Laura Ingalls Wilder and the ravages of a ‘metabolic wildfire’ — National Post

The author of Little House on the Prairie wrote what she knew. As Caroline Fraser recounts in Prairie Fires, her biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the family experienced hardships including a literal plague of locusts — an estimated 3.5 trillion grasshoppers that ravaged 98,000 square miles of farmland in 1874. This is part of a series…

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Ikea’s smart blinds system to start at ~$100 and include blackout option, report says — 9to5Mac

Ikea’s smart home lineup will soon expand to includes smart blinds. The company confirmed its smart blinds back in September, and now we’re learning more about the pricing of those blinds. Teknikveckan suggests the Ikea smart blinds will start at just €99.95, or around $113. more…

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Target’s Home Sale features 25% off everything you need to make your home holiday-ready — 9to5Toys

This weekend only, Target takes 25% off home decor, bedding, furniture, and much more in its Home Sale. Discount shows in-cart, and free shipping applies on all items. Whether you want to believe it or not, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Get your home into the festive spirit and save…

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President Trump Threatens to Pull Federal Funding Over Deadly California Wildfires — TIME

President Trump threatened to cut federal funding to California over “poor” management as deadly wildfires ravage parts of the state. On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted his first comments on the wildfires since they began earlier this week, making no mention of the nine confirmed victims. Instead, he criticized forest management and threatening to withhold federal funding…

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Democrat Harley Rouda Declares Victory in Southern California House Seat Race — TIME

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) — Democrat Harley Rouda has declared victory over Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in a closely fought congressional contest in Southern California. However, votes continue to be counted in Orange County, California’s 48th District, and The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the race…

via Democrat Harley Rouda Declares Victory in Southern California House Seat Race — TIME

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, ‘Doing Great’ After Breaking Ribs in Fall, Nephew Says — TIME

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is recovering well after fracturing three ribs in a fall, her nephew told Reuters Thursday. Ginsburg, 85, injured herself Wednesday in her office at the Supreme Court in Washington, and was taken to George Washington University Hospital for observation and treatment the next morning, the court said…

via Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, ‘Doing Great’ After Breaking Ribs in Fall, Nephew Says — TIME

Francis Lai, Oscar-winning ‘Love Story’ composer, dies at 86 — National Post

PARIS — French composer Francis Lai, who won an Oscar for the iconic “Love Story” soundtrack, has died, France’s Culture Ministry said Thursday. He was 86. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, who led nationwide tributes to Lai, who died on Wednesday, said he hopes to name “an emblematic place of our city” after the self-taught musician…

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