Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 10:40 a.m. EST
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials say a blaze in Northern California that wiped out a town and killed at least 29 people grew slightly overnight and that strong winds that could fan flames are again expected in the area by afternoon. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Monday the blaze that started Thursday near the town of Paradise grew 3 square miles to 177 square miles. It remains 25 percent contained.
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Some people who had to flee their homes due to Southern California’s huge wildfire are being allowed to return home, and a major freeway through the fire zone has reopened. The positive developments come despite continuing critical fire weather that’s expected to last through Tuesday. Officials expect damage assessments Monday to exceed the 177 structures already reported destroyed.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A white Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi is seen in a newly published video praising someone by saying “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith faces former congressman Mike Espy, a black Democrat, in a Nov. 27 special election runoff. His campaign calls her remark “reprehensible.” Mississippi had more racially motivated lynchings of black people than any other state. She says turning “this into a negative connotation is ridiculous.”
CHICAGO (AP) — New U.S. guidelines on exercise advise starting sooner to get children active to avoid health problems later in life. Physical activity guidelines used to start at age 6, but the advice released Monday recommends involving kids as young as 3 in active play throughout the day.
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has chosen Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” as her next book club pick, The Associated Press has learned. In a statement Monday, Winfrey said the memoir was “so well-written” and inspirational. “Becoming” was already expected to sell millions of copies and now has the backing of publishing’s most established hit maker. Winfrey has interviewed both Michelle and Barack Obama over the past decade. She will be onstage Tuesday night with Michelle Obama at Chicago’s United Center.