theNewsWorthy: Monday, November 12th, 2018


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CA Wildfires: It's now considered the most destructive wildfire in California's history and one of the deadliest.  Most of the city of Paradise, California (north of Sacramento) is leveled, and the death toll is now at least 29.  The so-called "Camp Fire" is only one of three major fires burning in the state. In Southern California, at least two people have died as two more fires are burning there. Hundreds of thousands have evacuated their homes. Celebrities like Lady Gaga are posting to social media about evacuating Malibu and surrounding areas, and some celebs, like Gerard Butler, say they lost homes. It's not over yet. Gusty winds and dry conditions are expected again today.
Read more: AP, CBS News, LA Times, Twitter, Variety, NYT: How to Help

Election Recounts: The election isn't over yet. Recounts in Florida are now officially underway in the races for U.S. Senate and governor there. Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for Senate, has even filed lawsuits against election officials. Stay tuned.
Read more: CNBC, The Hill, AP, CNN

100 Years After WWI: Dozens of world leaders, including President Trump, gathered in Paris, France yesterday to mark 100 years since the end of WWI, which was Nov. 11, 1918. French President Emmanuel Macron hosted the commemorations with a message of 'never again,' but he also seemed to call out President Trump, without saying his name. President Trump also visited an American cemetery in France to pay tribute to those who fought in the two world wars.
Read more: The Guardian, WSJ, FOX News, AP

Veterans Day: Yesterday was also Veterans Day, a time to honor those who have and continue to serve in the military. It's a federal holiday, so it's often observed today. Expect government offices, post offices and some schools and banks to be closed.
Read more: Time, CNN

Singles' Day: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba broke its own sales record again, bringing in $31 billion on "Singles' Day" yesterday. The day started as a sort-of 'anti-Valentine's Day' and turned into the biggest shopping event in the world. Singes' Day shoppers in China spent more money than Americans spend on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.
Read more: Yahoo! Finance, NBC News, TechCrunch

Lime Recall: E-scooter company, Lime, has pulled more of its scooters off the streets in cities around the world. Lime issued a recall of some of its scooter models due to fears they may break apart during use. Lime said it replaced those scooters with newer ones and most scooters are made with a different manufacturer. Before this, Lime had to pull some scooters due to worries the batteries would catch fire.
Read more: The Washington Post, The Verge

Chip & Joanna Gaines Network: They're one of the most popular TV couples in America after gaining fame on HGTV's "Fixer Upper" series, which ended earlier this year, but now Chip and Joanna Gaines say they're coming back to TV. They apparently are in talks with Discovery to finalize getting their own TV network. One of Discovery's smaller channels, like DIY, may be rebranded for this.  
Read more: Variety, LA Times

E! People's Choices Awards: The public voted and the winners were announced last night. Nicki Minaj won 'album of the year,' and Avengers: Infinity War won movie of the year. See below for the full list. Some winners thanked firefighters and dedicated their awards to those dealing with tragedies in California.
Read more: E! News (winners list), CBS News, People

Weekend Box Office: The Grinch won the box office over the weekend. It brought in $66 million in North America.
Read more: THR