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Say ‘I Love You’ With A Lab-Made Diamond

3 hours 31 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Many sweethearts will be saying ‘I love you’ this Valentine’s Day with a lab-made diamond.

For years, Hollywood and advertisers have been telling us diamonds are forever, but there’s a sequel being written with these new gems.

Virtually everyone — from consumers to retailers — agrees, you can’t tell them apart from the real thing. Even veteran diamond cutters can’t tell the difference.

This cuts like a diamond and looks like a diamond,” says Russ Caplan of Topper Jewelers. “Very high tech and cool. They are environmentally friendly and sustainable. They do not come out of an ugly strip mine and there is no particular overtime limitation on how many they are ultimately going to make.”

Lab-made diamonds are created in about two weeks. Slivers of mined diamonds are heated, pressurized and grown layer by layer just like a natural crystal.

The potential for unlimited production and huge profits have grabbed big dollars and big names in Silicon Valley — folks looking to cash in on this latest start-up craze.


Master diamond cutter Maarten De Witte says he hopes to brand Diamond Foundry diamonds as California grown and cut.

“The earth quit making diamonds a long time ago,” says De Witte. “The diamonds that we mine have been made a long time ago and they will run out.”

Still, ForeverMark President Charles Stanley sees a very different present and future for the diamond industry. He cites its benefits to countries like Botswana.

“Four billion dollars on average annually go back into the country from the diamonds that are sold there,” he says. “That is equivalent to some 25% of the countries GDP.”

“That money gets invested by the government into infrastructure development, in also wider health and educational programs,” he says.

Furthermore, Stanley believes consumers want to mark milestones in their lives with objects that are real and that can last forever.

But that could soon change. Most lab grown diamonds have something perhaps even more appealing than romance: the price tag. They usually cost about 30-40% less than mined diamonds.

However, it is still not clear whether lab-created diamonds will hold their value over time.

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Young Couple Discovers Love During The Valley Fire

4 hours 48 min ago

LAKE COUNTY (KPIX 5) — It’s been five months since the Valley Fire scorched tens of thousands of acres in Lake County. The devastating blaze destroyed nearly 2000 structures. But amid the rubble, two fire victims found each other.

They’re happy now, but Lacy Lackey and Shaemus Kennedy were pretty down in the dumps when they first met.

The pair were at the Calistoga Fairgrounds wondering if their homes had survived the Valley Fire.

“I heard the music in the bandstand, so I came up and was dancing,” recalls Lackey. “I waved across the bleachers to a friend of mine who was sitting past him, and he got up after the song and said ‘hi, did you just wave to me?’”

“And she said, ‘no’,” laughs Kennedy.

But they’ve been inseparable ever since. The music Kennedy played at the Evacuation Center kept Lackey and her mom’s spirits high, even after they found out they’d lost their house and a friend died in the flames.

“During that time, that was the only thing left… connection, and people that we loved, and open hearts,” explains Lackey.

Those open hearts fell in love. In the months since the fire, they’ve moved in together and been each others’ ‘rock’ while rebuilding their lives.

“We’re getting engaged pretty soon, we just got our rings from Israel a couple of days ago,” says Kennedy. “We’re looking forward to a life together and it’s so unexpected.”

It’s a life that will bring them great joy, even if it was borne out of a great tragedy.

“Love and community matter more than a home, more than things… matters more than even a place,” says Lackey.

Kennedy adds, “you gotta go with it, gotta follow your heart even in places you weren’t expecting it to go.”

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Skydiver Falls To Death Near Lodi After Parachute Malfunctions

6 hours 31 sec ago

LODI (CBS SF) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the death of a skydiver near the Lodi Airport.

According to San Joaquin Sheriff’s Deputies, a parachute malfunction likely caused the skydiver to crash against a wall.

Officials say the skydiver hit a cinder block that wraps around a neighborhood and fell into a drainage ditch.

So far, the identity of the skydiver has not been released.

This isn’t the first fatal accident at the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center. In 2012, a veteran skydiver lost control and fell to his death in a nearby vineyard.

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Dozens Displaced By 3-Alarm Fire In San Francisco

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 22:32

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Fire crews have contained a 3-alarm fire in San Francisco’s North Panhandle neighborhood.

The fire at 1571 Fulton St. and 573 Baker St. was first reported by firefighters on Twitter at 8:22 p.m. The blaze was soon upgraded from two-alarms to three alarms. It was contained by 9:27 p.m.

At least 25 people have been displaced. Fire officials were warning people who live nearby to close their windows and turn on fans because of the heavy smoke the burning structures were generating.

One child was injured in the blaze.

Pics from active fire at Fulton and Baker. Strong work to all crews on scene. Please stay safe. #sffd

— SF Firefighters 798 (@SFFFLocal798) February 14, 2016

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Thompson Beats Curry To Win 3-Point Title

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:53

TORONTO (CBS SF/AP) — Klay Thompson did what barely any team has done this year.

He beat Stephen Curry.

The 3-point contest championship has gone from one “Splash Brother” to another, as Thompson beat his Golden State teammate and defending champion with a dazzling display at All-Star Saturday night. Thompson finished the final round with 27 points, four more than Curry managed as once again, the title came down to the two Golden State sharpshooters.

“We love to shoot against each other,” Thompson said. “You know, I’ve never been on a team with someone who shoots it better than me, so it’s a privilege to work with him every day. He makes me that much better.”

Phoenix’s Devin Booker was third, with 16 points in the final round. He beat Houston’s James Harden and J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers to get out of the first round, and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Portland’s C.J. McCollum and Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton were eliminated early.

As probably many expected, it came down to Curry and Thompson.

Curry shot before Thompson in the final round, making his first seven shots and putting up 23 points — which, to that point, was the best score of the night. Shooters got one point for making a conventional 3-pointer, two points for using a multicolored “money ball.”

“At the end of the day, you’ve got to make shots,” Curry said. “Just like in a game.”

So the pressure was on Thompson, and he delivered.

Here’s how good Thompson was in the finals — he had two different streaks of eight consecutive makes. Thompson was 19-for-25 in the final round, 18-for-25 in the first, and adding them together put him at 74 percent on the night.

That’s what it took to beat Curry, who set the NBA single-season record with 286 3-pointers last season and is on pace to obliterate that mark this season. He’s already at 245, and the Warriors have 30 games remaining.

And really, the only title Curry probably really wants to defend is the NBA championship anyway. He and Thompson have helped the Warriors get off to a 48-4 start this season, making them the heavy favorites to repeat as titlists.

“Back-to-back years for the ‘Splash Brothers,'” Thompson said. “It’s pretty cool.”

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San Leandro Man Allegedly Stabbed To Death By Son Was Church Pastor

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 20:45

SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) — Police have released the names and photos of a victim and a suspect in a stabbing Friday morning in San Leandro that killed a church pastor.

Pastor Teman Bostic, 54, died after his 21-year-old son Isaiah Bostic allegedly stabbed him multiple times at 5:30 a.m. in an apartment at 950 Juana Ave.

Officers responded to 911 calls when residents of the apartment complex reported hearing a struggle inside the apartment where the two Bostics lived, police said.

The residents reported hearing a voice saying, “Your dad is bleeding – I don’t want to die.”

Isaiah Bostic opened the front door to the apartment when officers arrived and the 21-year-old had blood on his hands and clothing, police said.

Officers found the older Bostic and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers arrested Isaiah Bostic on suspicion of murder and took him to the city jail. He is now being held in the county jail without bail, according to police.

Officers on Friday interviewed witnesses and collected evidence and will seek murder charges against Isaiah Bostic.

An arraignment is expected on Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward, police said.

Teman Bostic was the pastor of the Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God at 605 Hamilton Ave. in Menlo Park, according to the church’s website.

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Cal Blows Big Lead But Holds On To Beat Oregon State, 83-71

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 20:29

BERKELEY (CBS/AP) — Tyrone Wallace made seven free throws over the final two minutes to offset an otherwise sloppy day at the line for California, and the Golden Bears remained undefeated at home this season with an 83-71 win over Oregon State on Saturday.

Jabari Bird had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead four Cal players in double figures. Wallace finished with 17 points, Jaylen Brown added 15 while Jordan Mathews had 14.

Coming off a blowout of No. 11 Oregon two days earlier, the Bears (17-8, 7-5 Pac-12) missed 18 of their 44 free-throw attempts and blew most of a 15-point lead in the second half before holding on for their 17th consecutive win at Haas Pavilion dating to last season.

Tres Tinkle had 22 points and five rebounds for Oregon State (15-9, 6-7).

The Beavers, who beat the Bears 77-71 on Jan. 9 in Corvallis, Ore., never led but made Cal sweat down the stretch after falling behind 57-42 with 13:52 remaining.

Tinkle scored on consecutive trips down the floor, Gligorije Rakocevic added a tip-in and Derrick Bruce made a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run.

Tinkle later scored on a leaning jumper to pull Oregon State within 67-61 with 5:07 left before Cal pulled away down the stretch.

Cal built an early 10-point lead but got tentative from the perimeter late in the first half when the Beavers went to a zone defense. The Bears also struggled from the free-throw line, allowing Oregon State to pull within 30-25 with 4:12 left.

Bird, who matched his career-high of 24 points in Cal’s 83-63 upset of No. 11 Oregon on Thursday, stopped the slide with a 3-pointer.

Kingsley Okoroh, the Bears’ 7-foot backup center, followed with a three-point play and dunk and Mathews made a deep 3-pointer with time running out to extend Cal’s lead to 41-29 at the half.



Oregon State: The Beavers have not won four straight conference games since 2003. . Payton scored on almost identical soaring one-handed dunks in the first half. . Tinkle, the Beavers’ best free throw shooter, missed his three of his first four attempts from the line. . Freshman Derrick Bruce received a technical foul in the first half for taunting. . Drew Eubanks had just two points before fouling out with 3:29 left to play.

California: The Bears missed eight of their final 13 free throws in the first half. . Cal has beaten Oregon State six of the last seven times.


Oregon State: At No. 11 Oregon on Feb. 20

California: At Washington on Feb. 18.

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Rosco Allen’s 25 Leads Stanford Past No. 11 Oregon

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 20:19

STANFORD (CBS/AP) — Stanford’s Rosco Allen put on a shooting clinic Saturday and it was bad news for No. 11 Oregon.

Allen matched his career-high with 25 points, making four of five from long range and nine of 12 overall, to lead Stanford to a 76-72 upset over the Ducks.

“He came out extremely focused,” Cardinal teammate Dorian Pickens said of Allen. “You could see it in early shooting. He helped set the tone and we felt we needed to match that intensity.”

Pickens scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half and Grant Verhoeven finished with a career-high 13 for the Cardinal, who improved to 2-2 against ranked opponents this season.

The game remained in doubt until Michael Humphrey blocked a shot with 4 seconds remaining and Marcus Allen hit two free throws with 3 seconds to seal the win for the Cardinal (12-11, 5-7 Pac-12), who ended a season-worst four-game losing streak.

“That was a huge play for us,” Rosco Allen said of Humphrey’s block of Dillon Brooks. “Brooks is a great driver and got into the paint. Mike saved us and blocked it with two hands to keep it in play and we were able to hang onto it.”

Brooks scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half for the Ducks (20-6, 9-4), who lost at California on Thursday night.

Tyler Dorsey added 14 points and Elgin Cook had 11 for the Ducks, who came to the Bay Area riding a six-game winning streak.

“I’m really disappointed,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “Our field goal percentage in both games was really bad, our ball movement at times was not good. We just didn’t play very well in either game. I don’t want to take anything away from Cal or Stanford because they played well, hit their shots. We didn’t have much pop.”

Allen set a career-high for field goals and matched his career best for 3-pointers. He also recorded a team-high seven rebounds.

“You can never tell when a guy will have a game like that,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “When we get him good looks, he’s one of the best shooters in the conference and maybe even the country.”

Cook hit a layup with 18:24 remaining to play to bring the Ducks within 34-33. The Cardinal followed with a 9-0 run, punctuated by a 3-pointer from Allen to push the lead to 43-33 at the first media timeout.

Stanford was ahead 67-56 with just under 5 minutes to play when Brooks hit a 3-pointer and Oregon called time out to set up its press.

The Ducks forced two turnovers and Dwayne Benjamin turned a steal into a layup to make it 69-65 with 3:17 left.

It was still a four-point game when Pickens hit one of two free throws before Brooks hit a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game with 1:23 remaining.

Following a missed Stanford layup, Brooks made two free throws to tie it at 72 with 51.8 seconds left.

Dorsey hit a shot at the buzzer to bring the Ducks within 32-28 at halftime. Neither team led by more than six points in the half.


Oregon: Chris Boucher and Jordan Bell are helping the Ducks re-write the program’s record book for blocks. Bell, the school’s all-time leader, set the individual record with 94 last season and the Ducks had a school-record 157. Oregon has 155 after blocking two against the Cardinal, and Boucher, who currently leads the nation, has 84.

Stanford: Dawkins shuffled his starting lineup for the third consecutive game with his ninth different lineup. Seniors Christian Sanders and Verhoeven were in the starting lineup together for just the second time. Marcus Allen was out of the starting lineup for the first time in 20 games and Pickens started on the bench after making 16 starts.


Oregon: Hosts Oregon State on Saturday.

Stanford: Is at Washington State on Thursday.

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SoCal Band Onstage During Deadly Paris Terror Attack Kicks Off European Tour

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:49

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CBS/AP) — Jesse Hughes, frontman of the U.S. band whose Nov. 13 gig at the Bataclan theater in Paris was stormed by Islamic extremist suicide bombers killing 89 people, says “my friends died very beautifully, they died very well, with great courage.”

The Eagles of Death Metal band is kicking off its rescheduled European tour Saturday in the Swedish capital, three months to the day after the Paris carnage.

(JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

In an emotional interview on Sweden’s TV4 channel, Hughes spoke with tears running down his cheeks. He said, “I am a raw nerve.”

Hughes, co-founder of the band recalled that in Paris he “didn’t see a single coward, I didn’t see anyone doing anything cowardly.”

He said he “instantly knew what was happening” on the fateful Friday night before band members dispersed to escape the carnage. “There is heaviness in my heart.”

At total of 130 people were killed in the French capital in coordinated attacks.

The band performs at Stockholm’s Debaser Medis club before traveling to Oslo for a concert Sunday. The California band will play at the Olympia Theatre in Paris on Tuesday. The tour ends in Cologne, Germany, in August

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Mickelson Takes The Lead at Pebble Beach

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:21

PEBBLE BEACH, CA (AP) — Far away from the commotion of the celebrities Saturday at Pebble Beach, the most accomplished star among golfers quietly went about his business.

That won’t be the case for Phil Mickelson on Sunday.

Mickelson efficiently pieced together a 6-under 66 in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, though it only looked easy on the card. He made birdie on all but one of the par 3s, scrambled for par on half of his holes and wound up with his first 54-hole lead since the 2013 U.S. Open.

The spotlight will be all his in the final round.

It’s a chance to end the longest victory drought of his career — 52 events worldwide since he last won at Muirfield in the 2013 British Open. He was two shots clear of Hiroshi Iwata, a 35-year-old with two victories on the Japan Golf Tour. And he was poised to join Mark O’Meara with his fifth victory at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The next six players on the leaderboard have combined for a whopping four PGA Tour victories. The 45-year-old Mickelson will be going for No. 43.

And yet he left the magnificent sunshine with a mixture of excitement and concern, along with his typical fill of optimism.

It was hard work.

“I was very pleased to shoot that round, obviously, but there were a lot of holes I just had to fight for pars,” Mickelson said. “It wasn’t a pushover by any means.”

He planned on bringing in Andrew Getson, his new swing coach, to sharpen his game ahead of the final round.

Mickelson was at 16-under 199

Iwata, who tied a major championship record with a 63 at Whistling Straits in the PGA Championship last year, had six birdies in his round of 69 at Spyglass Hill.

He has yet to finish in the top 20 in America.

“I haven’t felt any nerves or I haven’t felt any pressure quite yet, but whether it’s going to be regardless of tonight or tomorrow morning, I just want to make sure I go out there and in a good mental condition,” Iwata said.

Freddie Jacobson had a 68 at Monterey Peninsula, which for the first time this week played the toughest of the three courses because of the brisk wind. He was three shots behind, along with Sung Kang, who had a 70 at Pebble Beach.

Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 1 player, was happy to have a tee time on Sunday.

Spieth struggled on the par 5s for the third straight round, playing them at 1 over at Pebble Beach. He had to get up-and-down for par on the par-5 18th for a 74 to make the cut on the number. He has played the par 5s in even par for the week.

“I’m not in contention. It will be the first stress-free round that I’ve really had in quite a while where I’ve played a Sunday not having a chance to win,” Spieth said. “It’s not good, but at the same time, I think I can get into a groove and not lose any hair over the back nine. I’m going to fire at some pins.”

Jason Day had a 68 at Pebble Beach, though he was still six shots behind. Jimmy Walker made a pair of eagles on the front nine at Pebble for a 63 and was seven behind.

Mickelson got as much as he could out of his 66.

He played at Pebble Beach with the rest of the celebrities, who are the main attraction on Saturday, except that Lefty teed off on the back nine away from all the commotion of clowning, dancing and even lifting CBS Sports reporter Dottie Pepper into the crowd near the 15th tee.

Mickelson’s pitch to the 18th went through the green, and he chipped in for a birdie to make the turn in 3 under. He had to scramble for par out of a bunker on No. 1. On the third hole, he drove into a fairway bunker and purposely played away from the flag, chipping just short of the green for a good angle at the pin.

He also had to get up-and-down for par on the short par-4 fourth hole. Those typically are the scoring holes, but he took off from there with three straight birdies, including a 20-foot putt on the 112-yard seventh hole, tougher than usual because of a firm green and a breeze at the back.

Even his birdie at the par-5 sixth was no picnic. Mickelson short-sided himself on his second shot and had to hit a flop shot over the bunker to about 4 feet. He closed with two solid pars (one from the front bunker on No. 8) and is trying not to look too far ahead to Sunday.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in contention and it would mean a lot to me to be able to play a good final round tomorrow,” he said. “And as well as I’ve been hitting the ball, the score was great, but the ball striking wasn’t indicative of how I’ve been hitting it. So I would like to get that dialed in for tomorrow’s round.”

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Manhunt For Suspect In Brutal Fight Outside Orinda House Party

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:19

ORINDA (CBS SF) — Authorities are looking for a suspect who allegedly got into a fight with a man in Orinda early Saturday morning and left him with life-threatening injuries.

At 1:53 a.m., police officers were dispatched to the unit block of Camino Encinas for a report of a battery, according to sheriff’s officials.

When officers arrived, they found a 21-year-old man in the parking area of a nearby home, suffering from a head injury.

Officers learned there had been a large party at the house and a fight broke out.

The victim was taken to a hospital.

Police, along with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, are investigating the incident and a have released a cell phone image of the suspect.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office at (925) 646-2441. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call (866) 846-3592.

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Commercial Flights Between Cuba, US To Resume For First Time Since 1959

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 18:47

HAVANA (CBS/AP) — U.S. officials say the United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to restart commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx flies to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal.

It will let U.S. airlines bid on routes for dozens of U.S.-Cuba flights per day. That’s more than five times the current number of flights, all of which are charters.

There has been no commercial air traffic between the nations since shortly after Cuba’s 1959 revolution.

Havana, Cuba (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Resuming commercial passenger flights would be the most important development in U.S.-Cuba trade since the countries announced in late 2014 that they would begin normalizing ties.

State Department official Thomas Engle says the deal reinforces President Barack Obama’s goal of building ties with Cuba.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead In Texas

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:21

WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia’s death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas.

The service’s spokeswoman, Donna Sellers, says Scalia had retired for the evening and was found dead Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast.

Scalia used his keen intellect and missionary zeal in an unyielding attempt to move the court farther to the right and to get it to embrace his “originalist” view of judging after his 1986 appointment by President Ronald Reagan.

His 2008 opinion for the court in favor of gun rights was his crowning moment in more than 30 years on the bench.

He was a strong advocate for privacy in favoring restrictions on police searches and protections for defendants’ rights. But he also voted consistently to let states outlaw abortions, to allow a closer relationship between government and religion, to permit executions and to limit lawsuits.

Scalia’s impact on the court was muted by his seeming disregard for moderating his views to help build consensus.

In a 2008 interview with “60 Minutes,” he told correspondent Lesley Stahl that he believes the Constitution is an “enduring” document he wants to defend.

“It’s what did the words mean to the people who ratified the Bill of Rights or who ratified the Constitution,” Scalia said.

“But you do admit that values change? We do adapt. We move,” Stahl asked.

“That’s fine,” he answered. “And so do laws change. Because values change, legislatures abolish the death penalty, permit same-sex marriage if they want, abolish laws against homosexual conduct. That’s how the change in a society occurs. Society doesn’t change through a Constitution.”

In a statement on behalf of the Supreme Court and retired Justices, Chief Justice John Roberts called Scalia, “an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues.”

“His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his family,” he added.

Scalia’s replacement to the court would be President Obama’s third nomination. He previously nominated Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford said it is unclear whether the Republican-held Senate will entertain a nomination from Mr. Obama or wait for a new president to be elected this November.

“It could be very unlikely that President Obama that will get that nomination,” Crawford said. “This court could remain with eight justices until the next president takes office. I think that’s very unclear what will happen.”

“This vote will change the balance of the Supreme Court if a liberal is nominated,” she added.

Scalia, the son of Italian immigrants, was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in the Queens neighborhood of Manhattan. He attended at Georgetown University and Harvard Law School.

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Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake In Northwest Oklahoma Felt In 7 States

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 13:49

OKLAHOMA CITY (CBS/AP) — A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook northwest Oklahoma and was felt in seven other states Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the third-strongest temblor ever recorded in the state where the power and frequency of earthquakes has dramatically increased in recent years.

The earthquake centered about 17 miles north of Fairview in northwestern Oklahoma occurred at 11:07 a.m. and was reportedly felt across Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas, the USGS said. At least 10 smaller quakes ranging in magnitude from 2.5 to 3.9 were recorded in the same area by late Saturday afternoon, according to the USGS. A magnitude 3.1 quake occurred near Crescent, about 75 miles east of Fairview, the USGS said.

Oklahoma’s stronger and more frequent earthquakes have been linked to the injection into the ground of the briny wastewater left over from oil and gas production. The 10 earthquakes Saturday were in the same lightly populated area near Fairview, a town of about 2,600 that’s about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The area has had several quakes of magnitude 4.0 since the start of the year.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans, and damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

Fairview police and the Major County Sheriff’s Office had no reports of injury or significant damage. Sheriff’s dispatcher Cheryl Landes said there had been several calls from concerned residents, but no damage more than pictures knocked off shelves and walls.

The strongest earthquake on record in Oklahoma is a magnitude 5.6 temblor, which has also been linked to wastewater injection. It was centered in Prague, about 55 miles east of Oklahoma City, in November 2011 and damaged 200 buildings and shook a college football stadium in Stillwater, about 65 miles away. The second-strongest was a 5.5 magnitude earthquake in April 1952 that was centered in El Reno, on the western edge of Oklahoma City.

The hundreds of recent quakes have been mostly small to medium size and have caused limited damage. But a quake did knock out power in parts of an Oklahoma City suburb several weeks ago, and last month about 200 unhappy residents packed a forum at the state capitol convened by critics of the state’s response.

Regulators have recommended reducing the volume or shutting down some of the disposal wells. Gov. Mary Fallin last month approved the use of nearly $1.4 million in state emergency funds for state agencies working to reduce the number of earthquakes linked to the wastewater disposal.

Oil and gas operators in Oklahoma, where the industry is a major economic and political force, have resisted cutting back on their injections of wastewater.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which oversees the oil and gas industries in the state, said Saturday that it completed the major work last week on a regional plan to address earthquakes in western Oklahoma.

“The plan will involve a large-scale regional reduction in oil and gas wastewater disposal for an approximately 5,000 square mile area in western Oklahoma,” spokesman Matt Skinner said. He said the complete plan will be released Tuesday.

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Dog, Cat Rescued From 1-Alarm Garage Fire In Belmont

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 12:32

BELMONT (CBS SF) — Firefighters in Belmont rescued a dog and a cat from a residential structure fire Friday afternoon.

Firefighters responded at 2:45 p.m. to a one-alarm residential structure fire in the 1600 block of Notre Dame Avenue.

Arriving firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage area of the residence. There was also a live electrical wire that fell during the fire, which caused PG&E crews to respond and shut off the power to the residence.

Crews brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes and were able to confine the fire to the garage area. Other areas of the residence sustained smoke and water damage.

Firefighters learned the homeowners were at work, but there were two pets inside the residence.

A 10-year-old black Labrador Retriever was located scared but unhurt, and a 15-year-old cat was located suffering from smoke inhalation, according to firefighters.

The cat was given oxygen and transported to an emergency veterinary hospital by San Mateo County Animal Rescue and Control.

The fire caused an estimated $275,000 to the residence. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Neighbors reported hearing an explosion during the fire, and firefighters said the explosion may have been the tank of a motorcycle rupturing in the garage during the blaze.

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Man Shot On VTA Train Platform In San Jose

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 11:58

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting that occurred Friday night on a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority platform in downtown San Jose.

At around 10 p.m., a man was shot on a platform near Second and Santa Clara streets, according to Sgt. James Jensen.

The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Sheriff’s officials have released images of the suspect taken from a surveillance video.

No other information was immediately available.

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Fremont Family Wins Nearly $800,000 In Powerball Drawing

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 10:30

FREMONT (CBS SF) — A Fremont man won nearly $800,000 in Sunday’s California Lottery Powerball game, lottery officials announced Friday.

Telekarafi Lotomau won $779,272 after purchasing a ticket at the 7-Eleven at 4193 Central Ave. in Fremont.

Sunday afternoon, his daughter checked the numbers after the drawing and said she couldn’t believe her eyes, lottery officials said.

Lotomau has played the game since it started 30 years ago and plays when he feels lucky, but this is the first time he has won, he told lottery officials.

He plans to give his children some money and take his wife on a dream vacation to Hawaii.

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1 Severely Burned, 11 Displaced In 2-Alarm Fire At San Jose Residential Complex

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 10:03

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A two-alarm structure fire Saturday morning at a residential complex in San Jose sent one person to the hospital with burns and displaced 11 people.

Firefighters responded at 5:24 a.m. to a structure fire at a nine-unit two-story residential complex at 600 South Ninth Street, according to San Jose Fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort.

The fire was knocked down at 6:11 a.m. and under control at 6:44 a.m.

Most of the residents of the building were able to make it out of the building unharmed, but one person suffered severe burns in the blaze and was transported to the hospital, Van Elgort said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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San Francisco Police Trained To De-Escalate Violence In Encounters With Mentally-Ill Suspects

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 00:41

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — More than a third of the 168 police shootings in California last year involved suspects that showed signs of mental illness, according to a Washington Post report.

Police officer Lily Prillinger patrols San Francisco’s Haight Street. She says many of the people she meets are struggling with mental illness.

“We have a pretty significant transient population,” she says. “I just try and pay attention to the signals they’re giving me.”

Situations may start out peacefully but they can go wrong quickly. Officer Prillinger says they don’t have to.

“I really try to engage people on a level that is respectful because I think if you show people that respect and that you are paying attention to them they really kind of show you a different side of themselves,” she said.

Those skills are more relevant than ever in the wake of a series of recent police confrontations.

The mother of Stanslav Petrov, beaten repeatedly by Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies last November, says he has a history of psychiatric problems.

Family members of Mario Woods, shot to death by San Francisco police, say he was in crisis.

Cutbacks in mental health services have forced law enforcement onto the front lines of the problem. Crisis intervention used to be voluntary but, as of this year, it’s mandatory at the San Francisco police department. So far, about a quarter of the force has gone through the 40 hours of training, including the newest batch of police academy graduates.

The class is taught by family members of people with mental illness, like Deborah Hall. She spoke at the training session on behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

“My biggest fear is that I’m going to get a call that my son is dead, either shot by the police or in an altercation with some stranger on the street,” Hall said. She says that the way an officer makes initial contact with a mentally ill suspect is critical.

“What I am saying is: do it in a way that doesn’t aggravate the situation. For example, [tell the suspect] ‘I have to put handcuffs on, here is why’ and then go ahead and do it,” Hall explains.

“CIT is additional training we empower the officer with on how to use their mouth, how to communicate. I think that is the biggest weapon that an officer has,” said Lt. Mario Molina.

Lt. Molina organizes the training sessions. He says 80 percent of calls for service in the city are for people who are in crisis. He estimates police have to forcibly7 take at least 4,000 people a year to psychiatric facilities.

“The concept that we want our officers to have in mind is time and distance. Slow things down, right? Not a danger to others, just waving a knife, or a bat. We want our officers to get that information and slow the response down.”

Dominic Coyne, fresh out of the police academy, took it all in. He says he hopes to help a lot of people, not hurt them.

“I think the big thing is building a rapport with the people who show up, be in the moment and understand what they are asking of you,” Coyne said.

That’s officer Prillinger’s goal too.

“One of the core qualities of crisis intervention training is that you are operating from a position of empathy. That’s a way to identify what problems that person has. Maybe they really did a crime, maybe they need resources, but at the same time not coming from a place of harsh judgment,” she said.

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Alameda Man Ordered To Pay Feds $113 Million Has Gone Missing

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 00:21

ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — A 73-year-old Alameda man who owes the feds more than $100 million went missing the same day he was expected to appear in court.

John Beck was last seen in Oakland on Tuesday and his daughter, who lives in Cyprus, says the family is trying to retrace his steps and figure out where he went.

A surveillance photo posted on Facebook shows Beck at a BART station on Tuesday, the day he vanished. He appears to have boarded a train to San Francisco and then dropped off the map.

The Federal Trade Commission said Beck made a fortune running a get-rich-quick scheme.

Beck was the man behind infomercials that promised consumers how make tons of money buying homes at government tax sale auctions.

According to court records, the feds say that in a majority of states, it is almost impossible to walk into a government tax sale, pay a few hundred dollars in back taxes, and then walk out with a free and clear deed to a home.

Federal officials said Beck and several other defendants scammed hundreds of thousands of customers.

In 2012, a California district court ordered Beck to personally pay $113 million, and Beck appealed the case.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Beck’s most recent hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, the same day he disappeared.

“All we know is that he was going to the meeting, it had to do with the court case, but he has a million of these meetings. This has been an ongoing thing for years and years and there were no new developments, nothing,” Beck’s daughter told KPIX5 via Skype Friday.

The family said they’ve hired a private investigator and that they’re planning to search for Beck over the weekend.

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