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Governer declares state emergency

According to the Los Angeles Times, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the Northern California counties of Lake and Napa as the Valley fire has consumed 40,00 acres, or 62 square miles, and counting. The Valley fire began around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“This fire has burned much quicker than we’re able to get resources into the area,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman, Daniel Berlant, said.

The Valley fire burns on the heels of the Butte fire, which began Wednesday, southeast of Sacramento across Amador and Calaveras counties, and plowed through 65,000 acres, states the article. The Butte fire quadrupled in size within one day and is only 20% contained.

To the south, the Rough fire has chewed through more than 128,000 acres of the Sierra Nevadas, including area in the Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks.

Millions of Syrians become refugees

War has displaced half of all people in Syria, as reported by CNN. About half of Syria’s pre-war population – totaling about 10.6 million people – have been forced from their home after the rise of ISIS.

According to the article, one out of two Syrians has fled home or been killed since the war began. Statistics show  6.5 million individuals have been displaced within Syria while 4.1 million Syrians left their homeland and registered as refugees with the United Nations.

Facing an influx of migrants and refugees from war-torn Syria, Germany has instituted temporary border controls, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Sunday.

“The goal of this measure is to restrict the present inflow of migrants into Germany and return again to an order process upon entry,” de Maiziere said.

The announcement of measures by Germany came hours after more than 40 migrants were discovered alive inside a refrigerated truck in northwest Austria, about 30 miles from the German border.

Carson labels himself the anti-Trump

According to the Wall Street Journal, Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson, took an apologetic approach to handling fellow candidate, Donald Trump’s, insults.

The WSJ reported WSJ the retired neurosurgeon apologized for provoking Trump in an attempt to steer clear of confrontation with his chief competitor.

“I said something that sounded like I was questioning his faith,”  Mr. Carson said in an interview. “I really wasn’t. I was really talking more about mine. But it was said in an inappropriate way, which I recognized, and I apologized for that.”

This “anti-establishment support” is part of Carson’s effort to become the anti-Trump, states the article.

High speed chase on highway 101

One man was arressted and another man evaded police after a high-speed chase early Saturday through the residential streets of Ventura reports the Ventura County Star.

The incident unfolded around 12:45 a.m. when a Ventura police officer attempted to pull over a suspicious vehicle, during which the truck sped onto northbound highway 101, reaching speeds above 90 miles per hour, according to the Ventura Police Department.

The truck exited the freeway and entered residential streets, after which police lost sight of the vehicle. Officers later found the truck abandoned and upon searching found a gun, several rounds of ammunition and other items suspected of being stolen.

After residents reported hearing people running through their yards, and with help from the Ventura K-9 unit, officers found the two men hiding in a side yard.

Kristen Hansen
Staff Writer
Published September 16th, 2015