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Top News Headline Podcast

 

The California Declares State of Emergency Over Wildfires,  Hundreds of Thousands Forced to Evacuate 

Wildfires burning in Northern California have forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. The Governor of California has now declared a statewide emergency. A second wildfire in the San Francisco Bay Area briefly halted traffic on a major highway. While flames came dangerously close to the city of Vallejo.  In the south, another wildfire near Santa Clarita near LA destroyed 18 homes.  The biggest evacuation was in Sonoma County where 180,000 were told to pack up and leave.   The nearby city of Santa Rosa which has a population of 175,000, devastated by fires two years ago was also asked to evacuate fearing that the high winds could blow embers across a major highway.

The evacuation orders came from PG&E.  The utility company announced it would cut power to 2.3 million customers across 36 counties starting Saturday evening.  The now named, Kincaid Fire began Wednesday night and is only 10% contained.  The fires were expected to be the worst this Sunday due to powerful winds, gusting up to 80 mph on the hillsides.  The wind event is expected to last through Monday says the National Weather Service.

 

Coast Guard Warns of Increased Drug Smuggling in the Pacific  

The U.S. Coast Guard is now warning of increased drug smuggling in the Pacific.  The Coast Guard recently seized an estimated $ 92 billion worth of cocaine from boats in the Pacific and transported them to San Diego. These boats, the coast guard says were carrying roughly 6,800 pounds worth of cocaine.  They were intercepted off the coasts of Mexico, Central America and South America between the months of July and October of this year.

Columbia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine and the United States is the largest consumer. Statistics show that over 40.6 million Americans have admitted using the drug at least once in their lives.  This is up from only 38.8 million in 2016. Cocaine related deaths were up 52.4 % in 2016, this is according to recent studies by the CDC.  Coast Guard Lt. Commander Matthew Froll told the Epoch Times-News that smugglers are using multiple vessels to smuggle narcotics into the United States, from small fishing vessels and container ships to semi-submersible submarines.  “They are using almost any method they can to get these drugs into the United States.” Said Kroll.

 

NYC EXPORTS HOMELESS ACROSS COUNTRY WITHOUT TELLING RECEIVING  CITIES  

NYC is now spreading its homeless crisis across the nation by quietly shipping homeless people to other cities without giving a heads up to the receiving cities.  NY has deployed homeless to 373 cities across the U.S..  The families or individuals are given a years worth of rent, and travel expenses and are being shipped anywhere from Honolulu to Louisiana.  This is part of NY Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s  “Special One Time Assistance Program”.  Since the program started in August 2017, city taxpayers have spent $89 million on rent and have shipped out 5,074 homeless families or 12,482 individuals and without any notification to any of the receiving cities.

Families that were initially housed in the city’s shelters were sent to 32 states with some going away as far as Puerto Rico.  The Dept of Homeless Services defended the high cost of the program claiming that housing the homeless in its shelters costs $ 41,000 per family per year compared with the average rent of $17,563 to transplant families to other cities. Many cities not particularly happy with Ny’s plan, like New Jersey, for example, are in the process of passing an ordinance to ban New York from sending it’s program’s clients.  The New York State Senate also opened an investigation into New York City’s program to ship the homeless to cities in upstate New York.

 

Kayla Mueller’s Parents  Say They’re Grateful After US-Engineered Raid Leads  To Terrorist Leader’s Death 

The parents of a young woman who was repeatedly abused and terrorized by Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdade, say they are grateful after President Trump confirmed the terrorist’s death on Sunday.  Al-Baghdade reportedly raped and tortured Arizona aide worker Kayla Mueller, when she was taken a hostage in 2013.   The family said they are thankful for the Trump administration’s swift action but still want to know what happened to their daughter who reportedly died in 2015.

Marsha Mueller said in a comment to The Arizona Republic, “ I still say Kayla should be here and if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, maybe she would have been.”  The mother said Obama didn’t do enough to free her daughter. “ For me what matters most, I’m hoping now we will finally get the answers we have been asking for all along.  I think this administration truly might help us.  I don’t think they are as closed about what happened.”

 

Today’s Quote is from Lao Tzu.

“ If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.”