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Wind-whipped wild­fires sweep through Cal­i­for­nia

More than a dozen wild­fires whipped by pow­er­ful winds swept through Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try Mon­day, de­stroy­ing at least 1,500 homes and busi­nesses and send­ing an es­ti­mated 20,000 peo­ple on a flight to safety through smoke and flames. One per­son was killed in a fire fur­ther north, in Men­do­cino County. The state’s fire chief called the dam­age es­ti­mates for the fire in the wine coun­try con­ser­va­tive and said the fires were burn­ing through­out an eight-county swath of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Google un­cov­ers ads by rus­sian op­er­a­tives: re­port

Rus­sian op­er­a­tives spent tens of thou­sands of dol­lars on ads across Google prod­ucts, in­clud­ing Youtube and Google search, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. The Wash­ing­ton Post is re­port­ing that Google un­cov­ered the Rus­sian-backed dis­in­for­ma­tion cam­paign as it con­sid­ers whether to tes­tify be­fore Congress. So­cial me­dia com­pa­nies Face­book and Twit­ter have agreed to tes­tify. The re­port said the com­pany dis­cov­ered the Rus­sian pres­ence by si­phon­ing data from Twit­ter.

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