Santa Rosa, Bob Corker, Harvey Weinstein: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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    Santa Rosa, Bob Corker, Harvey Weinstein: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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    Good evening. Here’s the latest.

    1. “The largest fire we’ve ever had.” That was the sheriff of Napa County, trying to grapple with the devastation of wildfires raging through Northern California’s wine country.

    Officials expect the death toll — now at least 15 — to rise. About 20,000 people were forced to evacuate, some by foot. “Everything was incinerated,” said one resident in Santa Rosa.

    These maps and photos show the damage, and this video captures the fear amid the smoky haze. The fires are still not contained, but the winds have died down.

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    2. President Trump escalated his personal attacks on Senator Bob Corker, this time ridiculing his height with the derogatory nickname “Liddle Bob.”

    Mr. Trump also accused The Times of tricking Mr. Corker by recording his comments that the president was reckless and could stumble into a nuclear war. The truth: Mr. Corker asked our reporter to record the interview.

    And Mr. Trump threatened to use federal tax law to penalize the N.F.L. over players who kneel during the national anthem. All on Twitter.

    We collected the best writing from the right and left on the Corker-Trump feud. And on our podcast “The Daily,” we discuss this week’s White House rollback of Obama-era rules on carbon emissions and birth control.

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    3. The accusations are piling up against Harvey Weinstein: Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie now say that he sexually harassed them when they were young actresses.

    “I was expected to keep the secret,” Ms. Paltrow, above, said of his advances in a hotel room.

    The stars are among a growing number of women who have come forward since we published our investigation into decades of allegations against the movie mogul.

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    4. Three weeks after Hurricane Maria, only 16 percent of Puerto Rico has electricity. Forty percent has no running water.

    The shortages are putting the sick and elderly in mortal peril, and exposing others to health hazards like infections from contaminated floodwaters.

    Medical professionals say that the communications and electrical difficulties have obscured the true number of fatalities related to the hurricane. The official count rose today to 43.

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    5. North Korean hackers stole classified data from South Korea last year — including its joint wartime contingency plans with the U.S.

    The data included the “decapitation” plan to remove Kim Jong-un should war break out, a South Korean lawmaker told reporters. Above, a military drill last month.

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    6. A balancing act in Barcelona: In a closely watched speech, Carles Puigdemont, the leader of Catalonia, made a carefully worded declaration of independence from Spain.

    But he immediately suspended the declaration to allow for “dialogue” with the central government in Madrid.

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    7. Liberians headed to the polls today, and they will almost certainly elect a male president, after having a female one for the last 12 years.

    Helene Cooper, our Pentagon correspondent and a Liberian-American who has written extensively about the country, went to Monrovia to witness the transition.

    The outgoing leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was the first democratically elected female president in all of Africa. There was a palpable unease about whether her successor will build on her most crucial accomplishment: keeping the country out of war.

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    8. The rival Palestinian factionsFatah and Hamas began unity talks in Cairo, sponsored by the Egyptian government.

    The effort is being propelled to a great extent by the increasingly desperate humanitarian situation among the two million residents of Gaza. One key question is who will control security there.

    Representatives from the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority held a ceremonial meeting in Gaza, above, last week.

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    9. October baseball is in full swing. The Yankees forced a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday with the Indians, while the Astros defeated the Red Sox to reach the A.L.C.S.

    The Cubs take a 2-1 series lead into tonight’s game with the Nationals. The winner of that best-of-five series will meet the Dodgers, who swept the Diamondbacks on Monday led by Cody Bellinger, their rookie slugger.

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    10. Finally, the CW remake of the classic ’80s nighttime soap opera “Dynasty” premieres tomorrow.

    “It’s the kind of show where you know you’ve met the black sheep of the family because he says, “I’m the black sheep,” and Fallon’s secret lover welcomes her back to sultry Atlanta by saying, “It wasn’t as hot without you here,” our critic notes dryly. But the casting is promising. Above, Grant Show and Nathalie Kelley.

    Among your choices on TV tonight, via our friends at Watching: the BET “Hip-Hop Awards,” Dan Rather’s interview with Sharon Osbourne and the season finale of the DC Comics series “The Flash.”

    Have a great night.

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    Published at Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:12:28 +0000