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After More Than 100 Years, San Francisco’s Shreve & Company Jeweler Priced Out Of Union Square Building Bearing Its Name

1 hour 48 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After more than 100 years doing business in the same spot, San Francisco jeweler Shreve & Company has been priced out of the building bearing its name.

The famous San Francisco jewelry maker says it can’t afford to renew the lease for their Union Square location.

The Shreve Building on Post Street was one of the few to survive the 1906 earthquake that leveled much of the city.

There was fierce competition for the space, and the jeweler will have to find a new location to move to when its lease expires next year.

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California’s Drought Won’t Stop Multi-Billion Dollar Salmon Restoration Project On Dried-Up River

3 hours 29 min ago

FRESNO (CBS/AP) — A multi-billion dollar project to bring salmon back to a dried-up section of California’s second-longest river is moving forward despite the state’s historic drought.

Federal biologists tell The Fresno Bee that the San Joaquin River Restoration Program is yielding valuable information about spawning conditions in a part of the river where salmon hadn’t been seen for almost 60 years and that suspending the effort now would mean sacrificing hundreds of young fish.

The six-year-old project resulted from a legal settlement between an environmental group and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

The Bee reports the drought has kept the bureau from releasing water specifically for the river restoration for more than a year. But so far, the fledgling salmon populations have been able to survive on water supplies meant for farmers.

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Concord Apartment Fire Sends 1 To Hospital

3 hours 38 min ago

CONCORD (CBS SF) — One person was transported to the hospital as a result of an apartment fire Sunday afternoon in Concord, a fire dispatcher said.

Fire crews responded shortly before 4 p.m. to a report of a fire in the 5400 block of Kirkwood Drive, the dispatcher said.

Firefighters knocked the fire down by around 4:15 p.m., she said.

One person was transported to the hospital with injuries from the blaze, but the dispatcher did not have information regarding the extent of the person’s injuries.

No further information was immediately available.

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Corinthian Colleges Shutting Down All Campuses Including Heald In California

4 hours 58 min ago

SANTA ANA (CBS/AP) — Corinthian Colleges will shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, including locations in San Francisco, San Jose and other California cities, displacing about 16,000 students.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation.

In a statement Sunday, the Santa Ana, California-based company said it was working with other schools to help students continue their education. The closures include Heald College campuses in California, Hawaii and Oregon, as well as Everest and WyoTech schools in California, Arizona and New York.

Corinthian was one of the country’s largest for-profit educational institutions. It collapsed last summer amid a cash shortage and fraud allegations.

The Education Department contends that Corinthian failed to comply with requests to address allegations of falsifying job placement data and altering grades and attendance records.

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Parking Lot Altercation Leaves Teen Fatally Stabbed In Belmont

6 hours 20 min ago

BELMONT (CBS SF) — An altercation at a parking lot in Belmont on Saturday night ended with the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old man, police said Sunday.

The victim was identified as Belmont resident Denis Meshchyshyn, Belmont police Capt. Patrick Halleran said.

Around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, police and firefighters responded to a report of a stabbing in the 600 block of Masonic Way, Halleran said.

Emergency responders arrived and found the victim, later identified as Meshchyshyn, suffering from multiple stab wounds, he said.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Halleran said.

At the scene investigators spoke with two of Meshchyshyn’s friends, who said that before the stabbing they went to the parking lot where they saw Meshchyshyn fighting with a suspect, according to Halleran.

The friends said the suspect ran away west on Masonic Way toward Old County Road, the captain said.

They then found Meshchyshyn on the ground suffering from stab wounds and called 911, Halleran said.

The suspect was seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, according to Halleran, but information on the suspect’s race, gender and age was not available Sunday afternoon.

Investigators believe Meshchyshyn was acquainted with the suspect and that the attack was not random, Halleran said.

Anyone with more information on the case is asked to call the Belmont police main line at (650) 595-7400 or crime tip line at (650) 598-3000.

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Napa Soccer Coach Arrested For Allegedly Propositioning 16-Year-Old Student

6 hours 27 min ago

NAPA (CBS SF) — A Napa High School soccer coach is in custody after he allegedly propositioned one of his female players.

The 16-year-old student called Napa police on Saturday, saying that her junior varsity coach, Julian Vargas, had been asking her to sleep with him for the past week, even texting a picture of his penis to her this weekend.

Police secured a search warrant and paid a visit to Vargas’ home in St. Helena shortly after midnight.

Vargas was booked on a variety of charges, including “contacting a minor with the intent to commit a felony.”

Investigators believe that there may be other victims and are asking anyone with relevant information to call the Napa police department.

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Teen Arrested After 9-Year-Old Boy Stabbed To Death In Discovery Bay

6 hours 46 min ago

DISCOVERY BAY (CBS SF) — Detectives with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department arrested a teenage suspect after a nine-year-old boy was stabbed to death Sunday in Discovery Bay.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene at Frost Way and Wilde Court around 10 a.m. Sunday morning and a spokesman for the department has confirmed the victim is a 9-year-old boy.

The death is being treated as a homicide.

KCBS has learned the victim was stabbed to death.

William Schultz, of Discovery Bay, was arrested in connection with the stabbing, sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

William Schultz

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Overturned Tanker Spills 6,000 Gallons Of Milk, Closing Hwy 1 In Marin County

7 hours 44 sec ago

INVERNESS (CBS SF) — A portion of state Highway 1 in Marin County near Tomales Bay where a truck overturned and spilled thousands of gallons of milk late Sunday morning has reopened, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers responded to a report of an overturned tanker on state Highway 1 a mile north of Nick’s Cove around 11:45 a.m., CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.

There were 6,000 gallons of milk that spilled on the roadway and 4,000 gallons that stayed in the tanker, he said.

A Sig-alert was issued at 1:10 p.m. closing Highway 1 between Clark Road and Willow Way until about 1:45 p.m., CHP officials said.

The driver of the truck was injured and transported to a hospital, Marin County fire Battalion Chief Mike Giannini said.

Giannini did not know the extent of the driver’s injuries.

There were about 100 gallons of diesel that spilled from the truck, he said.

A second tanker truck was called to the scene to remove the contents of the disabled truck, according to Giannini.

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Golden Gate Bridge Officials Ask Sen. Feinstein For Help Restricting Drones

9 hours 25 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The agency that manages the Golden Gate Bridge is asking Sen. Dianne Feinstein for help in restricting the rising number of remote-controlled drones that have been buzzing the famous span.

Golden Gate Transportation District General manager Denis Mulligan tells the Marin Independent Journal that the unmanned aerial devices pose safety and security threats to the bridge, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated as a potential terrorist target after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Mulligan says drones have been flying past security fences and sensors into areas where photography is prohibited. And he says one of the machines recently crash-landed on the bridge’s roadway.

The bridge district is asking Feinstein and the Federal Aviation Administration for regulations that would allow the agency to cite drone operators for trespassing.

RELATED: 4K Drone Video Shows Bird’s Eye View Of Golden Gate Bridge

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Survivors Terrified By Aftershocks From Nepal Quake That Killed Thousands

10 hours 4 min ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CBS/AP) — Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation and killed more than 2,500 people.

Acrid, white smoke rose above the nation’s most revered Hindu temple, where dozens of bodies were being cremated at any given time.

Aid groups received the first word from remote mountain villages – reports that suggested many communities perched on mountainsides were devastated or struggling to cope.

Landslides hindered rescue teams that tried to use mountain trails to reach those in need, said Prakash Subedi, chief district official in the Gorkha region, where the quake was centered.

“Villages like this are routinely affected by landslides, and it’s not uncommon for entire villages of 200, 300, up to 1,000 people to be completely buried by rock falls,” said Matt Darvas, a member of the aid group World Vision. “It will likely be helicopter access only.”

People survey a row of quake-damaged buildings in Kathmandu. (Sunil Pradhan/Getty Images)

Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts. At least 18 people died there and 61 were injured.

With people fearing more quakes, tens of thousands spent the day crowding in the streets and the night sleeping in parks or on a golf course. Others camped in open squares lined by cracked buildings and piles of rubble. Helicopter blades thudded periodically overhead.

Crows screeched as the ground shook with the worst of the aftershocks — magnitude 6.7. Panicked residents raced outdoors.

“We don’t feel safe at all. There have been so many aftershocks. It doesn’t stop,” said Rajendra Dhungana, 34, who spent the day with his niece’s family for her cremation at the Pashuputi Nath Temple in Katmandu. “I’ve watched hundreds of bodies burn. I never thought I’d see so many … Nepal should learn a lesson from this. They should realize proper buildings should be built. There should be open spaces people can run to.”

Nepal authorities said Sunday that at least 2,430 people died in that country alone, not including the 18 dead in the avalanche. Another 61 people died from the quake in India and a few in other neighboring countries.

At least 1,152 people died in Kathmandu, and the number of injured nationwide was upward of 5,900. With search-and-rescue efforts far from over, it was unclear how much the death toll would rise. Three policemen died during a rescue effort in Kathmandu, police spokesman Komal Singh Bam said.

The city is largely a collection of small, poorly constructed brick apartment buildings. But outside of the oldest neighborhoods, many in Kathmandu were surprised by how few modern structures collapsed in the quake.

While aid workers cautioned that many buildings could have sustained serious structural damage, it was also clear that the death toll would have been far higher had more buildings caved in.

Aid workers also warned that the situation could be far worse near the epicenter west of Kathmandu. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered near Lamjung, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Kathmandu.

As planeloads of supplies, doctors and relief workers from neighboring countries arrived at Kathmandu’s airport, thousands of Indians lined up outside in hopes of gaining a seat on a plane returning to New Delhi.

One of those fleeing, 32-year-old tailor Assad Alam, said he and his wife and daughter were leaving with heavy hearts.

“It was a very difficult decision. I have called this home for seven years. But you have to think about the family, about your child.”

The earthquake was the worst to hit the South Asian nation in more than 80 years. It destroyed swaths of the oldest neighborhoods of Kathmandu, the capital, and was strong enough to be felt all across parts of India, Bangladesh, China’s region of Tibet and Pakistan.

Nepal’s worst recorded earthquake in 1934 measured 8.0 and all but destroyed the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.

Rescuers aided by international teams spent Sunday digging through rubble of buildings – concrete slabs, bricks, iron beams, wood – to look for survivors. Because the air was filled with chalky concrete dust, many people wore breathing masks or held shawls over their faces.

Hundreds of people in the western Kalanki neighborhood nervously watched the slow progress of a single backhoe digging into the rubble of the collapsed Lumbini Guest House, once a three-story budget hotel frequented by Nepalese.

Police officer RP Dhamala, who was coordinating the rescue efforts, said they had already pulled out 12 people alive and six dead. He said rescuers were still searching for about 20 people believed to be trapped, but had heard no cries, taps or noises for a while.

Most areas were without power and water. The United Nations said hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley were overcrowded and running out of emergency supplies and space to store corpses.

Most shops in Kathmandu were closed after the government declared a weeklong period of recovery. Only fruit vendors and pharmacies seemed to be doing business.

“More people are coming now,” fruit seller Shyam Jaiswal said. “They cannot cook so they need to buy something they can eat raw.”

Jaiswal said stocks were running out, and more shipments were not expected for at least a week, but added, “We are not raising prices. That would be illegal, immoral profit.”

The quake will probably put a huge strain on the resources of this impoverished country best known for Everest, the highest mountain in the world. The economy of Nepal, a nation of 27.8 million people, relies heavily on tourism, principally trekking and Himalayan mountain climbing.

With Kathmandu airport reopened, the first aid flights began delivering aid supplies. The first to respond were Nepal’s neighbors – India, China and Pakistan, all of which have been jockeying for influence over the landlocked nation. Nepal remains closest to India, with which it shares deep political, cultural and religious ties.

India suffered its own losses from the quake, with at least 61 people killed there and dozens injured. Sunday’s aftershock was also widely felt in the country, and local news reports said metro trains in New Delhi and Kolkata were briefly shut down when the shaking started.

Other countries sending support Sunday included the United Arab Emirates, Germany and France.

After the chaos of Saturday – when little organized rescue and relief was seen -efforts were more orderly on Sunday as rescue teams fanned out across the city.

Workers were sending out tents and relief goods in trucks and helicopters and setting up shelters, said disaster management official Rameshwar Dangal.

Mukesh Kafle, head of the Nepal Electricity Authority, said power was restored to main government offices, the airport and hospitals.

The earthquake also damaged several landmarks, including the nine-story Dharahara Tower, built by Nepal’s royal rulers as a watchtower in the 1800s and a UNESCO-recognized historical monument. It was reduced to rubble, and there were reports of people trapped underneath.

The Kathmandu Valley is listed as a World Heritage site. The Buddhist stupas, public squares and Hindu temples are some of the most well-known sites in Kathmandu, and now some of the most deeply mourned.


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In KPIX Interview, Former California GOP Chairman Launches Campaign For U.S. Senate

10 hours 44 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Saying “California needs some things fixed and we’re gonna fix them,” Thomas Gerard F. “Tom” Del Beccaro, who served as chairman of the California Republican Party from 2011 to 2013 announced on Sunday he was entering the race to succeed Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.

In an interview with Phil Matier on KPIX-TV, Del Beccaro pledged he would, if elected, work to implement a flat tax and would craft a comprehensive water plan to alleviate the effects of California’s drought.

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“I think it’s time for a new generation of ideas when it comes to economic policy, certainly water policy and also foreign policy” Del Beccaro said.

When asked by Matier about his position on abortion, Del Beccaro said “I’m pro-life.”

On another controversial issue, same-sex marriage, Del Beccaro was more evasive, saying “I supported Prop. 8 but I expect the Supreme Court to use the 14th Amendment to end this issue…”

Del Beccaro made it clear that tax reform would be a key issue in his campaign.

“We need a flat tax to get away from giving out political favors,” he said.

On the subject of marijuana, Del Beccaro said that — although he personally opposes legalizing pot — states’ experiments should be allowed to play out. “Then maybe in five to ten years we can take a look at it and say ‘well, maybe that was a good idea or it wasn’t a good idea.'”

Pressed to provide a specific plan to deal with the West’s devastating drought, Del Beccaro focused on recycling waste water.

“Municipalities in this state should, within the next twenty years, be one hundred percent on recycled water … the technology exists. So my plan, which will come out during the campaign, will be to emphasize things like that that we can do — use recycled water — to help solve this problem,” he said.

A 53-year-old attorney from Walnut Creek who has never run for a statewide office, Del Beccaro is the second Republican to enter the 2016 race, joining 2-term assemblyman Rocky Chavez of San Diego. California attorney general Kamala Harris — the only Democrat in the race to succeed Boxer — is considered the overall favorite.

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Police Confront Bottle-Throwing Crowd In Oakland

21 hours 1 min ago

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland police officers were trying to disperse a crowd of roughly 150 people who began throwing bottles Saturday night.

Officers responded to a report of a large crowd in the 300 block of 13th Street around 9:20 p.m., Oakland police Officer J. Moore said.

Moore said the crowd was moving into traffic but said the event was not a demonstration.

“I’m not sure where they were coming from,” Moore said.

As of 10:30 p.m., Moore said he wasn’t sure if the crowd had dispersed but said officers were still on scene.

There were no injuries reported and Moore said he wasn’t sure if there was any property damage.

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Sightseeing, Distracted Driver Causes Head-On Crash On Highway 92 In San Mateo

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 20:48

SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — Three people were taken to a hospital Saturday morning after a head-on collision on state Highway 92 in San Mateo, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision occurred when a man in his 20s, who was driving a Nissan Altima west on Highway 92 near Interstate Highway 280, became distracted, according to CHP Officer Art Montiel.

“He was contemplating the scenery and allowed the vehicle to cross into the eastbound lane, where his vehicle ran into a red Toyota Celica head-on,” Montiel said.

A man in his 30s was driving the Celica and his 7-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle, according to Montiel.

Everyone involved was wearing their seatbelt and the airbags on both vehicles successfully deployed, Montiel said. Still, all three victims were transported to a hospital on complaints of pain.

The driver of the Nissan also suffered minor abrasions from the seatbelt, according to Montiel.

A Sig-alert was issued at 10:44 a.m. due to the accident blocking both westbound lanes of traffic. Highway 92 reopened at 12:10 p.m.

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Vacant Million Dollar Walnut Creek Home Destroyed In Suspicious Fire After 100s Of Teens Throw A Party Inside

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 20:42

WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — A vacant million dollar home in the hills of unincorporated Walnut Creek was destroyed by a suspicious fire early Saturday morning mere hours after authorities shut down a party there with as many as 300 teens.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 400 block of Arbol Via behind John Muir Medical Center around 1 a.m, and arrived to find the house completely engulfed in flames.

According to Contra Costa Fire Capt. George Laing, the home was almost completely destroyed.

“The crews were on scene from 1:15 until about five this morning. It was a very stubborn fire, it burned the entire roof, almost all the interior walls, and down through the floor,” he said.

“The house is on top of a hill and it’s hard for the crews to access the location and difficult to get water up to the area where the fire occurred.

Lang said the home was valued at $1,000,000.

“The home was vacant. We had reports form Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputies that they had chased 100 plus teenagers from a party in this vacant structure about 2 hours prior to the fire,” said Laing.

He said the wet weather prevented flying embers from potentially setting other homes and nearby vegetation on fire.

“It could have been much worse. If this were a fire that occurred in the summertime, burning embers could have landed throughout the hills area, and wind could have carried fire to vegetation that involved many other homes.”

Another home nearby was destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning. Both cases remain under investigation.

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Warriors Sweep 1st Round Playoffs With 109-98 Victory Over Pelicans

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:57

NEW ORLEANS (CBS SF/AP) — Bay Area fans are celebrating Saturday night after the Golden State Warriors completed a sweep of their first-round playoff series with a 109-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Stephen Curry hit six 3-pointers, scoring 39 points in all. Klay Thompson added 25, and Draymond Green added 22 and 10 rebounds.

Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors speak at midcourt. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The warriors will host Game 1 in the second-round of the playoff series against the winner of the Portland-Memphis matchup.

Curry had eight rebounds and nine assists in Game 4.

Anthony Davis had 36 points and 11 rebounds to close out what has been a remarkable third season for the Pelicans’ 22-year-old franchise player. He just didn’t have quite enough help.

Eric Gordon had 29 points and Ryan Anderson added 10, but New Orleans needed more than that as Golden State shot 50.6 percent, including 13 of 24 from 3-point range.

Curry was 6 of 8 from deep, while Thompson was 4 of 7 and Green 3 of 6.

The Pelicans, who had been competitive in their first three losses, said they had no intention of giving up, no matter how bleak their series deficit looked. They looked competitive early on, shooting 50 percent in the first half, but Golden State’s accurate perimeter shooting made effective defense a difficult proposition.

Then, needing a strong third quarter, the Pelicans instead struggled offensively, hitting only 5 of 18 shots.

The Warriors led 87-63 on Harrison Barnes’ dunk late in the third quarter, and the lead was still 21 entering the fourth.


Warriors: F David Lee, hampered recently by back soreness, was in uniform and available to play for the first time in the series. He did not play, however. … Four of Green’s first five assists were on 3s made by Curry and Thompson, meaning he figured in 34 first-half points. … The Warriors hadn’t swept a seven-game series since defeating the Washington Bullets in four straight in the 1975 Finals. … As a player, Warriors coach Steve Kerr made 84 3s in 128 playoff games. Curry has 84 in 23 playoff games.

Pelicans: The Pelicans wound up with no fast-break points, compared to 20 for Golden State. … New Orleans shot only 22.7 percent (5 of 22) from 3-point range. Gordon was 3 of 9 from deep.


The Warriors, who needed a 20-point, fourth-quarter comeback to win Game 3 after falling behind by double digits early, got off to their more usual fast start in Game 4. They shot 56.8 percent in the opening half, hitting nine of 14 from 3-point range. Green made eight of his first 10 shots, including 3 of 4 from deep, for 20 points. Curry started 6 of 10 for 20 points, including 4 of 5 from 3, and Thompson started 6 of 9 for 15 points. Golden State finished the half with an 18-0 advantage in fast break points.

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High-Tech Tesla’s Website, Twitter Account Hijacked By Angry, Ranting Hackers

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 18:00

FREMONT (CBS SF) — High-tech automaker Tesla got hijacked Saturday when angry hackers took over its website and Twitter account.

Around 1:52 p.m., the Twitter account’s name was changed to #RIPPRGANG and posted, “This Twitter is now ran [sic] by Henry Blair Strater [sic] from Oswego Illinois, call me at [number redacted]”

Soon, the account began promising free Teslas for anyone who called. According to TechCrunch, the number belonged to a repair shop in Illinois, that was flooded with calls.

@TeslaMotors @nytimes Tesla hacked?

— Jared Marks (@Jared_Marks_) April 25, 2015

@TeslaMotors what's all this???

— Damon P (@xboxseymoure) April 26, 2015

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s personal Twitter account was hijacked, as well.

At about the same time the Twitter account was hijacked, Tesla’s website was hacked. Visitors were automatically redirected to a website with ‘ISIS’ in its URL, blaring an expletive-laden ranting video, and a picture of a man resembling Osama Bin Laden behind the wheel of a Tesla. “Hacked by Autismsquad.”

Screenshot of hacked Tesla website. (CBS)

By 2:45 p.m. the Fremont-based company’s Twitter account was restored, and around 6:30 p.m., Tesla’s website was back to normal.

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Google Exec, Avid Climber Dan Fredinburg Killed In Massive Nepal Quake

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 16:33

MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS/AP) – Google employees were mourning the loss of one of their own Saturday. Dan Fredinburg, an executive at the Mountain View-based company who described himself as an adventurer, was among the hundreds who died in a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.

The devastating quake was centered about 50 miles from Katmandu. The death toll has reached 1800 and is expected to climb.

Fredinburg was climbing Mt. Everest when the quake triggered an avalanche. At least 17 others were killed on the mountain.
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According to his sister Megan, Fredinburg suffered a major head injury. She posted news of his death on his Instagram account.

Jagged Globe, a company that organizes Mount Everest expeditions also reported his death on their website:

1847 BST. It is with the greatest sorrow that we report the death of one of our Everest team members, Daniel Fredinburg. Two other team members have non-life threatening injuries, as a result of the avalanche that struck base camp during the earthquake and its aftershocks. They are being looked after in base camp. All Sherpas and other team members are uninjured and are safe in base camp or in Gorak Shep, a nearby cluster of tea houses and lodges.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan’s family and friends whilst we pray too for all those who have lost their lives in one of the greatest tragedies ever to hit this Himalayan nation.

Fredinburg was an experienced climber. According to Re/code, he was climbing Mt. Everest with fellow Googlers Michele Battelli and Flo Nagl.

The actress Sophia Bush, who has appeared in photos with Fredinburg posted by entertainment outlets, called him “one-of-a-kind” in a post on Instagram.

“A dancing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and envision a better future for the world. His brain knew how to build it,” she wrote. “His heart was constantly evolving to push himself to make it so.”

Google confirmed his death. Lawrence You, the company’s director of privacy, posted online that Fredinburg was in Nepal with other Google employees hiking Mount Everest. The other three, he added, are safe.

The company says it has launched a “person finder” tool for Nepal to help people find loved ones and “is working to get updated satellite imagery to aid in the recovery effort.” Google says it is committing $1 million to the quake response.

Fredinburg attended UC Irvine and started at Google since 2007. He served as product manager and the head of privacy at Google X. He co-founded Google Adventure, a concept similar to Google Street View, but allowed access to exotic locations like the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck at 11:41 a.m. local time (2:11 a.m. ET), and occurred at a depth of 9.3 miles. It toppled modern buildings and centuries old temples. There have been dozens of aftershocks.

Saturday’s quake was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years. It was so powerful that it was felt all across the northern part of neighboring India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Pakistan.

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Car Thieves Get Stuck In Petaluma Traffic, Chased Down By Victim

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:27

PETALUMA (CBS SF) — Two would-be car thieves were arrested Friday in Petaluma after they got stuck in traffic in the stolen vehicle, police said.

Officers responded at 12:20 p.m. to the 500 block of D Street to a report of a stolen 2006 Nissan 350Z. Police said one of the thieves, a 17-year-old male from Petaluma, was driving the stolen car when he got stuck in traffic about a block from where the vehicle was taken.

The victim and another person running after the vehicle were able to catch up to it at the intersection of 5th and D streets.

The suspect realized he was stuck in traffic, so he left the vehicle and was chased on foot by the victim and the other person, police said.

The two eventually caught up to the suspect and held him there until police arrived.

Witnesses reported at least two other males were involved in the theft, and police identified one of the suspects as Denikko Dewalt, 19, of Petaluma.

After the suspects abandoned the car, a relative of the victim got in the stolen vehicle, located Dewalt in the area of Sprint and B streets and started filming him.

Police said Dewalt ran toward the vehicle, punched the windshield and threw several rocks at the car. He was subsequently was taken into custody nearby.

The 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicle theft, and Dewalt was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, police said.

The 17-year-old also had a juvenile arrest warrant for being an escapee from a juvenile probation camp, police said.

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Hundreds Perish In Devastating Nepal Quake; Historic Buildings Crumble, Deadly Avalanches On Everest

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:34

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CBS/AP) — Tens of thousands of people prepared to spend the night in the open under a chilly and thundery sky after a powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 1,800 people, collapsing modern houses and centuries-old temples, and triggering a landslide on the slopes of Mount Everest. Officials said the death toll will rise as more reports from far-flung areas come in.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which originated outside the capital Kathmandu, was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years. It was so powerful that it was felt all across the northern part of neighboring India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Pakistan where a total of 50 people died. The death toll in Nepal was 1,130, but it is almost certain to rise, said deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam.

Epicenter of powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015.

More than two dozen aftershocks jolted the area after the first quake, which struck just before noon. At the time, Shrish Vaidya, who runs an advertising agency, was in his two-story house outside the capital Kathmandu with his arents.

“It is hard to describe. The house was shaking like crazy. We ran out and it seemed like the road was heaving up and down,” Vaidya, 46, told The Associated Press. “I don’t remember anything like this before. Even my parents can’t remember anything this bad.”

All across the country, residents ran out of homes and buildings in panic. Walls tumbled, trees swayed, power lines came crashing down and large cracks opened up on streets and walls. And clouds of dust began to swirl all around.

(Sunil Pradhan/Getty Images)

Once the first shaking stopped, Vaidya thought the family could return indoors by the evening. But the jolts kept coming, and they felt safer outdoors.

“It’s cold and windy so we are all sitting in the car listening to the news on FM radio,” he said. “The experts are saying it’s still not safe to go back inside. No one can predict how big the next aftershock will be.”

So the family and their three domestic helpers ate dinner in the compound with the headlights of their car providing the light.Vaidya’s wife and 10-year-old son are on holiday in the U.S. for which he was grateful.

In his largely affluent neighborhood of low-rise, sturdy homes in suburban Kathmandu the damage was relatively low. In other parts of the city where the buildings are older and poorly built people have not been as lucky.

There are forecasts of rain and thunder showers later Saturday and on Sunday and the temperatures are in the mid-50s (14 Celsius), cold enough to make camping outside uncomfortable.

Thousands of people were spending the night at Tudikhel, a vast open ground in the middle of Kathmandu, just next to the old city that is lined with old buildings and narrow lanes. Now it is in ruins.

People lay on plastic sheets or cardboard boxes, wrapped in blankets. Mothers kept their children warm; some lit fire with whatever wood they could find. Most were eating instant noodles and cookies.

Deepak Rauniar, a shop worker who was there with his friends, said: “We are too scared to go back to our apartment. It is surrounded closely by houses, most of them old. The houses could collapse while we are still sleeping.”

Within hours of the quake, hospitals had filled up with hundreds of injured people. With organized relief and rescue largely absent, many of them were brought to hospitals by friends and relatives in motorized rickshaws, flatbed trucks and cars. It was also residents themselves who used bare hands, crowbars and other tools to dig through rubble and rescue survivors.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who was attending a summit in Jakarta, tried to rush back home but made it as far as Bangkok where his connecting flight to Kathmandu was canceled because the capital’s international airport was shut down.

While the extent of the damage and the scale of the disaster are yet to be ascertained, the quake will likely put a huge strain on the resources of this poor country best known for Everest, the highest mountain in the world, and its rich Hindu culture. The economy of Nepal, a nation of 27.8 million people, is heavily reliant on tourism, principally trekking and Himalayan mountain climbing.

A mountaineering guide, Ang Tshering, said an avalanche swept the face of Mt. Everest after the earthquake, and government officials said at least 10 climbers were killed and 30 injured. Their nationalities were not immediately known.

Carsten Lillelund Pedersen, a Dane who is climbing the Everest with a Belgian, Jelle Veyt, said on his Facebook page that they were at Khumbu Icefall , a rugged area of collapsed ice and snow close to base camp at altitude 5,000 meters (16,500 feet), when the earthquake hit.

“Right now, it is pretty chaotic and we try to help those injured,” Pedersen wrote in an email to Danish news agency Ritzau.

Norwegian climber Teodor Glomnes Johansen told a newspaper in Norway that people at base camp were working on saving lives.

“All those who are unharmed organize help with the rescue efforts. Men, women and Sherpas are working side by side. The job right now is to assist the doctors in the camp here,” Glomnes Johansen told Norway’s VG newspaper.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 7.8. It said the quake hit at 11:56 a.m. local time (0611 GMT) at Lamjung, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Kathmandu. Its depth was only 11 kilometers (7 miles), the largest shallow quake since the 8.2 temblor off the coast of Chile on April 1, 2014.

The shallower the quake the more destructive power it carries.

A magnitude 7 quake is capable of widespread and heavy damage while an 8 magnitude quake can cause tremendous damage. This means Saturday’s quake – with the same magnitude as the one that hit San Francisco in 1906 – was about 16 times more powerful than the 7.0 quake that devastated Haiti in 2010.

The quake occurred at the boundary between the two pieces, or plates, of Earth’s crust, one of which supports India to the south and the other Eurasia to the north. The Indian plate is moving at 45 millimeters (1.7 inches) a year under the Eurasian plate, and this results in earthquakes once every 500 year on an average, said

Marin Clark, a geophysicist at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

So the quake was “definitely not a surprise,” she said. Over millions of years, such quakes have led to the uplift of the Himalayas.

The power of the tremors brought down several buildings in the center of the capital, the ancient Old Kathmandu, including centuries-old temples and towers.

Among them was the nine-story Dharahara Tower, one of Kathmandu’s landmarks built by Nepal’s royal rulers as a watchtower in the 1800s and a UNESCO-recognized historical monument. It was reduced to rubble and there were reports of people trapped underneath.

Hundreds of people buy tickets on weekends to go up to the viewing platform on the eighth story, but it was not clear how many were up there when the tower collapsed. Video footage showed people digging through the rubble of the tower, looking for survivors.

Nepal suffered its worst recorded earthquake in 1934, which measured 8.0 and all but destroyed the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.

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As world leaders and global charities tried to grasp the scope of the quake that devastated Nepal, they offered condolences for the more than 1,400 people killed and readied emergency aid for the survivors. Mountaineering groups struggled to check on climbers, and Nepalese abroad did their best to reach families in the stricken area.

With Internet and cellphone communications spotty, and many roads closed due to damage, the outside world did not yet have a clear picture of what was most needed following the magnitude 7.8 quake Saturday.

But it was clear that help was needed — and fast.

“We know the damage is extensive and that access into rural areas will be very, very difficult for everybody,” said Ben Pickering, Save the Children’s humanitarian adviser in Britain. “Children will be affected in many ways. Physical injuries. Separated from families.”

Charities assembled disaster teams but the most convenient pathway into Nepal — one of the world’s poorest countries — was not available because the international airport in Kathmandu was shut down.

Doctors Without Borders said four teams would leave Sunday morning for Nepal from Bihar state in India, close to the Nepal border. The organization also is sending in 3,000 kits including medical supplies.

AmeriCares sent a team from India and was preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies. “We are prepared to help any way that we can,” said AmeriCares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis.

Handicap International, which had a presence in Nepal with 47 workers before the earthquake, was already busy with the emergency response.

“One of our projects there, because it’s earthquake-prone, is to help hospital staffs, physical therapists and others to anticipate the kind of injury we tend to see after a quake,” said spokeswoman Mica Bevington. “And we’re sharing our resources, like all our wheelchairs are going to two hospitals in need.”

French aid group Doctors of the World (Medecins du monde) said it has mobilized its workers in Nepal to help quake victims. It is sending more staffers and medical aid to the region immediately.

Mercy Corps, based in the United States, was checking on the safety of the large team it already had on the ground in Nepal and assessing conditions.

“As we better understand the needs on the ground, we will respond as appropriately,” said CEO Neal Keny-Guyer.

Countries around the globe pledged aid while Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims and those working to save them.

“His Holiness commends the souls of the victims to the loving mercy of the Almighty and he offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they continue their rescue efforts and assistance to those touched by this tragedy,” Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said in a statement.

A 62-member Chinese search and rescue team, plus six dogs, was expected to arrive in Kathmandu midday Sunday by chartered plane, the country’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the China Earthquake Administration.

The European Union was considering “some budget support” to Nepal, according to a joint statement by the EU’s foreign policy chief, development chief and humanitarian chief. It did not provide details or amounts.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter that Britain “will do all we can to help those caught up in it.” Germany, Norway, Italy, France, Monaco and Mexico also pledged help. Mexico suffered an 8.1-magnitude earthquake that killed an estimated 9,500 people in the nation’s capital in 1985.

The U.S. Embassy in Nepal announced $1 million in initial aid and the U.S. Agency for International Development activated an urban search and rescue team. The U.S. State Department also set up an email address and phone number for anyone who knows of U.S. citizens needing assistance in Nepal.

“We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support,” said Secretary of State John Kerry. “To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time.”

In a neighborhood in New York where many Nepalese people live, Dawa Sherpa said he learned his parents, siblings and other relatives had survived in their village, Helambu.

“My family’s all right but my village is really devastated,” he said. “All the houses, they’re all gone. The temple, the Buddhist temple, the temple is gone.”

Hari Acharya, owner of the Delhi Heights restaurant, said relatives including his mother, wife and children were safe but some friends had been killed.

“It’s a really bad thing,” he said. “It’s a legitimate disaster.”

He said the building where several relatives lived had collapsed and the family was “sitting outside.”

In New York, Uma Mysorekar, president of the Hindu Temple Society of North America, said the disaster requires “global assistance.”

“We fear the deaths and casualty numbers could go up for days,” she said. “We from the temple society will be collecting funds and forwarding them — as soon when we know where to send them.”

The quake triggered a landslide on Mount Everest, and the Madison Mountaineering company in Seattle, Washington, said it had not heard from some staff on the slopes.

“We don’t have everyone accounted for,” said Madison co-founder Kurt Hunter. “We have our fingers crossed.”

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Overnight Storm Brings Flooding, Accidents To Bay Area

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:32

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Overnight rains led to limited flooding on highways in San Francisco and San Jose Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Around 2:30 a.m. large puddles up to six feet deep were reported at multiple locations along U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate Highway 280 in the San Francisco, according to Officer William Ogilvie.


Puddles several feet deep were reported on northbound Highway 101 in the vicinity of Ninth Street and the Duboce Avenue off-ramp. Flooding was also reported on southbound Highway 280 in the vicinity of Mariposa Street, Ogilvie said.

At 7:49 a.m. a 4-inch puddle blocking most lanes of traffic was reported at the interchange between northbound Highway 280 and northbound state Highway 87 in San Jose, according to Ogilvie.

In Marin County, a black Honda smashed into a utility pole on Dillon Beach Road. It brought down cable and phone lines. The driver abandoned his car at the scene.

In Walnut Creek, a female driver was trapped for hours inside her vehicle after she skidded on rain-slick streets and crashed into an auto repair shop.

Contra Costa fire crews had to use the jaws of life to saw off the top of her red Volkswagen to pull her out. She was taken to a hospital.

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