Death toll in raging California wildfires jumps to 63, list of missing doubles to 600+

The deadliest fire in California’s history continues to burn uncontained as recovery teams find more and more bodies. With 63 victims confirmed so far, the local sheriff says there are over 600 reports of missing persons. The towns of Paradise and Butte were all but leveled in the blaze, which engulfed 8,700 homes and spread […]

Death toll from California wildfires rises to 31, over 220 missing

Remains of six people have been recovered in the city of Paradise, Northern California, bringing the total number of casualties in both ends of the state to 31 people. Five people burned to death in their homes, while another person was found scorched in a vehicle on Sunday, Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea reported. Since […]

‘Ben Is Back’ Trailer: Addiction Takes a Toll on Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts

This awards season will see two different stories of drug addiction hitting theaters. There’s Beautiful Boy showing the turmoil that addiction creates between a father and son played by Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, and then there’s Ben Is Back, the new film from director Peter Hedges showing how addiction impacts an entire family, with […]

Severn Bridge toll SCRAPPED: Commuters to save £1,400 a year as bridge becomes free to use

Commuters across the country could make hefty savings as the Severn crossing bridge toll charge gets scrapped. The daily £5.60 charge will be scrapped from December this year, a week before Christmas. Tolls have been in force on the Severn Bridge since it was introduced in 1966. Regular commuters could make savings of up to […]

Death toll hits 832 after earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia — and authorities expect it to rise

Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja/ via REUTERS The toll from an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia soared to 832 confirmed dead on Sunday. Dozens of people were reported to be trapped in the rubble of several hotels and a mall in the city of Palu, on Sulawesi island, which was hit by waves as high as 20 feet following the […]

Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of microtask work

Enlarge / The Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mturk.com, website is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Getty Images) Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging, review-writing, and poll-taking work that can’t quite be automated with […]

‘We just don’t want people to think this is over’: Florence continues ravaging the Carolinas as the death toll climbs to 12

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Hurricane Florence is tearing through the Carolinas with disastrous flooding and record-setting rainfall. “We just don’t want people to think this is over because it’s not. It’s not anywhere,” North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said on Saturday. The storm has killed 11 so far, and officials expect the death toll to rise. […]

California fire death toll rises to 5 as battle against blaze continues

An elderly woman and her two great-grandchildren have become the latest victims of devastating fires in Northern California that have destroyed an area nearly three times the size of San Francisco. A firefighter and a bulldozer operator died earlier this week while battling the blaze. Up to 20 people are still missing, according to police. […]