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The Butte College Associated Study Body providing free school supplies to students impacted by the Camp Fire. Photo: Anda Chu/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

Thousands of school children who lost their homes or classrooms in Northern California's wildfire last month returned to school for the first time in three weeks on Monday, the AP reports.

Why it matters: About 31,000 students have been unable to attend school since the Camp Fire, the state's deadliest wildfire, began to sweep through Paradise, California and surrounding neighborhoods in early November. The blaze, which is now contained, killed at least 88 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes in the northern part of the state. About 25 people are still missing.

The details: Some districts where schools have been damaged, ruined or are inaccessible have also created makeshift classrooms in other buildings, such as churches or malls, as well as made assignments accessible online.

  • According to the Los Angeles Times, about 5,000 students in Butte County have been displaced, approximately 3,500 reportedly attend Paradise Unified schools.
  • At least one teacher is using her living room as a classroom and teaching lessons over Facebook Live for students far away, per the Times.

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Former spy Steele defends controversial Trump Russia dossier

Former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele arrives at the High Court in London in July 2020. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The author of the "Steele Dossier," containing unverified claims about former President Trump told ABC News he stands by his controversial report, according to excerpts from an upcoming documentary published Sunday.

Why it matters: Former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele's dossier was used as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged links to Russia's government.

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Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.