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Sign1News 8.24.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).

Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News live. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Here are your top stories for today. At least 51 large wildfires are raging in
at least fourteen states across America, forcing people from their homes and leaving behind
a trail of destruction. In Northern California, crews are battling
a wildfire dubbed the “Mountain Fire” that has scorched through several homes and buildings. California is just one of at least fourteen
states dealing with large wildfires. In Alaska an extreme drought has mixed with
massive fires burning through the state, charring through neighborhoods and turning once scenic
Alaskan landscapes into something that looks post-apocalyptic. Many people have been left homeless. Millions of protesters marched in Sao Paulo,
Brazil, outraged over lack of government action in stopping the Amazon rain forest fires. World leaders, environmentalists and people
around the world are calling the inferno a global disaster. Major antigovernment protests broke out on
Friday in Sao Paulo and other cities as Brazilians call on the government to protect the Amazon. Under international pressure, Brazil’s president
Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday that he plans to deploy the Army to tackle the wildfires. The Amazon is the largest tropical rain forest
in the world and accounts for at least 10 percent of the planet’s biodiversity. The rain forest also produces about 20 percent
of the world’s oxygen and is often called the planet’s lungs. Brazil’s space research Center INPE said this
week that the country has seen an 85 percent increase in fires this year and more than
half were in the Amazon region, spelling disaster for the local environment and ecology. A Florida woman is facing animal abuse charges
after locking a dog inside the trunk of her car. We must warn you: you may find the video of
her doing that difficult to watch. Police arrested Sara Perry Thursday after
cameras outside an animal shelter caught her abusing the dog. Workers say she came in to surrender it. When they told her the shelter was full, she
allegedly asked if they would euthanize the pet. The facility’s director says Perry became
angry when she was told the shelter does not put down animals simply because they are unwanted. She is then seen on camera taking the dog
and slamming it into her trunk. A quick thinking shelter employee took a picture
of her license plate and then called 911. Investigators reviewed the video and discovered
Perry also took the dog out of the trunk when she arrived at the shelter. Animal services recovered the animal, which
is being treated at a county pet care center. Police say the dog is emaciated and in poor
health. If you were in Los Angeles last week, listen up. A teenage girl from New Zealand infected with
the measles visited several popular tourist attractions
all over the city, including LAX, Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, the
Chinese theaters, Madame Tussands, the original farmers market, the Santa Monica pier and
the Desert Palms Hotel in Anaheim. Healthcare officials say all of this was between
Sunday, August 11 and Thursday, August 15. The Orange County health care agency has been
working to reach anyone who knows they had close contact with the girl. For those folks, officials say you need to
watch out for fever or rash for 7 to 21 days after you think you might have been exposed. And if that happens, stay home and call the
doctor immediately. A Florida jury has found Michael Drejka guilty
of manslaughter. Drejka was on trial for killing Markeis McGlockton
outside a convenience store in Florida last summer. Drejka told police he fired in self-defense
after McGlockton shoved and ran at him. McGlockton was unarmed. Drejka tried to use Florida’s “Stand Your
Ground” law as a defense for justifiable homicide. But surveillance video contradicted his story. It showed McGlockton taking several steps
away from Drejka in the moments before the fatal shot. Drejka’s sentencing date has been set for
October 10. He faces up to 30 years in prison. Apple’s credit card launched Tuesday with
the promise it would be the “most significant change in the credit card experience in 50
years.” It’s made of titanium which is known among
scientists to be as tough as steel. But apparently titanium can’t hold up to plastic
when it comes to credit cards. Apple is issuing a warning to holders of its
new credit card: keep it away from leather, loose change, keys and well, just about everything. That’s because any abrasive material it touches
can scratch it. And leather can stain it and that stain won’t
ever come off. So don’t keep your Apple card loose in a purse,
in a leather wallet or in a pocket with any other items. As for where you can keep it, that’s unclear. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Thank you for watching Sign1News live. Remember to follow us on all of our social
media pages and be sure to download our app too. Sign1News. Your life. Your language.

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