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California wildfires: 29 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

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Unprecedented wildfires raging in Californias wine country leave enormous devastation as fire agency says situation still very serious The death toll climbed to 29 on Thursday as wildfires continue to blaze almost completely out of control in Californias wine country and firefighters expect weather conditions to take a turn for the worse. Now the winds are going back up and the humidity is going back down, said Heather Williams, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fire protection. Were still not out of the woods. Its a very serious situation. Winds were expected to continue through Thursday […]

‘Just ash and bones’: California wildfire survivors mourn loved ones

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George Powell, 74, lost his wife of 33 years; the Shepherd family lost their teenage son. They were among dozens of deaths in the states deadliest week of wildfires Lynne Anderson Powell had a 15-minute head start on her husband, George, when the couple fled the wildfire tearing through the Mayacamas mountains in Sonoma County around 1am Monday. Powell, 72, grabbed her laptop and her border collie Jemma and drove off in a blue Prius while her husband searched for their other three dogs. I wasnt going to leave without my dogs, George Powell, 74, said by phone Friday. By […]

Facebook’s underclass: as staffers enjoy lavish perks, contractors barely get by

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The social network has an army of behind-the-scenes employees who cant afford to live in an area with out-of-control housing costs As one of the most desirable employers in Silicon Valley, Facebook has built a small town square for staff at its headquarters in Menlo Park. After leaving the car with a valet attendant, employees can work out at the gym, take their bikes for a tune-up, drop off their dry cleaning, pop by the company dentist or doctors office, play video games in the arcade, or even sit down for a trim at the barbers shop. But keeping all […]

Facebook worker living in garage to Zuckerberg: challenges are right outside your door

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As the Facebook CEO travels across the US to learn about peoples hopes and challenges, the cafeteria workers at his company struggle to make ends meet Mark Zuckerbergs travels throughout the United States to fulfill his 2017 personal challenge to learn about peoples hopes and challenges have seen him drive a tractor, meet recovering heroin addicts, don a hard hat and speak out against the staggering $68.5bn fortune so clearly represents. But to Nicole, a worker in one of Facebooks cafeterias, they have also raised an important question: Is he going to come here? Here is just a few miles […]
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