Fire death toll hits 63; sheriff says hundreds still missing

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — At least 63 people are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the victims of the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century.

Exhausted commuters point fingers after crippling snowstorm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The first snowfall of the season lingered Friday in the Northeast as thousands of exhausted commuters pointed their fingers at politicians and meteorologists for leaving them creeping along highways or stuck in mass transit hubs because of a storm that left seven dead as it moved through the Midwest and South.

Judge dismisses group's federal suit on coal-ash pits on jurisdictional grounds

OAKWOOD — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a local environmental group against Dynegy Midwest Generation LLC over coal-ash pits at its former power plant on the Middle Fork River on jurisdictional grounds.

UPDATE: 2 to 3 inches of snow reported in Champaign County

UPDATED, 5 p.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — Downtown and Campustown businesses need to clear snow in front of their properties within 48 hours, the city said Thursday afternoon.

Businesses have until 2:45 p.m. Saturday to comply by shoveling a path that's 4 feet wide or the width of the sidewalk, whichever is smaller.

Corner properties also need to clear sidewalk ramps.

Icy roads cause 5 deaths as wintry weather blows east

BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — A pre-winter storm slammed parts of the South and lower Midwest, causing five deaths on slippery roads and stranding travelers for more than eight hours on an icy Arkansas interstate.

The wintry weather moved eastward Thursday, bringing a mix of rain and snow to Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Upper Salt Fork Drainage District members grilled on bank clearing, debris pile

ST. JOSEPH — Concerns with flooding and clearing of trees along the Salt Fork River north of St. Joseph sparked some tense debate and dredged up some long-term conflict over management of the waterway during a drainage district board meeting Wednesday.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 15-22, 2018


This weekend


What: Fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Ticket includes one drink ticket, an appetizer bar, silent auction, live music from Dustin Danger. All proceeds from the event will be for the future development of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

California fires' death toll now at 48; many still missing

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California's deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends.

Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say.

Dogs and portable morgues: Search intensifies in fire zone

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities moved to set up a rapid DNA-analysis system and bring in cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and more search teams in an intensified effort to find and identify victims of the deadliest wildfire in California history, an inferno that killed at least 42 people.