Wildfires, Weinstein, Columbus: 5 things that happened Monday

A firefighters walks near a home in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Looking to get caught up on the news, fast? Here are five of the most newsworthy things that happened Monday, reported on by the Sinclair stations you trust every day.

1. At least 10 dead in California wildfires

At least 10 people have been killed as wildfires rip through California wine country in one of the most destructive natural disasters the state has seen.

Fourteen separate fires are blazing in eight counties; as many as 20,000 Californians have been evacuated.

2. Trump to roll back climate plan

Head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt announced he would roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, created to help limit carbon emissions.

The move, which makes meeting the U.S.'s obligations under the Paris climate accord near impossible, provoked sharp criticism from leading environmental groups.

3. Backlash mounts over Weinstein's alleged abuse

More and more stars came out against Harvey Weinstein following mounting allegations of sexual abuse by the movie mogul.

As more women came out against the producer, Weinstein's namesake company removed him from its board and moved to change its name.

4. Columbus Day sparks divisive debate nationwide

Communities across the nation celebrated Columbus Day, minted as a federal holiday in 1934.

However, the explorer's history of violent colonization has provoked controversy, leading several municiplaities to recognize Indigenous People's Day in its place.

5. Country reacts to Trump immigration demands

A day after Trump sent a list of hard-line immigration demands to Congress, Democrats and immigration activists shot back.

Trump says the wishlist is his "price" for backing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan, which protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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