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Police Say Girl’s Body Found In Santa Cruz Dumpster Is Likely Missing 8-Year-Old; Teen Neighbor Arrested

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 20:24

SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — A teenage suspect has been taken into custody after the body of a young female was found in a dumpster following a night of searching for an 8-year-old girl who went missing Sunday evening.

The body was found around 7:55 p.m. in a dumpster behind the Tannery Arts Center at 1030 River St., according to Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel, who called the discovery horrible and heartbreaking.

“At 7:55 p.m., detectives discovered the body of a young female in a dumpster. We believe that she is probably Madyson Middleton,” Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said during a press conference.

No other details were available about the suspect.  Police could not yet confirm that the body was that of Madyson Middleton.

The 15-year-old suspect was arrested, and was being questioned by police.

Police say the teen lived in the complex, and was present at approximately the same time as the body was discovered, Vogel said, but the sole suspect’s relationship to the victim is not currently known.

When reporters asked if the clothing on the victim matched the clothing Madyson was wearing when last seen Sunday evening, Vogel stated that it’s too soon to be certain.

“The way the body is situated in the dumpster where she was located, it’s difficult to tell what the clothing looks like from our vantage point right now,” Vogel said.

He added that investigators are in a “holding pattern” while they prepare to process the crime scene.
The Department of Justice is assisting in the investigation, according to Vogel, and police are planning to release more information sometime Tuesday morning.

Neighbors were shocked by the teen’s arrest.

“From what I know, he’s very well spoken, and has a very kind manner.  So like I said, it’s just a shocking situation altogether,” one neighbor told KPIX 5’s Betty Yu.

Police just rushed to the Santa Cruz apartment where a missing 8 year old girl was last seen. More on @KCBSNews pic.twitter.com/zomvagpZNq

— Chris Filippi (@chrisfilippi) July 28, 2015

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Petaluma Egg Ranch Workers Wearing Bio-Hazard Suits To Prevent Avian Flu Outbreak

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 19:32

PETALUMA (KPIX 5) — The price of eggs at the supermarket has skyrocketed lately due to the avian flu outbreak, and a Petaluma rancher is putting his chicken farm under bio-hazard lock down to prevent an outbreak from affecting his flock.

“If you get avian influenza into a flock of chickens, what you know is you will get 95% mortality over a 6 day timeline. That’s how devastating it is,” Sunrise Farms co-owner Arnie Riebli said.

The avian influenza virus in the Midwest has forced the killing of more than 45 million hens, driving up the price of eggs in the Bay Area to nearly $6 a dozen, and turning local egg farms into high-security intensive care units.

“It’s a lock down, a bio-security lock down.  That’s self-insurance, that’s self-preservation.”

Workers at Sunrise Farms wear bio-hazard suits, and trucks and equipment are not shared with other ranches, all to prevent cross-contamination.  Riebli believes the flu that hit in January may drive some big egg producers into bankruptcy.  While that means he’s getting a good price for his eggs now, he knows it’s only temporary.

“Farmers are good at doing one thing-they can overproduce just like that.  So for all these chickens that are going to be gone…they’re all gonna be back, believe me.  They’re all coming home and they’re coming home to roost,” Riebli said.

Riebli says that if the outbreak ends, in about a year the price of eggs will plummet as the Midwest ranches resume production, flooding the market and once again leaving California farmers scrambling to make a profit.

Sunrise Farms is spending nearly 2 million dollars to increase bio-security to protect its chickens.

 

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Man Arrested, Suspected Of Starting Grass Fire Near Sacramento That Forced Evacuations

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 18:42

FRESNO (CBS/AP) — Authorities say they suspect a man of starting a grassland fire near Sacramento that forced people from their homes and destroyed power lines.

Michelle Eidam of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said the fire Monday afternoon charred 430 acres north of Sacramento near the community of Elverta.

Firefighters have the blaze about 25 percent contained.

Eidam says the man in custody awaits charges on multiple counts of arson. She says strong wind made the fire grow quickly.

The fire started in Placer County and spread into Sacramento County.

She says residents of several rural communities surrounding the fire have been forced to leave their homes. No injuries have been reported.

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Director Chris Columbus Talks Pixels & Arcade Games w/ Liam Mayclem

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 17:21
VIDEO: Liam Mayclem sat down (sort of) with Bay Area-filmmaker Chris Columbus at Brewcade in San Francisco to discuss his latest comedic adventure, Pixels...
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BART Station Agent Stabbed Outside Powell Street Station In San Francisco

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:15

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A BART station agent was stabbed in the abdomen on Friday afternoon outside the Powell Street BART Station in San Francisco, according to BART officials.

BART police Lt. Paul Kwon said the victim was a BART station agent. Kwon said he had no further information about the assault and that the investigation was being handled by the San Francisco Police Department.

San Francisco police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan said the stabbing occurred at street level near the intersection of Powell and Market streets at about 12:40 p.m. on Friday.

The victim, described as a man in his 30s, was stabbed in his abdomen with a knife. The suspect, who was arrested at the scene, is described as a man in his 40s, according to police.

The victim and the suspect were allegedly involved in a verbal altercation prior to the stabbing, police said.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

The motive for the stabbing remains under investigation, police said.

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Bay Point Vegetation Fire Burns 37 Acres Before Firefighters Contain It

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:05

BAY POINT (CBS SF) — A fire burned 37 acres in windy conditions in Bay Point before being contained Monday afternoon, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials said.

Firefighters responded around 2:30 p.m. to a report of a fire in an area bounded by San Marco Boulevard, Bailey Road and West Leland Road, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said.

Marshall said the single-alarm fire grew in a relatively inaccessible area, driven by afternoon Delta winds.

“There’s the wind that’s inherent to this area,” Marshall said.  “But, the Delta breeze, as it gets later in the afternoon, it kicks up and that becomes problematic for us.”

Marshall said the fire may have been sparked when an off-road vehicle caught fire.

Some welders working in the area rode the vehicle up a hillside to repair fences at a cattle ranch in the area, Marshall said.

They told fire inspectors that when they went to start the vehicle, it caught on fire, although Marshall said fire inspectors haven’t been able to verify that account.

In addition to Contra Costa County crews, Marshall said Cal Fire responded to battle the blaze with a bulldozer, helicopter and four air tankers.

Fire officials said the blaze was 100 percent contained as of shortly before 3:30 p.m., with one minor injury reported.

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Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Hits Indonesia

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:05

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (CBS SF) — A magnitude 7.0 earthquake Monday afternoon in Indonesia, but there was no immediate tsunami threat.

The USGS reported the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck about 153 miles west of Jayapura around 2:40 p.m. pacific time Monday afternoon.

The quake struck at a depth of 1.5 miles.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

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Frustrated A’s Fans Start Petition Demanding Ownership Starts Spending Or Sells Team

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:56

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Many A’s fans saw last week’s trade of Scott Kazmir as a sign that ownership had waived a white flag on the 2015 season. Now some Oakland faithful are asking Lew Wolff to do the same on his tenure as owner of the team.

A’s fan Greg Alterton has posted a Change.org campaign saying many A’s fans have lost hope in the direction of the team.

“It’s clear that the current owners, Lew Wolff and John Fisher, aren’t willing to compete with other clubs to go after foundational players headed to free agency, or to lock them into new contracts before their contract year. This approach will never build a team that will contend for a championship,” Alterton wrote in an open letter to the two named owners. “General Manager Billy Beane does a decent job putting together a team from the scrap of other teams, and untested prospects. But to reach the playoffs and ultimately win the World Series, owners and managers need to build a winner, not try to piece together a winner in one off-season.”

Alterton goes on to suggest that ownership has not been proactive enough in pursuing a new stadium for the team. The A’s are the last remaining franchise in Major League Baseball which regularly shares a facility with an NFL team.

“Wolff’s plan to build in San Jose was always a non-starter.  He wasted years holding to that plan, and dismisses serious proposals for a new ballpark in Oakland.  In short, the current A’s ownership has no vision, and no interest in investing in the future of this club,” Alterton wrote. “Ownership, committed to the future, is needed in Oakland.”

As of Monday morning, 575 people had signed the petition, with a number of A’s fans leaving comments in support of Alterton’s demands.

“I’m tired of ownership that doesn’t care,” said Antonio Allen of Fremont.

“I’ve watched this ownership group and front office ruin this franchise,” said Garth Kimball of Oakland.

After the A’s advanced to the Wild Card round of the playoffs last season – where they lost to the eventual American League Champion Royals – Beane orchestrated the exodus of many of the biggest names on the team. Some see the trade of Kazmir as the first of a new round of selling that will put the team back into a rebuilding mode.

Bill Disbrow is Managing Editor for cbsSF.com. – Email Bill

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Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking Warn Humanity About Killer Robots

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:47

(CBS SF) — From self-driving cars to mobile personal assistants, the conveniences of technology seamlessly fold into our everyday lives — which is why three luminaries are warning humanity: beware of the killer robots.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and physicist Stephen Hawking addressed the potential dangers that come when Artificial Intelligence (AI) goes unchecked, especially in fighting future wars.

The trio, along with a group of AI researchers focused on the the risks of autonomous technology, presented a letter Monday calling for the prevention of a military arms race using AI systems.

While a Terminator-style apocalypse may seem far-fetched, the petition penned by the Future of Life Institute argues AI technology has reached a point where using autonomous weapons, like drones that kill using a facial-recognition algorithm, are feasible within years — and the stakes are high.

“If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow,” the letter says. “Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group.”

Wozniak voiced these concerns in an interview with the Australian Financial Review in March. “Computers are going to take over from humans, no question,” he told the publication.

Hawking has also warned of the dangers of autonomous weapons telling the BBC that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

Nicole Jones is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco. Follow her musings @nicjonestweets

 

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Fiat Chrysler May Be Forced To Buy Back Thousands Of Defective Pickups, Jeeps Over Mishandled Recalls

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:28

DETROIT (CBS/AP) — Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring the company to offer to buy back certain Ram pickup trucks and Dodge and Chrysler SUVs with defective steering parts that can cause drivers to lose control. More than 579,000 vehicles were initially recalled in 2013, but the company would only be required to buy back a third of those because many of the pickups have already been repaired.

The Italian-American automaker must also allow owners of more than a million older Jeeps with vulnerable rear-mounted gas tanks to trade them in at above market value or give them $100 as an incentive to get a repair. Fiat Chrysler also faces a record civil fine of up to $105 million.

Fiat Chrysler shares dropped nearly 5 percent Monday afternoon following the weekend announcement of the deal.

The settlement is the latest sign that auto safety regulators are taking a more aggressive approach toward companies that fail to disclose defects or don’t properly conduct a recall.

“Merely identifying defects is not enough,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday during a conference call with media. “Manufacturers that fail in their duty to fix these defects will pay a price.”

Nearly 1.3 million Rams, Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs and Dodge Dakota pickups from as far back as the 2003 model year were recalled for the steering problem in 2013. The government excluded around 700,000 of the oldest models from the buyback program because most have already been repaired or are no longer on the road.

But it ordered the buyback for up to 579,000 vehicles from the 2008 through 2012 model years. Of those, around 193,000 have not gotten the recall repairs and are eligible for either a repair or a buyback, according to recall reports submitted to the government by Fiat Chrysler.

In each case, Fiat Chrysler would be required to pay the original purchase price plus 10 percent, minus a certain amount for depreciation.

The ultimate cost of the settlement depends on how many pickup and SUV owners join in. According to Kelly Blue Book, a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 — one of the smaller, less-expensive trucks involved in the recalls—could fetch $20,000 in a dealer trade-in, assuming the truck has 60,000 miles on it and is in “good” condition. At that rate, FCA could spend $956 million to buy back one-quarter of the vehicles at issue. The company is allowed to repair and resell the trucks it buys back.

The government knows of at least one death attributed to the steering defect.

The older Jeeps have fuel tanks located behind the rear axle, with little to shield them in a rear crash. They can rupture and spill gasoline, causing a fire. At least 75 people have died in crash-related fires, although Fiat Chrysler maintains they are as safe as comparable vehicles from the same era.

FCA must offer $100 to Jeep owners as an incentive to get a repair or a trade-in incentive of $1,000 toward the purchase of another Fiat Chrysler vehicle. The repair consists of adding a trailer hitch to the Jeeps. FCA has already repaired around 441,000 of the 1.5 million Jeeps recalled.

The Jeep trade-ins could add to the tab, but they also could generate more new vehicle sales by getting customers into showrooms. Still, the total could strain the parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. The company posted a first-quarter net profit of $101 million and had more than $20 billion in cash and securities on March 31.

FCA said the amount it pays to repurchase vehicles will be applied as a credit to the $20 million it agreed to spend on outreach efforts as part of its $105 million fine.

“FCA U.S. does not expect that the net cost of providing these additional alternatives will be material to its financial position, liquidity or results of operations,” the company said Monday.

Both the Jeep and Ram measures are part of a larger settlement between the government and the automaker over allegations of misconduct in 23 recalls covering more than 11 million vehicles. Besides the civil penalty, Fiat Chrysler agreed to an independent recall monitor and strict federal oversight.

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Lawsuit Puts Berkeley Law Requiring Cellphone Warnings On Hold Saying Radiation Risk Is False

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:25

BERKELEY (CBS SF) — A group representing the wireless industry has filed a lawsuit to put Berkeley’s cellphone ordinance on hold, saying it violates the First Amendment.

The ordinance, or so-called ‘right to know measure,’ requires cellphone providers to post an advisory about potential radiation danger posed by the devices. It would be the first of its kind in the nation. It would have gone into effect in August.

In the lawsuit, The Wireless Association (CTIA) charges the claims of health risks are “false.”

“It is unconstitutional to force cellphone retailers to communicate false, misleading and inflammatory information about their products,” CTIA said in a statement.

Berkeley’s city council unanimously approved the measure last May. Cellphone retailers would have to give customers a notice about the minimum separation distance a cellphone should be held from the body.

The Federal Communication Commission recommends keeping cellphones 5 to 25 millimeters away, depending on the model, to limit radio frequency (RF) exposure to safe levels.

The safety notice would read: “If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF [radio frequency] radiation. This potential risk is greater for children. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.”

The World Health Organization has classified cellphone radio frequency as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” but research, so far, has been contradictory. The National Cancer Institute states “there is currently no evidence that non-ionizing radiation [from cellphones] increases cancer risk.”

The lawsuit charges Berkeley lawmakers with inciting “unfounded public anxiety and fear about a product that is so important to its citizens’ everyday lives.”

The case will be heard in a San Francisco court August 6.

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UCSF Puts Support Behind Warriors Arena In Mission Bay, With A Catch

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:20

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — University of California at San Francisco supports the construction of an 18,000-seat multi-use arena for the Golden State Warriors as long as there is secure access to its newly built medical center across from the proposed arena in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood, UCSF officials said Monday.

Barbara French, vice chancellor of university relations at UCSF, said today—the final day for comments on the arena’s draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report—that there needs to be a contingency plan in place should traffic get out of control and hinder access to medical care and patient safety.

French said that while the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay supports construction of the new arena overall, “We have remaining concerns” and that it’s important that the UCSF community voice those concerns before it’s too late.

Mindy Magnusson, a Marin County resident whose daughter is receiving cancer treatment at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, located across the street from the proposed arena site, said she already schedules her daughter’s hospital appointments to not hit game day traffic at AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark located not far away from Mission Bay.

But when her daughter unexpectedly had a fever on a recent Friday, Magnusson had to rush her daughter to the hospital and they got stuck in severe Giants traffic.

Magnusson said that when her daughter gets a fever, “it becomes an emergency” and getting her to the hospital is incredibly difficult on game days. She expressed concern that on days when both the Warriors arena and the Giants stadium hold events, traffic could get much worse.

Magnusson said that as a parent caring for a child with cancer, she has a lot of worries, but “getting to the hospital shouldn’t be one of them.”

French said that the medical center is seeking a binding agreement that would mitigate traffic issues and allow patients, patient families and patient care workers to get to the hospital.

When dual events are happening at AT&T Park and at the new arena’s proposed location at 16th and Third streets, some 60,000 fans can be expected to inundate the neighborhood.

Many of the events are expected to coincide with the medical center’s 7 p.m. shift switch, at which time roughly 1,500 health care workers will be entering or exiting the center.

The binding agreement that UCSF is demanding would ensure that there are tools for the city and the entertainment venues to implement should traffic reach unacceptable and potentially dangerous levels.

UCSF is suggesting a traffic trigger mechanism that would give the city the ability to manage the scheduling of events so that traffic is at acceptable levels. The trigger mechanism would be put into effect only after all mitigations had been attempted.

The agreement would ensure that future mayors, future UCSF chancellors and future management of the entertainment venues would have the tools and necessary funding to ensure medical care remains accessible, French said.

Such tools include dedicated roads for ambulances as well as private vehicles going to the hospital. More frequent public transportation and more parking control officers would be included in the contingency plan, French said.

She said the proposed construction of a Central Subway stop in the area, as well as a proposed 16th Street ferry, could greatly mitigate traffic.

French said a simple measure such as scheduling and staggering events at the two venues could ratchet down congestion in the area as well.  She said the binding agreement would make sure that funding is tied to all these tools and can properly address traffic concerns when large, dual or overlapping events occur.

The city and the Warriors have not yet addressed those issues, UCSF officials said in a statement today.

The Mission Bay Alliance, a group that is fighting against the arena’s construction at the proposed location, said that the mayor has threatened UCSF with economic harm should the hospital fail to support the arena, but French said, “The hospital has never been pressured by the city.”

French said it appears the city and the Warriors are committed to negotiating with the hospital and setting up guidelines so that access to medical care comes before entertainment events.

A petition has been started by UCSF to support their demand for a binding agreement and can be viewed at www.winwinsf.com.

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Rescuers Use Infrared Camera To Find Stranded Hiker In Nevada County

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:34
The California Highway Patrol has released dramatic video of a rescue in the Sierra foothills.
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Heat Wave Prompts Season’s First Spare the Air Day

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:03

(CBS SF) — As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer’s first Spare the Air Day has been called for Tuesday.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the triple digits this week and little wind is forecasted, so smog levels are expected to reach unhealthy levels.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to avoid driving alone on Tuesday and instead walk, bike, carpool or take public transit to cut down on pollution from vehicle exhaust.

In addition, residents are advised to avoid physical activity during the hottest parts of the day. Smog can lead to throat irritation, congestion, chest pain, asthma attacks and can worsen bronchitis or emphysema, according to the air district.

More information about Spare the Air alerts are available at http://www.sparetheair.org.

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Under Pressure Instagram Brings Back #Curvy Hashtag After Taking It Down For Porn

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:15

MENLO PARK (CBS SF) – Instagram users can once search #curvy.

The voluptuous hashtag became searchable again last week, after Instagram removed it for reportedly becoming a magnet for pornographic images.

“It was being used to share images and videos that violated Instagram’s community guidelines around nudity,” a company spokesperson told Buzzfeed Life.

The removal lasted several days and caused an Internet uproar among Instagrammers, who considered it a positive hashtag promoting acceptance of women’s bodies. Curvy women protested the ban and continued to post full-figured photos using hashtags such as #BringCurvyBack, #Curvee and #EffYourBeautyStandards.

Now, Menlo Park-based Instagram has fully restored #Curvy, and according to the Washington Post is stepping up curation of the hashtag, “to make sure that no one looking at #curvy pictures gets an obscene surprise.”

“There is zero chance that the company would intentionally try to stifle the positive messages that people who use the #curvy hashtag were communicating,” said Nicky Jackson Colaco, Instagram’s director of public policy.

To date, #Curvy has more than 2 million posts.



CBSSF.com writer, producer Jan Mabry is also executive producer and host of The Bronze Report. She lives in Northern California. Follow her on Twitter @janmabr.

 

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Detectable Haze On Dwarf Planet Ceres Bolsters Top Theory For Bizarre Bright Spots

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:11

(CBS SF) — New information about the mysterious bright spots on Ceres is giving scientists new leads about the dwarf planet’s history.

Observations by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows haze lifting from the surface of the spots, creating a mini atmosphere within a 57-mile-wide crater.

The bright spots are likely a solid substance changing into vapor, according to Dawn principal investigator Christopher Russell.

This new piece of information gives more credit to the theory that Ceres’ bright spots are composed of ice, rather than salt — the top two leading theories at the moment.

“This is our major mystery,” Russell said at NASA Exploration Science Forum earlier this month.

Based off Ceres’ density, scientists are almost certain the planet contains large quantities of  water mostly in the form of ice. Some researchers believe liquid water may exist beneath the dwarf planets’s surface, which would be a major discovery.

“It is possible that the water systems associated with Ceres may harbor life, and could be conducive to life more than some of the outer solar system bodies,” Russell said. “So I would say, we really do need to spend some time in probing the surface of Ceres and checking out its astrobiological implications.”

Nicole Jones is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco. Follow her musings @nicjonestweets

 

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3.5-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mendocino County

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:39

POINT ARENA, Calif. (CBS SF) — A small earthquake hit the coast of Mendocino County Monday morning.

The USGS reported the 3.5 magnitude quake that struck about two miles southeast of Point Arena, and 30 miles southwest of Ukiah at 11:24 a.m.

The quake struck at a depth of 4.2 miles. Several people reported feeling the quake in Manchester, Elk and Fort Bragg, according to the USGS’ website.

Deeper quakes are less noticeable while a shallow quake–in the 0 to 40 mile depth range–can feel much stronger than their actual reported magnitude. Quakes just below the earth’s surface, in the 0 to 10 miles range, can cause even more damage at lower magnitudes.

COMPLETE QUAKE COVERAGE: CBS Earthquake Resource Center

This article will be updated as information warrants, and follow KPIX 5 on Twitter at @CBSSF or KCBS Radio on Twitter at @KCBSNews for updates on breaking news anytime.

DID YOU FEEL IT?: USGS Shake Map For Northern California
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Strong earthquakes with an epicenter off the coast can trigger tsunamis, depending on the size and type of the fault movement. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks earthquake data for the West Coast.
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Weather, A Good Cause Team Up For Memorable Marathon In San Francisco

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:36

KPIX 5 Morning Weather Anchor Roberta Gonzales answers the questions you never get to ask on-air.

Q: Hey Roberta, congratulations on running the 39th Annual  San Francisco marathon. What was your favorite part of the run? – Kevin Burke, Oakland

A: All of it! I loved every step of the way!

Oh what a day it was! It was my third time running the San Francisco Marathon, and the third time was a charm! The weather was perfect at 64 degrees and overcast skies. It was a perfect day for 25,000 runners taking place in the 5K, Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. So I recruited three of my buddies and we had a mission to accomplish!

Our course had us beginning at Golden Gate Park. We ran pass Buffalo in the Park, onto the Haight and through the streets of San Francisco, ending 13.1 miles later, at the Finish Line located at Justin Herman Plaza along the Embarcadero. Along the journey, I loved seeing families lined up on the sidewalks cheering on all the Runners! It inspired me!

Another inspiration, Generation Alive. It is the charismatic charity I was running for, bringing awareness to an innovative group of volunteers.

Generation Alive Founder, San Francisco Founder Jeremy Affeldt is an avid speaker on youth issues. He uses his platform as a Professional Athlete, to encourage teenagers and college students to dream big.

And how does Generation Alive do that? Through Education and Projects. Generation Alive offers motivational, creative assemblies ad classroom presentation which offer education on a specific area related to poverty. Through education, students learn how to make a difference in the life of someone else locally or around the world. Projects include the students working with their hands and their minds. If the subject is poverty, the students may pack thousands of meals.

Generation Alive is all about moving a generation to act. They do this by working with schools, churches, sports teams and various youth organizations to make change in their community.

So, that’s why my buddies and I woke up at 4:30am, on our day off from work to run the San Francisco Marathon on Sunday. It was all about giving the next generation a voice, while my generation used our legs and feet!

For more information on Jeremy Affeldt’s “Generation Alive”, please visit:  www.generationalive.org

I would love to hear from you! Please send weather questions, observations and photos to me, Gonzales@kpix.cbs.com and I look forward to hearing from you!

 

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China Opens Its Borders To Foreign Video Game Consoles

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:26

(KCBS) – The video game industry is about to get another shot in the arm during an already successful year.

China’s government is finally opening the country up to foreign game console makers, allowing them to make and sell their consoles anywhere in China.

Up till now, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo were limited to selling their consoles in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, which has led to stifled sales given the limited access. Beijing slapped a ban on game consoles in 2000 on claims they were doing harm to the country’s youth.

The Wall Street Journal reports that China’s video game market is worth more than $22-billion a year.

 

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Player Style Files: Chiefs Tamba Hali Enjoys Flying Through Skies and Offensive Lines

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:24

By David Heim 

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali gets paid to fly through offensive lines as he goes to rush the quarterback. But in his spare time, Hali is worried about a different kind of flight. 

“I didn’t grow up like the ordinary kid, with a bunch of toys,” Hali said. “My upbringing was in the kind of war zone. So coming to the states, having to adjust so quick, and then to go through the system and now I’m in the position where I have the means to play with toys. And so I like drones.”

Interesting. 

Hali has an extensive collection of drones. He has to. 

“I’ll crash them and we’ll get the other one ready to go up,” Hali said. “I like flying them and filming around the area.”

Just as he has a passion for flying drones, Hali lacks a passion in something most other professional athletes have a passion in: cars. 

“I’m not a big car guy,” Hali said. “I just go to work and back and that’s it. But I’ve driven the same car since I’ve been in the league.”

Hali has been in the league since 2006, when he began his NFL journey out of Penn State University. 

“It’s been a journey, it’s been fun,” Hali said. “But the reason we play the game is to win the Lombardi (Trophy), and it’s always going to be that. I’ve been through maybe four or five head coaches, six defensive coordinators and every year you have to prove yourself. It’s a business but again, you have to kind of enjoy it while you’re here because it’s not for long.”

Speaking of winning the Super Bowl, Hali likes his team’s chances in 2015.

“The only goal right now is to win the Lombardi and I believe we have one of the few best coaches in the league to do that and we have the team to do that,” Hali said. “We just have to go out and perform.”

For the Chiefs to reach that goal in 2015, they’re going to need Hali to take flight. 

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David Heim is a fan of the New England Patriots and New York Yankees. He’s also a contributor to CBS Local Sports and can be reached at david.heim@cbs.com or on Twitter @davidheim12

 

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