Tag: california

6.0 Magnitude Quake Hits California

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California early Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was the strongest to hit the Bay Area since 1989, when a quake struck during the World Series. Sunday’s earthquake struck 4 miles northwest of American Canyon, 6 miles southwest of Napa, and 9 miles southeast of Sonoma, according to the…

Prosecutors: Deputy who killed unarmed teen won’t face charges

Prosecutors say they won’t file criminal charges against against a sheriff’s deputy who killed unarmed 13-year-old boy in Santa Rosa, Calif. Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that investigators concluded Deputy Erick Gelhaus fired his weapon at Andy Lopez in response to what he honestly and reasonably believed was an imminent threat of death.…

Man bitten by shark on Manhattan Beach in California [VIDEO]

Man bitten by shark on Manhattan Beach in California video: A long-distance swimmer was in stable condition after being bitten by a shark near Manhattan Beach Pier, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Officials said the shark was hooked to a fisherman’s line when the swimmer got too close. The swimmer was injured…

Fast-moving fire burns at 3,800 acres in California’s Napa County

A brushfire in California’s Napa County has spread more than 3,800 acres Wednesday after sparking Tuesday afternoon, officials said. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is 30 percent contained. Fire officials said it isn’t currently threatening any major vineyards, but nearly 200 homes have been evacuated. Photo: A Cal Fire helicopter makes…

House GOP Picks California’s Kevin McCarthy for Cantor Post

House Republicans have selected Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, a high-ranking member of House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team, to be their next Majority Leader. McCarthy easily won the election to replace Eric Cantor, who suffered a shocking primary defeat to Tea Party candidate Dave Brat earlier this month. Known for his friendly style, McCarthy…

Killer’s family tried to intervene before rampage

It was Friday night when Elliot Rodger’s mother got a call from her son’s therapist that he had emailed a ranting manifesto about going on a deadly rampage. The mother went to her son’s YouTube channel and found the video in which he threatens to kill people. She alerted authorities and set off frantically with…

7 dead in CA shooting called ‘premeditated mass murder’ [VIDEO]

A gunman described as mentally disturbed and possibly bent on retribution sprayed bullets from a slow-moving car in a small Southern California college town, killing six people in a rampage called “premeditated mass murder,” Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies said Saturday. The gunman also died from a gunshot wound after his car crashed Friday night,…

Missing California Woman Held Captive For 10 Years Found Alive

Isidro Garcia told the woman her family gave up looking for her and would be deported if she contacted them. She finally escaped after reaching out on Facebook. A decade ago, a 15-year-old Santa Ana, Calif., girl vanished. Now, police say the girl spent a decade in captivity, repeatedly raped, assaulted, and ultimately impregnated by…

30 homes destroyed in Carlsbad, Calif., wildfire

A wind-driven brush fire tore through Carlsbad, Calif., on Wednesday, and spread over at least 100 acres and destroyed as many as 30 homes, Cal Fire said. Thousands of residences and businesses received “reverse 911” calls urging the occupants to leave, county officials said. At least six wildfires have broken out in San Diego County…

9 dead after tour bus, truck crash in Northern California

New: Sources say apparently the Fed Ex truck was on fire before the crash. At least nine people are dead and dozens injured after a charter bus and FedEx semi-truck collided on a highway in Glenn County, Calif. The bus was reportedly carrying Southern California high school students on a college tour. At least nine…

Magnitude 5.1 quake hits Los Angeles area, generating small damage

Authorities reported moderate damage after an earthquake struck the Los Angeles region Friday night. The magnitude 5.1 quake, which hit near La Habra, Calif., shortly after 9 pm PT, was reportedly felt throughout Los Angeles County. Several smaller aftershocks followed. Residents near the epicenter reported moderate damage to furniture and power outages, but no structural…

California man arrested after Twitter threat to ‘shoot someone walking’

A 20-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on Thursday for threatening to shoot someone if enough people signaled their approval online, KTLA-TV reported. Police arrested Dakkari Dijon McAnuff on suspicion of making criminal threats after being alerted to his Twitter post Tuesday morning stating, “100 RTs and I’ll shoot someone walking,” alongside a picture of…

6.9 quake centered in ocean hits Humboldt County California

6.9 quake centered in ocean hits Humboldt County (California) (03-09) 22:45 PDT — A magnitude-6.9 quake off the Northern California coast shook the state on Sunday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website. The quake, which was centered in the Pacific Ocean about 50 miles northwest of Ferndale (Humboldt County)… There were no immediate…

Powerful Storm Hits California

Resident Dennis Madvig checks the condition of his street as mudslide flows down the 18800 block of Hicrest Road and Sierra Avenue as the winter storm hit Friday morning. A powerful storm from the Pacific Ocean brought rain and snow Friday, helping drought plagued Southern California, but threatening foothill communities with mudslides. [zuma]

At least two winners in $636 million Mega Millions drawing

At least two people will split the second-biggest jackpot in U.S. history after purchasing lottery tickets in California and Georgia. Lottery officials confirmed the winners, who both had tickets that matched all six winning Mega Millions numbers, will split $636 million. NBC News

Four Marines killed in Camp Pendleton explosion

Four Marines were killed Wednesday during an operation to clear a range of unexploded ordnance at Camp Pendleton in Southern California, a Marine official said. The accident happened at 11 a.m. PST during a range maintenance operation at the San Diego County coastal base. The Marines were clearing the range of unexploded ordnance, and it…

California Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Semi-Automatic Rifles

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have outlawed future sales of most semi-automatic rifles in the state. The governor announced signing other gun-related legislation on Friday but rejected the centerpiece bill, which would have imposed the nation’s toughest restrictions on gun ownership. Brown’s veto message for SB374 said it was too far-reaching.…

Drone Fights California Wildfire

A Predator drone is joining the 4,000 firefighters working to contain the giant 12-day-old fire in the Sierra Nevada. The California National Guard drone will fly 22-hour missions to surveil the fire, allowing officials to study its movement and view far-flung corners of the blaze. It’s not the first drone to be used in firefighting,…

Yosemite Wildfire Brings Dangerous Air Conditions With Thick Smoke

Smoke from one of California’s biggest wildfires ever is dangerously contaminating the air across both California and Nevada. The Rim Fire, which has threatened parts of Yosemite National Park, has produced a haze a mile and a quarter thick in some areas, leading authorities to urge the public to avoid any outdoor activity. ‘Unhealthful’ and…

Court: Oscar Grant’s Father Can Sue Ex-Transit Police Officer

A federal appeals court ruled that a lawsuit against a former BART police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant III can proceed. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9thCircuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a trial judge’s decision to permit the suit by Grant’s father, Oscar Grant Jr., against Johannes Mehserle, who shot Grant…

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano To Head University Of California

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning from her post and will be named the next president of the University of California system. “I thank President Obama for the chance to serve our nation during this important chapter in our history, and I know the Department of Homeland Security will continue to perform its…

California Wildfire Threatens 1,000 Homes

California’s Powerhouse wildfire grew overnight to 19,500 acres and now threatens around 1,000 homes. The fire has already destroyed six homes and damaged nine other buildings. The fire is currently at 20% containment and officials hope to have it fully contained by Wednesday. 2,000 firefighters are fighting to stop the fire’s spread. NBCLA

Bride, 4 Others Die In Limo Fire On A California Bridge

When one of the nine women in his limousine complained about smoke, Orville Brown pulled to the side of a San Francisco Bay bridge to check. As he got out, the back of the vehicle became engulfed in flames. A newlywed bride and eight of her friends were still inside, but passersby quickly pulled three…

Rockefeller Impostor Convicted In 1985 California Slaying

A man who posed as a member of the famous Rockefeller family was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1985 killing of a California man. Jurors deliberated for about one day in the case of Christian Gerhartsreiter, who used several aliases that included Clark Rockefeller — a name that allowed him to fraternize with members…

White House Urges Court To Overturn Proposition 8

The Obama Administration filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to declare California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The brief filed by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli mentions bans on same-sex marriage in seven other states that grant broad domestic partnership rights and suggests they are also unconstitutional, but the Justice Department did not directly…