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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, im laura trevelyan. deadly wildfires have killed 31 people in california and hundreds more are missing, t forcedo run from the flames. let the recounts begin. b florida k in the spotlight. two races with the slimmest of margins are triggering a second look at the ballot. plus, he was the legendary force behind spider-man, x-men, and the avengers. tonight we look back on the life of stan lee, who has died at t age of 95.
to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. the devastation and death tollli are rising in rnia as wildfires ravage parts of the state. at least 31 people have been killed and more than 200 are missing. making matters worse, the gust dry winds fan the flames. the bbc's dan scene in simi valley and has this report. dan: they are called the devilar winds, and thedoing the devil's work. a hot, dry breeze carries a wall of flame over these hills, straight through anything in its way. thousands of homes have burned tohe ground, some gone in matter of minutes. here imalibu, leafy coastal neighborhoods have been charred to ash. >> the wind blew across it and the firestorm stted coming down the hill here. we had to run to the ocean. and then it just blew through
here like a tornado. tda rich and famous haven't been spared. >> welcome to my home in malibu. dan: this is film star gerard butler returning home to finder is very little left. >> this guy right here saved of the whole block. dan: on the edge of calabasas, neighbors who ran for the lines were rnited. tyler and his wife sa thomes across street burning, so he got his family to safety and stated to fight e flames with his garden hose. >> there was a point where the fires hundred us. >> you thought you were going to die. >> 100%. the only way i could have gotten away his jump of my back room. riskday others were at as thes flameok more ground,
threatening more homes. they're using every tool they goter. are thousands of firefighters on the groundey as ave had success here, they have eaten back the flames. the problem is that new fires keep breaking out. ere is a warning that cafornians they have to learn to live with this. gov. brown: this is not the new normal. this is the new abnormal. this abnormal will continue in the next 10, 15, 20 yrs. containing the fires is priority and counting the lives lost. the winds picked up once more. five days income and the golden state still burns. dan johnson, bbc news, simi valley, california. fires those ferocious still burning. now to the state of florida, which is no stranger to recounts, and yet again they are re-examining ballots after razoh margins in the senate and governor's races.
tonight president trump weighed in, unsurprisingly on the sidens of the republitweeting, "they should be called in favor of rick scott and ron desantis. many ballots are missing or irged. an honest vote couno longer possible. ballots massively infected. "st go with election nigh for re i spoke with our north america reporter anthony zurcher. anthony, these recounts are now underway. republicans hold very slim leads at the moment. is it really possible that the recounts could change the results? anthony: usually recounts don't shift that many votes. right now scott has a lead of about 12,000 over nelson. but in this case it may. about 25,000 under votes in broward county, where the ballot is filled out but ere is no mark for the senate race. conceivably it could have been a machine error, people decided to leave it blank. when they do these recounts, that is something they uld determine. laura: the president says that
these ballots are massively infected. is there evidence at all of voter fraud? anthony: there is no evidence of voter fraud or misconduct at this point. the law enforcement agencies n ve looked into it at rick scott's directd found nothing. a florida state judge reviewing a lawsuit by rick scott and he said there was no evidence of fraud or misconduct. the oward county supervisor brenda snipes has withheld some informatio have to hand it over earlier in the week due to a lawsuit by scott. but again, not handing over information is different than outright fraud. laura: is this all about florida's absolutely pivotal role as a swing state in the presidential election from 200 now? anthony: exactly. tin 2000 --nk there are democrats in florida who look back at the 2000 election, democrats nationwide who think that democrats at the time didn't do enoughes, were not agve enough. in some way this could be
putting some of those ghos to bed. but as youentioned, in 2020 florida is going to be a key swing state. donald trump carried it by 1.2% in 2016. obama by .9% in 2012. it is going to come down to florida once again. laura: anthony zurcher, thanks much for joining us. as if the political drama in florida weren't enough, here in washington democrats are unveiling what they will doh w the majority in the house. says heman jerry nadler will summit matthew whitaker, acting attorney control on whitaker's over the mueller investigation and the tools at the democrats' disposal, i'm joined by a former u.s. attorney and now law professor. if all the democrats have the power of oversight, is there anything they can do tstop matthew whitaker, acting attorney general, from overseeing the mueller investigation? >> no, they can put pressure on
the process by makinthings public, by investigating the potential conflicts of interest he has his close relationship with the president, why he was installed, all caon of conversahe had with mr. trump. but there is nactual lever of power that stops the process absent legislation which takes both houses of congress, and the senate is squarely republican right now. laura: let's say that mr. whitaker decided he was going to fire robert eller or curtail his investigation. there is nothing legally to stop him? >> i mean, there is a regulation regulation t the one that technically mr. whitaker could rescind. he could issue a new referral to of. mueller that drastically narrows the scope he investigation. or he could fire him -he has to have cause. it is unclear under the legislation if you did fire him for something less than cause --
it is unclear if anyone could sue if mr. mueller goes to the courts. we have three branches of government, the executive branch, congress -- congress can't do anything -- and the cots, and the question would be can you get a case to a judge to exercise ovsight. laura: have we learned the lessons fromhe watergateit comes toec protecting a spial counsel who did president feels threatened by? >> no, it is interesting how history is with the famous saturday night massacre, presidentatixon fired hirney general for not firing the special prosecutor in that instance and it went down the line. there is a lot of political pressure. congress was upset, thinking that the president ahis office too much. there was regulation after that process. regulation was rescinded, etc. then we have the independent counseltate come into play. i worked for ken starr under
that statute. wcongre like, we don't want the president pulling puppet strings when it comes to investigations of the white house. laura: right, when it comes to investigation of the white house and robert mueller's wrote, any hint -- robert miller's probe, any hints -- he went dark during the midterm elections after a number of indictments. >> he sure did go dark. stigation was a lot narrower, six years old he has work to do, but if he has indictments, mr. whitaker could decide not to issue them, and if there was a conflict it would have to be reported to the congress. we will have to see how this playeds. o mr. mueller is in a precarious situation. best case scenario, he's very rushed. laura: do you have any indication that the eanate majorityr will all out legislation to be brought to the floor that would proct the investigation how you outlined? >>nfortunately, no. his public statements recently
is that there is no need for it. as an independent law professor, i don't know how you can say there is no need for oversht over any government actor. this is what we are talking about, whether the president could be above the law because the congress has decided to look at the oth way. laura: do you see turbulent times ahead between the president and the rule of law? >> absolutely. you are already in turbulent times. the separation of powers exists to ensure we do't have kings d whoever is installed in the white house, republican or democrat, has to watch his or her back they crossed the line, they don't get in trouble. at this point, e tcutive branch isn't functioning, congress is out to lunch, with the exception of these hand we don't know if the courts would ke these cases, because traditionally executive power is a hands-off issue for courts. laura:ou thanko much for joining us. >>ea oh, my re. laura: in other news, seven palestinians including a hamasmm
der have been killed in an undercover israeli investigation in gaza. an israelils soldier was among the dead. canadian prime minister justin trudeau says his country's intelligence officers have listened to recordings of oue killing ofalists jamal khashoggi. mr. trudeau is the first western leader to confirm his country has listened to therd tape of te of the journalist at the saudi consulate in istanbul. he has gen copies to the u.s., the u.k., germany, france, and saudi arabia. a funding campaign has raised money to help a homeless man who tried to stop a knife attacker in austria by ramming him with a shopping trolley. he was killed trying to stop the man from stabbing two police officers in melbourne. thettack is being treated as a terrorist incident. 150 peoplehours, have been kil' in yemen'port city of hodeidah, according to reports, e with much of
fighting in residential neighborhoods. airstrikes from the saudi-let coalition backed by the u. and britain have nearly doubled in the first week of november compared to the previous month. now there are fears that vital supply lines for aid be destroyed. from sanaa, our correspondent has this report. reporter: pushing towards the citycoalition troops led by the saudi and emirati forces are attempting to take the strategic port of hodeidah from houthi rebels. for three years the conflict has been stuck in a painful stalemate. this offensive, which the coalition has called operationld victory, could change the course of the war. but it comes at a heavy cost. a father in despair, he clutches the lifeless body of his three-year-old daughter. "what do i do now?" he cries. r grief has becotine for the
people of yemen. this time a family killed in a coalition airstrike as they eltered in their home. the n. has warned that this current offensive could cost a quarter of a million lives. dawn, and the family begins to remove the bodies. the fighting around thcity has intensified since the u.s. and u.k. called for a cease-fire. the houthi rebel leadership say the coalition couldn't maintain wthis offensihout the support of their main allies int the the coalition command room is joined between the saudis, americans, and the british. britain is directly ineslved in aggron against the yemeni people. reporter: the british and americans deny they are involved in any targeting in yemen. but over half a llion people
have fled since the offensive started. schools like this are no longer places of learning. they are now home to dozens of families. children's classrooms now turned into makeshift bedrooms. they fear the winter months. the people here rely on the charity of others living nearby to survive. ashi woman has seven cldren. along with everyone else here they face violence and hunger. >> we are victims here. atwe face the threat of at any second. it can be aissile or a warplane. we never know if we will make it tomorrow. we are only alive because of god's mercy. reporter: the battle for hodeidah is having a catastrophic effect on an alreaddire humanitarian situation. the saudi-lecoalition's aim is to strike a strategic, financial, and symbolic blow against the houthis. buthis comes at a heavy cost and will no doubt leave yemen
rihu, poorer, and still at war. this is one of the last-functioning hospitals inside hodeidah. lchildrenine c week --hildren lie weak fighting hunger. these pictures were shot three weeks ago. yesterday, the fighting reached the hospital.wh thoswere strong enough fled to safety. for months, aid agencies have oren warning that yemen is on the brink of the famine in years. 100ery day this offensive to news, -- every day this offensive continues, that threat oms ever closer. laura: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, going beyond fake news. we start a bbc series in somalia, where journalists defy dangerca ty on report. -- reporting.
an australian woman accused of starting a nationwide food scare by placing sewing needles in strawberries has appeared in court following her arrest queensland. the former fruit farm supervisor was said to have been motivated by spite. two months ofr searching, it was dna on a strawberry 2000 kilomete t away that lo the arrest of a 50-year-old farm supervisor who migrated from vietnam. she had been working at the farm north of brisbane, and police say she was sabotaging her employer out of spite. she had been a person of interest from the srt, and is now been charged with seven cases of contamination. of th is onemo trying investigations i have been part of the we have worked tirelessly. reporter: the first cases emerged in queensland afters a
man ken to hospital with stomach pains while eating covers. a nine-year-old it into a needle eating the strawberry in his lunchbox. it spark a major food scare, with many copycat crimes and false reports. >> fairly unue investigation, impacting virtually every state an institution in australia. reporter: there were 230 reports across the country, impacting 68 strawberry brands. 49 of these are queensland-based. she decimated the country's strawberry industry, worth million. >> this thing escalated into basically a nuclear bomb going off. reporter: several major supermarkets withdrew the fruit, with some growers forced to dum. the strawberri police say the investigation is far from over. the suspect will appear in court next week and faces ja to 10
years il time. laura: today the bbc is launching "beyond fakeews," tracking have this information -- h disinformation is spread and how we can stop it. it has been accused of misleading voters and causing currency fluctuations. in many countries reporters risk jail and torture to expose the truth. that is the case in somalia, which has been ravaged by civil war' the bbc'africa editor fergal keane reports. fergal: this is the story of ans e ung africaisking everything in thuse of truth in a place where nearly 40 journalists have beelled in less than a decade. where many are trying to rebuild e a broken nation in the f violence and division. and where honest journalism calls for extreme bravery.
fake news here is the same as fake news everhere. lies masquerading as truth, propaganda being peddled as fact. the big difference is th fighting that fakery in somalia is the most dangerous job in the world of journalism. the same man has been threatened by al-shabaab and government. forc he spends time trying to untangle the lies and falseci claims on so media, going out every day to check his sources. >> when you have more sources, you have more information. i tried to get more ent sources when an event is taking place. that is the best way i deal with fake news. fergal: getting the facts means horrors that ca engulf somalia.
a year ago, 500 people were killed in mogadishu. we traced the journey hussdan made that >> as journalis, we can fe what other people feel. fergal: even standing here now i itvery, very dangerous. >> somalia is always very daerous. many insecurities, and you know, journalists are minority in somalia.th fergal: amonmurdered, this woman killed in 2015 and a mother of five. a a woman journalist, she was a particular target shabab. her husband, also a journalist, s killed three years ear by the organization. today r 19-year-old sister couple'sn.of the orphaned child >> she was the eldest daughter in our family, and i followed her example. when i graduated, i wanted to work like her. after she died, i thought i will be killed like her.
so i decided to give up my plans for the future. fergal: but she says it is still her ambition to someday become a journalist. across town in a fortified hotel, a protest demanding state protection for journalists. they have come to meet the information minister. many are young women. it is a striking image of chang isd defianceciety. listening to the mr's dipromises of help is the presenter hussein. >> every government official tells u that they are committed to protecting, and you know every year journalists are killed in somalia. fergal: in the audience, the father of a journacest shot by po he is still waiting for the state to give him answers.
foreign correspondents like me come and go, but hussein andilis colleaguesstay here and they could be killed anytime -- today, tomorrow, the day after.i courage is quite extraordinary, and i can't stress enough the importance it is not just to the story of this country but the story of a changing africa. somalia will always owe a debt to the young m and women who struggled and sometimes die for the truth. fergal keane, bbc news, mogadishu. laura: stan lee was a superhero in his own right, just like the characters he created. at is how the walt disney company's remembering the man behind marvel comics. lee died at the age of 95, but his creations live on like spider-man, the hulk, and the x-men. our entertainment correspondent takes a look back at his life. >> ♪ spider-man, spider-man reporter: in comics, in,
cartoons cinema, stan lee's creations have captivated fans for decades. he started in publisn the 1930's at the company that would eventually evolve into marvel, where helped create the characte ranging from iron man d the x-men to the black nther and others as part of the marvel universe. stan: i would be writing the stories along with the artist we were working with and we were hoping that somebody would buy the comic books so we could keep our jobs and pay the rent and not be thrown out on the streets.bu t we never for a minute could have envisioned anything likewh at happened to these characters. >> don't make me angry. you wouldn't like me when i'm angry. reporter: it is inevitable that first tv, then hollywood would
come calling. and stan lee's frequent cameos a asstant on-screen reminder, as consulted about the direction of the stories and are often imperfect stars. >> big m in a suit of armor. take that off. what are you? >> genius billionair philanthropist. reporter: echoing their comic-book origins can they had equent conflicts, superheroes who fought together as often as they fought each other. stan lee, one of entertainment's most important-ever figures, was a trailblazer. stan: that is hilarious! reporter: he was the first comic-book writer to understand that the human behind the mask was much more interesting, much more important, than the mask itself. stan: you know, i guess one person can make a difference.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshr tonight, california burning: the death toll rises as multiple massive wildfires rage across the state. then, several key midterm election races remain undecided. we have the latest on recounts in florida, lawsuits in georgia and an expanding democratic lead in arizona. plus, a report on the challenges of providing mental health care in liberia following an ebola outbreak in the long aftermath of a brutal civil war. >> we'd go to meetingsnd people would acknowledge that psychosocial support is important. but mostly they were thinking about how to get mattresses and thckets and those kinds of gs to people and food, very important, but not about how you es