Top headlines: Thursday, December 7


Here are the top headlines for Thursday, December 7.

Thomas Fire burns into Santa Barbara County lines

The Thomas Fire burned into Santa Barbara County early Thursday morning.

Evacuation orders have been issued for parts of Carpinteria. The fire closed Highway 101 overnight but the southbound lanes were reopened at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday.

Parts of Carpinteria, Ojai, Santa Paula and La Conchita are evacuated.

The Thomas Fire has grown to 96,000 acres, the biggest of four fires burning in Southern California.

Firefighters have raised the wind threats to level purple, meaning extreme. They said level purple is unprecedented and the winds show no signs of letting up in the next 24 hours.

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Protests ignite over Jerusalem announcement

Hundreds of Islamists have rallied in major cities across Pakistan in response to president Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capitol. Protests have sparked across Pakistan, condemning the move.

President Trump announced Wednesday that he is moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Thursday, world leaders are calling on the United Nations to hold an emergency meeting to address the protests and the announcement.

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Senator Franken to make statement on future in office today

Senator Al Franken is set to make an announcement about his future in office at approximately 8:45 a.m. PST Thursday morning.

The announcement comes a month after Franken was first accused of sexual harassment, sparking weeks of open deliberation about his political future.

Dozens of democrats, including Senator Chuck Schumer, have called for Franken to step down.

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DWR hosts second of community meetings tonight

The Department of Water Resources is hosting the second of two public meetings to address how the rainy season will impact construction efforts at the Oroville Spillway.

The DWR will be holding a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday night at the Yuba-Sutter fairgrounds to talk to residents about concerns about the spillway and update them on when the lake will be open for recreational activities.

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Former therapist pleads no contest to having sex with minors

Jacqueline Herron, 28, plead no contest Wednesday to 28 felony counts related to engaging in sex with two clients, who were minors.

She has been accused of having sexual relations with teenage boys while she worked as a mental health therapist for Victor Youth Services and Alternatives to Violence in 2015 and 2016.

She could receive a maximum term of 29 years 8 months in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced February 7 at 2 p.m. at the Shasta County Courthouse.

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