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Sometime today, a convoy of about 400 vehicles will roll south through the charred streets of Fort McMurray as the great escape from the massive wildfire continues. There’s no rain in the forecast, but the winds won’t be as strong – a slight improvement firefighters will be thankful for. Escapees are hunkering down in Edmonton, Calgary and other cities in Alberta. And oeople across Canada – including recently-arrived Syrian refugees – are pitching in to help in ways big and small. Here’s a quick skim of what we know about the fire.
Politicking: The candidates are set for CNN’s debate next week, which will feature 11 people instead of 10 to account for the rise of Carly Fiorina. But no candidate on the GOP side of things is rising as high as Donald Trump, who surges to 32% support in the latest CNN/ORC poll. Things aren’t quite so rosy for Hillary Clinton. The Democratic frontrunner’s support continues to fade, and she is now at 37% support, only 10 percentage points ahead of Bernie Sanders. Her advantage in hypothetical general election matchups against the top Republican contenders has also vanished.
Terror TV: ISIS put out another video, and you know that’s never good news. The 17-minute long production features the nine killers from the Paris attacks. In portions apparently recorded before Paris, the attackers give their “final words” and execute some prisoners. The video ends with footage of the British parliament voting to join the anti-ISIS coalition - an obvious warning the UK may be ISIS’ next target.
Resettling: The United States has been criticized for the low numbers of Syrian refugees it has taken in during the current crisis. Now something is being done about it. Yesterday President Obama called for his administration to prepare for at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to be admitted to the United States in the coming year. But that probably won’t be enough. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly told a group of lawmakers yesterday that “an additional increase beyond that” number would be sought.
Apologizing: We’re sorry. That’s what New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said he told former tennis star James Blake yesterday, a day after New York cops slammed him to the ground and handcuffed him in a sting operation gone wrong. It was a case of mistaken identity; Blake wasn’t the man the police were looking for. Bratton said the “incident should not have happened,” race wasn’t a factor and a review would determine if the amount of force used against Blake was appropriate. “It may not have been,” Bratton conceded.
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If this doesn’t melt your heart, you don’t have one. A sloth in Ecuador was found holding onto a guard rail for dear life near a busy highway. Police rescued it, a vet made sure it was OK and it was released back into the wild.
How’s Donald Trump’s party unification bid going? Not swimmingly, after House Speaker Paul Ryan said he’s “not ready” quite yet to back The Donald. Ouch.
The New England Patriots may be in the market for a new long snapper. Joe Cardona might have to leave the team to fulfill his Navy commitments.
When you’re battling breast cancer, winning the lottery (twice) won’t fix everything, but it will definitely put a smile on your face during a trying time.
Surreal. How else can you describe yesterday’s concert by a Russian orchestra among the ruins of Palmyra, territory up until recently controlled by ISIS.
The world has a new lightning champion! (Didn’t know there was an old one.) The winner is Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo, which gets the most bolts on Earth.
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The damages comedian Arsenio Hall seeks after he sued singer Sinead O’Connor. O’Connor said on Facebook that Hall supplied Prince with drugs “over the decades.” Hall isn’t amused.
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“Late Late Show” host James Corden does Carpool Karaoke with Gwen Stefani (and a couple of special friends) and sings “Don’t Speak.” Perfect!