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A view of the Al-Aqsa compound (Temple Mount) in Jerusalem's Old City on July 14, 2017. The rock over which the shrine was built is sacred to both Muslims and Jews and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in the world in Islam. According to media reports on Dec. 5 2017 state that US President Donald J. Trump has informed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that he intends to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.(Photo: ATEF SAFADI, EPA-EFE)

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Trump expected to declare Jerusalem as Israel's new capital

U.S. officials say President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday, a move that could potentially complicate peace efforts in the Middle East. Trump, who is also expected to begin the process of moving the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as part of the plans, would effectively change 22 years of U.S. policy. Turkey, France and Germany, along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others oppose the recognition, with some urging the U.S. not to change Jerusalem's status

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President Donald Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, officials say, a highly charged declaration that risks inflaming tensions across the Middle East. Time

House set to vote on right to carry concealed weapons

The debate on guns heads to the House Wednesday as Congress is expected to take up gun legislation to expand concealed carry rights. The vote comes a week before the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 26 people in Newtown, Conn. and after recent months have seen two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. The National Rifle Association has previously said expanding the right to carry a concealed weapon was a top legislative priority. If the bill does hit the floor, it will be on the same day as gun-control advocates hold vigils across the country for victims of gun violence. 

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A USA TODAY review finds thousands of guns were sold to people who should have failed their background checks. Now, federal agents have the dangerous jobs of trying to get those guns back. USA TODAY

Southern California wildfires: Erratic winds could spread blazes further

Erratic winds could cause more problems across Southern California on Wednesday as firefighters work to combat wildfires that have destroyed at least 180 homes and structures. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Ventura County on Tuesday, after a blaze scorched the neighborhoods, about 60 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. Meanwhile, two other wind-whipped fires were tearing through neighborhoods in northern Los Angeles County, sparking massive evacuations. All three fires were driven by the strongest seasonal Santa Ana winds so far this year, with gusts of more than 45 mph that picked up embers from burning fields and structures which wafted downwind where they set additional homes on fire. 

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Firefighters battle flames on State Route 150 between Carpinteria and Ojai Calif.  Tom Tingle, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenBill Hahn, owner of the Rose Story Farm,  at his 15-acre
Bill Hahn, owner of the Rose Story Farm, at his 15-acre property, hoping that firefighters can save his property in Carpinteria, Calif.  Tom Tingle, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenAn inmate wild land fire crew clears brush at the Rose
An inmate wild land fire crew clears brush at the Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria, Calif.  Tom Tingle, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenCharred ground in the Shepard Mesa neighborhood smolders
Charred ground in the Shepard Mesa neighborhood smolders from a wildfire in in Carpinteria, Calif.  Kenneth Song, Santa Barbara News-Press via AP>FullscreenA fire-fighting helicopter makes a water drop on a
A fire-fighting helicopter makes a water drop on a hotspot near a house in the Shepard Mesa neighborhood in Carpinteria, Calif.  Kenneth Song, Santa Barbara News-Press via AP>FullscreenFirefighting helicopters try to save a house from the
Firefighting helicopters try to save a house from the Thomas wildfire in Carpinteria, Calif. on Dec. 10, 2017. The Thomas fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, making it one of the worst wildfires in California history.  Mark Ralston>FullscreenA house burns near Casitas Pass Road as the Thomas
A house burns near Casitas Pass Road as the Thomas Fire continues to grow on Dec. 10, 2017 near Carpinteria, Calif.   David McNew, Getty Images >FullscreenFirefighters move away from a burning house after discovering
Firefighters move away from a burning house after discovering downed live power lines, as the Thomas wildfire continues to burn in Carpinteria, Calif. on Dec. 10, 2017.   Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighters investigate burnt out cars, as the Thomas
Firefighters investigate burnt out cars, as the Thomas wildfire continues to burn in Carpinteria, Calif. on Dec. 10, 2017.   Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA firefighter hoses the burning ruins of a house near
A firefighter hoses the burning ruins of a house near Casitas Pass Road as the Thomas Fire continues to grow on Dec. 10, 2017 near Carpinteria, Calif.  David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenHorses that were evacuated from the Thomas Fire are
Horses that were evacuated from the Thomas Fire are seen on Dec. 10, 2017 in Ojai, Calif.   David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenThe ruins of a house that was destroyed by the Thomas
The ruins of a house that was destroyed by the Thomas Fire are seen on Dec. 10, 2017 near Carpinteria, Calif.  David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenChristmas decorations illuminate a house as the growing
Christmas decorations illuminate a house as the growing Thomas Fire advances toward Santa Barbara County seaside communities on Dec. 10, 2017 in Carpinteria, Calif.  David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenPeople watch as the Thomas Fire advances toward Santa
People watch as the Thomas Fire advances toward Santa Barbara County seaside communities on Dec. 10, 2017 in Carpinteria, Calif.   David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenLocal residents keep watch while fire and smoke from
Local residents keep watch while fire and smoke from the Thomas wildfire heads towards their housing estate in Ojai, Calif. on Dec. 9, 2017. Brutal winds that fueled southern California's firestorm finally began to ease Saturday, giving residents and firefighters hope for respite as the destructive toll of multiple blazes came into focus.   Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA helicopter drops water while trying to keep a wildfire
A helicopter drops water while trying to keep a wildfire from jumping Santa Ana Road near Ventura, Calif. on Dec. 9, 2017.   Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenFirefighters light backfire while trying to keep a
Firefighters light backfire while trying to keep a wildfire from jumping Santa Ana Rd. near Ventura, Calif. on Dec. 9, 2017.   Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenCalFire works in Ventura County as efforts continue
CalFire works in Ventura County as efforts continue against the Thomas Fire in Ojai, Calif. on Dec. 9, 2017. Several fires burning in various locations of Southern California with the Thomas Fire the largest at 148,000 acres burned, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate as one of the strongest Santa Ana winds forecast of the season have continued for much of the past week.  John Cetrino, EPA-EFE>FullscreenFire burns utility poles in Ventura County as efforts
Fire burns utility poles in Ventura County as efforts continue against the Thomas Fire in Ojai, Calif. on Dec. 9, 2017.   John Cetrino, EPA-EFE>FullscreenFlames rise as a fire front approaches the Lake Casitas
Flames rise as a fire front approaches the Lake Casitas area on Dec. 8, 2017 near Ojai, Calif. Strong Santa Ana winds have been feeding major wildfires all week, destroying hundreds of houses and forcing tens of thousands of people to stay away from their homes.   David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenNational Guard helicopters make water drop as the Thomas
National Guard helicopters make water drop as the Thomas Fire approaches the Lake Casitas area on Dec. 9, 2017 near Ojai, Calif.   David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighters watch after setting a backfire at night
Firefighters watch after setting a backfire at night to make progress against the Thomas Fire before the winds return with the daylight near Lake Casitas on Dec. 9, 2017 near Ojai, Calif.   David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighters set a backfire to make progress against
Firefighters set a backfire to make progress against the Thomas Fire before the winds return with the daylight near Lake Casitas on Dec. 9, 2017 near Ojai, Calif.   David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighters put out burning embers from recent Ventura
Firefighters put out burning embers from recent Ventura County fires in the Los Padres National Forest north of Ojai, California on Dec. 8, 2017. Unrelenting winds fanned towering flames in southern California, where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee multiple devastating fires in the Los Angeles area and new outbreaks near San Diego.   Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA thank you banner for firefigters is placed on a grass
A thank you banner for firefigters is placed on a grass patch in Ojai, California on Dec. 8, 2017.   Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighters monitor the Thomas fire as it burns through
Firefighters monitor the Thomas fire as it burns through Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, Calif. on Dec. 8, 2017.   Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenA hillside glows with embers as the Thomas fire burns
A hillside glows with embers as the Thomas fire burns through Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, Calif. on Dec. 8, 2017.   Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenJudy Bell surveys the damage to her home on Dec. 8,
Judy Bell surveys the damage to her home on Dec. 8, 2017, in the community of Camino Cielo near Ojai, Calif., as the Thomas Fire burned for a fifth day.  Juan Carlo, The Ventura County Star via AP>FullscreenA charred snowman holiday display looks out over mobile
A charred snowman holiday display looks out over mobile homes consumed by the Lilac wildfire in Fallbrook, California, USA, 08 Dec. 8, 2017.  Eugene Garcia, EPA-EFE>FullscreenA holiday display hangs on the side of a mobile home
A holiday display hangs on the side of a mobile home consumed by the Lilac wildfire in Fallbrook, Calif. on Dec. 8, 2017.   Eugene Garcia, EPA-EFE>FullscreenFirefighters rest after protecting mobile homes after
Firefighters rest after protecting mobile homes after other structures were consumed by the Lilac wildfire in Fallbrook, Calif. Dec. 8, 2017.  Eugene Garcia, EPA-EFE>FullscreenMarissa Sherman, left, reacts as she sees the destroyed
Marissa Sherman, left, reacts as she sees the destroyed home of her grandfather, Dick Marsala, right, after a wildfire roared through the Rancho Monserate Country Club, on Dec. 8, 2017, in Bonsall, Calif.  Gregory Bull, AP>FullscreenDick Marsala looks through debris from his destroyed
Dick Marsala looks through debris from his destroyed home after a wildfire roared through the Rancho Monserate Country Club, Friday, in Bonsall, Calif. The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes in Southern California.  Gregory Bull, AP>FullscreenFirefighters battle the Lilac fire in Bonsall, Calif.,
Firefighters battle the Lilac fire in Bonsall, Calif., Friday. The blaze burned numerous structures and thousands of acres according to fire officials.  Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenFire crews search for hot spots among destroyed homes
Fire crews search for hot spots among destroyed homes in the Rancho Monserate Country Club community Friday.  Gregory Bull, AP>FullscreenGary and Eileen Young of Pilgrim Creek rest at the
Gary and Eileen Young of Pilgrim Creek rest at the Oceanside High School shelter as wildfires rip through Southern California.  Sean Logan, The Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenA street destroyed by the Lilac Fire in Rancho Monserate
A street destroyed by the Lilac Fire in Rancho Monserate Country Club is pictured on Friday, in Fallbrook, Calif. The fire is just one of several wildfires raging throughout southern California.  Sean Logan, The Republic>FullscreenFirefighters monitor a fire beside Highway 33 north
Firefighters monitor a fire beside Highway 33 north of Ojai, Calif., Friday.  Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighters put out burning embers from the Thomas
Firefighters put out burning embers from the Thomas Fire at the Los Padres National Forest north of Ojai, Calif.  Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA photo album damaged by fire is see amid the destruction
A photo album damaged by fire is see amid the destruction of the Lilac Fire, Friday, at a retirement community in Fallbrook, in San Diego County Calif. Hot and dry Santa Ana winds have ignited wildfires across Southern California.  Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA wreath hangs on the gate of a burned property at
A wreath hangs on the gate of a burned property at the Lilac Fire in the early morning hours, Friday, near Bonsall, Calif.  David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenJohn Knapp examines the damage from the Lilac Fire
John Knapp examines the damage from the Lilac Fire in his neighborhood at Rancho Monserate Country Club.  Sean Logan, The Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenFirefighter Jason Scott of the Heartland Fire Dept.,
Firefighter Jason Scott of the Heartland Fire Dept., recovers a safe from a destroyed home in the Rancho Monserate Country Club Friday.  Gregory Bull, AP>FullscreenLocal resident Pal Paricsy looks over the remains of
Local resident Pal Paricsy looks over the remains of his neighbors' homes destroyed by the Lilac Fire, Friday, in Bonsall, Calif.  Robiyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA structure burns at the Lilac Fire early Friday morning
A structure burns at the Lilac Fire early Friday morning near Bonsall, Calif.  David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenRichard Timboe, right, and his son Steve  move items
Richard Timboe, right, and his son Steve move items out of Richards' home in Rancho Monserate Country Club. Much of the neighborhood was affected by the Lilac Fire, but Timboe's house survived.  Sean Logan, The Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenA home destroyed by the Lilac Fire is seen in Rancho
A home destroyed by the Lilac Fire is seen in Rancho Monserate Country Club on Friday, in Fallbrook, Calif.  Sean Logan, The Republic>FullscreenDick Marsala looks through debris from his destroyed
Dick Marsala looks through debris from his destroyed home after a wildfire roared through the Rancho Monserate Country Club.  Gregory Bull, AP>FullscreenA firefighter douses a smoldering pile of wood chips
A firefighter douses a smoldering pile of wood chips and mulch, sparked by a wildfire Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Fallbrook, Calif. The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations.  Gregory Bull, AP>FullscreenA street destroyed by the Lilac Fire in Rancho Monserate
A street destroyed by the Lilac Fire in Rancho Monserate Country Club.  Sean Logan, The Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenHorses that survived the Lilac Fire in their stalls
Horses that survived the Lilac Fire in their stalls are loaded onto a trailer in the early Friday morning, near Bonsall, Calif.  David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighters break up hotspots in an attempt to halt
Firefighters break up hotspots in an attempt to halt the spread of the Lilac Fire, on Friday.  Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighter Simon Garcia, of Heartland Fire Dept.,
Firefighter Simon Garcia, of Heartland Fire Dept., gets a hug from a woman after she arrived to find her house was intact in the Rancho Monserate Country Club, Friday.  Gregory Bull, AP>FullscreenExhausted firefighters have their first rest in over
Exhausted firefighters have their first rest in over 20 hours since starting to fight the Lilac Fire, in Bonsall, Calif.  Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA plane drops fire retardant on a wildfire Friday,
A plane drops fire retardant on a wildfire Friday, in Fallbrook, Calif.  Gregory Bull, AP>FullscreenJohn Knapp's back windshield is covered in red splatters
John Knapp's back windshield is covered in red splatters from fire retardant dumped over Rancho Monserate Country Club, which was affected by the Lilac Fire, on Friday.  Sean Logan, The Republic>FullscreenFirefighters monitor a section of the Thomas Fire along
Firefighters monitor a section of the Thomas Fire along the 101 freeway, Thursday, north of Ventura, Calif. Ffirefighters occasionally used a flare device to burn-off brush close to the roadside.  Mario Tama, Getty Images>FullscreenA fire ravaged vechile remains parked in front of fire-affected
A fire ravaged vechile remains parked in front of fire-affected homes north of Ojai, Calif.  Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA man bicycles past bluffs burned in the Thomas Fire
A man bicycles past bluffs burned in the Thomas Fire on Thursday, in La Conchita, Calif. The fire has destroyed 439 structures and burned 115,000 acres.  Mario Tama, Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighters walk to the fire line at the Lilac fire
Firefighters walk to the fire line at the Lilac fire in Bonsall, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017.  SANDY HUFFAKER, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenVolunteers rescue horses at a stable during the Lilac
Volunteers rescue horses at a stable during the Lilac fire in Bonsall, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017.   SANDY HUFFAKER, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighters walk to the fire line at the Lilac fire
Firefighters walk to the fire line at the Lilac fire in Bonsall, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017.   SANDY HUFFAKER, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenThe Thomas Fire burns a hillside behind Lake Casitas
The Thomas Fire burns a hillside behind Lake Casitas in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 8, 2017.  KYLE GRILLOT, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenChristy Woodhams and her son Josh Lowe inspect the
Christy Woodhams and her son Josh Lowe inspect the remains of the cabin they were staying in that belonged to her cousin at Camp Bartlett, in Santa Paula, Calif.  Richard Lui, The Desert Sun via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenFirefighters monitor a section of the Thomas Fire along
Firefighters monitor a section of the Thomas Fire along the 101 freeway on Dec. 7, 2017, north of Ventura, Calif. The firefighters occasionally used a flare device to burn-off brush close to the roadside.  Mario Tama, Getty Images>FullscreenFirefighter Mike Warren, part of a Portland, Ore.,
Firefighter Mike Warren, part of a Portland, Ore., crew battling the Thomas fire, stages in Ojai, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017. The biggest and most destructive of the windblown fires raking Southern California shut down one of the region's busiest freeways Thursday and threatened Ojai, a scenic mountain town dubbed "Shangri-La" and known for its boutique hotels and New Age spiritual retreats.  Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenThe 101 Highway was closed after the Thomas Fire jumped
The 101 Highway was closed after the Thomas Fire jumped the road toward the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017.  Kyle Grillot, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA helicopter drops water while battling the Thomas
A helicopter drops water while battling the Thomas fire in Ojai, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017.  Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenA group of horse rescuers stages in a parking lot as
A group of horse rescuers stages in a parking lot as smoke from the Thomas fire billows over Ojai, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017. The volunteers, who met through a Facebook group, estimated that they have evacuated more than 100 horses from the fire.  Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenA firefighter battles a wildfire at Faria State Beach
A firefighter battles a wildfire at Faria State Beach in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017. The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes.   Jae C. Hong, AP>FullscreenPalm trees sway in a gust of wind as a firefighter
Palm trees sway in a gust of wind as a firefighter carries a water hose while battling a wildfire at Faria State Beach in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017.  Jae C. Hong, AP>FullscreenTwo firefighters watch as a home burns in a wildfire
Two firefighters watch as a home burns in a wildfire in La Conchita, Calif., Dec. 7, 2017. The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes.  Jae C. Hong, AP>FullscreenFirefighters work to extinguish the Thomas Fire as
Firefighters work to extinguish the Thomas Fire as it burns past the 101 Highway towards the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura, California, December 7, 2017.  Kyle Grillot, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenThe 101 Highway was closed after the Thomas Fire jumped
The 101 Highway was closed after the Thomas Fire jumped the road towards the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura, California, December 7, 2017.  Kyle Grillot, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA motorists on Highway 101 watches flames from the
A motorists on Highway 101 watches flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2017.  Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenA section of the Thomas Fire burns on a bluff on Dec.
A section of the Thomas Fire burns on a bluff on Dec. 7, 2017 in La Conchita, Calif.  Mario Tama, Getty Images>FullscreenOrange County firefighter Robert Bucho tapes off Highway
Orange County firefighter Robert Bucho tapes off Highway 150 near Santa Paula for caution as power lines brought down by the Thomas Fire block the road. The road is closed until further notice.  Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenFirefighter Dan Whelan is silhouetted against the sun
Firefighter Dan Whelan is silhouetted against the sun as he battles a wildfire burning near Faria State Beach in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 7, 2017.  Jae C. Hong, AP>FullscreenA woman involved in a traffic accident waits to get
A woman involved in a traffic accident waits to get towed beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, Calif. on Dec. 6, 2017.  Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA volunteer passes supplies donated to Thomas fire
A volunteer passes supplies donated to Thomas fire evacuees in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2017. As many as five fires have closed highways, schools and museums, shut down production of TV series and cast a hazardous haze over the region. About 200,000 people were under evacuation orders. No deaths and only a few injuries were reported.   Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenA family wears face masks as they walk through the
A family wears face masks as they walk through the smoke filled streets after the Thomas wildfire swept through Ventura, Calif. on Dec. 6, 2017. California motorists commuted past a blazing inferno Wednesday as wind-whipped wildfires raged across the Los Angeles region, with flames triggering the closure of a major freeway and mandatory evacuations in an area dotted with mansions.   Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenThe Thomas Fire burns near Highway 101 in Ventura,
The Thomas Fire burns near Highway 101 in Ventura, Calif.  Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY Network>FullscreenAn evacuees from the Thomas Fire rests in the Ventura
An evacuees from the Thomas Fire rests in the Ventura County Fairgrounds evacuation center in Ventura, Calif.  Mike Nelson, EPA-EFE>FullscreenThe Thomas Fire burns near Highway 101 in Ventura,
The Thomas Fire burns near Highway 101 in Ventura, Calif.  Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenA new wildfire broke out overnight in some of Los Angeles'
A new wildfire broke out overnight in some of Los Angeles' most exclusive neighborhoods. As the fire climbs up the canyon wall, firefighters race to save the homes along the 1700 block of Linda Flora in the upscale Bel Air Estates area of Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2017.   Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY>FullscreenLAFD Captain Scott Quinn coordinates the attack on
LAFD Captain Scott Quinn coordinates the attack on two fires of homes in the upscale Bel Air Estates area of Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2017.  Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY>FullscreenDense vegetation along the canyon walls fueled the
Dense vegetation along the canyon walls fueled the fires even with constant water drops from helicopters in Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2017.  Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY>FullscreenFirefighters try to save a house in the 1700 block
Firefighters try to save a house in the 1700 block of Linda Flora in the upscale Bel Air Estates area of Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2017.  Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY>FullscreenFirefighters work in the Bel Air Estates area of Los
Firefighters work in the Bel Air Estates area of Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2017.   Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY>FullscreenA vintage Mercedes sits in ruins along with a burned
A vintage Mercedes sits in ruins along with a burned home in the Bel Air Estates area of Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2017.  Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY>FullscreenFirefighters battle flames on Foothill Boulevard in
Firefighters battle flames on Foothill Boulevard in the Lake View Terrace area during the Creek Fire in Lake View Terrace, Calif. on Dec. 5, 2017.  Joe Lumaya, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenA horse rider heads back to his home as other owners
A horse rider heads back to his home as other owners start to evacuate their horses during the Creek Fire in Lake View Terrace, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017.  Joe Lumaya, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenResidents watch fire retardant dropped on an area of
Residents watch fire retardant dropped on an area of the Rye Canyon Fire, one of several fires burning in Southern California.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY>FullscreenAs the sun sets, a resident watches the Rye Canyon
As the sun sets, a resident watches the Rye Canyon Fire in Stevenson Ranch, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017. The Rye Canyon Fire had burned over 5,000 acres by 4 p.m. The fire forced the evacuation of several schools in the area and the closure of several roads.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY>FullscreenLos Angeles County firefighters battle flames in Lake
Los Angeles County firefighters battle flames in Lake View Terrace, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017.  Joe Lumaya, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenResidents gather on Poe Parkway in Stevenson Ranch,
Residents gather on Poe Parkway in Stevenson Ranch, Calif., to watch the Rye Canyon Fire, one of several burning in Southern California.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY>FullscreenMichael and Vonea McQuillam stand beside their house
Michael and Vonea McQuillam stand beside their house that was burned to the ground during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017. Firefighters battled a wind-whipped brush fire in Southern California that has left at least one person dead, destroyed more than 150 homes and businesses and forced tens of thousands to flee.  Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenA fireman walks past a totally engulfed burning home
A fireman walks past a totally engulfed burning home at the corner of North Fir and Buena Vista Street at 2:00 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2017.  Chuck Kirmanv, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenA man rides his bike past a home consumed by a wildfire
A man rides his bike past a home consumed by a wildfire on Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif.  Jae C. Hong, AP>FullscreenJames and Josie Ralstin carry belongings from their
James and Josie Ralstin carry belongings from their Ventura, Calif., home as flames from a wildfire consume another residence on Dec. 5, 2017. The couple evacuated early Tuesday morning as the fire approached, but returned to retrieve medications and other property.  Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenThe Thomas Fire burns in the hills above Santa Paula
The Thomas Fire burns in the hills above Santa Paula on Dec. 4, 2017, in Ventura, Calif.  Anthony Plascencia, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenHorses are evacuated from a ranch along Kagel Canyon
Horses are evacuated from a ranch along Kagel Canyon at the Creek fire on Dec. 5, 2017, in La Canada Flintridge, Calif. Raked by ferocious Santa Ana winds, explosive wildfires northwest of Los Angeles and in the city's foothills burned a psychiatric hospital and scores of other structures Tuesday and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.  David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News, via AP>FullscreenEngineer Brock Harmon from the L.A. Fire Department
Engineer Brock Harmon from the L.A. Fire Department sprays water on a burning home at the corner of North Fir and Buena Vista Streets in Ventura on Dec. 5, 2017.  Chuck Kirmanv, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenFirefighters put out flames near a home along Kagel
Firefighters put out flames near a home along Kagel Canyon Road at the Creek fire on Dec. 5, 2017, in Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles .  David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News, via AP>FullscreenHorses are evacuated during the Creek fire on Dec.
Horses are evacuated during the Creek fire on Dec. 5, 2017, in La Canada Flintridge, Calif.  David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News, via AP>FullscreenA home totally engulfed in flames from the Thomas fire
A home totally engulfed in flames from the Thomas fire at the corner of North Fir and Buena Vista Street in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017.  Chuck Kirmanv, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenHomeowner Alan Barnard walks past the remains of his
Homeowner Alan Barnard walks past the remains of his RV from a wildfire in the Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.  Chris Carlson, AP>FullscreenAs the Hawaiian Village apartments burn a man dodges
As the Hawaiian Village apartments burn a man dodges embers and has a hose ready to spray his rooftop on Polin Street in Ventura, Calif.  Chuck Kirmanv, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenSmoke from the Creek wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains,
Smoke from the Creek wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains, the second range behind the Hollywood Hills, home of the Hollywood sign, looms up over Los Angeles Tuesday morning on Dec. 5, 2017.  Reed Saxon, AP>FullscreenFlames rise near a home as a wildfire burns in Ventura,
Flames rise near a home as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017. Ferocious winds in Southern California have whipped up explosive wildfires, burning a psychiatric hospital and scores of other structures.  Jae C. Hong, AP>FullscreenThe Hawaiian Village apartments burn out of control
The Hawaiian Village apartments burn out of control from the Thomas fire in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017.  Chuck Kirmanv, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenGreg Smith stands amid the ruins of his home after
Greg Smith stands amid the ruins of his home after the Thomas fire swept through Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017.  Daniel Dreifuss, AP>FullscreenSmoke rises behind a leveled apartment complex as a
Smoke rises behind a leveled apartment complex as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017. Over 100 structures have burned so far in Ventura County, officials said.  Noah Berger, AP>FullscreenA firefighter checks damage to a home at Lake View
A firefighter checks damage to a home at Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.   David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News, via AP>FullscreenThe Thomas Fire burns in the hills above Santa Paula
The Thomas Fire burns in the hills above Santa Paula on Dec. 4, 2017  Anthony Plascencia, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenThe Thomas Fire burns in the hills near Steckel Park
The Thomas Fire burns in the hills near Steckel Park in Santa Paula on Dec. 4, 2017.  Anthony Plascencia, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenA fire near Santa Paula burns in the background on
A fire near Santa Paula burns in the background on Dec. 4, 2017, as public safety personnel gather at the command post.  Megan Diskin, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenA home in Ventura goes up in flames as the Thomas Fire
A home in Ventura goes up in flames as the Thomas Fire descends down from the hills.   Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenFlames totally engulf two homes at the corner of North
Flames totally engulf two homes at the corner of North Fir and Buena Vista streets at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2017.  Chuck Kirmanv, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenThe Hawaiian Village Apartments burn as a neighborhood
The Hawaiian Village Apartments burn as a neighborhood resident climbs to his rooftop with a hose in Ventura, Calif.  Chuck Kirmanv, Ventura County Star, via USA TODAY NETWORK>Fullscreen

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    Time magazine on Wednesday revealed its Person of the Year, recognizing "The Silence Breakers" — women who triggered a #MeToo national outcry over sexual harassment — as the 2017 "Person of the Year." This year's shortlist included President Trump, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the #MeToo movement and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the national anthem protests against police treatment of minorities. Trump, who was 2016's winner, said he wasn't interested this time.

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    Time magazine picked 'The Silence Breakers' as the magazine's Person of the Year in 2017.  Time>FullscreenUS President-elect Donald Trump is the  Person of the
    US President-elect Donald Trump is the Person of the Year for Time magazine.  Time Magazine via AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel, is featured on the
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is featured on the cover of Time magazine. Merkel, who has ushered Europe through the continent's debt and migration crises, was named Time's 2015 Person of the Year.  AP>FullscreenThis image provided by Time Magazine, Wednesday, Dec.
    "Time" magazine announced on Dec. 10 the Ebola fighters are its Person of The Year for 2014. The issue has five different covers featuring Ebola caregivers. This image shows Jerry Brown, the Liberian surgeon who turned his hospital's chapel into the country's first Ebola treatment center.  Time>Fullscreenepa03986901 A handout image made available by Time
    Pope Francis was 2013 Person of the Year.  Time>FullscreenIn this image released Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 in
    President Obama is 2012 Person of the Year.  Time>FullscreenORG XMIT: NYR101 This image released by Time Magazine
    "The Protester" was selected for 2011. The magazine cited dissent across the Middle East that has spread to Europe and the United States, saying protesters are reshaping global politics.  Time>FullscreenORG XMIT: PRN14 TIME Names Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg
    Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was the 2010 Person of the Year.  Time>FullscreenThis photo released by Time Magazine Wednesday, Dec.
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was named 2009 Person of the Year.  Time>FullscreenThis image, supplied by Time magazine, shows Russian
    The 2007 Person of the Year was Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Time>Fullscreen** CORRECTS CAPTION TO REMOVE INCORRECT PHOTOGRAPHER
    "Time" magazine proclaimed "You" as the 2006 Person of the Year. The magazine cited the shift from institutions to individuals, naming anyone using or creating content on the World Wide Web as their winner.  Time>FullscreenIn this handout photo provided by TIME Magazine, the
    The magazine's 2005 Persons of the Year are Bill Gates, left, U2 rocker Bono, and Melinda Gates. The trio were commended for their outstanding humanitarian efforts.  Time>Fullscreen** EMBARGOED UNTIL 8 AM EDT, SUNDAY DEC. 19, 2004
    President Bush is the 2004 Person of the Year.  Time>Fullscreen** ADDS MANDATORY CREDIT ** Time Magazine's cover for
    The "Anonymous American Soldier" was chosen to be the magazine's 2003 Person of the Year.  Time>FullscreenThis picture released 22 December, 2002 by Time Magazine
    Cynthia Cooper of Worldcom, left, Coleen Rowley of the FBI and Sherron Watkins of Enron were named 2002 Persons of the Year for taking huge professional and personal risks to blow the whistle on what went wrong at their companies or institutions.  Time>FullscreenNew York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was named Time
    New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was named the 2001 Person of the Year.  Time>FullscreenJeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Inc., appears
    Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, was the 1999 Person of the Year.  Time>FullscreenIntel Chairman Andrew Grove, whose innovative use of
    Intel Chairman Andrew Grove, whose innovative use of microchip technology helped change the world, was named the 1997 Man of the Year.  Time>FullscreenEDS: EMBARGOED FOR 4:30 P.M. EST--AIDS researcher Dr.
    David Ho, who pioneered a treatment for HIV infection, was the 1996 Man of the Year.  Time>FullscreenHouse Speaker Newt Gingrich occupies the cover of Time
    House Speaker Newt Gingrich was the 1995 Man of the Year.  Time>Fullscreenrec vd 1991:Time Magazine cover with Ted Turner as
    Ted Turner was the 1991 Man of the Year.  Time>Fullscreen

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      Starbucks is upping the coffee game again

      Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks on Wednesday opens its largest location on the planet to date. The upscale Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai measures 30,000 square feet — twice the size of the only other Roastery so far, in Seattle. Visitors can take an augmented reality tour about coffee and gaze upward at 10,000 handmade wooden tiles on the ceiling. China is Starbucks' fastest-growing market with more than 3,000 stores in 136 cities.

       

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