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Super Bowl Ticket Prices Are Soaring, Could Be Most Expensive Ever

(CNN) — The Super Bowl matchup is set with the Kansas City Chiefs facing off against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, and this highly anticipated game has sent ticket prices soaring. On the online ticket platform SeatGeek, the average resale price is currently $6,232. Although, the average price for tickets sold in the past 24 hours was even higher at $6,785. Taking place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, February 2, the demand for this year’s Super Bowl is at an all-time high with it trending to be the most expensive Super Bowl ever. The cheapest ticket currently listed on SeatGeek is $5,727, while the most expensive is a whopping $70,153. And if you’re looking to go with a big group, an 18-person suite will set you back about $439,000, according to TicketIQ. Compared to previous Super Bowls, the average ticket price is nearly $1,000 more than the second most expensive game, Super Bowl LII. During that game, between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, the average resale price reached $5,373. Tickets for Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles…

3 Arrested After Patterson Investigation Into Girls Being Blackmailed For Explicit Images

PATTERSON (CBS13) – An investigation into girls being blackmailed for explicit pictures in Patterson has resulted in three arrests, police say. Patterson Police Services says, with the help of several other local law enforcement agencies, they’ve been investigating a case where girls aged 12-17 have been getting coerced into sending explicit images of themselves. Once they sent a picture, detectives say girls would be blackmailed into sending more elicit images. After their investigation, Patterson police say a man and woman – Daniel Salazar and Rita Nunez – were arrested for child pornography charges. Another man, Joaquin Valenzuela, was also arrested as a result of the investigation for an alleged parole violation. Salazar is facing charges related to child pornography and coercion, while Nunez is facing possession of child pornography and child endangerment. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department’s Crime Analysts, the FBI, the Los Banos Police Department, the San Jose Police Department and the California Parole Department all helped in the investigation.

National Parks Are Free Today In Honor Of Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday

(CNN) — America’s National Parks are offering free admission for anyone who visits today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. It’s the first fee-free day of the year and one of five planned in 2020. “National parks throughout the country provide inspiration to reflect on issues that resonated with Dr. King, including freedom, human rights, and social justice,” said National Park Service Acting Director David Vela in a news release. “We remember his life and legacy through programs and outreach that elevate his dream of inclusiveness for all.” Aside from free entrance, the National Park Service is welcoming volunteers who are doing service projects at some of its parks. You can see those here. While some parks offer free admission everyday, many do not. Fee-free days January 20: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. April 18: First day of National Park Week August 25: National Park Service Birthday September 26: National Public Lands Day November 11: Veterans Day If you’re a frequent visitor to America’s National Parks, there’s an annual pass for you. For $80, you can walk into every national park and more than 2,000 federal…

Authorities investigating After Human Skeletal Remains Found at Joshua Tree National Park

A death investigation is underway after human skeletal remains were found at Joshua Tree National Park last week, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Monday in a news release. A deputy from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a remote area at the park at about 11:11 a.m. Thursday after receiving reports of partial skeletal remains in the area, authorities said. The remains were confirmed to be human and investigators were called to the area. A team of homicide detectives and investigators from the coroner’s office were flown to the remote location the next day to retrieve the remains. Investigators will be working to identify the person who the remains belonged to and to determine the cause of death, the Sheriff’s Department said. It’s unclear how long the skeletal remains had been at Joshua Tree. Last week, authorities identified skeletal remains that were found in the Fortynine Palms Oasis area of Joshua Tree National Park back in December as a 51-year-old Canadian man who had been missing since 2018. Anyone with information was urged to call Detective James Tebbetts or Sgt. Ryan Smith…

Jason Momoa Takes Break From Filming to Visit Patients at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh

Actor Jason Momoa, best known for his tough guy roles such as Khal Drogo in “Game of Thrones” or Aquaman, showed a different side on Monday that was anything but. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh released this photo of Jason Momoa visiting a patient. Momoa took a break from shooting his new Netflix thriller to bring smiles to patients’ faces at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The hospital tweeted four photos of the actor visiting several patients with their families: “Thanks to actor Jason Momoa, for stopping by this morning to visit the patients and families at UPMC Children’s!” This isn’t the first time Momoa met with young fans battling illnesses. Last July, the 40-year-old posted a series of photos from his first time volunteering with the Make-A-Wish foundation. Momoa is in Pittsburgh to shoot “Sweet Girl,” a new Netflix thriller, according to CNN affiliate KDKA. The film will feature Momoa, who is also producing the film, as a father trying to seek justice for his wife’s death while protecting his daughter and company from corruption, according to KDKA.

Driver Fleeing Fresno Police Dies After Airborne Car Flies 500 Feet Over San Joaquin River: Officials

A driver died after his vehicle got airborne and flew about 500 feet over the San Joaquin River following a police pursuit in Fresno County on Monday morning, according to the Fresno Police Department. The chase started when officers tried to pull over a reckless driver around 8:30 a.m. near Herndon and Parkway Avenues in northwest Fresno, KTLA sister station KSEE/KGPE in Fresno reported. The pursuit was called off after speeds increased to above 100 mph, according to television station KFSN, also in Fresno. The driver was speeding when the car jumped the river near Dickenson and Herndon Avenues, clearing the water and landing on the Madera County side, according to investigators. Police say that the driver was killed in the crash. KFSN reported that the driver was male, but they did not identify him. The California Highway Patrol is handling the investigation. No additional details were immediately provided.  

LAPD Investigating West Hollywood-Area Shooting That Left Man Dead

A shooting near the West Hollywood and Fairfax border left a man dead early Monday, and investigators are looking for those responsible, officials said. The Los Angeles Police Department did not specify when and where the attack occurred, but investigators had placed crime scene tape between a half-mile stretch of Fairfax Avenue from Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue by around 4:30 a.m. Responding officers found a “blood trail” leading north on Fairfax, LAPD officials said in an updated news release. They eventually found a shooting scene in an alley parallel to Fairfax. Police said that witnesses reported seeing a man wearing a red hoodie running north and attempting to stop cars that were heading south. The man, later determined to be the victim, had been shot and was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle. He eventually died from his injuries, police said. He has not been identified. Detectives, who have yet to determine a motive, are looking for additional witnesses to the crime, according to LAPD. It’s unclear how long officers will remain at the scene. Anyone with information about the incident…

Pot sales on the Oregon-Idaho border are 420% higher than average

By Harmeet Kaur | CNN Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Marijuana sales in Oregon along the state’s border with Idaho are booming, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis (OEA). That’s to be expected, given that recreational marijuana isn’t legal in Idaho, but the numbers are still surprising — in more ways than one. “In things you cannot make up, Oregon sales per adult along the Idaho border are 420% the statewide average,” Josh Lehner, an economist with the OEA, wrote in a post on Friday. Yes, the very same number that happens to be code for smoking marijuana. Cue the giggling. Oregon’s uptick in marijuana sales along the Idaho border doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s all Idahoans who are lighting up, Lehner said. The boost in sales could also be coming from other customers who are traveling from even farther away or from other Oregonians passing through the area, he said. Washington is also seeing higher-than-average marijuana sales along its border with Idaho, Lehner said in the post. He attributed this pattern to a border effect, or a phenomenon observed when…

Warriors mailbag: D’Angelo Russell trolling and contributors for next season

Thanks as always to everyone who asked questions. You can send questions for future mailbags to wgoldberg@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Twitter to @wcgoldberg. Q: I hope he gets traded PRONTO. What an [expletive], basically spitting in the face of Bay Area fans. – @niner_raccoon / Trade him NOW! Hell no you wear that jersey unless you want out. #HeGone – Funcis / Trade him immediately! In an Aaron Rodgers jersey the night before the NFC Title game. No thanks – Cliff Callero / Unacceptable. Trade him to Milwaukee for the Greek Freak – Rome (And several other comments just like these.) WG: No, these were not exactly submissions for the weekly mailbag, but they were replies to a video I tweeted of D’Angelo Russell, on the eve of the 49ers’ win over the Packers to advance to the Super Bowl, wearing an Aaron Rodgers jersey to his postgame press conference following a win over the Magic. I realize I’m about to step into a pit of snakes, but you Bay Area fans are really sensitive. Full disclosure: I’m from South Florida. My football team, the Dolphins, has made more…

Parnas asks AG Barr to recuse himself from investigation

By Erica Orden | CNN An attorney for indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas on Monday filed a request for the recusal of Attorney General William Barr in connection with the prosecution of Parnas, alleging Barr has a conflict of interest and should be removed from the matter “in an effort to preserve the public trust in the rule of law.” In a letter sent to Barr and filed in New York federal court, where Parnas is facing trial for allegedly violating campaign finance laws, Parnas’s attorney said Barr’s involvement in the case has resulted in both harmful perceptions and “actual harm to Mr. Parnas.” The attorney, Joseph Bondy, asked for the appointment of a special prosecutor from outside the Justice Department to oversee the case. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. The “actual harm” Bondy cited in the letter is what he describes as a delay in the production of discovery material in the Parnas prosecution, which Bondy says left his client unable to turn over documents in a timely manner to comply with a subpoena issued by the House of Representatives as…

PHOTOS: People celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on NorCal Celebration Train to San Francisco

Some sang his name, others wore shirts with his image and some smaller passengers colored his face with crayons, all celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a northbound train to San Francisco. Members of the New Life Fellowship Church sing on the .@Caltrain NorcalMLK Celebration Train #MLK2020 pic.twitter.com/B8qlyHRAO9 — Randy Vazquez (@RandyVMedia) January 20, 2020 Part of the 2020 Caltrain NorcalMLK Celebration Train, riders who wanted to participate in Martin Luther King Day events in San Francisco were able to get free transit. The train departed the Diridon Station in San Jose at 9:35 a.m. and made stops in Palo Alto and San Mateo on its way to San Francisco. Riders can use the same ticket to return to the South Bay anytime today after 1 p.m. Other agencies such as BART and MUNI had similar opportunities for people who wished to attend the events in the city.

Hotline newsletter: On the bright side, the NFL exodus could have been worse

*** The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season and twice-a-week in the summer. (Sign up here for a free subscription.) This edition, from Jan. 20, has been made available in archived form. Early-Entry Fallout: Limited The list of Pac-12 players who declared for the NFL Draft would form the backbone of an impressive lineup. So would the list of Pac-12 players who passed on the draft. All things considered, the conference emerged from the early-entry process with its core reasonably intact. According to preliminary report on NFL.com, the Pac-12 lost 14 draft-eligible non-seniors. That’s only five more than LSU. Oregon State lost more players to the pros than Oregon, the conference champion and Rose Bowl winner. Stanford and USC both kept more top talents than they lost. Three teams didn’t lose anybody. Only four lost more than one player. All in all, it could have been significantly worse. — The known departures. The deadline to withdraw is today, and the NFL will reveal the official list in the next 24 hours. There are often a few surprises, but here’s what…

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