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“Unprecedented” forest fires across the West are expected to cause more disruption

Weather conditions conducive to the spread of the fire are expected to continue until Thursday, as rapidly growing forest fires in the western United States call for mass evacuations and destruction. More than 90 major fires that have burned more than 5,300 square miles – nearly the size of Connecticut – are raging in 13 western states, according to a census from the National Fire Information Center. In Oregon, wildfires driven by gusts of wind at 50 miles per hour have left nearly 100,000 homes and businesses without electricity. Meanwhile, fires continue to erupt in parts of Washington state, burning more than 500 square miles on Monday alone, according to Gov. Jay Insley. Northern, Central and Southern California are also under siege as the state remains plagued by high temperatures and dry terrain. It has been confirmed that at least seven people have died in forest fires in the western states.

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Senate GOP ready for initial vote on reduced COVID-19 relief bill

Senate Republicans are expected to vote initially on a plan to alleviate the coronavirus on Thursday, a bill that even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says is not perfect. The proposal faces a difficult battle to become law because Democrats immediately vowed to block their so-called political trick to help endangered Republicans in November and not meet the needs of American families and businesses. The estimated $ 300 billion proposal, called the Immediate Assistance to American Families, Schools and Small Business Act, includes increased unemployment benefits, school funding and protection of liability for businesses and healthcare facilities.

Patrick Mohames, Deschawn Watson highlight NFL opener against pandemic

After an off-season and pre-season season like no other, the regular season of the NFL 2020 kicks off on Thursday when Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chefs hosts Houston Texas (20:20 ET). The opening includes a match between two of the best young quarterbacks in the league, Deschawn Watson and Patrick Mahomes, who became the two highest paid players in the NFL this season. In a lucky hit for the NFL, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City will be one of the few seats to receive fans in Week 1 – albeit with only 22% of normal capacity.

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After irritating revelations from a new book, Trump heads to Michigan

As the country unravels after irritating revelations from a new book detailing his term, President Donald Trump will suspend his campaign in a hangar at Michigan airport on Thursday. For his new book, Rage, Washington Post veteran Bob Woodward interviewed Trump 18 times and included audio from their conversations, during which the president acknowledged that COVID-19 was more deadly and contagious than the flu – even as he publicly downplayed its dangers. . The revelations came on a day when virus deaths nationwide exceeded 190,000. The president said he was looking forward to visiting Michigan, which he won in 2016 with less than 11,000 votes – or about two-tenths of a percentage point. – Becoming the first Republican presidential nominee to win the state since George W. Bush in 1988.

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A new book suggests that President Trump understood the threats of the coronavirus, even when he told the nation it was no worse than the seasonal flu.

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US Open Semifinals: Will Serena Williams get closer to her 24th major title?

After a three-set victory in the quarterfinals of the US Open, 23-time main champion Serena Williams will return to work on Thursday, taking Victoria Azarenka to the semifinals. For the second consecutive round, Williams needed three sets to beat her rival – she played the first set of the unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova from Bulgaria before winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Williams, who turns 39 this month, is on a much-touted journey to win her 24th Grand Slam single to tie Margaret Court’s open-world record. Her last big victory came at the Australian Open in 2017, before she gave birth to her daughter Olympia, who turned three on September.

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