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TK Maxx and Amazon selling real fur as faux

Image caption A handbag from TK Maxx was made from fox fur, while shoes bought from the store online contained raccoon dog fur

Shops including Amazon and TK Maxx have been selling faux fur clothes and bags which are actually made from rabbit, fox and raccoon dog fur, a BBC Watchdog Live investigation has found.

Widespread concern over animal cruelty has led to real fur very nearly disappearing from most UK high streets.

Both TK Maxx and Amazon said the products were no longer available.

TK Maxx said it does not knowingly buy real fur and an error was made. It has offered refunds to anyone affected.

Watchdog Live presenter Steph McGovern visited a branch of TK Maxx – which has had a no-fur policy for 15 years – and bought a handbag made from fox fur.

And a pair of shoes purchased on the store’s website featured fluffy bobbles which were made from raccoon dog fur.

Meanwhile, two bobble hats sold by Amazon and described as “faux fur” were made with raccoon dog fur.

Rabbit fur was also found in a jumper purchased at an AX Paris outlet store and in fluffy bobbles on a pair of shoes bought from fashion label Missy Empire.

Image caption Fur farming is banned in the UK, but it is not illegal to import fur from abroad
Image caption The “fake fur” on this grey jumper’s star, bought from an AX Paris outlet shop, was made from rabbit

The tests were carried out by textile analysis expert Dr Phil Greaves. He told the programme: “All animal fibres have particular structural features.

“And it’s the actual nature and characteristic of these which determines the species of origin.

“These fibres are very distinctive once under the microscope.”

The tests came after shopper Chloe Salvi, from Edinburgh, said she was concerned about a bobble hat that she had bought on eBay. It had been described as fake fur.

“As soon as I touched it I felt something wasn’t right,” she said.

“I’ve got a cat, and it reminds me of when I cuddle her. It wasn’t the way a faux fur pom-pom should feel.”

Image caption Watchdog presenter Steph McGovern with Chloe and her real fur hat
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Image caption Raccoon dogs are wild animals native to southern and eastern Asia

Tests later revealed it had been made from raccoon dog.

“I can’t help thinking about what animal this has been taken off, just for me to have a pom-pom on a hat,” she said.

eBay does not have a no-fur policy, but the website says it expects sellers to describe products accurately.

The online auction website has asked the seller to amend or remove the listing and apologised for any distress caused to Chloe.

Consumer confidence

Though fur farming is banned in the UK, it is not illegal to import fur from other countries.

Earlier this year, a committee of MPs recommended a consultation on banning sales of real fur. It said the current labelling of fur products was “not fit for purpose”.

Claire Bass, the executive director of Humane Society International in the UK, said she would like to see a change in the law over imports, because of the conditions in which many animals are kept.

She said: “Retailers need to be do more to give consumers the confidence they need to buy fake fur and not be worrying that it might actually be fox, rabbit or mink.”

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Media captionCritics and supporters of the fur trade speak out

TK Maxx told Watchdog Live: “Our buyers understand that we do not knowingly purchase items containing real fur.

“Despite our robust processes, an error can occasionally occur. As soon as this is brought to our attention we remove the item from sale and review the journey of that product.

“Any customer who has purchased such an item can return it to any TK Maxx store for a full refund with our most sincere apologies.”

In response to the investigation, Amazon told Watchdog Live: “All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines, and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.

“The products in question are no longer available.”

AX Paris, which has a fur-free policy, said the jumper was in an isolated product line and not branded with AX Paris. It said investigations are ongoing.

Missy Empire, which is also anti-fur, said it was “dismayed” to find its product contained fur and it was no longer available. It apologised to customers and said it is running further checks on other faux fur items.

Watchdog Live is on BBC One on Wednesday 14 November at 20:00 GMT.

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Show staff ‘isolate’ disabled teen and dog

Image copyright Abby Cappleman
Image caption Abby blogs about her experiences trying to access services with an assistance dog

Concert staff refused to let a disabled teenager and her assistance dog sit in seats she booked to see TV’s Supervet in case people had allergies.

Abby Cappleman, 18, and her mother Julie, who is also disabled, had to sit in isolation at the back of Birmingham Arena to watch Noel Fitzpatrick’s show.

Abby, who blogs about her difficulties accessing services, said: “We were treated like we had a disease.”

A spokeswoman told the BBC the venue “apologised unreservedly”.

In a video posted on her Facebook page Chloe the Assistance Dog, a security guard can be heard telling Abby she cannot sit in her booked seats for “health and safety reasons” because people might have “allergies”.

“Even Noel had his dog on stage at the end of the show,” said Abby.

The Shropshire teenager has Asperger’s syndrome and is supported by Chloe the shih tzu, who helps her to lead an independent life outside of home.

She had booked tickets for Fitzpatrick’s Welcome To My World tour several months ago and travelled 35 miles from her home in Telford to the event on Saturday.

Image caption Abby said it was “ironic” she and her dog were discriminated against while at Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick’s show

“I’d checked what the advice was for assistance dogs on the Arena’s website,” said Abby. “If it had said I needed to book tickets for a specific area, then I would have done.

“But it said assistance dogs were welcome, with no mention of having to book special seats.”

Abby and her mother got through security at the door but were apprehended by a member of staff who told them they could not sit in the seats they had booked.

When Abby protested, citing legislation from the Health and Safety Executive, she says they were shown to a disabled area but that the floor was “sticky and filthy”.

They were then directed to a section at the back of the room, moving two women on first to make sure they were completely alone.

Image copyright Abby Cappleman
Image caption A photo Abby took showing where she and her mother were forced to sit

“There was nobody near us at all, except for a security guard, and at one point there was four of them by us,” said Abby.

“It was really intimidating, we were trying to enjoy ourselves while four big burly security guards were hanging around us.”

Abby said at the end of the show they left as quickly as they could.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had anything that serious happen or been made to feel that way before,” she said.

“The irony is that everyone there was a dog or a pet lover.”

The Equality and Human Rights Commission states that service providers should accommodate all people with assistance dogs and that failing to do so could lead to a claim of disability discrimination.

A spokesperson for Arena Birmingham said assistance dogs were welcome, adding: “We do ask customers to advise us of their requirements at the time of booking.

“Assistance dogs are only allowed within certain seating areas within the arena bowl for the welfare of the dogs, other customers and to maintain safe venue evacuation routes, should they be required.

“We understand this wasn’t properly explained on the venue’s website, and we apologise unreservedly to Ms Cappleman.

“We have been in touch with her direct and are making adjustments to our information pages to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

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George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Guarding The Former Presidents Coffin Will Break Your Heart – Perez Hilton

One faithful companion wouldn’t leave George H.W. Bush‘s side after

On Saturday, Bush’s spokesperson Jim McGrath tweeted out a heartbreaking photo (above) of the sleepy canine guarding the 41st commander in chief’s flag-draped coffin, writing in the post:

“Mission complete.”

Bush welcomed the lab, who is named after pilot hero Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, to his family two months after his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, passed away in April of this year. Sully was specially trained by America’s Vet Dogs to accommodate the former POTUS’ needs.

According to CNN, the lab will fly with Bush’s coffin to Washington D.C. and will then relocate to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to assist more veterans like Bush.

Former president George W. Bush re-posted the picture of his late father’s dog on Instagram, writing:

“As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we’re comforted to know he’ll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41.”

Man’s best nonpartisan friend.

[Image via Twitter/Carrie Devorah/WENN.]

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26 Rare Photos Of Celebrities Hanging Out In Venice In The 50s And 60s

You may be cool, but you’ll never be “Dalì-Throwing-Gang-Signs-On-A-Gondola” cool.

These pictures come from one of the biggest photographic archives in Europe, Cameraphoto studio in Venice. Among the 320,000 negatives conserved in the archive are over 50 years of history and culture in the City of Water. From protagonists of the cinema to artists, bizarre invasions of elephants and eccentric characters, walks on water, unlikely inventions and adverse weather conditions – all this and much more has passed through the lens of the agencies photographers.

All this coolness needs to be preserved and handed down to future generations. In order to save the original negatives of these photographs, the owner of the archive launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

The purpose of this campaign is to raise sufficient funds to digitize the original photographs and obtain copies of the images in high resolution.

#1 Paul Newman

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#2 Sophia Loren

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#3 Paul Newman

#4 Brigitte Bardot

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#5 Salvador Dalì

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#6 Catherine Deneuve

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#7 Kirk Douglas

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#8 Jane Fonda

#9 Alain Delon

#10 Chet Baker

#11 Mick Jagger

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#12 Sean Connery

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#13 Pablo Picasso

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#14 Annamaria Benvenuti

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#15 Walt Disney

#16 Sophia Loren With Her Sister Maria

#17 Water Ski In Venice’s Canals

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#18 Claudia Cardinale

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#19 Totò

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#20 Roger Moore

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#21 David Niven

#22 Burt Lancaster

#23 Elephants In The Heart Of Venice

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#24 Marcello Mastroianni

#25 Brigitte Bardot

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#26 Ernest Hemingway

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50 Of The Best Life Hacks That May Change Your Life

Yes, we have had a little fun with the ‘life hacks pro tips’ concept in the past, chuckling along with glee while people shared their gloriously goofy ‘shitty life hacks‘ a few months back. But this time we are serious.

Now we have sourced some genuinely practical hints, tips and shortcuts that really can make your busy life a little easier. Some of them are just good old common sense, others are valuable insider knowledge about things like IT and airlines. A few of them are just so damn obviously staring you in the face, that you take them for granted and forget to take advantage! All of them however, are wise, smart and extremely useful.

Scroll down to check out the list compiled by Bored Panda, and let us know in the comments if you found anything that could come in handy for yourself! 









If you know someone who cares about everyone around them a lot, please, ask them if they are okay from time to time.
I have seen, with time, that people that care a lot about other people, it’s sometimes because they have trouble taking care of themselves.




If someone tells you they don’t drink alcohol, don’t ask them why.
It’s probably for a personal reason, and may be because they’re an alcoholic. In any case, it isn’t any of your business.





Whenever you make eye contact with someone randomly, just smile! They’ll most likely smile back and that just makes the world a little bit happier.


Stop comparing yourself to others. Instead, compare yourself to where you were 1-2 years ago. Whether it’s fitness or finance, use that as motivation for your own goals.


If somebody comes to your door selling a home security system and asks if you have one, always say yes.
If they ask which company, tell them it’s none of their business.

Many people looking for homes to rob will come to your door asking about security systems. It gives them a chance to case the home and look for weaknesses like if you don’t have a dog or if the house is homed by women or the elderly.


Dont worry about something embarresing you said or did in the past. Nobody thinks about it as much as you do until you mention it.






Always say goodnight to your SO, even if you’re upset with them.
Taught to me by my parents, I do this in my relationship. Telling your SO goodnight especially after a fight tells them that you value your relationship more than you are upset about whatever thing is making you upset.




Did you buy a 6-pack of cans with the plastic tie holding them together? Do a bird, turtle, or fish a favor and snip the circular loops before throwing it out so they don’t get caught up in it.




Next time you have an easily googleable question about food, clothes, or general life stuff, text your Mom and ask her instead. She probably loves seeing that you still want her advice.


If you get a kitten, DO use your hands for play so you can teach restraint when they are too rough. Restraint is naturally learned in play with hands and littermates because the fun stops when a bite or scratch is too much. Adult cats who didn’t play this way are more likely to scratch or bite.
Obviously this only works if you shout loudly (“OWW!”) and stop playing if a bite or scratch is too hard.


If you want to divide something among two people (usually kids), you get one person to divide, and the other person gets first pick on which piece they want. Everyone wins and it ensures the person who divides is fair.


Think of money in terms of hours. You make $10/hour and wanna buy that $150 coat? Is that coat really worth 15 hours of work?


When petting a dog that is overly submissive, pet/rub their chests not their heads. This will boost their confidence.


Before checking in at the airport. take a photograph of your luggage. A picture is worth a thousand words if your bag gets lost!


If you are involuntarily bumped off a flight, airlines are required to pay you. If you ask.
2x ticket price, up to $675, for 1-1:59 min hold over, and 4x ticket price, up to $1300, for anything over 2 hours hold over. DO NOT take their free meal or flight vouchers. They must pay upfront in cash if you ask for it.


Don’t recommend a friend for a job unless you’ve seen them work or you are willing to risk both relationships. A good friend isn’t always a good worker.
Recommending them only for them to mess up reflects badly on you and could ruin the friendship and your relationship with the employer.


When somebody is going through a hard time, it’s better to ask questions than to give advice. If you ask questions, you will help him/her talk through the problem. If you give advice, s/he will politely nod along, but s/he will feel kind of empty inside bc what s/he really needs is to talk.


When walking your dogs, make them sit and wait before crossing streets. This will make them hesitate about running into roads if they ever get loose.


If you go clubbing or to concerts a lot buy yourself acoustic earplugs. They don’t muffle the sound, just get rid of the harmful frequencies. Tinnitus is something very easy to get and very hard/impossible to get rid of.


Bring a healthy snack to work. If you’re looking for a snack but don’t feel like eating the one you brought, you’re not hungry you’re bored.


Before buying a house check it out on a very rainy day to see how effectively water drains.
You might discover some issues with drainage especially in the yard.


If you accidentally type something in all caps, highlight it and hit Shift+F3.
The same also works if you need to change lowercase to caps.



If ever you need a program you want for free (for example a video/photo editor) don’t search for “free”, search for “open source” to avoid limited trial versions, adverts and malware.


When you have an item you changed your mind on at the grocery store (especially perishables) just give it to the cashier. We really don’t mind and you don’t have to be sorry about it. It makes everyone’s lives easier and we won’t have to go through the store looking for misplaced items.


When putting in time for vacation, always take the day after you get back off. This will give you a safety net in case your flight is cancelled. Otherwise you get a day to unpack and relax.


Trying to learn a new language? Watch a movie you know by heart that’s dubbed and/or subtitled in that language. It will aid in word association and comprehension and speed up the process of become proficient.



If you are given a prepaid debit card as a gift, save it after you spend the money. You can use it to sign up for free trials online without worry of being scammed.


If you realize your fridge is getting empty, take 30 minutes to clean the inside before you go grocery shopping again.

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People Are Posting Hilarious Photos Of Their Great Danes, And Its Crazy How Large They Are

To call a 175-pound dog a ‘lapdog’ may seem counterintuitive, that is until you meet a Great Dane. Standing at least 30 inches from paw to shoulder, these cuddly canines are often referred to as “the world’s largest lapdogs,” as they often don’t realize their own enormity. Yes, this breed is so large a since-deceased Great Dane by the name of Zeus holds the world record for the tallest dog, standing at 44 inches from paw to shoulder.

According to the American Kennel Club, Great Danes currently rank as the 24th most popular dog breed and once you see one it’s easy to see why people love them. Bored Panda has rounded up a collection of adorable and hilarious pictures of these huggable, huge dogs that are sure to bring a smile to your face. Scroll down and don’t forget to upvote your favs!

#1 Louis Made A New Friend

#2 Blind Great Dane Lily Has Her Own Seeing-Eye Dog Maddison Who Takes Her For Walks

#3 Lunging With The Great Dane. Is It Exercise Or Playtime?

#4 I Have The Real Scooby Doo

#5 Settling In For Nap Time

#6 I Trained My Great Dane To Take Selfies With Me – If I’m Sitting And Extend My Arm With My Phone In Hand, She Plops Up Next To Me, Leans, And Gives The Camera This Look

#7 Just Having A Small Talk About This And That

#8 My Graceful Great Dane Hendrix

#9 Have You Seen My Ball?

#10 This Is Why I Love Great Danes

#11 Pippin, A Helpless Baby Fawn Was Abandoned By Her Mother. Great Dane Kate Adopted Pippin Immediately And They Have Been Best Friends Ever Since

#12 This Dog Is Turning Into A Pancake

#13 14-Week-Old Great Dane Pup

#14 My Great Dane Puppy Makes This Face Every Time I Take Carrots Out Of The Fridge

#15 The Noble Great Dane

#16 She Firmly Believes She’s A Lap Dog

#17 Cutest Great Dane Mom And Puppy Picture Ever

#18 Son Talked Us Into Going To The Animal Shelter Saying He Wanted A Small Dog. Worth It For That Smile

#19 My Dane Loves Listening To My Nan’s Stories

#20 Great Dane Jumping On The Trampoline

#21 Bigboye Decided This Couch Belongs To Him

#22 My Sister Caught Her New Great Dane Puppy Sleeping Like This

#23 My 6-Months-Old Great Dane (Now 90 Lbs) Is Still BFFs With My Cat

#24 The Paw Of My 4-Month-Old Great Dane

#25 Comfortable Seat

#26 The Reaction I Get When I Tell Him To Get Off The Chair

#27 My Great Dane And His Favorite Watering Hole. I Have To Lock Him Out Of The Bathroom Whenever I Plan On Using The Sink, Or He Will Push Me Out Of The Way

#28 My Friend Has A Massive Great Dane And An 8-Year-Old Daughter

#29 My Friend’s Great Dane Thinks She Is A Human

#30 She Thinks She’s A Human

#31 8-Week-Old Great Dane. Those Paws

#32 My Dog’s Ear Looks Like His Own Face

#33 Thought I’d Share Some Tongue Photos. Because Why Not?

#34 My Grandpa Made Quick Friends With Our Great Dane

#35 My Friends Make Great Dane Being A Good Substitute Dad To These Abandoned Kittens. Well Done, Pongo

#36 The Perks Of Owning A Great Dane

#37 This Is What Happens When My Great Dane Gets Ignored

#38 Great Dane On A Train

#39 Our Two Great Danes Used To Sleep Like This

#40 A Dane With Doggles

#41 Melting Dane

#42 Never Too Big For A Car Ride

#43 Blue Great Dane Puppy Sitting On Labrador’s Head

#44 My Dane Fell Asleep While Changing Spots

#45 Extremely Rare Great Dane With A Human Body

#46 Our Dog Is Too Big To Lay In “Her” Chair So She Sits Like This

#47 My Great Dane Thinks He’s A Parrot

#48 That One Time My Dane Tried To Convince Me She Was On Cloud Island And Didn’t Destroy Her Bed

#49 My Great Dane Loves Piggy Back Rides

#50 Rest After Playing And Running Hard

#51 2-Year-Old Marv And 7-Year-Old Casen

#52 Dane With His Head Out Of The Sunroof

#53 Melty Snoot

#54 My 7-Year-Old Great Dane Reluctantly Sharing Her Favorite Spot With The New Puppy

#55 This Is Howard. He’s 1-Year-Old And 180 Lbs

#56 Yeah, That Happened

#57 When My Great Dane Was Younger, I Taught Him To Piggy Back Ride

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Biden family adopts new pup named Major, Delaware Humane Association says

This photo provided by Delaware Humane Association shows former Vice President Joe Biden with his new dog at the Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington. The association said Saturday that Biden and his wife, Jill, have adopted a 10-month-old German shepherd named Major. Director of Animal Care Kerry Bruni said the Bidens had been providing foster care for the dog in their home for several months and were ready to make the adoption official. (Stephanie Gomez/Delaware Humane Association via AP)

The Bidens have welcomed a furry new addition to their family, an adopted pup named Major, an animal organization said.

The Delaware Humane Association (DHA) announced via Facebook Saturday that Major had found “his forever home” with the former vice president’s family.

“The Bidens have gotten to know Major while fostering him and are now ready to make the adoption official,” the organization said. “Best of luck and thank you for being one of our Friends for life!”


Major, a German shepherd, found his way to the DHA after he and five other puppies were “exposed to something toxic” where they’d been living, the organization said, adding that the dogs were given “lifesaving medical care.”

After the group posted on social media earlier this year about the litter of sick German shepherd pups, Biden got in touch to see if he could help, director of animal care Kerry Bruni told The Associated Press.


All six puppies, including Major, have been adopted, Executive Director Patrick Carroll said in the post, adding that it was “an honor for us to adopt a puppy to Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.”

The organization shared photos of the occasion in their post, including one of a smiling Biden as he and his furry friend left the building.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Latest: Sheriff: List of missing after fire drops to 1,000

Sisters Alli Benefield, left, and Kassy Parish embrace during a vigil for the lives and community lost to the Camp Fire on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at the First Christian Church of Chico in Chico, Calif. More than 50 people gathered at the memorial for the victims. People hugged and shed tears as Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for first responders. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, Pool)

The Latest on California’s wildfires (all times local):

8 p.m.

A Northern California sheriff says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has dropped to around 1,000.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says that’s about 300 less than what was posted at the start of Sunday.

Authorities stressed that many of the people on the list may be safe and unaware they have been reported missing.

The so-called Camp Fire swept through the rural town of Paradise on Nov. 8. It has destroyed around 10,500 homes.


7:25 p.m.

Authorities say one more set of human remains was found Sunday, bringing the total number killed in a devastating California wildfire to 77.

A state incident report released Sunday evening says the flames destroyed more than 10,500 homes.

Over a thousand names remain on a list of those unaccounted for after the so-called Camp Fire swept through the rural town of Paradise on Nov. 8. Authorities stressed that many of those may be safe and unaware they have been reported missing.

Hundreds of volunteers are sifting through ash and debris, searching for human remains before expected rains complicate their efforts. The predicted downpours could wash away telltale fragments of bone, or turn loose, dry ash into a thick paste that would frustrate the search.

The fire was 65 percent contained Sunday.


5 p.m.

Paradise resident Paul Stavish is mourning the loss of his community at a Sunday memorial for the victims of the Northern California wildfire.

The 72-year-old retired computer engineer placed a battery-powered votive candle on an altar, saying he’s thinking about those who died.

At least 76 bodies have been recovered in the fire zone about 170 miles north of San Francisco.

Stavish moved to Paradise 13 years ago and described the community as warm and tight-knit.

He and his wife and three dogs fled the flames when the so-called Camp Fire swept through the area. His house was incinerated.

Stavish says he drove up for the memorial from Sacramento where he’s staying in a hotel.


4:30 p.m.

More than 50 people gathered at a memorial for the victims of the Northern California wildfire at a church in Chico.

At least 76 bodies have been recovered in the fire zone about 170 miles north of San Francisco.

At the vigil Sunday, Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for first responders as people hugged, some with tears in their eyes.

“We ask for continued strength as they are growing weary right now,” he said. A banner on the altar read, “we will rise from the ashes.”

Crews searching for remains are stepping up their efforts ahead of rains forecast for later this week that could complicate their work

Jacob Kliebe, a pastor at another local church, prayed for comfort and strength for the days ahead.


1:20 p.m.

Crews searching for remains of people after the devastating Northern California wildfire are stepping up their efforts ahead of rains forecast for later this week that could complicate their work.

A team of 10 volunteers along with a cadaver dog were examining burned houses Sunday in a Paradise neighborhood looking for victims.

They’re focusing on vehicles, bathtubs and mattress springs that would indicate a charred bed.

If no remains are found, the team leaves a note in orange spray paint near the home.

Rain would help suppress the fire but could also complicate the search and recovery effort. Officials say ash that is now dry and easy to dust off would turn into paste, making it harder to uncover remains.

At least 76 bodies have been recovered in the fire zone.


12:45 p.m.

The National Park Service says all but one of 13 mountain lions being tracked in Southern California mountains have been accounted for following a devastating wildfire.

As of Friday, the only missing mountain lion was one dubbed P-74, a young male born last year.

In addition, all four bobcats that the agency monitors via GPS have been located in the Santa Monica Mountains northwest of Los Angeles.

The 151-square-mile (391-square-kilometer) Woolsey fire has charred a huge swath national park land that’s home to the big cats and popular among hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

The blaze was 88 percent contained on Sunday and more evacuation orders have been lifted.


9:20 a.m.

Officials have again increased the number of homes and other structures burned by a huge Southern California wildfire.

The figure rose Sunday to 1,130 buildings destroyed — many of them homes — and 300 damaged. The tally is continuing.

Firefighters are making progress against the blaze that broke out Nov. 8 and tore through communities west of Los Angeles from Thousand Oaks to Malibu.

More evacuees have been allowed back in their homes and the 151-square-mile (391-square-kilometer) blaze is now 88 percent contained.

Three people died during the Woolsey fire, including two found in a car and one in the rubble of a charred home. Three firefighters have been injured.


8:20 a.m.

California’s governor is expressing optimism that President Donald Trump will support the state as it deals with raging wildfires.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” airing Sunday that the Republican president has “got our back” and has pledged to continue to help.

Trump initially blamed state officials for poor forest management in exacerbating the fires and threatened to cut off federal funding. He’s since signed an emergency declaration and toured the devastated areas Saturday with Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom.

Brown also suggested in the CBS interview that the wildfires will make believers of even the most ardent climate change skeptics “in less than five years” and that those living near forests might need to build underground shelters to protect them from wildfires going forward.


3:55 a.m.

Pope Francis has prayed for victims of California’s wildfires and freezing weather on the U.S. East Coast.

Addressing tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday, including pilgrims from New York and New Jersey, Francis prayed that “the Lord welcome the deceased into his peace, comfort family members and sustain all those involved in rescue efforts.”

Francis said he wanted to offer a “special prayer to all those stricken by the fires that are scourging California, and now also for the victims of the freeze of the east coast of the United States.”

At least 76 people perished, and hundreds are unaccounted for in the California wildfires. In the eastern U.S., an unusually early winter snowstorm last week was blamed for at least seven deaths.


12 a.m.

Northern California crews battling the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century were bracing for wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour that could erode gains they have made on a disaster that has killed at least 76 people.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Saturday that deputies have located hundreds of people, but nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for.

He stressed that the roster includes duplicate names and names of people who haven’t reported that they are OK. He pleaded with fire evacuees to check the list.

The Camp Fire has destroyed nearly 10,000 homes since it sparked Nov. 8 and torched 233 square miles (600 square kilometers). It is 55 percent contained.

President Donald Trump surveyed wildfire damage at both ends of the state Saturday and pledged the federal government’s full support. Three people died in Southern California wildfires.

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