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Oregon’s Eagle Creek Fire and the New Reality of Life in the Smoke-Filled American West

Oregon's Eagle Creek FireWhere I live, on the edge of the Columbia River, in southern Washington State, the light is yellow and strange, scattered by the thick smoke of a wildfire about twenty miles downstream.

The Eagle Creek fire, which started last Saturday afternoon, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, quickly spread over more than thirty thousand acres of dizzyingly steep terrain; as of Thursday morning, it was only five per cent contained. Over the holiday weekend, the fire trapped a hundred and forty day hikers on a popular trail, obliging them to spend a cold, hungry, and terrifying night in the woods.

It has since forced about seven hundred people to evacuate their homes, and hundreds of others to prepare to leave on short notice. Some of the most beloved outdoor spots in the Pacific Northwest are in the path of the blaze. Already, the region has begun to mourn the transformation of its waterfall-fringed forests of Douglas fir and hemlock.


Mammoth Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida Keys

Hurricane IrmaHurricane Irma blasted its way to landfall Sunday in the Florida Keys as a mammoth, Category 4 storm with slashing rain and roaring, sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm was forecast to slam northward up the state, generally tracking along the Gulf Coast but bringing the havoc of hurricane-force wind, rain or storm surge just about everywhere. In Miami, high winds snapped a high-rise construction crane and water swept down streets like rivers. In Palm Bay, 175 miles to the north, six mobile homes were destroyed by an apparent tornado.


Feds agree to admit deported Dreamer for legal case

Feds agree to admit deported Dreamer for court case

Department of Homeland Security officials have agreed to allow the temporary return to the U.S. of a so-called Dreamer who claims he was unlawfully deported to Mexico on two occasions earlier this year.

Officials from Customs and Border Protection agreed to allow Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, 23, to enter the U.S. for his deposition and trial in connection with a lawsuit he filed in federal court in San Diego in April claiming he was deported despite his participation in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program.


Eric Bolling’s 19-Year-Old Son Found Dead

Eric Bolling son found deadThe 19-year-old son of former Fox News host Eric Bolling was found dead Friday.

The cause of Eric Chase Bolling’s death remained unknown as of Saturday afternoon.

The younger Bolling died hours after Fox News announced it was parting ways “amicably” with his father. The Fox personality came under fire after HuffPost published a report in August revealing that he had sent inappropriate text messages to current and former female colleagues.


Equifax data breach could create lifelong identity theft threat

Data break at Equifax puts people at lifetime risk

When a credit card gets stolen, it's easy for the victim of the crime to shut down the card, get a new account number and avoid monetary loss. But financial peril rises and can persist for years when personal data likely to stay the same forever -- like Social Security numbers, names and dates of birth -- get stolen like it did in the cyber attack on credit-reporting service Equifax.

Once hackers gain access to these key pieces of personal data -- which is akin to the DNA of a person's online digital self -- it is at the cyber thieves' disposal forever to cause harm.


Feds Running Out of Money to Fight Massive Oregon Wildfire

Feds running out of money to fight Oregon firesWhile the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Irma, Oregon is battling an inferno that could bleed the U.S. Forest Service dry this week.

More than 30,000 acres of the Columbia River Gorge west of Portland have burned since  Saturday, according to Oregon State Police, and almost 2,000 homes are in the path of the fire. Meanwhile, the Forest Service faces a funding shortage, according to Oregon’s congressional delegation.


Major Hurricane Irma likely to deliver destructive blow to Florida this weekend

Irma likely to deliver destructive blow to FloridaAfter blasting the northern Caribbean, deadly Hurricane Irma will turn toward the United States, unleashing destructive winds, flooding rain and dangerous seas across Florida starting on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, there is no way the United States is going to avoid another catastrophic weather event," Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather said.

"There will be massive damage in Florida. [It will be] the worst single hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992," Myers said.


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