Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EST
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Some are saying Paradise, California’s roughly 150-year run is over after less than a day of assault by the most destructive wildfire in California history. The fire continues to burn around the now empty Sierra Nevada foothill town, having destroyed more than 6,700 structures, most of them homes, and left at least nine dead, with the death toll expected to climb. The town of 27,000 was largely incinerated. Some victims were found in their cars. A number of elderly residents are missing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is “so poor.” Trump says Saturday “there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California.” Trump says “billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid scrutiny of Matthew Whitaker by Democrats and ethics groups, President Donald Trump appears to be distancing himself from the man he named acting attorney general. Trump told reporters Friday that he didn’t even know Whitaker and said he didn’t speak with Whitaker about the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Whitaker has made public comments critical of the investigation, and critics have called on Whitaker to recuse himself. His past business ties have also drawn attention.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities trying to make sense of why a gunman killed 12 people at a Southern California bar are not publicly discussing what they’ve learned, but at least one Instagram post he made after beginning the massacre has emerged as an early focus. Social media platforms have scrubbed that and any other posts following Wednesday night’s massacre. But one law enforcement official says Ian David Long posted about his mental state and whether people would believe he was sane.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen says it requested cessation of inflight refueling by the U.S. for its fighter jets after American officials said they would stop the operations amid growing anger over civilian casualties from the kingdom’s airstrikes. The American pullout also comes amid outrage by U.S. lawmakers over the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and new efforts to force an end to a conflict described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.