NFL meeting kicks off in New York as protesters kneel outside

NFL meeting kicks off in New York as protesters kneel outsideBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League officials weighed the fervor of players protesting racism against U.S. President Donald Trump's anger as their two-day autumn meeting began on Tuesday with supporters of the players kneeling outside in solidarity. Trump's repeated denunciation of the players as unpatriotic for kneeling during the national anthem, which he reiterated as recently as Monday, has only made the practice more widespread. Outside the Manhattan luxury hotel where team owners, players and their union's leaders met, about two dozen people showed their backing for the protesting athletes, kneeling on the sidewalk while holding placards that read "Take a knee against police brutality." The demonstrators later dispersed.



Search on for dozens missing in California wildfires as evacuees return home

Search on for dozens missing in California wildfires as evacuees return homeBy Jim Christie SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Search-and-rescue teams in Northern California combed through the debris of burned-out houses on Tuesday for dozens of people still missing in the state's deadliest wildfires, which have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Herb Percy, allowed back into the Coffey Park section of Santa Rosa, where entire neighborhoods were reduced to ashes, surveyed what little remained of his home. Light winds on Tuesday helped 11,000 firefighters gain more control of the flames, which in the past week have consumed more than 245,000 acres (86,200 hectares) in the state - an area more than five times the size of Washington, D.C. The affected area includes Napa and Sonoma counties in California's wine country.



Lockdown lifted at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Lockdown lifted at Howard University in Washington, D.C.WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police lifted a lockdown at Howard University in the U.S. capital on Tuesday after finding no sign of a reported gunman on the campus, authorities said.



Boston Islamic State beheading plot trial goes to jury

Boston Islamic State beheading plot trial goes to juryA federal jury on Tuesday began deliberating whether a Massachusetts man was guilty of conspiring to help the Islamic State by plotting with his uncle and a friend to attack police and behead a conservative blogger. U.S. prosecutors contend that David Wright, 28, along with his uncle and a friend had plotted to kill the blogger, a woman who organized a 2015 "Draw Mohammed" contest in Garland, Texas. "The defendant was a sophisticated recruiter, he manipulated people, including his own uncle, into believing that they needed to join ISIS and kill Americans," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann, using a common acronym to refer to Islamic State.



Insurance payouts may not cover all wildfire damage for California wineries

Insurance payouts may not cover all wildfire damage for California wineriesWineries damaged by wildfires tearing through Northern California are starting insurance claims, and at least some of the smaller vintners are likely to find limits in their policies mean payouts fall short of rebuilding costs. Gaps in coverage and a spike in rebuilding costs, typical after disaster, may come as a shock to many small wineries, favorites of Napa and Sonoma county tourists, said Tom Pagano, who heads the vineyard insurance practice for insurance broker Aon Plc. "The easy part of insurance is buildings burning down,” Pagano said, describing the complicated claims process.





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