In our news wrap Monday, dozens of wildfires are still burning on the West Coast. Southern California’s Bobcat Fire has doubled in size over the past week, fanned by high winds. Flames have scorched 165 square miles of Los Angeles County hillsides. Also, Tropical Storm Beta is due to come ashore in Texas Monday night. Heavy rains have already turned Galveston roadways into rivers.
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In the day's other news: The nation neared a somber new milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, 200,000 deaths. New numbers from Johns Hopkins University also indicated the global death count is closing in on one million.
We will return to this right after the news summary.
There is another key court ruling in a presidential battleground state. A federal judge today ruled — or allowed, rather, Wisconsin to count absentee ballots up to six days after Election Day. Meanwhile, campaign officials said that Democrat Joe Biden and his allies began September with $466 million. That is $140 million more than President Trump had.
A former top deputy to special counsel Robert Mueller says the evidence was there that President Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation. But Andrew Weissmann says Mueller would not say that explicitly because Mr. Trump could not be charged while in office. Weissmann spoke to The Atlantic ahead of publishing his insider account.
The U.S. Justice Department threatened today to cut federal funding for New York, Seattle and Portland, Oregon. It follows President Trump accusing the cities' Democratic mayors of allowing anarchy and violence in anti-racist protests.
But, in New York today, Mayor Bill de Blasio dismissed the threat.
Bill de Blasio:
This is just another one of President Trump's games. It's thoroughly political. It's part of his campaign strategy. It makes no sense. It's not based on the facts in the least. It's insulting to the people of New York City, and his effort to withhold funding is unconstitutional.
The Justice Department says that all three cities have resisted federal intervention to quell the unrest.
Another tropical system is plaguing the U.S. Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm Beta is due to come ashore tonight in Texas, and then veer into Louisiana and beyond. It has minimal winds, but heavy rain has already made rivers out of roadways in Galveston. Ultimately, up to 15 inches of rain could fall.
On the West Coast, dozens of wildfires are still burning. The Bobcat Fire in Southern California has doubled in size in a week, fanned by high winds. Flames have scorched 165 square miles of Los Angeles County hillsides.
The U.S. Commerce Department says that it will challenge a California judge's ruling that delayed a ban on the popular WeChat app. The judge found that barring from app stores could harm users' First Amendment rights. The ban was to have taken effect today.
On Wall Street, stocks fell on worries about new pandemic lockdowns in Europe and lack of new stimulus action by Congress. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 509 points, nearly 2 percent, to close at 27147. The Nasdaq fell 14 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 38.
And the 72nd Emmy Awards are in the books. Host Jimmy Kimmell stood on stage alone last night, with nominees gone virtual and trophies delivered personally at home.
HBO captured the most awards, led by "Succession" and "Watchmen."
And 24-year-olds Zendaya became the youngest best lead actress for her role in HBO's "Euphoria."