All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘California’

Mudslide in California: Photos Flood Twitter

A mudslide filled Interstate 5 with mud just north of Los Angeles, California on Thursday night. Hundreds of people and their vehicles were left stranded as a result, and clean-up by emergency crews continued throughout Friday. The mudslide came from a flash flood with debris entering the major highway. Some people had no choice but to climb atop their vehicles …

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Uber’s Background Checks Let Murderer, Sex Offenders, and Other Felons Through the Cracks, Say DAs

Uber’s Background Checks Let Murderer, Sex Offenders, and Other Felons Through the Cracks, Say DAs

Uber’s background checks are not working, according to two California District Attorneys. The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles have filed an update to a complaint originally filed in December. The suit’s overarching claim is that Uber has been continually misleading customers over the efficacy of its background checks. The amended complaints now contains specific allegations – most …

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Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors, Says Calif. Labor Commission

In a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for Uber and the whole ridesharing industry, the California Labor Commission has ruled that Uber drivers are actually employees. According to Reuters, “the ruling earlier this month and filed Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, said Uber is ‘involved in every aspect of the operation.’” Of course, Uber has always argued …

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46% Of Yelp’s Top 100 Places To Eat In The U.S. Are In California

Apparently you really need to live in California to have a great selection of places to eat. That’s what Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. would have you believe anyway. 46 out of 100 of them are located in the state. Of course this is simply based on user data from Yelp, so that would seem to …

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Google Reveals First Real Self-Driving Car Prototype

Google unveiled what it says its its “first real build” of its self-driving vehicle prototype. Back in May, Google showed off an early mockup that eliminated the steering wheel and gas/brake pedals. But that didn’t even have real headlights. Now, Google has a fully-functioning version of this car (pictured). “Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to …

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Microsoft’s Knightscope Robots Guard Silicon Valley

Don’t be alarmed when you’re strolling along the roads of Silicon Valley and you happen to be stalked by a cold, heartless, egg shaped machine on wheels; it’s happening. Microsoft, the multinational technology corporation, has finally decided to hire robot security guards that will serve to protect the streets surrounding their branch in Mountain View, California, according to GdgtArena. As …

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Lone Survivor of Capsized Boat Expresses Guilt

Commercial fisherman Phillip Sanchez has expressed gratitude tinged with guilt, after becoming the lone survivor of a boating accident that killed four of his friends off the coast of Northern California Saturday. A sneaker wave capsized the 32-foot boat Sanchez was a passenger on during a crabbing gig near Bodega Bay, situated roughly 70 miles north of San Francisco. Sanchez, …

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Ashley Swearengin Loses Close California Controller Race

Fresno, California Mayor Ashley Swearengin lost a close race for California state controller on election day this week. Swearengin, a Republican, received 47.3 percent of the state’s votes, falling short of the 52.7 percent Democrat Betty Yee received. In a message posted to her campaign website on Wednesday Swearengin thanked supporters and campaigners. She praised her campaign for the close …

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Proposition 46 Debate Heats Up in California

In November Californians will have the opportunity to significantly change medical malpractice law in their state. Proposition 46 would raise California’s cap on non-economic damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. The state’s cap is currently $250,000, set in 1975 by the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act. If voted into law, Proposition 46 would raise the cap to around $1.1 million, …

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Bear Eats Man After He Dies Of Heart Attack

A man living “off the grid” experienced a heart attack while fetching water on October 8, and his body was found and eaten by a black bear taking shelter nearby. Marion Lee Williams, a 65-year-old man, lived in a trailer in the community of Briceland in Humboldt County and was reportedly checking on his water supplies when he experienced cardiac …

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Bear Eats Man Who Died From Heart Attack

A Humboldt County man recently suffered a fatal heart attack outside of his home and was eaten by a black bear. According to reports, 65-year-old Marion Lee Williams passed away sometime last week as he made his way along his property to check on his water supplies. Authorities believe that Williams collapsed in his yard, near the bear’s home, and …

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Bear Eats Man Who Suffered Heart Attack: Why Animal May Be Shot Even Though He Didn’t Kill Anyone.

It’s being reported that a black bear ate a Briceland, Calif. man who suffered a fatal heart attack outside his home. The man has since been identified as Marion Lee Williams. Williams was believed to have been on his way to check his water supplies prior to his death. A bear had created a home for itself nearby. When the …

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Google Glass Withdrawal Symptoms Worse Than Alcohol?

Like drugs, technology is an addicting and highly sought after augmented reality that generates dependency. Google Glass is a wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display, allowing for digital applications to pop right up in front of you. For 18 hours a day, a 31-year-old unnamed US Navy serviceman used Google Glass, only taking the device off when sleeping and …

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Megaquake West Coast: Scientists Say It’s A Probability

A group of researchers have calculated the possibility of a megaquake such as Japan’s 9.0 quake and tsunami in 2011 happening on America’s West Coast. A study published in the October issue of Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America details how researchers used computer models of future seismic activity and analysis of past activity dating back thousands of years …

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Wasco Clowns Terrorize California Town, Brandishing Weapons

The town of Wasco, California, has a clown problem. Someone — or maybe more than one person — is having fun at the expense of the folks of Wasco. Calling himself the “Wasco clown”, the prankster dons creepy-looking clown attire and roams the streets of the town at night, pausing to take pictures in neighborhoods and post them to Instagram …

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California Drones Bill Vetoed, Police Not Required to Obtain Warrants for Unmanned Surveillance

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have instituted regulations on drone use by public agencies – including the police. Among other things, the bill would have forced police, in most cases, to obtain a warrant to surveil the public with unmanned aircraft systems. “I am returning Assembly Bill 1327 without my signature,” said Gov. Brown in …

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‘Yelp Bill’ Passed In California

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that prevents consumers from facing legal action from businesses over negative reviews. The law keeps businesses from being able to prevent customers from writing negative reviews or penalize them for doing so. As a Washington Post article that Yelp points to explains, “The bill bans businesses from forcing consumers into contracts …

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Obama Approval Rating Hits Record Low in California

When some people think of California, they think of a state overrun with liberals. That may be true to an extent, but according to a new poll, President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit a record low of 44.5 percent. This isn’t as low as former President George W. Bush’s approval rating got to in the state (down to 28 …

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Amazon To Open New California Fulfillment Center, Create 2,500 Full-Time Jobs

Amazon announced plans to open its fifth fulfillment center in California, which will appear in Redlands. The company opened its first center in the state less than two years ago. The California locations are in San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Patterson and Tracy. At the new location, employees will pick, pack, and ship large items like big-screen TVs and kayaks, the …

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California Farmers Fear A 21st Century Dust Bowl

Back in the 1930s, a major drought hit the United States, causing farmland to dry up to the point where there was only dirt in the place of once healthy crops. The loose soil contributed to terrible dust storms, which helped give a name to the devastation. The “Dust Bowl” has since become synonymous with the Great Depression and a …

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Kristin Cavallari Dropped 20 Pounds Two Months After Giving Birth

Kristin Cavallari has already lost 20 pounds of pregnancy weight a little over two months after giving birth to her second child. The 27-year-old reality television star and husband Jay Cutler, quarterback for the Chicago Bears, welcomed son Jaxon Wyatt Cutler (Jax) on May 7. Their first son, Camden, was born in August 2012. “I’m still a couple of pounds …

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Beach Hole Collapses, Man Dies In California

A beach hole collapsed on Monday, causing the young man who dug it to lose his life after he was trapped above his head in the sand for five minutes. The young man was identified by the San Mateo County Coroner’s office as Adam Pye, 26, of San Lorenzo. Pye dug a 10-foot-deep hole at Francis State Beach, which is …

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Misty Holt-Singh: Sister Takes Higher Road In Grief

Misty Holt-Singh was used as a human shield by bank robbery suspects on Wednesday and lost her life. She left behind children, a husband, and an extended family in a too early death. In addition to Misty Holt-Singh, two of the three suspects were also killed in the robbery-turned-car chase. Misty Holt-Singh was on her way with her daughter to …

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One-Eyed Man Sought in 7-Eleven Double Homicide

Authorities are searching for a one-eyed gang member who fatally shot two other men in front of a Van Nuys, California 7-Eleven convenience store early Thursday morning. According to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department, Angel Santana, 29, and another unidentified suspect allegedly began shooting at two men, after a brief confrontation which occurred at around 6 a.m. …

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California Expected to Set Water Restrictions

In an attempt to help curb the impact of a three-year drought, California is likely to soon issue a first-time mandatory water restriction. The California State Water Resources Control Board is expected to pass the emergency measure Tuesday, as reservoirs across the state and in the region are dwindling. Officials have stated that the new mandate would ban practices such …

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Sierra LaMar DNA Evidence Found on Rope

Over two years after Morgan Hill, California teenager Sierra LaMar disappeared, grand jury transcripts have been released detailing evidence against murder suspect Antolin Garcia-Torres. The court in Santa Clara County forwarded a 1,900 page document to the San Jose Mercury News on Friday, which revealed that Garcia-Torres left behind a substantial amount of evidence regarding 15-year-old LaMar’s vanishing, and that …

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Roller Coaster Accident Traps 25 Mid-Air

The scene was Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, near Los Angeles. Roller coaster enthusiasts aboard the Ninja ride, a suspended coaster, had hands high in the air, screaming. Suddenly the front car struck a tree branch and was dislodged from the tracks. The entire coaster stopped, and everyone on board was stuck for hours as rescuers worked to …

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Great White Shark Bites Man Off California Beach

A great white shark attacked a man as he was swimming off of Manhattan Beach in southern California Saturday. The 7-foot-long juvenile great white was hooked by a pier fisherman at the time, and the long-distance swimmer got in the way as the shark was thrashing while trying to free itself. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Rick Flores said …

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Serena Williams to Play Swedish Open After Wimbledon Early Exit

Serena Williams has confirmed that she will play the Swedish Open, according to tournament director Nina Wennerstrom. On Tuesday Williams exited her doubles match at Wimbledon mid-match due to a viral illness that left her shaky and feeling faint. In what was widely referred to as a “strange” scene, Williams appeared to be disoriented during warm-ups, having difficulty picking up, …

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Diane Stretton: Nightmare Nanny Leaving? Maybe.

Some people want to be famous. They’ll grab at any opportunity that drops out of the sky to get on the news, become the latest viral thing on YouTube, and have their 15 minutes of fame. But most people don’t need the hassle. It might be funny now to be the “hide yo kids, hide yo wife” guy, but eventually …

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