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  • California Fires: The death toll from the Camp Fire has risen to 56 with the statewide number at 59. More than 100 people are missing and authorities are reportedly asking family members of the missing for DNA samples. Many of the victims were elderly residents of the tiny wooded town of Magalia who were unable to get out on the single road. Read more here.

  • Avenatti Arrest: Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, has been arrested on a felony domestic violence charge. Avenatti told reporters after getting bailed out that he has “never struck a woman” and “will never strike a woman.” Police say the alleged victim ー who has not been named ー had visible injuries. Read more here.

  • Congressional Leadership: Lawmakers have begun the process of electing the leaders of the next Congress. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California was elected House Minority Leader on the Republican side. Meanwhile, an internal battle is brewing among Democrats over whether to hand Rep. Nancy Pelosi the speaker’s gavel again. At least 17 Democrats are opposing her election as Speaker, though no one has yet come forward to run against her. Read more here.

  • Fox & Friend, CNN: Fox News is supporting CNN in its lawsuit against President Trump after the White House revoked correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials. CBS, NBC, and other outlets are also supporting CNN. The judge hearing the case is expected to make a ruling today. Read more here.

  • Brexit Chaos: The risk of a chaotic U.K. exit from the European Union is increasing as the March 2019 deadline nears. Two government ministers resigned in protest to the framework Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated, putting it in doubt. Investors are deeply worried the U.K. will “crash out” of the EU and destabilize global markets. Read more here.

  • HQ2 Rents: If you live near the sites of the proposed new Amazon headquarters in Virginia and New York and don’t own your home, prepare for your rent to go up. Realtors are already reporting a land rush of buyers for condos in Arlington and Long Island City, where some apartments are being sold, sight unseen, over text message. Read more here.

  • Sports: Jacob deGrom of the Mets and Blake Snell of the Rays were awarded the coveted Cy Young Award for the best pitchers in the American and National leagues. Both are first-time winners. Read more here.

  • Tom Too Short: Tom Cruise won’t be playing action hero Jack Reacher on the small screen, despite playing the character twice in the movies. That’s because creator Lee Child says Cruise is too short and “didn’t have the physicality.” Cruise is 5 ft. 7 in. and Reacher is described as 6 ft. 5 in. Read more here.

  • Raccoon Scare: Residents in a West Virginia neighborhood had been calling police about suspected rabid raccoons ー but turns out they were drunk, so to speak, on fermented crabapples. Read more here.

  • Diner Detox: Some restaurants in New York and New Jersey are encouraging diners to ditch their phones while dining. At one New York City restaurant, there are boxes on the table. If diners choose, they can place their phones in the box for the duration of the meal. At a New Jersey restaurant, diners can do the same with champagne buckets. Read more here.

  • CMAs: Keith Urban was named ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at The Country Music Association Awards. The ceremony, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, was dedicated to the 12 people killed at a country bar in Thousand Oaks, California. Chris Stapleton won ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ among other awards. See winners.

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