Death Toll Rises as Wildfires Rage in California
At least 17 people have died as more than a dozen fast-moving wildfires continue to blaze in California. More than 115,000 acres and 2,000 buildings have burned in the fires, many in the state’s famed wine country, including Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. High winds are forecast to return on Wednesday night, and the region is under a critical fire alert. Read the story from NPR.
Weinstein Scandal Grows
More women — including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie — have come forward publicly with first-person accounts alleging sexual harassment or assault by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. On Sunday, Weinstein was fired by The Weinstein Company, the film studio he co-founded with his brother. Read the story from NPR.
MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners
The MacArthur Foundation announced the 24 winners of its 2017 fellowship, which it awards annually to “extraordinarily talented and creative individuals.” The recipients include artists, scholars, activists, musicians, and computer scientists. “Sing, Unburied, Sing” author Jesmyn Ward and “The Refugees” author Viet Thanh Nguyen are among the winners. See the full list of winners and read the story from NPR.
No World Cup for U.S. Men’s Soccer
The U.S. men’s national soccer team lost 2-1 in an upset to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night in their final qualifying game for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It’s the first time in 30 years Team USA has failed to secure a spot in the tournament. Read the story from NPR.
Apple and Steven Spielberg
Apple is teaming up with Steven Spielberg to reboot the director’s “Amazing Stories,” a beloved “Twilight Zone”-esque TV show that aired from 1985 to 1987. The 10 episodes will be Apple’s first major scripted programming push as it gears up to compete with Netflix’s original content. Read the story from The AP.