Tag: california

5 Arrested After California Jail Escape [VIDEO]

Orange County officials say they have arrested five people in connection to the escape of three dangerous inmates from a maximum-security prison in Southern California last week. Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens said Wednesday that police were focusing on a Vietnamese gang, but declined to say who was arrested or on what charges. More than 250 members…

Three Win $1.6B Powerball Jackpot [VIDEO]

Powerball officials said Thursday morning that three winning tickets were sold for the $1.6 billion jackpot, which will be split three ways. California Lottery officials announced a lucky winner in Chino Hills, located just east of Los Angeles, where hundreds of people gathered late Wednesday in the strip mall parking lot of the 7-Eleven where…

Robert Durst Faces Murder Charge [VIDEO]

Real-estate scion Robert Durst will be extradited to California from Louisiana to face a murder charge in the 2000 death of a longtime friend, officials said Tuesday. Durst, who faces a firearms charge in New Orleans, will be arraigned in the death of writer Susan Berman in Superior Court in Los Angeles by Aug. 18,…

Malik Sent Facebook Messages About Jihad

Tashfeen Malik, one of the two attackers who fatally shot and killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, this month, sent at least two private messages on Facebook to a group of Pakistani friends in 2012 and 2014 revealing her support for Islamic jihad, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Malik reportedly “expressed her desire”…

Suspect Traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2015 [VIDEO]

Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the suspected attackers in the San Bernardino, California, shooting that left 14 people dead, traveled to Saudi Arabia in the spring and returned with a wife, according to a co-worker. Patrick Baccari said Farook was away for about a month. When he returned, Baccari had learned that Farook had married,…

California Approves Assisted Suicide [VIDEO]

Gov. Jerry Brown approved an end-of-life measure Monday that allows physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to quicken the deaths of terminally ill patients. Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, said he had difficulty in approving the assisted-suicide law and had to “reflect on what I would want in the face of my own…

California Cops Under Fire Over Teen’s Jaywalking Arrest [VIDEO]

A video emerged that appears to show nine California police officers involved in the forceful arrest of a 16-year-old boy accused of jaywalking. The teen’s family filed a formal complaint Thursday over the confrontation in Stockton, which was partially recorded by a witness and posted to YouTube, NBC Los Angeles reported. Police said the officers…

Thousands Evacuated From Cali Wildfires [VIDEO]

Thousands of people were forced to flee their Northern California homes Saturday as firefighters fought a new blaze. The Valley Fire grew to over 15 square miles and gave four firefighters second-degree burns. The cause of it is under investigation. Meanwhile another fire in Northern California had grown to about 101 square miles Friday night…

Body Believed to Be Missing Girl Found [VIDEO]

California police said late Monday that a body found in a dumpster is believed to be that of an 8-year-old girl who went missing on Sunday. The body was found inside an enclosed area of the Santa Cruz apartment complex where Madyson Middleton was last seen riding her scooter, according to police. Police have also…

Gardena Police Shooting VIDEO Released

Following a judge’s order, police in Gardena, Calif. have released video footage of an officer fatally shooting an unarmed man in 2013. The dash cam video shows the officer shouting “Put your hands up!” at three unarmed men. Two men keep their hands up the entire time, while one lowers them several times and removes…

Jim Carrey: Vaccine Law Is ‘Fascism’ [VIDEO]

Actor Jim Carrey took to Twitter to condemn a California law that requires mandatory vaccinations for nearly every schoolchild in the state. “California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped,” Carrey posted. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law Tuesday, eliminating…

California Rules Pass Force Vaccine [VIDEO]

California lawmakers have passed one of the toughest vaccination bills in the country, ending exemptions for personal or religious beliefs in both public and private schools. A spokesperson for Gov. Jerry Brown says Brown “believes that vaccinations are profoundly important,” but the governor has not said whether he will sign the legislation.

Oil Spill Off California Coastline [VIDEO]

The U.S. Coast Guard launched an emergency cleanup off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, where a pipeline leaked 21,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday. The Coast Guard reported an oil slick on around four miles of beach and 50 yards into the ocean. Officials said winds could carry the oil…

Self Driving Cars Keep Crashing in California [VIDEO]

Nearly 10 percent of driverless cars on the roads of California have already gotten into accidents, according to the Associated Press. Out of almost 50 vehicles, two were involved in accidents while the automated driving feature was on, and two more while a human driver was in control, based on an accident report. But Google…

California Cops Shoot Graffiti-Spraying Teen

A Long Beach 19-year-old is in critical condition after being shot multiple times by police, a spokesperson said. According to Sergeant Megan Zabel, police were responding to a complaint about trespassers tagging an empty apartment when cops shot the man. It’s not clear how many bullets were fired, and both the Long Beach PD and…

Massive explosion at ExxonMobil oil refinery [VIDEO]

An explosion at an ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California caused a gas leak and small fire at the gasoline processing unit shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Four workers were injured and the explosion shattered the windows of surrounding buildings. The California Department of Industrial Relations has opened an investigation into the explosion to determine…

Pilot forced to ditch plane at sea off Hawaiian coast [VIDEO]

Dramatic Coast Guard video shows a small single-engine plane carrying just the pilot as it releases its parachute and crashes into the ocean. The Cirrus SR22 was traveling from Tracy, California, when the pilot radioed authorities at 12:30 p.m. about plans to ditch the aircraft because of dwindling fuel. The plane has a range of…

California Storm Hits South After Drenching North [VIDEO]

A dangerous storm system blamed for two deaths in Oregon, thousands of power outages in Washington, and flooded roadways in the Bay Area that kept many from work and school, pushed into the southern California and caused mudslides and evacuations, officials said. Avalanches of mud and debris blocked part of the Pacific Coast Highway in…

Protests continue in Berkeley, Calif., after more than 200 arrested in Monday night’s demonstrations

Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Berkeley, Calif., on Tuesday night as demonstrations continue in Northern California over the chokehold death of Eric Garner. A California Highway Patrol said approximately 80 percent of its available staff would be deployed to monitor the fourth night of consecutive protests in the area. The agency arrested more than…

Explosive Thrown at Cops in Berkeley

In Berkeley, California, a second night of protests against police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York turned violent again Sunday as some demonstrators threw explosives at officers, assaulted each other, and shut down a freeway, police said. The California Highway Patrol said some protesters made their way to a freeway in…

Man Who Fatally Ran over Black Man Blames Obama

Last year, Joseph Paul Leonard Jr. got into an altercation with and ran over Toussaint Harrison, an African-American man. Leonard ran right into Harrison and after he ran him over, he got out of his car and kicked him with his steel-toed boots. Harrison died in the hospital two days later. Leonard was in court…

Plane battling fire crashes in California’s Yosemite National Park

A plane crashed while battling a wildfire in California’s Yosemite National Park on Tuesday, fire and park officials said. Only one person is believed to have been aboard the tanker, officials said. Emergency crews are responding to the plane’s last known location. Photo: A Forestry Department Grumman S-2T drops fire retardant on a blaze at…

Mayor of California Town Shot to Death

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, California, has died after being shot in what sources are attributing to a domestic dispute inside his home. Crespo and his wife were allegedly involved in an altercation when his 19-year-old son intervened, a spokeswoman for the local sheriff’s department said. His wife is believed to have then…

3 Companies Get Calif. Self-Driving Car Permits

Volkswagen’s Audi brand on Tuesday was the first automaker of three companies to get new permits issued by California for the testing of self-driving, or autonomous, cars on all the Golden State’s roadways. Mercedes-Benz and Google also got permits on the day that California’s new laws governing the testing of automated vehicles take effect, according…