could help fire­fight­ers.

In the wine coun­try north of San Fran­cisco, Sonoma County bore the brunt of the fa­tal­i­ties, with the sher­iff’s depart­ment con­firm­ing seven fire-re­lated deaths. Two peo­ple died in Napa County and one in Men­do­cino County, of­fi­cials said. An 11th death was re­ported in Yuba County, NBC News re­ported. (Reuters)

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