Yahoo News explains: What is a fire tornado?

In late July, a powerful spinning vortex arose in the midst of the raging wildfire in Northern California. It’s been called a “large fire whirl” by the National Weather Service, while other weather scientists say it’s fair to call it a fire tornado because of its strength and destructiveness. What is a fire tornado? Yahoo News explains.

  • Farage 'happy to have another referendum in 20 years'
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    Farage 'happy to have another referendum in 20 years'

    Brexit supporters have reiterated their "Leave Means Leave" message at a counter-rally to the "People's Vote" march in central London. Supporters of leaving the EU were addressed by Nigel Farage, and MPs Kate Hoey and Nigel Owen Paterson in a rally that pledged to "rescue Brexit" and express "support for the Brexit Britain voted for". The event, run by Leave Means Leave and thought to be attended by around 1,200 people in Harrogate, has branded the campaign for a second referendum a "losers' vote".

  • Strictly week 5: Everyone loves Carlton, but Seann and Katya are still the centre of attention
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    Strictly week 5: Everyone loves Carlton, but Seann and Katya are still the centre of attention

    Carlton from The Fresh Prince! Joe and Dianne's romantic waltz! Charles's killer street dance! Neil's Death Stare! – All of the scores and highlights from Strictly Come Dancing Week 5.

  • Dana White just gave a big hint as to Khabib Nurmagomedov's next opponent, and it could be a fight that's been years in the making
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    Dana White just gave a big hint as to Khabib Nurmagomedov's next opponent, and it could be a fight that's been years in the making

    Dana White is already thinking about Khabib Nurmagomedov's next opponent, and it sounds like Conor McGregor will have to wait for his rematch. Speaking with ESPN, White hinted that he'd like to see former lightweight champion Tony Ferguson get the next shot and Nurmagomedov and his belt. While White didn't commit to the fight, it's no surprise that Ferguson is at the top of the list of potential challengers, as it's a fight UFC has been trying to set up for some time.

  • Strictly fans are all saying this about Seann's guitar
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    Strictly fans are all saying this about Seann's guitar

    "Anything to keep them apart"

  • Chelsea analysis: Stop Eden Hazard, stop ‘Sarri-ball’ after Blues boss starts the wrong striker
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    Chelsea analysis: Stop Eden Hazard, stop ‘Sarri-ball’ after Blues boss starts the wrong striker

    Chelsea went from staring at their first defeat of the season to the feeling of euphoria as Ross Barkley’s stoppage time equaliser denied Jose Mourinho a memorable win on his old hunting ground. Standard Sport’s Simon Johnson was in attendance at Stamford Bridge today, and here’s his assessment of Chelsea’s performance. Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season is still intact, just, but their overreliance on Hazard was exposed today.

  • Emmerdale hints at double exit in 30 new spoiler pics
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    Emmerdale hints at double exit in 30 new spoiler pics

    Are two characters about to leave? From Digital Spy

  • 8 years ago William proposed to Kate - and this is exactly how it happened
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    8 years ago William proposed to Kate - and this is exactly how it happened

    Princess Eugenie's wedding, Meghan's pregnancy announcement and the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge's new nephew - Prince William and Kate are celebrating eight years since their engagement! Although the pair didn't officially make the announcement until 16 November 2010, William revealed he proposed to his girlfriend of nine years while on a trip to Kenya with friends a few weeks earlier in October. In their first interview after announcing the engagement, William explained he'd planned it for a while and carried his mother's sapphire and diamond engagement ring in his rucksack for three weeks before proposing and was terrified of losing it. Kate called the moment "very romantic," before admitting it was a "total shock," but the couple admitted they'd discussed marriage with each other a lot in the previous year.

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    Harry and Meghan attend Invictus Games ceremony

    Prince Harry has said those competing in the Invictus Games are “role models to us all” during the event’s opening ceremony in Sydney.

  • UK firms near point of no return for Brexit contingency plans, CBI warns
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    UK firms near point of no return for Brexit contingency plans, CBI warns

    Most British companies will implement their plans for coping with a disruptive Brexit by December if there is no clarity by then on how Britain will leave the European Union, a survey by a major employers group showed. The Confederation of British Industry said its findings showed how the lack of a breakthrough in negotiations between London and Brussels was endangering British jobs, investment and economic growth. "Businesses have displayed remarkable resilience since the referendum, but patience is now threadbare," CBI Director General Carolyn Fairbairn said.

  • Almost 700,000 march to demand ‘people’s vote’ on Brexit deal
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    Almost 700,000 march to demand ‘people’s vote’ on Brexit deal

    Protesters march through London to demand a people’s vote on Brexit on 20 October. The centre of London ground to a halt as an estimated 700,000 people from all over the UK marched peacefully on parliament to demand a second referendum on Brexit. Addressing the crowds, which included dozens of MPs from all political parties, the TV personality and food writer Delia Smith said Brexit threatened to cause “unmitigated chaos”.

  • 8 myths about gut health debunked by an expert
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    8 myths about gut health debunked by an expert

    Gut health is a trending topic right now. The state of your gut can affect your overall health in a number of ways, from your digestive function, to your immune system and weight management. The gut contains good – or "friendly" – and bad bacteria, and according to the American Nutrition Association, a healthy balance between the two is around 85 per cent good and 15 per cent bad.

  • People might actually like you more than you think, and it's to do with the 'liking gap' – here's what that is
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    People might actually like you more than you think, and it's to do with the 'liking gap' – here's what that is

    "It's basically our finding that after a conversation with someone new, your conversation partner might like you more than you realise," Boothby explains. Subjects were harsher on themselves about their own first impression, suggesting they may have higher standards for themselves than for others, possibly, Boothby points out, because they know they could have done better.

  • Cate Blanchett defends straight actors who play gay characters on screen
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    Cate Blanchett defends straight actors who play gay characters on screen

    Cate Blanchett has defended straight actors who play gay characters on screen. Hollywood has been increasingly criticised over the past few months for giving LGBT+ roles to straight actors, with Scarlett Johansson recently dropping out of playing a transgender character in Rub and Tug following a backlash. Blanchett, who played a lesbian character in 2015’s Carol, said she would “fight to the death” for the right to suspend disbelief and play characters beyond her own experience.

  • People's Vote March: 700,000 People Take To London's Streets In UK's Biggest Ever Anti-Brexit Protest
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    People's Vote March: 700,000 People Take To London's Streets In UK's Biggest Ever Anti-Brexit Protest

    Nearly 700,000 demonstrators descended on central London to demand a second EU

  • U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on Friday
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    U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on Friday

    The next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw. "Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement. The current jackpot beats the previous record, a $1.586 billion jackpot for a Powerball drawing in 2016, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for Mega Millions.

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    Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes Texas, Oklahoma panhandles

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.

  • I am a terror attack survivor and this is how I am fighting extremism
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    I am a terror attack survivor and this is how I am fighting extremism

    The last time I heard the joy and laughter of my classmates was on the morning of 16 December 2014 in Pakistan. It had been a perfectly normal start to the day and my friends and I were joking around in a lesson and having fun. But just after 10.30am, everything changed. Six men – terrorists – broke in to my school and started shooting indiscriminately at my friends and teachers.

  • 'It's a dark time': Fears Hong Kong is losing its freedom as China tightens grip on city
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    'It's a dark time': Fears Hong Kong is losing its freedom as China tightens grip on city

    When Britain handed Hong Kong back to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, it was agreed that the city would enjoy “a high degree of autonomy” for at least the next 50 years. For years the principle of “one country, two systems” has served Hong Kong well, as it continues to prosper as one of the world’s major financial and business centres, and retaining its own civil liberties, free press, judiciary and distinct culture – a stark contrast from the mainland’s authoritarian single-party communist rule. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong National Party – which argued for the city’s separation from the mainland – has been banned.

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    African billionaire returns home unharmed after release by kidnappers - police

    DAR ES SALAAM/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Africa's youngest billionaire, snatched a week ago off the street outside a luxury hotel in Tanzania, has returned home unharmed after being released by his kidnappers, police said on Saturday. Mohammed Dewji, 43-year-old CEO of the METL Group family conglomerate, was seized as he arrived for a morning workout in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam last week. Forbes estimates his net worth as $1.5 billion, making him Africa's 17th richest man and its youngest billionaire.

  • Any idea that a second referendum would be an affront to democracy died on Saturday afternoon
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    Any idea that a second referendum would be an affront to democracy died on Saturday afternoon

    It’s that what they made overwhelmingly, unavoidably clear is that they were asking for was the restoration of the most fundamentally important aspect of democracy itself. “They’ve got to be held to account,” said Ann Murphy, who had travelled from Coventry with her daughter, Samantha, and was there at Marble Arch at noon, waiting to march.

  • Panera is reinventing bread as 'healthy' as sandwich chains like Quiznos and Subways struggle to survive
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    Panera is reinventing bread as 'healthy' as sandwich chains like Quiznos and Subways struggle to survive

    "People trust us to do the right thing," Hurst said, referring to why customers continue to eat Panera while sales slump at sandwich chains like Subway and Quiznos. "Our name is Panera Bread, so we've had this ongoing discussion: 'Is bread a problem?'" Hurst told Business Insider. On Tuesday, Panera announced it has begun labeling its bread to list how much whole grain is included per slice, roll, or bagel on breads made with more than 50% whole grains.

  • BepiColombo: British-built rocket blasts off on Mercury mission
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    BepiColombo: British-built rocket blasts off on Mercury mission

    A British-built spacecraft has blasted off on a seven-year mission to Mercury hoping to uncover mysteries surrounding the solar system’s innermost planet. BepiColombo was launched into space from the European space port in Kourou, French Guiana, on Saturday, as it began a five billion-mile trip to the Sun's closest natural satellite. It was carried on top of an Ariane 5, the European Space Agency's (ESA's) most powerful rocket.

  • There's a battle brewing over Google's $1 billion high-tech neighborhood, and it could have major privacy implications for cities
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    There's a battle brewing over Google's $1 billion high-tech neighborhood, and it could have major privacy implications for cities

    Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company, Alphabet, will soon build a high-tech neighborhood along Toronto's Eastern Waterfront. Sidewalk Labs claims the data will help them improve the community, but experts worry it could be used for financial gain. In response to this criticism, the company has proposed an independent trust that might ensure the fair use of urban data.

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    Snake names honor Darwin, fire god, Louisiana professor

    A Louisiana professor is in heady company, honored by having one of three newly identified species of snakes from the Galapagos Islands named after him. "They named one after Charles Darwin — that's a no-brainer — and one after the Greek god of fire, and one after me, of all people," said Robert A. Thomas , an environmental biologist and head of head of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola University New Orleans. In 1997, he published an overview of Galapagos snakes based on features such as scale counts, patterns and other shapes and forms.

  • Jamal Khashoggi death: Turkey promises to reveal all about journalist’s death
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    Jamal Khashoggi death: Turkey promises to reveal all about journalist’s death

    Turkey has promised to reveal all details about Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death, after a ruling party spokesperson said the country would “not allow a cover up”. A senior official in Turkey’s ruling party made a comment on Saturday after Saudi Arabia announced hours earlier that Mr Khashoggi had died following a “fist fight” in its consulate. Numan Kurtulmus, deputy head of the Justice and Development Party, suggested that Turkey, which started its own investigation amid pro-government media reports that a Saudi hit squad killed Khashoggi, was not prepared to go along with the Saudi version of what happened to the writer.