Oil-slicked man stuck in California grease duct rescued

Firefighters rescued a man who had gotten stuck in a grease duct of a California restaurant Wednesday.

The 29-year-old man likely would “not have survived another day given the circumstances,” the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement, but did not specify how long he had been there.

He was covered in grease and oil and couldn’t move, the statement said.

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Businessman Gives $1,000 Checks To Every Student At Paradise High School : NPR

A San Diego businessman wanted to do something to help young people affected by the Camp Fire, which decimated the city of Paradise, Calif., earlier this month.

So Bob Wilson came with two suitcases full of $1,000 checks – enough for each of Paradise High School’s 980 students and 105 staff members, including teachers, janitors and bus drivers.

On a rainy Tuesday night, the students and staff from a town now dispersed showed up at nearby Chico High School, where Wilson handed out the checks — $1.1 million in all, according to The Associated Press.

Source: Businessman Gives $1,000 Checks To Every Student At Paradise High School : NPR

FDA Links Romaine Lettuce E.Coli Outbreak to California

Which means romaine lettuce may return to the produce section very soon.“Our investigation at this point suggests that romaine lettuce associated with the outbreak comes from areas of California that grow romaine lettuce over the summer months, and that the outbreak appears to be related to ‘end of season’ romaine lettuce harvested from these areas,” FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. “The involved areas include the Central Coast growing regions of central and northern California.”

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California wildfire smoke spreads to New York, 3,000 miles away

‘Wildfire smoke is in the air, all the way from California: haze aze envelopes Washington DC and other east coast cities

A ferryboat and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are obscured due to smoke and haze from wildfires.

The US east coast has been provided a firsthand reminder of the deadly California wildfires after smoke swept across the country and caused a haze to envelop the eastern seaboard, including Washington DC and New York City.

Hazy skies were reported in several places on the east coast from smoke wafting from 3,000 miles further west, where wildfires in California have killed more than 80 people and razed more than 15,000 homes and other structures.

Source: California wildfire smoke spreads to New York, 3,000 miles away

California wildfires: Trump visits state’s deadliest blaze – BBC News

US President Donald Trump has visited California to survey the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history.

The Camp Fire, in northern California, has killed at least 76 people.

More than 1,200 people have been reported missing, although officials say that figure could fluctuate.

In the destroyed town of Paradise, Mr Trump described the scene as “sad” and reiterated his disputed claim that poor forest management was to blame.

“We do have to do management maintenance and we’ll be working also with environmental groups. I think everyone’s seen the light,” he said.

Source: California wildfires: Trump visits state’s deadliest blaze – BBC News

California wildfires: Why are so many listed as missing? – BBC News

Over the last few days the number of people unaccounted for in the deadly Camp Fire in northern California has skyrocketed to more than 1,200.

The sudden jump has led to some confusion among locals and officials alike.

The confirmed death toll of 76 is already a state record, so could this huge number of missing people really still be added to that?

The answer is not so simple, as authorities in the worst-hit area, Butte County, have openly admitted.

On Friday, when the list first soared to over 1,000, Sheriff Kory Honea described the database as “dynamic”.

Source: California wildfires: Why are so many listed as missing? – BBC News