Wind in forecast raises fears after Nevada fire burns homes

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Another lashing of strong winds expected in northern Nevada raised concerns Wednesday about reviving a wildfire that roared through a neighborhood in Reno in similar weather a day earlier, destroying at least five houses, damaging 15 other structures and forcing people to flee from hundreds of homes.

A separate fire about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south and across the border in California exploded in whipping winds Tuesday, killing one person and burning an unknown number of homes in a small community.

Both blazes got help from rain that moved in overnight, but the new forecast raised fresh fears in Reno.

“We’re looking at 40 mph (64 kph) winds in the valleys again today, 70 mph (112 kph) over the ridgetops, so that will be a concern for us,” Fire Department incident commander Mark Winkelman said.

Two firefighters were injured while battling the blaze over 2 square

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Fears Mount of Long COVID Winter Without Stimulus

Coronavirus street signs Photo: Mipan/Shutterstock; Ffikretow/Shutterstock

Odds are increasing that there won’t be another fiscal stimulus package before Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, which is raising fears that the nascent recovery, already under pressure from a sharp increase in coronavirus infections, will stall and possibly reverse. 

The Trump administration, according to news reports, has retreated from negotiations on a new economic relief package, leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in charge of fashioning a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the two remain far apart on a compromise.

On Thursday, McConnell repeated his support for a $500 billion package that failed to pass the Senate previously, while Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., at a news conference continued to press for the $2.2 trillion Heroes Act, which the House of Representatives passed last month.

On Thursday, the U.S. set another daily record for new COVID-19 cases — more than

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DHA douses fears of ‘ordained’ contractor in biometrics tender ructions

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has allayed fears that the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) project has been ceded to an EOH subcontractor amid growing ructions over the contract.

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi yesterday fired a broadside to insinuations that French multinational technology company IDEMIA is the preferred company to take over the project from EOH.

The ABIS project is meant to migrate data on the current Home Affairs National Identification System, which only records photos and fingerprints of South African citizens, to the new ABIS system, but is behind schedule by more than two years.

The final implementation of the system would provide a single source of identification for citizens across state institutions and private-sector entities.

Implementation of the ABIS system was delayed after the missing of master files in the ABIS contract with EOH, and a forensic audit is under

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Defense Overnight: National Guard troops activated in 16 states | Generals tamp down election fears

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a statue of a man: Defense Overnight: National Guard troops activated in 16 states | Generals tamp down election fears | Taiwan approved for $600M drone sale

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Defense Overnight: National Guard troops activated in 16 states | Generals tamp down election fears | Taiwan approved for $600M drone sale

THE TOPLINE: Happy Election Day!

More than 3,600 National Guard service members have been activated across the country ahead of possible civil unrest after the polls close.

At least 16 states have Guard troops at the ready for a range of missions, from cybersecurity support to assisting at polling locations out of uniform. They are also on standby in case of protests on election night or later this week.

The National Guard is involved with election-related activities since federal law prohibits active-duty military from enforcing order domestically.

Continued use: Guard

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‘Immediately stop using’: Numerous well-known wipes products sold in Canada recalled due to infection fears

Health Canada has issued a large recall of numerous wipes products sold in Halton region and across Canada due to a possible contamination that could cause infections.

The recall involves Cottonelle & Cottonelle GentlePlus Flushable Wipes products. The company reported that more than two million units of the affected products were sold in Canada.

“Some of the recalled products may have the presence of a common household micro-organism, Pluralibacter gergoviae,” Health Canada said in a statement. “Pluralibacter gergoviae rarely causes serious infections in healthy individuals. Individuals with weakened immune systems, who suffer from a serious pre-existing condition, who have been treated surgically, or belong to another sensitive group of persons are at an increased risk of infection if they use the contaminated product.”

The affected products were sold from Feb. 14, 2020, to Oct. 7, 2020, Health Canada said.

As of Oct. 7, the company has received no reports of

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