‘You did it!’ Dad sings, keeps daughter calm as they flee deadly wildfire

video that captures a family’s escape from the California wildfires has gone viral, thanks mainly to the father’s calm reassurance of his 3-year-old daughter in the back seat.

Joe Allen sings to Olivia at one point, “Baby it’ll be all right” as he drives through dense smoke, with embers falling on the car and fire on both sides of the road, reports KTVU.

The Allens were among those who fled Paradise, California, with Joe and Olivia in one vehicle, and wife Whitney and 8-month-old Jordan in another. “Hey guess what, we’re not going to catch on fire, OK,” Joe tells Olivia as she talks about the fire. “We’re going to stay away from it and we’ll be just fine. We’re doing alright.” When she asks about returning home, he says they’ll do so when it’s more “Princess Poppy.”

And when their vehicle hits a clear point in the road, Olivia says, “You did it, you did it!” and Joe responds, “We did it together.”

Wife Whitney also got out safely, though “at one point we both thought we weren’t going to make it,” she tells KTVU.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the Camp Fire that decimated Paradise rose to 23, reports the AP, and it seems certain to keep rising. The Butte County Sheriff’s Department has a list of more than 100 people considered missing.

Two people were killed in a separate wildfire in Southern California on Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 25. (Read more California wildfires stories.)

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Extreme Cold: Siberian air over the Midwest

Some flurries may pass not too far away today as the first accumulating snow affects Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas.

1-3 inches of snow will fall there, with only a few flurries here.

While this system passes to our south, we will have some very cold air. Highs will only be in the lower 30s today with most places not getting out of the 20s tomorrow! This is due to a trajectory of wind coming right out of the Arctic. I've highlighted the strongest jet stream winds with yellow arrows. Of note, the air is coming from Siberia, Russia...beyond the North Pole! While today and tomorrow will be extremely cold, and another chunk of cold air arrives this weekend, there will be moderating temperatures by Thanksgiving.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Flight attendant breastfeeds passenger’s crying baby

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A flight attendant went the extra mile for a mother who had run out of formula to feed her baby on a domestic flight in the Philippines.

Philippine Airlines’ flight attendant Patrisha Organo heard an infant crying soon after takeoff and “approached the mother and asked if everything’s okay,” she wrote in a Facebook post, which included a picture of her holding the infant.

“Teary-eyed, [the mother] told me that she ran out of formula milk,” Organo wrote of Tuesday’s flight.

Organo, who has a young daughter at home, said she felt a “pinch in my heart” as there was no formula on the plane.

“I thought to myself, there’s only one thing I could offer and that’s my own milk. And so I offered,” she wrote.

A colleague brought the mother to the galley “where I breastfed the baby,” Organo, who describes herself as a breastfeeding advocate, wrote.

“I saw the relief on her mother’s eyes. I continued to feed the baby until she fell asleep. I escorted her back to her seat and just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me.”

Organo said she knew the flight was going to be significant. Not only was she qualified on that flight for the role of cabin crew evaluator but she also “got to help.”

“Thank you, Lord for the gift of mother’s milk,” she wrote.

Breastfeeding has numerous health benefits for babies. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it lowers the risks of some infections, Type 2 diabetes and asthma — to name but a few.

But the US Food and Drug Administration recommends checking with a doctor before feeding a baby breast milk from another mother.

Feeding a baby milk from a woman who is not the mother risks exposing the child to infectious diseases, “to chemical contaminants, such as some illegal drugs, and to a limited number of prescription drugs that might be in the human milk,” according to the FDA’s website.

Sam’s Club offers discounts for Thanksgiving Day procrastinators

DAVENPORT, Iowa– Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and if you haven’t started putting it together, there’s no reason to panic, because Sam’s Club is here to not only save the day, but save you money in the process.

Club Manager Alison Welchans is joining us Monday, November 12 on WQAD News 8 at 11 to show us a beautiful spread that can feed a small army.

When you talk about core items for Thanksgiving, you can feed 16 guests a complete Thanksgiving meal for less than $50 in under an hour by shopping at Sam’s Club.

Here’s what they’re offering:

• Organic French Green Beans- two packs for under $11

• Member’s Mark 100% Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes for under $6

• Member’s Mark 12” Pumpkin Pie is at $6.98

• Member’s Mark Yeast Rolls for $5.98

• Member’s Mark Hickory Smoked Whole Turkey – Fully Cooked is just $19.80

All of that totals $49.70 – that’s $3.10 per person, an amazing value!

If you don’t want the traditional sides like these, Sam’s Club has some other delicious options too like the Cedarlane Chicken Sausage Stuffing and Member’s Mark Sweet Potato bake. Those are just a couple of sides you’ll find at Sam’s Club for the holidays.

Sam’s Club members also love this pumpkin pie cheesecake for dessert.  It’s four pounds of New York style cheesecake with pumpkin and fall spices, and it’s a great value. There’s 14 slices for less than $18.

If you’re hosting and want to play it safe, you can have all your guests covered with pie trios which includes a blueberry, apple and cherry pie for less than $10. Another big hit with our members are the desert cakes – Italian Crème, Coconut, Red Velvet, Chocolate, and Carrot.

On the more traditional side of things, their 12- inch pecan pies offer many servings for less than $12. This is a 72-ounce apple pie for less than $9, or if you want a dessert that you can just grab, French macarons come in holiday flavors and you get 42 for less than $19!

Welchans says she always keep Member’s Mark Appetizers in her freezer, and she says you never know when you might have someone stop by during the holidays…. or the kids have friends stay over. What’s great about these appetizers she says?They’re all under $10, take about 20 minutes in the oven, and are delicious.

Welchans brought the Spanakopita, the Mac-n-cheese bites, and pigs in a blanket Monday.

You can Shop with Scan and Go in our Sam’s club app, and pay for your items on your phone. The best part is bypassing the checkout line.

Also, you can shop on the Sam’s Club app or online for club pickup (confirm if your club has same day pickup. If your club has Instacart, Sam’s Club also delivers now through Instacart. Just go to Instacart.samsclub.com, and put in your order for same-day delivery.

‘It’s not over yet.’ High winds feed California wildfires as death toll rises

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(CNN) — As the death toll from wildfires ravaging both ends of California climbed on Sunday, powerful winds swept through the state, stretching firefighting resources to the limit.

At least 31 people have died in the fires: 29 in Northern California’s Camp fire and two in Southern California’s Woolsey fire.

The Camp fire — the most destructive fire in state history and one of the deadliest — virtually burned the town of Paradise to the ground, destroying thousands of homes and structures.

There are 228 people still unaccounted for as a result of the blaze, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea told reporters Sunday evening.

The Woolsey fire continues to be a major blaze, displacing hundreds of thousands of residents as it moves east, including several celebrities. Firefighters on Sunday managed to contain flareups generated by high winds in Los Angeles County. But officials warned that the dry conditions feeding the fire are expected to continue into the week.

“This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal,” Gov. Jerry Brown said of the role of climate change. “The chickens are coming home to roost, this is real here.”

The toll

Here’s the latest on the fires:

• Camp Fire: The largest of the trio, the Camp Fire has burned 111,000 acres across Northern California and is 25% contained as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire. It’s destroyed an estimated 6,700 buildings, most of which were homes.

• Woolsey and Hill fires: In Southern California, the Woolsey fire had spread to 85,500 acres and was 15% contained Sunday night, up from 5% the night before. The smaller Hill Fire covered 4,531 acres and was 75% contained. Together, responsible for the destruction of 179 structures, but another 57,000 are threatened, according to fire officials.

• Massive evacuations: More than 300,000 people have been forced from their homes statewide. The majority of those residents are in Los Angeles County, where 170,000 were evacuated.

Winds, climate change provoking fires

Firefighters made headway in containing the fires Saturday, but the return of powerful winds a day later threatened that progress, especially for the Woolsey fire. Officials warned gusts would peak at around 40 mph.

“Sadly, with these winds, it’s not over yet,” Scott Jalbert, chief of Cal Fire’s San Luis Obispo Unit, said Sunday morning.

Celebrities Neil Young, Robin Thicke and Gerard Butler were among those who lost their homes. Butler posted a photo on Twitter of the charred remains of a home and thanked firefighters for their courage. Thicke also posted a statement on Instagram thanking firefighters and volunteers who “risked their lives trying to save our home.”

In a post on his official website decrying the impact of climate change, Young said “I have lost my home before to a California wildfire, now another.”

Resources, including dozens of fire trucks and thousands of firefighters, are pouring in from out of state.

Firefighters on Sunday contained significant flare-ups in wind-prone canyons along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and Bell Canyon in Ventura County, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. Conditions are expected to persist overnight and Monday, threatening new flare-ups that could reach beyond containment lines, Osby said.

He urged those in mandatory evacuation zones to leave, warning that they can get in the way of firefighting efforts

“We must remain vigilant and not let our guard down,” Osby said.

Osby and other officials echoed Brown’s sentiments about the threat of climate change.

The southern part of the state used to be able to rely on help from their counterparts up north around this time of the year, Osby said, when the threat of fire was much less prevalent in those communities. But that’s no longer the case.

“And as evident by the Camp Fire in Northern California — which is larger than this, more structures have been lost than this, more lives have been lost — it’s evident from that situation statewide that we’re in climate change and it’s going to be here for the foreseeable future,” Osby said.

Though the state’s drought has eased slightly, it’s still abnormally dry, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward. That leaves a lot of dry vegetation to feed fires.

Crews searching for the dead

Crews on the scene of both fires are combing through blackened ruins of homes. The number of dead more than doubled late Saturday, and continued to rise on Sunday.

So far, 29 bodies have been recovered in or near Paradise, a town of about 26,000 that’s been all but leveled by the Camp fire. Of the six discovered Sunday, five were in homes and one was in a vehicle.

On Sunday, officials confirmed that two deaths in Malibu were related to the Woolsey Fire, bringing the statewide death toll to 31.

The painstaking process of finding the missing and identifying the dead is challenging, with some of the bodies recovered burned beyond recognition.

“In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments,” Honea, the Butte County sheriff and coroner, told reporters. “I know that members of the community who are missing loved ones are anxious, and I know that the news of us recovering bodies has to be disconcerting.”

Many bodies recovered from the Camp Fire were found inside or near homes or in vehicles, officials said.

Hours after the fire broke out, residents fleeing Paradise became trapped in gridlock traffic as the fire closed in. Some drivers abandoned their vehicles in the chaos and attempted to escape on foot.

Man punches bear in nose to survive attack outside North Carolina home

HAYWOOD COUNTY, North Carolina – A man says he battled a bear outside his home and he has the scrapes and bruises to prove it, according to WLOS.

Sonny Pumphrey was in his driveway in the White Oak community Tuesday afternoon when he says a mother bear and her two cubs showed up. He said the cubs ran off but the mother bear reared up and attacked him.

“She made a charging dead run at me. That sucker was eyeball to eyeball to me,” he said.

Pumphrey said he punched the bear in the nose, but then she dropped down and bit his hip.

“She kind of shook me a little bit, and I’m still … I’m hitting her steady on the top of the head just as hard as I could swing, man, for dear life,” he said. “I just continue pounding and pounding and pounding and she’s continuing trying to bite me. And like I said … she got a hold of me and then shook me a little bit, then she let go and she took a swat at me. And when she took a swat at me she knocked me about eight feet over on the concrete.”

Sonny’s wife Betty heard the screams and rushed to his aid along with their little Yorkie, stunned at the sight of a large black bear in their driveway.

“I saw her stand up and rear her paw back and all I seen (sic) was a mouthful of teeth,” she said. “And I just knew he was going to be gone.”

The commotion scared the bear off and Betty called 9-1-1.

Pumphrey is OK but must endure a series of rabies shots after the attack.

It was an unexpected and unusual attack. The Pumphreys know it could have been worse.

“We have a lot to be thankful for because we were both very, very lucky,” Betty said.

“I could have been dead. I could have been really cut up bad,” Sonny said.

Wildlife officers tracked the bear but were unable to locate it. They say without too much food up high, bears are coming down to lower elevations.

The Pumphreys advise folks to be aware when they’re outside.

The Score Sunday – Sterling Volleyball, Brea Beal, FCA

The Score Sunday talks with the State Champion Sterling volleyball Team.  Then the Golden Warriors make a carmel apple dip in our kitchen.  Brea Beal makes her decision on where she is going to play basketball in college.  The FCA story of the week features Sterling Thornton as he has a new role with the Bradley Basketball Team.

Dozens celebrate Veterans Day on the Rock Island Arsenal

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL-- Community members and veterans all over the Quad Cities came together to celebrate at the Rock Island National Cemetery.

"It's hard to realize what it means, even to me being a veteran I was not on the front lines, my dad was,” said Ted Stimach. For the past ten years, U.S Army veteran Ted Stimach has come to celebrate Veterans Day on the Rock Island Arsenal.

Surrounded by people in the community to say thank you, but Ted doesn't come for people to honor him. He shows up in honor of his dad, a World War II veteran.

"He was hit going across France and he has passed on now and so I come to honor him and that respect,” said Stimach.

Ted sees both sides of someone who is being honored.

"I get to focus in on my dad's service and as a veteran myself, I followed him in his footsteps in the Army and that kind of thing but the other thing is to honor other veterans as well,” said Stimach.

For Ted it is hard not to get emotional with rows of veterans all around him.

"I am privileged to live in a country where each of our generations have to stand up so many of those before us did exactly the same thing those of us that had been in or are now serving are doing today,” said Stimach.

"I talked about three people who are buried here. There’s 33,500 heroes that either gave their life in combat or served honorably and selfishly throughout their career in the military,” said Colonel Stephen Marr.

For Ted and the dozens of others on the Arsenal today, they are thankful for every veteran. Past, present, and future.

Iowa man ran over by four-wheeler while setting up deer blinds for veterans hunt

JASPER COUNTY, Iowa– At approximately 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, November 10, a man was run over by a Polaris Ranger at the Reichelt Unit Area near Rock Creek State Park while setting up hunting blinds for a veteran’s deer hunt. That’s about 90-minutes West of the Quad Cities.

Officers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say James Whitson, 58, was run over when David Drew, 72, was backing the Polaris Ranger up to a trailer. Whitson was located between the trailer and the Ranger when Drew pushed the accelerator instead of the brake.

Whitson was transported to Methodist Medical Center by helicopter and the extent of his injuries are unknown. The investigation is on-going by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers.

Saint Ambrose students spruce up nearby yards to give back during “Bee the Difference Day”

DAVENPORT, Iowa – For everyone who hasn’t had a chance to clean up their lawn with the cold weather upon us, students at Saint Ambrose decided to pitch in and help.

More than 600 St. Ambrose alumni and students came out for their “Bee the Difference Day”.

Volunteers helped neighbors rake leaves, pick up sticks, and brush up their lawns - all to give back to the school’s surrounding community.

The entire basketball team even came out to help neighbors near the university.

“It’s really important because the people in Davenport support our basketball team, so it’s really good to give back to our community,” says junior player, Jake Meeske

The event was organized by the St. Ambrose Student Government.

Students cleaned up yards at 115 houses.

State Volleyball, IHSA Football, Sectional Swimming

Sterling Volleyball wins their first state title in school history.  Galena brings home state runner-up honors in Class 2A.

Sterling football wins a 10-7 game over Rockford Boylan with a last second field goal to seal the win.  Orion Falls to Eastland Pearl City 30-3 ending their season at 11-1.  Sterling Newman falls to Gibson City Melvin Sibley in the state quarterfinals.  Momouth-Roseville ends their season with a road loss to Herscher.  West Liberty 's run to a state title ended with a loss to top seed PCM-Monroe.

Rock Island sends their 200 free team and two individuals to the state swim meet. Moline's has a diver going to state.

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‘SNL’ brings on congressman-elect to get apology from Pete Davidson

(CNN) — A week after “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson was criticized for mocking the appearance of Dan Crenshaw, the NBC variety show brought the congressman-elect on to receive an apology in person.

Crenshaw, who lost his right eye in 2012 while serving as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan, showed up in the middle of Davidson’s apology during the “SNL” segment, “Weekend Update.”

“In what I’m sure was a huge shock to people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said. He then called Crenshaw a “war hero” and said that he “deserves all the respect in the world.” Davidson thanked Crenshaw for coming on the show.

“Thanks for making a Republican look good,” Crenshaw responded.

Davidson then personally apologized to Crenshaw and asked if they were “good.”

“We’re good. Apology accepted,” Crenshaw said, before his phone rang with a ringtone from a song of Davidson’s former fiancée, pop star Ariana Grande.

“Do you know her?” Crenshaw asked.

Davidson then told the congressman-elect that the only fair thing would be if he made fun of him. After a slight hesitation, Crenshaw played along.

“This is Pete Davidson. He looks like if the meth from ‘Breaking Bad’ was a person,” he said. He then said that Davidson looked like a “Troll doll with a tapeworm.”

But away from the laughs, Crenshaw used the opportunity as a teaching moment.

“There’s a lot of lessons to learn here,” he began. “Not just that the left and the right can still agree on some things, but that also that Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other.”

The Houston-area Republican reminded the audience that it was Veterans Day weekend.

“It’s a good time for every American to connect with a veteran,” Crenshaw continued. “Maybe say, ‘thanks for your service,’ but I would actually encourage you to say something else. Tell a veteran, ‘never forget.'”

Crenshaw explained that when you say “never forget” it’s implied that Americans are with veterans and not “separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans.”

Crenshaw also said to never forget those lost on September 11, which includes Davidson’s father — a firefighter who died responding to the attacks.

“So I’ll just say, ‘never forget,” Crenshaw said before shaking hands with Davidson who responded by saying “never forget.”

The appearance from Crenshaw came after the show opened up with a sketch mocking the firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Local Girl Scout troops honor Girl Scouts killed in Wisconsin

MOLINE, Illinois-- Troop 2124 and other local troops spent the day picking up trash in Browning Park on November 10.

They are honoring the three Girl Scouts and troop leader who were hit and killed volunteering in Wisconsin last week.

 "My troop does community service all the time. Nobody ever thought that this accident would have happened, they were just trying to make the world a better place," said Amanda Bergeson. Amanda is the troop leader for Troop 2124 the accident shook her and hit close to home.

 "When I first heard  about it I thought to myself that could be me or my daughter," said Bergeson.

Amanda and other troops in the area quickly got to work planning a vigil, knowing something had to be done to honor them here in the Quad Cities.

After the girls picked up trash in the park they circled up and recited the Girl Scout promise.

"One of the laws is you are a sister to every Girl Scout," said Bergeson.

Sending prayers to the girl who survived the accident and is now recovering in the hospital. Candles were lit for the four who didn't make it, inspiring these girls to move forward in their honor.

Illinois man honors wife’s memory by restoring, selling tractor for Alzheimer’s research

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Don Emmon's has been waiting for this day for nearly a year. It was the moment his hard work finally paid off and his wife was remembered in a big way.

"We are donating this tractor for Alzheimer's research," Don said.

Don auctioned off an old Allis-Chalmers WD45 tractor that he restored himself. He spent months of labor sanding and repainting and replacing parts to get the tractor just right. It finally sold on Nov. 10.

All the proceeds are going to the Alzheimer's Association in Davenport in memory of his wife, Loretta.

Several years ago, he picked up restoring tractors as a hobby. When Loretta was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he stopped to take care of her. She died of complications on Christmas, 2017.

"It's been tough. It's been a tough year," Don said. "Hopefully this helps."

In January 2018, he started on this tractor with a new purpose - honoring Loretta's legacy. He did that with the help of Gone Farmin', an antique tractor auction held by Mecum Auctions in Davenport.

This auction started in Wisconsin, where the company is based, in 2010, Dan Mecum said. The Davenport auctions began in 2012, and the company now holds two auctions at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds each year.

"The first auction had about 100 tractors... this one had about 500," Mecum said.

Suzy Weeks, marketing director for Gone Farmin', said some people came from as far as New Zealand.

Don's tractor sold for $4,250 dollars.

"I'm happy with it," he said.

The proceeds will be sent directly to the Alzheimer's Association in Davenport.

New QC music class lets babies make noise with parent approval

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Music is the universal language that even baby Ellie can understand.

“She loves things that make noise even if they aren’t instruments she loves making noise with things,” says Melissa Fredericks, Ellie’s mother.

It’s all about the notes and rhythm, associating those musical patterns with different memories or feelings – something Fredericks can understand.

“As a teacher I like to try and expose her to as many things as I can,” Fredericks stresses.

“They sing songs they already know, maybe some new songs, and interact with other moms and other babies and other dads too,” says Sarah Hepner, the class teacher and mother of three.

She started the class after she had her third baby this year.

“We have been singing songs at home, having a lot of fun, and thought this would be a great thing to bring to other moms and other babies to have a real great time,” Hepner says.

Through music, parents can connect with their little ones.

“It’s nice that I can have special time with her and know that it’s benefiting her too,” Fredericks comments.

In return, the baby learns more about communication.

“If a baby is trying to gesture something to you, if you put it in a song it’s easier for them to learn,” Hepner explains.

And while Ellie isn’t going to be on top of the charts in one day.  The universal language is something that will help her hit the right notes later in life.

“I think the more things we can expose her to the more well rounded she will be.  It will kind of shape what she likes as she gets older,” says Fredericks.

Holiday Hop kicks off the season in downtown Moline

MOLINE, Illinois-- After the first measurable snowfall of the year, it was the perfect scene for the second annual Holiday Hop in downtown Moline.

The event is sponsored by the Moline Centre, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and is designed to support local businesses ahead of the holiday season.

“Our biggest sales for the year are in the month of December," says Rebecca Burns, owner of The Shameless Chocoholic. "There aren’t too many people out there that are chocoholics so it fits right in.”

The chocolate-connoisseur was showing off her fudges and confections during the annual event, serving up warm hot-cocoa and homemade marshmallows.

“It’s always fun with the samples and the hot cocoa, and you get some ideas for what we might want to do for family or get for family," says Alyssa Schmidt, who was checking out the shop with her daughter and her friend.

Beyond sweets, people were able to check out special deals at local barbers and salons, pizza places and bars.

The DIY Craft Lounge, a brand-new downtown store, was hosting a craft night.

“The glow on people’s faces when they’re done," owner Amanda Bautista says. "They had a good time with whoever they came with. And they say, ‘I did that. It really does look good.'"

The lounge offers a place to craft, from string art to pottery painting.

Bautista says it's a great way to spend the chilly winter days inside or create something for someone else.

The weather right now is also having an impression on people.

“It really makes you wake up, and man it’s freezing out," Joe Tigges says. "And it really sets the tone for Christmas. You hate it so much but you love it because Christmas is right around the corner now.”

Some people weren't as keen on celebrating Christmas quite yet.

“I had a hard time turning on Christmas music," Bautista says. "Today when I noticed all of the street poles with the lights, it felt really festive. It felt small-townish. Then I was excited for the holiday hop tonight.”