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Largest wildfire on record in California lastly included


Noah Berger/ AP Flames from the Thomas fire burn above a truck on Highway 101 north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018|6:33 p.m.

VENTURA, Calif.– The largest wildfire on record in California was declared included on Friday, days after mud on the seaside mountain slopes it sweltered crashed down on homes during a storm, eliminating a minimum of 18 people.

The Thomas fire was stated One Hundred Percent surrounded after ravaging Ventura and Santa Barbara counties northwest of Los Angeles for more than a month. A cause has not yet been figured out.

Some areas of Los Padres National Forest remain closed to the general public until authorities determine it is safe to enter.

The blaze started on Dec. 4 and fierce winds drove the flames through tinder-dry brush, chaparral and trees. The fire blackened 440 square miles (1,140.76 square kilometers)– a location nearly as large as Los Angeles.

Flames whipped through foothill communities and forest wilderness. More than 1,000 structures, including lots of houses, were incinerated and thousands of people were required to get away.

Evacuations were required Montecito as flames topped ridges above the wealthy enclave that was struck by waves of mud on Tuesday.

Two individuals were killed in the fire. Cory Iverson, a 32-year-old state firemen, passed away of burns and smoke inhalation while operating in high country above Fillmore.

An initial state fire report said Iverson was laying pipe line near a firebreak cut by bulldozers when he ended up being surrounded by spot fires that took off around him and cut off his retreat.

Four other members of his group handled to get away.

Some Montecito families had just recently returned home when another evacuation call headed out on Monday.

Forecasters cautioned that the approaching storm could let loose flooding and mudslides because fire-scorched areas had actually lost plants that supports soil.

Waterfalls of mud, boulders, trees and other debris flooded the community, damaging a minimum of 100 homes.

FedEx states record number of vacation shipments are on track


Gene J. Puskar/ AP In this Friday, March 17, 2017, picture, a FedEx chauffeur returns to his truck in downtown Pittsburgh. FedEx Corp. reports profits Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017|3:17 p.m.

OMAHA, Neb.– A record number of vacation bundles are on track to arrive this year, and the bundle shipment companies appear to be dealing with the load well.

FedEx offered the current update Tuesday on its busiest time of the year as it launched its fiscal second quarter profits report.

“We are on track for another record holiday-shipping season, and customer-service levels have actually been impressive,” FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith stated. “We prepare year around to satisfy the intense challenges of the peak season as average everyday volumes can more than double.”

Aside from some short-term delays at UPS last month since of a surge in online orders after Thanksgiving, couple of delivery problems have actually been reported this year. UPS restored regular delivery times after the preliminary surge.

So as long as customers put their orders in time, their presents need to make it on time, said Satish Jindel, founder and president of ShipMatrix, which tracks the shipping market.

“There must be no concern about packages not arriving by Christmas Eve,” Jindal said.

UPS spokesman Steve Gaut said UPS anticipates to deliver about 750 million bundles throughout this holiday, up from 712 million in 2015.

FedEx hasn’t released a price quote of how bundles it will deal with during the holidays. ShipMatrix approximates that together FedEx, UPS and the United States Postal Service are providing about 60 million packages a day during the holidays.

FedEx stated Tuesday that its second-quarter revenues grew 11 percent to $775 million, or $2.84 per share. That’s up from $700 million, or $2.59 per share.

The Memphis, Tennessee-based company said its earnings would be $3.18 per share if one-time expenses were left out.

The 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Financial investment Research study anticipated revenues per share of $2.87 per share, usually.

The package delivery company reported revenue of $16.31 billion. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks anticipated $15.67 billion.

FedEx boosted its outlook for full-year profits to a series of $12.70 to $13.30 per share. Previously, the business had actually predicted fiscal 2018 revenues would fall between $11.05 to $11.85.

The business’s stock was up $3.36, or 1.4 percent, to $245.90 in prolonged trading after the release of the earnings report.

FedEx shares have actually increased 30 percent given that the beginning of the year, while the Requirement & & Poor’s 500 index has actually increased 20 percent.

School District graduation rate hits a record 82.7 percent

Competitive eater from Las Vegas sets record for downing ice cream


Michelle Pemberton/The Indianapolis Star/ AP

Big league Eating Host Sam Barclay, right, congratulates Miki Sudo, left, on setting a world record for eating the most pints of ice cream while 2nd place eater Juan Rodriguez, right, recovers from the first-ever World Ice Cream Consuming Championship at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017|12:01 p.m.

Competitive eater Miki Sudo downed a heaping assisting of ice cream at the Indiana State Fair to set a brand-new mark for gobbling up the cool reward.

The Indianapolis Star reports the Las Vegas lady consumed 16 1/2 pint-sized containers in 6 minutes, topping a previous record that Major League Consuming lists as 15 pints in that much time.

The mark was set during Sunday’s Meadow Farms World Ice Cream Eating Championship, which was approved by Big league Consuming. Sudo, who likewise gets a $2,000 reward for first place, joked she ‘d “prefer to get a sweater right now” as she took images with fans.

This year’s reasonable theme is the “Wonderful World of Food.” Sunday was ice cream day at the fair, which runs through Aug. 20.

Reno typical house rates set record, Sparks homes follow

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017|3:36 p.m.

RENO– Reno median home costs continue to climb, with Sparks houses tracking closely.

The typical costs for an existing single-family Reno home reached $387,250 in July, going beyond the $380,000 record set in January 2006, according to the most recent numbers from the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors. Those numbers do not consist of townhouses, condos, produced and modular homes.

The July price represents an 8 percent boost from June and is 17 percent higher than in July 2016, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. The paper obtained the numbers from the association as part of data demand made earlier this year.

The association’s numbers put the typical price for a single-family house in Stimulates at $315,000, a 5 percent increase from rates in June and 2016, however still under its average cost record of $335,000 set on July 2005.

The combined average rate for the greater Reno-Sparks came out to $357,500, simply 2 percent under the $365,000 record set in January 2006. As it stands, Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors President John Graham predicts the area could be on track to go beyond that mark this year.

Prices for starter houses in the Reno-Sparks utilized to start from $250,000 and under, inning accordance with Graham. Starter houses are now about $300,000, making it tougher for new house buyers.

He sees the costs as an opportunity for the move-up purchaser market, which took a heavy toll during the economic downturn.

“If you’re still $50,000 down on your house, then you’re not trying to find the next location up that costs more cash,” he stated. “People can a minimum of have thoughts now that it could be possible to move up.”

Reno typical house prices set new record, Spark homes follow

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017|3:36 p.m.

RENO– Reno average home costs continue to climb up, with Stimulates houses routing closely.

The median rates for an existing single-family Reno home reached $387,250 in July, exceeding the $380,000 record set in January 2006, according to the most recent numbers from the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors. Those numbers do not consist of townhomes, condominiums, made and modular residential or commercial properties.

The July cost represents an 8 percent increase from June and is 17 percent higher than in July 2016, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. The paper obtained the numbers from the association as part of data request made previously this year.

The association’s numbers put the typical cost for a single-family home in Sparks at $315,000, a 5 percent boost from prices in June and 2016, but still under its average rate record of $335,000 set on July 2005.

The combined median rate for the greater Reno-Sparks came out to $357,500, simply 2 percent under the $365,000 record set in January 2006. As it stands, Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors President John Graham forecasts the location could be on track to exceed that mark this year.

Rates for starter houses in the Reno-Sparks utilized to begin with $250,000 and under, according to Graham. Starter homes are now about $300,000, making it tougher for new house purchasers.

He sees the prices as an opportunity for the move-up buyer market, which took a heavy toll during the economic downturn.

“If you’re still $50,000 down on your house, then you’re not looking for the next place up that costs more money,” he stated. “Individuals can at least have ideas now that it could be possible to move up.”

Multifamily Loan Origination Expected to Hit New Record This Year

By a number of procedures, the multifamily sector continues to defy expectations of ‘cooling off’ over the second half of the year and loan origination projections for multifamily home is now predicted to grow for the rest of 2017 and into 2018, according to new analysis from Freddie Mac and Kroll Bond Score Firm analysis of Freddie Mac lending.

While the multifamily market continues to attract financial investments and capital, market unpredictability in the very first part of the year recommended that 2017 full-year volume may reduce. Nevertheless, a pick-up in 2nd quarter in offers and continued boosts in home costs now has Freddie Mac expecting loan origination volume to grow by 3% to 5% in 2017, to in between $270 billion and $280 billion, which would be another record year, inning accordance with Steve Guggenmos, Freddie Mac Multifamily vice president of research study and modeling.

The modified forecast comes even as the variety of multifamily building tasks is peaking between now and early 2018 and therefore moderating general development.

That building activity is rising vacancy rates and making absorption of new systems take longer in some areas than in prior years, putting some downward pressure on rent development, especially in particular bigger metropolitan areas such as San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC and Miami.

For the U.S. as an entire, apartment lease development is expected to be just like 2016 levels, with vacancy rates increasing more gradually than initially anticipated, according to Guggenmos.

Still, nearly two-thirds of metros are anticipated to end the year with vacancy rates listed below their historic averages. In these areas, demand continues to surpass supply, permitting rents to keep increasing.

Guggenmos expects rent growth for the rest of 2017 will continue to be combined throughout U.S. metros, moderating the most in locations that previously experienced the highest levels of lease boosts, such as Seattle, Tacoma, Sacramento, Nashville, Portland and Atlanta, but still remain above historic averages in those markets.

Meanwhile, San Francisco, New York and Boston are expected to experience a rebound in lease development by the end of 2017 compared with 2016, while staying at or listed below their historical and the national averages, he said

Individually, in evaluating Freddie Mac loan securitizations, Kroll Bond Rating Firm is finding a similar strong efficiency but with some softening.

The cyclically high levels of building and construction are affecting Class A residential or commercial properties more than classes B and C, where construction remains relatively soft, the firm said.

This bodes well for the $132.3 billion of multifamily loans that have actually been securitized since 2010 in 346 Freddie Mac K-Series transactions and CMBS conduit deals. KBRA’s analysis suggests that almost 80% of the underlying collateral ($103.9 billion) is class B or class C.

UNLV Sets Campus Fundraising Record with $93 Million Year

More than $93 million in new presents and promises were devoted to UNLV during the recently finished fiscal year, setting a new annual record for philanthropic contributions to the university.

UNLV reached its new high water mark in June with an anonymous $25 million contribution, the largest single gift in the university’s history. The contribution, which was matched by the state throughout the final days of the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session, will start building and construction of a medical education building for the UNLV School of Medication.

The yearly total is comprised of promises and money and cash-equivalent contributions from individuals, corporations, and private structures. From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, almost 22,700 contributions were tape-recorded from more than 10,000 donors.

Over the past three years, the UNLV Structure has actually raised $243 million. Funds raised assistance all sectors of campus and will positively affect students, faculty, research study, and facilities.

” The commitment from our donors and the community is both effective and inspiring,” stated UNLV President Len Jessup. “We are immensely grateful for their continued self-confidence in our university and its essential function in our area.”

UNLV’s record fundraising year likewise included a brand-new annual high for athletics fundraising, with almost $22 million in presents and promises committed to UNLV Sports. This includes $10 million commitment from siblings Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta for the prepared Fertitta Football Complex, a 73,000 square-foot football training facility near the group’s current practice field on the school’ north end.

Additional 17 fundraising highlights include:

Nearly $18.3 million designated to buildings and facilities (in addition to the $25 medical school gift);.
$ 13.8 million in new scholarship support;.
$ 5.8 million in brand-new presents to endowed funds;.
$ 4.6 million in brand-new estate dedications;.
A $1 million gift from Jon Huntsman Sr. in honor of Sen. Harry Reid that will money an endowed chair in history;.
13 presents and commitments of $1 million or more.

Alumni played a pivotal role in the year’s robust numbers, representing 47 percent of all donors.

” We see this year as a key step in our development toward becoming a top tier university,” stated Scott Roberts, who has actually acted as Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement given that September 2016 and was called President of the UNLV Structure in February 2017. “It is an honor to deal with the terrific alumni and friends who care so much about UNLV and believe in our vision. We are eager to continue working to build a world-class university for a world-class city.”

Current department restructuring has integrated the alumni relations, yearly providing, and local advancement departments. The department likewise just recently filled key vacancies, hiring Chad Warren from Ohio State University to head the group as senior associate vice president for alumni engagement and yearly providing. He likewise functions as executive director of the UNLV Alumni Association. Margo Wolanin, formerly vice chancellor for advancement at the University System of Georgia, joined UNLV in June as senior associate vice president for development.

Find out more about how personal providing is making a distinction at UNLV and find methods to get involved by checking out unlv.edu/foundation or call 702-895-3641.

'' Game of Thrones ' debut draws record 10.1 million viewers

Tuesday, July 18, 2017|9:51 p.m.

LOS ANGELES– Women dominate Westeros as never ever in the past, and it’s the same with the “Game of Thrones” ratings.

The HBO drama’s seventh-season premiere last weekend drew a record-setting 10.1 million audiences, inning accordance with Nielsen business figures launched Tuesday.

That eclipsed previous premier “Game of Thrones” episodes, consisting of the 8.11 million who watched the season 5 finale in 2015 and the 8 million who tuned in to that year’s opener.

The numbers represent audiences who viewed the episodes as they initially aired. Many more join the celebration through streaming and DVR viewings.

As the new season opened, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is atop the Iron Throne as queen of Westeros; Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) commands an extensive army, and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is exacting vengeance for Red Wedding event household deaths.

There was one attractive new male: Pop star Ed Sheeran had a cameo in the best.

The glittering ratings will need to make up for a lack of 2017 Emmy gold. The series returned outside the awards’ eligibility window, so “Game of Thrones” was missing out on from the field of nominees revealed recently after it dominated in 2015’s Emmys.

Viewer fascination clearly is developing as the fantasy saga based upon George R.R. Martin’s books draws toward its end. After this penultimate season of seven episodes, fewer than the normal 10, HBO has actually said there will be another with an anticipated eight episodes.

That doesn’t suggest Martin’s imagination will be absent from HBO. The channel formerly revealed that four scripts are in development for possible series, and Martin disclosed in May that a 5th job is in the mix– but just how much of a “Game of Thrones” pedigree they’ll have is uncertain.

On his site, Martin stated that each of the principles under advancement is a prequel instead of a follow up, and may not even be set on the legendary continent of Westeros. Instead of the terms “spinoff” or “prequel,” Martin said he prefers “follower program.”

World Series of Poker sets record with nearly 121,000 entrants


Steve Marcus Poker players complete in day 2c of the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio Wednesday, July 12, 2017. This year’s tournament signed up 7,221 gamers, the third-highest involvement in WSOP history and the biggest overall since 2010, officials stated.

Monday, July 17, 2017|3:25 p.m.

2017 WSOP: Day 2c

Launch slideshow” The World Series of Poker has actually had a record-breaking summertime in Las Vegas. Organizers on Monday said the yearly poker extravaganza shattered its participation record with 120,995 entrants. That’s an increase of more than 13,000 players compared with 2016.

The reward swimming pool of the 74-event series at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Gambling establishment is likewise the largest in its 48-year history, totaling up to over $231 million.

The series’ marquee occasion, called the Centerpiece, is still happening. The premier poker competition drew in 7,221 gamers. The fewer than 30 staying individuals are contending for a grand reward of more than $8.1 million.

This year’s Main Event participation represents a boost of 7.2 percent compared with 2016, but it did not break the record of 8,773 players embeded in 2006.