HC Wake-Up Call: Wildfire Death Toll Rises, NBC News Refused to Publish Weinstein Story & A Twix Bar Spread

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

California Wildfires Have Killed at Least 23

The Northern California wildfires that began on Sunday night have now killed at least 23 people, BuzzFeed News reports. Hundreds have been reported missing, while states of emergency have been declared in seven counties of the northern region. The majority of deaths have occurred in Sonoma County, while 13 deaths came as a result of a fire that burned about 28,000 acres. Several towns have been evacuated, and at least 7,000 people in Napa County has lost power. 

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said in a press conference that he thought the fires would be "one of the worst natural disasters in California history." 

NBC News Wouldn't Let an Employee Publish His Harvey Weinstein Story

Hollywood is buzzing with film producer Harvey Weinstein's recently revealed history of sexual harassment, but NBC News contributor Ronan Farrow had an early scoop on the story earlier this year. The Huffington Post reports that Farrow obtained an audio recording in March of Weinstein admitting to groping a model and then scored an interview with one of his victims in August. Beginning his reporting in January, he had gathered plenty of sources on the subject, but NBC executives told him he still didn't have enough and asked him to stop his investigation. When the network refused to let him use an NBC camera for his interviews, Farrow paid for a film crew himself and eventually turned to The New Yorker with his story. Following the publication of the initial New York Times report, NBC News was the only Big Three network not to share the story on its evening news. 

Move Over, Nutella; Twix Spread Is Coming Through

Nutella is my go-to jar of happiness, but it looks like it may have some competition soon. POPSUGAR reports that the latest delicious spread is Mars Twix Spread, available for only five dollars at Cost Plus World Market. A reviewer calls the UK-based spread "a buttery blend of ground-up Twix bars" with biscuit pieces visible within. It seems that this is a great alternate for anyone who isn't a fan of Nutella, and you can easily find it in Cost Plus or its online stores.


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What to look out for...

It's definitely that time of the year when the homework is piling up and the stress is at an all-time high. If the thought of your upcoming midterms is slowly killing you inside, honor International Moment of Frustration Scream Day and take a moment to let it all out! Scream into a pillow or find a wide open space where you can truly express yourself.