Weekend Update News Shorts, Weather and Sports Saturday, December 9, 2017
Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out. But once flames met ferocious winds, fire crews were mostly powerless to stop infernos that destroyed more than 500 buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced hundreds of thousands of people to run from six out-of-control fires that have burned over 260 square miles (673 square kilometers) since Monday.
Israeli airstrikes killed two Hamas members early Saturday following a rocket attack on Israel, in the latest fallout from President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which has roiled the region and the larger Muslim world. The Israeli military said it targeted four Hamas facilities in response to rockets fired the previous day, including one that landed in the town of Sderot without causing casualties or major damage. The military said it struck warehouses and weapons manufacturing sites, after which Hamas said it recovered the bodies of two of its men.
Iraq said Saturday that its war on the Islamic State is over after more than three years of combat operations drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Iraqi forces were in full control of the country’s border with Syria during remarks at a conference in Baghdad, and his spokesman said the development marked the end of the military fight against IS. A senior military commander confirmed that combat operations had been completed.
Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington is being held at the Lake County Jail pending a hearing after police allege that he refused to allow a family member to leave his residence and took her phone so that she could not contact police.
Update: The woman who originally reported the incident has now come forward to state that she “made up” her claims about the incident in which Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington supposedly grabbed her by the throat, threaten her with a sledgehammer and kept her from calling for help.
“Public corruption undermines the fabric of American society and is among the FBI’s highest priorities, said W. Jay Abbott, the FBI’s special agent in charge for Indiana.”