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The Latest: Progress made on California's largest wildfire

The Latest: Progress made on California's largest wildfire

Technology
The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. Firefighters are making progress against the largest California wildfire ever recorded although thousands of homes and buildings remain under threat. State fire officials Wednesday night say the Mendocino Complex — twin fires that are being fought together — has destroyed 119 homes and 472 square miles (1,222 square kilometers) of brush and timber north of San Francisco. The complex is 47 percent contained. However, the smaller of the two blazes actually is 81 percent surrounded. Fire crews have kept the southern edge from spreading. Authorities lifted mandatory evacuation orders for most communities near the resort of Clear Lake. Meanwhile, a fire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around Redding in Northe...
Elon Musk's latest offering: $1,500 Tesla surfboards

Elon Musk's latest offering: $1,500 Tesla surfboards

Technology
Tesla, the electric car company headed by billionaire Elon Musk, briefly took to selling surfboards through its online store this weekend. The move into surfboards seems to have been a limited-edition promotional tie-up with a company called Lost Surfboards rather than a regular new revenue maker for the company.Earlier this year, Mr Musk's tunnel construction business The Boring Company sold 20,000 flamethrowers and 50,000 hats in a bid to raise equity.The car company said that all of its vehicles - the Model S, X and 3 - could "comfortably accommodate this surfboard on either the inside or outside of the vehicle".Shortly after being advertised on Tesla's site, the surfboards seemed to have sold out despite being listed at $ 1,500 (£1,140) - a significantly premium pr...
Joaquin Phoenix becomes the latest Joker in the pack

Joaquin Phoenix becomes the latest Joker in the pack

Entertainment
Gladiator star Joaquin Phoenix is to play Batman's nemesis The Joker in a stand-alone film exploring the origins of the cackling comic book villain.Co-written and directed by The Hangover director Todd Phillips, the currently untitled film is set to begin shooting in New York this September.According to the Hollywood Reporter, it will be both "a gritty character study" and "a broader cautionary tale".Phoenix's other roles include Johnny Cash in 2005 biopic Walk the Line.The 43-year-old was recently seen playing Jesus in Mary Magdalene and as a troubled vigilante in You Were Never Really Here.Martin Scorsese is making a Joker movieIntroduced in the very first Batman comic in April 1940, The Joker is synonymous with green hair, lur...
The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

Technology
The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hawaii County civil defense officials are warning residents that lava may cross a highway in the coming hours. Officials say a flow is less than a mile (kilometer) away from Highway 137 in the Big Island's Puna district where lava has oozed out of fissures in the ground. At the flow's current speed Saturday afternoon, officials estimate it may cross the highway in the next several hours. Before Friday, lava was just spattering up and collecting at the edges of the fissures. On Friday afternoon, the flow ramped up. The flow crossed a road, isolating a handful of residents, including some who needed to be airlifted to safety. On Saturday morning, it was 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the ocean and advancin...
The Latest: Syrian TV: Air defense confront missiles in Homs

The Latest: Syrian TV: Air defense confront missiles in Homs

World
The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 2:05 a.m. Syrian state-run television says Syria's air defenses have confronted a new "aggression," shooting down missiles over the area of Homs in the country's center. It did not elaborate or say who carried out the airstrikes early Tuesday. The Syrian Central Media run by the government said the missiles targeted Shayrat air base in Homs. The report comes a few days after the U.S., Britain and France conducted airstrikes targeting alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria. Those attacks were retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack that they blamed on the Syrian government. Earlier this month, four Iranian military personnel were killed in an airstrike on the Syrian T4 air base in Homs. Syria and its main allies Iran an...