Things you should know today: 6/25/18


Northern California wildfires prompt evacuations, burn homes

An air tanker drops retardant on a wildfire burning above the Spring Lakes community on Sunday, June 24, 2018, near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. Wind-driven wildfires destroyed buildings and threatened hundreds of others Sunday as they raced across dry brush in rural Northern California. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

About 3,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes in Northern California after two wind-driven wildfires broke out over the weekend. One fire grew to 4 square miles (6 square kilometers) while the other fire was smaller at about half a square mile. The smaller wildfire had destroyed nearly a dozen homes and buildings. No cause for the fire has yet to be determined. Officials claimed that the fire has been 20 percent contained and no injuries or deaths have been reported.

Philippine president slammed for calling God ‘stupid’

Bullit Marquez
FILE – In this Tuesday, June 11, 2018, file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing the crowd at the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebrations south of Manila, Philippines. President Duterte, notorious for having insulted the pope and former U.S. President Barack Obama, has sparked outrage for calling God “stupid” in Asia’s bastion of Catholicism. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte spoke in a televised speech Friday questioning why God created Adam and Eve and publicly stated that God is “stupid,” sparking outrage amongst people in the Philippines, the country with Asia’s largest Catholic population. “Who is this stupid God?” Duterte said, regarding why God created Adam and Eve only to allow them to succumb to temptation that destroyed their purity. “You were not involved but now you’re stained with an original sins … What kind of a religion is that? That’s what I can’t accept, very stupid proposition,” he said.

Supreme Court declines to hear ‘Making a Murderer’ case

Morry Gash
FILE – In this March 3, 2006, file photo, Brendan Dassey, is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit courtroom in Manitowoc, Wis. Lawyers for Dassey are hoping the Supreme Court will agree to take his case. AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

The Supreme Court announced its decision to not look at the case of Brendan Dassey, a 16-year-old boy whose story was shown on the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” for confessing to helping his uncle rape and murder photographer Teresa Halbach before burning her body in a bonfire. Dassey’s attorneys claim that he is borderline intellectually disabled and was manipulated by police into accepting their story of how Halbach’s murder went down. Wisconsin courts ruled that Dassey’s confession was voluntary and reasonable, meaning no release or retrial.

Richard Harrison, also known as the ‘Old Man’ on TV series “Pawn Stars,” has passed away at age 77. People on Twitter are paying tribute to him.

The YouTube channel Brave Wilderness posted a video that is #4 on Trending. On this episode, Coyote and his crew search for Lions on the African Savannah to help field veterinarians collect critical biometrics and health data on a very specific pride of big cats!

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