"FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" photographer Nance Yuille simply captioned the picture she posted to Facebook (1,352 shares), and this Los Angelino fire was indeed a fire with a capital "F." The LA Times was on the scene to report on the massive downtown fire that closed two major freeways and called 200+ firefighters to battle against this "historic" disaster. So far the cause of the fire is unknown and no injuries have been reported, but it did manage to melt some nearby freeway signs. You'll understand why when you watch this vine. ABC7 Bay Area's Martin Ortiz calls it an "[a]pocalyptic and eerie scene." At Fox Sports , Lindsay Claiborn shares, "Explains waking to the smell of smoke!"
In maddeningly depressing news, the New York Times reports a South African hostage who was nearly free on ransom was killed during a SEAL raid. "Hostage Pierre Korkie was hours away from being freed by al-Qaeda. Then the US launched a raid to save his cellmate," the author Rukmini Callimachi explains. Even worse, ProPublica's Justin Elliott notices, "bottom of this piece says a Nov drone strike killed (good-guy) mediators negoatiating a hostage release."
In another NY Times piece, an Ebola doctor recounts his return from the edge of death. Colleague John Schwartz demands, "Why haven't you stopped what you are doing to read the @denisegrady Ebola doc story? Unless you're piloting a plane."
In New Delhi, Uber is banned after one of its drivers is accused of raping a passenger, who "dozed off during a ride home only to discover that the driver had taken her to a secluded spot and climbed into the back of the vehicle." Incredibly enough, NYT's Danielle Belopotosky adds that the "Delhi taxi driver had previously been detained for seven months on suspicion of raping another female passenger."
In gentler news, singer John Legend is being heralded for hiring food trucks to feed New York protestors. And in politics, a Bloomberg poll indicates Hillary Clinton may trump lesser-known Republican rivals on leadership and vision for 2016 while Politico makes the case that The Kochs are eclipsing the RNC.