Deaths as Wine Country fires burn at least 1,500 structures, force evacuations
The Chronicle's PETER FIMRITE/JILL TUCKER/KURTIS ALEXANDER/DEMIAN BULWA: "A swarm of fires supercharged by powerful winds ripped through Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties Monday, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens of others, destroying more than 1,500 homes and businesses, and turning prominent wineries to ash."
"Starting in the middle of the night, the fires hopscotched across neighborhoods, raced across fields and jumped freeways. Wind gusts up to 70 mph pushed walls of flames nearly 100 feet high, throwing embers ahead like hot fingers into strip malls and subdivisions. Many people who fled the surge had enough time to grab car keys, perhaps a pet, but not much more."
"And some didn’t get out. Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said seven people had died in that county. Two people died in a blaze in Napa, state fire officials said. At least one person was killed in Mendocino County."
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'Guns kill people,' and leading doctors want to treat them like any other threat to public health
LA Times' MELISSA HEALY: "The doctors who lead the medical profession’s debates on how best to preserve and restore our health are done with moments of silence in the face of gun-related violence."
"In the wake of a mass shooting that killed 59 people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas, they neither minced words nor observed political niceties in describing the threat that firearms pose to Americans’ health."
"“Guns kill people,” Dr. Howard Bauchner, editor in chief of the influential Journal of the American Medical Assn., and a team of colleagues wrote in an editorial published online Monday. “Guns do not make individuals, their families, or homes safer and they result in far more deaths to loved ones than to an intruder intending to cause harm."
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Sen. Feinstein's announcement that she'll run again gets mixed reception
The Chronicle's JOE GAROFOLI: "Sen. Dianne Feinstein found herself in a strange position Monday when she announced plans to seek re-election to a sixth term. While California voters generally approve of the job she’s doing, many are itching for change, and a bolder voice, in a time when the state is a hub of anti-Trump resistance."
“Is she the right person for this moment?” asked Aram Fischer, a leader of Indivisible San Francisco, which at 4,500 members is one of the largest local resistance groups in the nation. “There are parts of her legacy we all respect. At the same time, she has a preternatural preference for compromise, and she’s operating at a time of bomb throwers. And you can’t compromise when people aren’t making offers"
"So the question for us is: Who will be the best senator for California over the next six years? Not who has been the best in the past,” Fischer said."
After alleged 'moron' comment, Trump suggests he's smarter than Rex Tillerson
AP: "President Trump suggested he's smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying in an interview published Tuesday that if Tillerson did call him a moron, as reported, the two should "compare IQ tests."
"And I can tell you who is going to win," Trump said to Forbes magazine."
"Trump's tense relationship with Tillerson burst into public view last week. An NBC News story claimed Vice President Mike Pence had to talk Tillerson out of resigning this past summer, and that Tillerson had called Trump a "moron."
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Lafayette station stabber was an apparent robbery victim, BART says.
The Chronicle's BOB EGELKO: "Two men who were stabbed Sunday on a BART platform in Lafayette had just stolen some items from the stabber’s backpack as he slept on the train, the transit agency said Monday."
Surveillance video shed new light on the stabbings and the robbery that apparently precipitated them, said BART spokesman Chris Filippi. He added that only two people had been stabbed, not three as previously reported."
Earthquake hits near San Jose
The Chronicle's HAMED ALEAZIZ: "A 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck near San Jose Monday afternoon, officials said."
"The earthquake, which was reported at around 5:53 p.m. hit more than 10 miles east of San Jose, according to the U.S. Geological Survey."