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Fire and Flood Nominated for 2021 GRAMMY Award

LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood Nominated for 2021 GRAMMY Award

Today, LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood has been nominated for a 2021 GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Classical Compendium. The composer-portrait album, released in February, encompasses 25 years of dramatic vocal and choral works and hauntingly re-imagined Leonard Cohen masterpieces by the innovative American-Canadian composer. LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood (PENTATONE Oxingale Series) features performances from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY conducted by Julian Wachner, cellist Matt Haimovitz, soprano Devon Guthrie, mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, and Broadway actress Nancy Anderson.

This new Grammy nomination coincides with the 20th anniversary of the ground-breaking, Grammy Award-winning OXINGALE RECORDS. Launched in 2000 by cellist Matt Haimovitz and composer Luna Pearl Woolf, the label embraces both mind and heart, melding genres and boldly navigating between the worlds of classical, new music, Jazz, crossover and opera.

Releasing their first recording of the Bach cello suites in 2000, they

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Feinstein, under fire by progressives, says she will step down as top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the Senate’s oldest member, said on Monday that she would relinquish the top Democratic spot on the Judiciary Committee next year, bowing to intense pressure by progressives who said she was not up to the task of leading a crucial panel at the forefront of the partisan war over the courts in a new Biden administration.

“After serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress,” Ms. Feinstein, 87, said in a statement. Ms. Feinstein, the former chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, said she did not intend to pursue committee leadership at all, but would focus more intently instead on the dual threats of wildfire and drought threatening her state.

Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, who is next in seniority, intends to pursue the position, according to

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Palestinian rocket fire draws Israeli air strikes in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel, drawing Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said on Sunday.

There were no casualties reported on either side of the border. Israeli police said the Gaza rocket fired on Saturday night damaged a factory in the southern city of Ashkelon.

The Israeli military said its aircraft struck in response at several military sites belonging to Hamas, the Islamist armed group that controls Gaza.

Reuters witnesses said the pre-dawn strikes hit targets in Gaza City and the southern Gaza cities of Rafah and Khan Younis, where flames and plumes of smoke could be seen rising from some sites.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any of Gaza’s military groups for firing the rocket. Israel and Hamas last fought a war in 2014 and have exchanged fire several times since though the border has been largely

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Protesters in Guatemala Set Fire to Congress Building Over Spending Cuts

ANTIGUA, Guatemala — Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Guatemala’s capital on Saturday, setting fire to the nation’s congressional building in a show of anger over a budget bill passed this week that cut funding for health care and education.

The demonstrations in Guatemala City, which also included peaceful marches in the central plaza, rocked a nation still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes that displaced thousands of people, destroyed homes and obliterated critical infrastructure. As heavy rains brought on by the second storm pummeled impoverished towns in Guatemala’s highlands and coastal regions on Wednesday, the country’s Congress passed a budget that cut spending on education and health in favor of increasing lawmakers’ meal stipends.

The bill, which also proposed gutting funding to combat malnutrition and slashed funding for the judiciary, set off immediate outrage and led to demonstrations across the country.

One group of protesters kicked in the windows

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Sia is under fire for how her film portrays autism. But she’s the one feeling ‘FURY’

Australian pop singer-songwriter Sia is known for hits such as “Chandelier” but also for protecting her privacy, often concealing her identity with larger-than-life wigs.

It might come as a surprise, then, that the nine-time Grammy nominee engaged directly with critics of the new trailer for her upcoming film, “Music.”

The project, which she’s calling a “cinematic experience,” will feature dancer and frequent collaborator Maddie Ziegler as Music, a teen with autism as well as actors Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr.

The “Elastic Heart” artist, who has dabbled in directing since 2014, released the trailer Thursday. Since then, a backlash has been brewing on Twitter around the portrayal of Ziegler’s character, who communicates her emotions through a tablet in the trailer, leaning into a disability the actress does not have.

Sia, however, seems annoyed by the pushback, tweeting: “Why don’t you watch my film before you judge it? FURY.”

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Tesla Model 3 crash sends scorching batteries flying, starts house fire

  • A Tesla Model 3 crashed on Tuesday in Corvallis, Oregon, flinging hot battery cells far from the crash site.
  • Two cells broke through nearby windows — one landed in someone’s lap, while the other landed on a bed and caught the sheets on fire, the police said.
  • The Corvallis Police Department said the driver was going over 100 mph and sustained only minor injuries.
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Tesla has caught heat in the past for its battery packs bursting into flames, but a crash on Tuesday in Corvallis, Oregon, suggests that the electric vehicles might pose a fire hazard not just to themselves but to the surrounding environment.

In an incident spotted by The Drive, a speeding Model 3 hit a power pole, shearing the pole at its base and hurling bits of the car far from the crash site, the Corvallis Police Department said in

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More than 100 displaced after fire ravages California town

A week before Thanksgiving, more than 100 residents have been displaced by a wind-whipped wildfire that ravaged a remote mountain community in California and killed one person

LOS ANGELES — A week before Thanksgiving, more than 100 residents were displaced Thursday by a wind-whipped wildfire that ravaged a remote mountain community in California and killed one person, authorities said.

The inferno struck with sudden ferocity midday Tuesday during strong winds high in the eastern Sierra Nevada, destroying more than 80 structures, including homes, in the unincorporated town of Walker near the Nevada state line, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.

By early Wednesday, rain and snow were falling, reducing the fire to smoldering remnants after it scorched over 32 square miles (84 square kilometers).

By then, grave damage had been done to Walker, a community

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Police dog shot and killed after gunman opens fire into patrol car

A police dog has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside, according to local authorities.



a dog looking at the camera: A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.


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A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.

The incident occurred on Nov. 17 in as Officer Justin Darby and his Belgian Malinois K9 officer named Sjaak — pronounced “Jacques” — were driving on Murfreesboro Road in La Vergne, Tennessee, when a gunman pulled up alongside them and opened fire on their patrol car before speeding off.


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“The officer pursued the driver, and other officers joined the pursuit,” the Tennessee Bureau of

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K9 officer shot and killed after gunman opens fire into patrol car

The Belgian Mallinois had served on the police force since 2014.

A K9 officer has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside, according to local authorities.

The incident occurred on Nov. 17 in as Officer Justin Darby and his Belgian Mallinois K9 officer named Sjaak — pronounced “Jacques” — were driving on Murfreesboro Road in La Vergne, Tennessee, when a gunman pulled up alongside them and opened fire on their patrol car before speeding off.

“The officer pursued the driver, and other officers joined the pursuit,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said in a press release regarding the incident. “Information from the scene indicates the driver exited his vehicle and fired at officers, with officers returning fire.

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Pinehaven Fire in Reno forces evacuation for hundreds, burns homes

Scott Sonner and Paul Davenport, Associated Press
Published 2:12 p.m. ET Nov. 18, 2020

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The Pinehaven Fire started Tuesday afternoon on Nov. 17, 2020 amid a severe wind storm.

Reno Gazette Journal

RENO, Nev. – A fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds destroyed or damaged about 20 homes in a Reno neighborhood and forced the evacuation of hundreds more on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said Wednesday. It was one of several blazes burning near the Nevada-California border.

Preliminary information indicated that five homes were destroyed and that 15 were damaged in the fire, said Battalion Chief Mark Winkelman of the Reno Fire Department.

The blaze, called the Pinehaven Fire, started Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters battle the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno on Nov. 17, 2020. (Photo: JASON BEAN)

As many as 500 homes were threatened by the blaze that grew to more

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