Southern California fires force 200,000 people to flee Dec 08, 2017 0 49 12345 LOS ANGELES: Hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors on Thursday as raging wildfires wreaked havoc on Southern California, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses. Authorities feared the four major fires would be whipped up by the region's notorious westward Santa Ana winds that could reach hurricane strength. The winds, which blow in hot and dry from the California desert, could reach 75 miles per hour (120 kph) on Thursday and create"extreme fire danger,"according to an alert sent by the countywide emergency system in Los Angeles. No civilian casualties or fatalities have been reported but three firefighters were injured, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. (Reuters) POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES UN watchdogs call for probe into Taser assaults in US jails Dec 08, 2017 0 597 Court indicts ex-Argentinian president, orders arrest Dec 08, 2017 0 352 Senator Franken resigning amid sexual harassment allegations Dec 08, 2017 0 237 FBI Director defends bureau integrity amid Clinton, Trump probes Reuters WASHINGTON The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation defended his employees on Thursday against a growing chorus of accusations by Republicans, including President Donald Trump, that its agents .. Pentagon braces for possible govt shutdown Washington: The Pentagon on Thursday warned of possible weapons delays and other military ramifications if the government shuts down over a budget deal impasse or passes a stop-gap spending bill to avert it. The .. US cop jailed for 20 years in fatal shooting of black man Charleston: A white former US police officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist. The death of Walter Scott in April 2015 was one of the most shocking in a series .. Wikileaks faces US probes into its 2016 election role, CIA leaks Reuters WASHINGTON WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are facing multiple investigations by U.S. authorities, including three congressional probes and a federal criminal inquiry, sources familiar with the .. Three killed in US school shooting, attacker dead At least three people were killed in a shooting at a high school in northern New Mexico on Thursday, including two students and the attacker, police said. New Mexico State Police said no other injuries were reported after .. Trump Jr. had reasons not to answer panel questions: White House WASHINGTON: The White House said on Thursday that Donald Trump Jr. was on solid legal ground when he refused to answer questions from a congressional committee about a conversation he had with his father, President .. U.S. lawmakers press FBI on alleged bias in Clinton, Trump cases By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee lambasted the FBI on Thursday over how it handled an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private ..