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13 dead after flooding and mudslides force thousands to flee in California

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By TJH

ABCNews.com(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — At least 13 people are dead and more than 20 are injured in California from weather-related incidents, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. The southern part of the state has been drenched with severe rain just weeks after several fires tore through the area.

Flash flooding, debris flow and mudslides are punishing the communities hit hard by the Thomas and La Tuna fires, prompting “dozens and dozens” of rescues on the ground, a spokesperson from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department told ABC News.

Many more are feared to be dead and buried beneath the mud, a California fire crew who has conducted up to 70 rescues alone told ABC News Tuesday afternoon.

One of those killed was Roy Rohter, the founder of the St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, according to the Catholic school’s headmaster, Michael Van Hecke, the Associated Press reported. Rohter’s wife was injured by the mudslide.

Montecito alone saw heavy rainfall in a short amount of time. About a third of the rain that has fallen in the last 24 hours in Montecito fell in just 5 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

Because hundreds of thousands of acres were charred in the fires, the influx of water has nowhere to go.

Some homes in Montecito’s affluent community have been ripped from their foundations as a result of the torrential conditions. Several dozen homes have been destroyed or damaged, officials said.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management said Tuesday night the city of Montecito would be without potable water, electricity and sanitation “for an extended period of time.”

Local fire officials reported rescuing several people in the area, including a mother and her daughter who were caked in mud. About two dozen people in Santa Barbara County are unaccounted for, officials said.

The Claffey family in Carpinteria was forced to evacuate its home last month. After moving back in, family members were told to evacuate again because of the rain.

“If our house was flooded it would be devastating. Absolutely devastating,” Maureen Claffey told ABC News.

Another family told ABC News that they witnessed neighbors floating away from their homes on mattresses and others holding on to trees for hours in a whirlpool of frigid mud.

The record rains started coming down on Monday, soaking northern cities like San Francisco and Sacramento. First responders put on skies to help the stranded since many roads and thruways have become raging rivers.

A 14-year-old girl was “trapped for hours” in mud-soaked rubble on Hot Springs Road and then pulled to safety in a triumphant moment.

Power in the area has also been cut, according to ABC News affiliate KEYT.

More rescues were expected and evacuations are rising, officials said.

The worst of the storm will move inland, with the heavy rain letting up sometime around dinner time or even before, according to the National Weather Service. Flash flood watches will remain in effect across portions of Southern California, including Los Angeles and Santa Barbara until then.

So far, rainfall totals Tuesday afternoon range from 3 to 5 inches in the mountains in Ventura County and 2 to 3 inches in the mountains of Santa Barbara County, with higher totals within the areas burned by the Thomas fire in both counties.

Rainfall rates exceeding one inch per hour at times contributed to the damaging mudslides in portions of Southern California.

The weather has snarled drivers and first responders attempting to aid storm victims.

Routes in and out of Santa Barbara have been shut down from the south, and various roadways have been swallowed by the floods.

The only way into some of the washed-out homes is by air.

Ventura’s Air Squad 6 dedicated helicopters to join Santa Barbara in the rescue effort.

Officials told ABC News they’ve been called to locations but they’re also stuck like thousands of motorists.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Emmylou Harris will receive The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. She’ll be honored alongside this year’s other recipients — which include Tina Turner, Neil Diamond and Queen — at a special awards presentation and concert this summer.

Naomi Judd will guest on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade on Thursday. The country icon is promoting her book, River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.

The Oak Ridge Boys and the Gatlin Brothers are teaming up with gospel icons the Gaither Vocal Band for two projects. Country Roots and Gospel Favorites and A Few Good Men will both be released on CD and DVD on January 26. You can watch a preview on YouTube now.

If you missed Blake Shelton performing “I’ll Name the Dogs” and “I Lived It” Monday on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you can catch up on YouTube.

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Luke Bryan reveals he "jumped right on" the chance to do "American Idol," and judges "like a fan of music"

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ABC/Alfonso BrescianiWhen American Idol returns to TV on March 11, it’ll bring a bona fide country superstar as one of its judges: four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan.

The Georgia native says it was an instant “yes” when he was asked to join Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and host Ryan Seacrest.

“The American Idol endeavor, for me, felt like it was gonna be a blast to be a part of,” Luke said earlier this week at a Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles. “I mean, you started hearing whispers of it coming back, and then you hear it’s on ABC. And then I get the call to do it.”

“And I’ve had the opportunity to do some TV stuff through the years and turned it down,” he explained. “Because I always focused on touring and my little, kinda country music world that I just kinda figured out. And then, here American Idol happens, and I jumped right on it.”

While the exposure and the paycheck surely played a part in Luke’s decision, he says the overwhelming reason he wanted to do American Idol was to go on the journey with the contestants.

“It was never a moment’s thought for me, because I’d get inspired,” Luke says. “I judge and I watch this like a fan of music. I mean, I’m in there on the emotional ride with these kids. When they start singing and they are moving me emotionally, I get wrapped up in the moment. I get wrapped up in the pageantry and the dreams coming true.”

Meanwhile, Luke continues to make his own country dreams come true. He just released “Most People Are Good” as the follow-up to his latest #1 hit, “Light It Up.”

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James Franco to Colbert on sexual misconduct allegations: "If I've done something wrong, I will fix it, I have to"

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By Stephen Iervolino

Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc.(NEW YORK) — James Franco is addressing the Twitter accusations of two women who accused the actor of sexual misconduct.

Speaking on Late Night with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, Franco said, “The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate,” but he added, “I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long.”

The actor added, “The way I live my life, I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made. I will make it. So if I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to.”

Actress Violet Paley, after seeing Franco on Sunday’s Golden Globes telecast wearing a Time’s Up pin in support of the new Hollywood initiative against sexual harassment, tweeted, “Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?”

In a second tweet, Paley claimed that Franco offered an apology in recent weeks but added, “…offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone ‘apology,'” adding, “I don’t accept.”

Paley expanded on her accusation tweeting, noting it was hard for her to come forward because she said she also had a consensual sexual relationship with Franco.

Another woman, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, tweeted, “Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn’t exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!”

The New York Times has cancelled a planned Q&A event with Franco that had been scheduled for Wednesday in the wake of the allegations.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/9/18

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By Brittany Martinez

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Miami 90 Toronto 89
Final Portland 117 Oklahoma City 106
Final Dallas 114 Orlando 99
Final L.A. Lakers 99 Sacramento 86

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Winnipeg 7 Buffalo 4
Final Washington 3 Vancouver 1
Final Chicago 8 Ottawa 2
Final Tampa Bay 5 Carolina 4
Final Nashville 2 Edmonton 1
Final OT Calgary 3 Minnesota 2
Final Florida 7 St. Louis 4

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (2) West Virginia 57 Baylor 54
Final (3) Virginia 68 Syracuse 61
Final (5) Purdue 70 Michigan 69
Final (9) Oklahoma 75 (8) Texas Tech 65
Final (12) Kansas 83 Iowa St. 78
Final Marquette 84 (13) Seton Hall 64
Final (20) North Carolina 96 Boston College 66
Final (21) Kentucky 74 Texas A&M 73
Final (22) Auburn 85 Mississippi 70
Final (24) Tennessee 92 Vanderbilt 84
Final (25) Creighton 85 Butler 74

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