The Rundown for Nov. 14, 2018

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE DEATH TOLL RISES… The death toll from the Camp Fire in northern California rose to 48 yesterday following the discovery of six more bodies. The search for more bodies continues in and around the town of Paradise. The fire broke out Thursday and quickly became the deadliest and most destructive in state history. It has consumed about 130,000 acres, with containment listed at 30 percent.

ARRESTS IN FAMILY MURDERS… Authorities in Ohio have announced the arrests of four people in the murders of eight family members in Pike County, Ohio, in April 2016. The suspects were identified as a married couple and their two adult sons. According to autopsy reports, all but one of the victims were “shot in the head multiple times” in three trailers and a camper. The killings of Rhoden family members were characterized by investigators as “methodical, calculated and vicious.”

‘EL CHAPO’ TRIAL UNDERWAY… The trial of reputed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman got underway in Brooklyn federal court yesterday. In their opening statements, prosecutors presented Guzman as the leader of a bloodthirsty crime syndicate that funneled tons of cocaine and other drugs into U.S. cities. Guzman’s attorney cast blame on another reputed cartel drug trafficker who remains at large in Mexico. The 61-year-old Guzman has pleaded not guilty to charges involving international drug trafficking, conspiracy to murder, gun and money laundering charges. He faces life in prison if convicted of all charges.

HATE CRIMES RISE IN 2017… Hate crimes in the U.S. in 2017 recorded their largest increase since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to figures released yesterday by the FBI. The more than 7,000 hate crimes reported reflected a double-digit increase in anti-Semitic crimes over the previous year. Overall, the report noted 8,437 offenses motivated by race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity bias.

CNN SUES WHITE HOUSE… CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the White House’s suspension of one of the cable network’s senior correspondents. The White House revoked the pass of Jim Acosta after he engaged in a testy exchange with Trump. The complaint notes that CNN initially tried to be diplomatic in reaching out to the White House, but was rebuked. The incident brought additional controversy to the White House when Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spread a doctored video of the Acosta-Trump exchange.

TRUMP SKIPPING KENNEDY CENTER AWARDS… The White House has announced that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump won’t be attending this year’s Kennedy Center Honors awards ceremony for performing artists. It marks the second straight year that the first couple has skipped the gala event in the nation’s capital. One of his year’s honorees, Cher, has been a vocal critic of Trump. Other awardees include Reba McEntire, Philip Glass, Wayne Shorter and the creators of “Hamilton.”

AEROSMITH’S JOE PERRY RECOVERING… Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says he’s on the mend following a health scare over the weekend. The 68-year-old Perry was rushed to a New York hospital Saturday night after performing at Billy Joel’s Madison Square Garden concert. Paramedics were called after Perry collapsed in his dressing room after coming off the stage.

CLEVELAND 113 – Charlotte 89… The Cavaliers jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their romp over the Hornets. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points. Tristan Thompson had 11 points and 21 rebounds.

Houston 109 – DENVER 99… Clint Capela scored 24 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Rockets fought off the Nuggets. James Harden scored 22 points and dished off 11 assists. Chris Paul finished with 21 points.

GOLDEN STATE 110 – Atlanta 103… The Warriors got past the Hawks despite playing without the injured Stephen Curry and the suspended Draymond Green. Kevin Durant scored 29 points to lead all scorers. Klay Thompson added 24 points.

Philadelphia is at Orlando…
Washington hosts Cleveland…
Detroit is at Toronto…
Boston hosts Chicago…
Miami is at Brooklyn…
Milwaukee hosts Memphis…
New York is at Oklahoma City…
Minnesota hosts New Orleans…
Utah is at Dallas…
Phoenix hosts San Antonio…
Portland is at the L.A. Lakers

NEW JERSEY 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Taylor Hall scored a tie-breaking goal in the third period and added an empty-netter to send the Devils past the Penguins. Hall also had two assists. Travis Zazac and Damon Severson both had a goal and an assist.

Florida 2 – PHILADELPHIA 1… The Panthers held off the Flyers for their fifth straight win. They got goals from Aaron Ekblad and Evgenii Dadonov. Goalie Roberto Luongo made 29 saves.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Vancouver 2… Tom Kuhnhackl scored a pair of goals as the Islanders cruised past the Canucks. Jordan Eberle added a goal and an assist. Mathew Barzal assisted on two goals.

DETROIT 6 – Arizona 1… The Red Wings skated past the Coyotes to win their fourth straight. Defenseman Mike Green had a goal and two assists. Andreas Athanasiou scored one goal and assisted on another.

BUFFALO 2 – Tampa Bay 1… The Sabres topped the Lightning for their third straight win. Goalie Carter Hutton stopped 29 shots. Jeff Skinner and Kyle Okposo scored for Buffalo.

Washington 5 – MINNESOTA 2… Dmitry Orlov scored his first two goals of the season and had an assist in leading the Capitals past the Wild. Andre Burakovsky added a goal and an assist.

EDMONTON 6 – Montreal 2… Drake Caggiula netted a go-ahead goal in the second period and the Oilers added three more goals in the third to put away the Canadiens. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists. Matthew Benning and Kris Russell each had a goal and an assist.

SAN JOSE 5 – Nashville 4… The Sharks recovered to beat the Predators after blowing a 3-0 second-period lead. Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton scored 13 seconds apart in the third period to give San Jose the lead for good. Pavelski also netted a power-play goal in the first period. Marcus Sorensen had a goal and two assists.

Toronto 5 – LOS ANGELES 1… Nazem Kadri scored a pair of goals as the Maple Leafs breezed past the Kings. John Tavares added a goal and two assists. Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist.

Washington is at Winnipeg…
Chicago hosts St. Louis…
Boston is at Colorado…
Vegas hosts Anaheim

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