In the News: Three Notable Headlines

  1. West Coast wildfires continue to grow

According to CNN, CalFire said that nearly 16,500 firefighters have been battling 28 major wildfires throughout the state, leaving 24 people dead and over 4,200 structures destroyed. The dry, arid weather of California helped the fire spread with up to 40 mph winds, and the fire burned an area almost the size of the state of Connecticut. California, Oregon and Washington are all facing the deadly fires right now.


  1. TikTok picks Oracle over Microsoft in pressured sales bid

The owner of TikTok has selected Oracle over Microsoft as its preferred suitor to purchase the video-sharing application, ABC News reported. Microsoft’s bid was rejected, which allowed Oracle to take the prize. President Donald Trump threatened to ban the Chinese-owned app due to national security reasons. Any deal must still be reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States or CFIUS. Trump has already voiced his support for Oracle on the transaction.


  1. Hurricane Sally increases in strength as it approaches the Gulf Coast

Residents along the Gulf Coast are under tropical storm and hurricane warnings Monday after Hurricane Sally makes its way to land, according to Fox News. The rapidly growing hurricane is located 125 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, moving west-northwest at 7 mph with 90 mph maximum winds. There was a 20 mph increase in wind speeds Monday morning. The city of New Orleans, Louisiana has issued a mandatory evacuation order for areas outside of levee protection. The order went into effect at 6 p.m. Monday.