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‘An Erratic, Crazy President:’ Dems Slam Trump at Debate

The Democratic presidential primary hopefuls debated Tuesday in the shadow of the House impeachment inquiry, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, giving an update an hour before. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the leading contenders in polls, was on the campaign trail for the first time since his heart attack at the beginning of the month. Current and Former Diplomats to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is now a front-runner, with a poll from George Washington University released on Tuesday showing her leading. Former Vice President Joe Biden is under attack by President Donald Trump and his allies over his son’s previous position on the board of a Ukraine gas company. Hunter Biden in an interview with ABC News admitted to poor judgment but said there had been no ethical lapse.  Florida Men Tied to Giuliani, Ukraine Probe Arrested Previous debates focused on domestic policy, but the Turkish invasion of Syria, and Trump’s decision to order the withdrawal of the American military, pushed foreign policy to the forefront. Tuesday’s three-hour meet-up took place at Otterbein…

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Hollister, Salinas

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck east of Salinas and south of Hollister Tuesday afternoon, according to the USGS. The quake hit at 12:42 p.m., the USGS said. It was centered 15.7 miles south-southeast of Hollister and 21.2 miles east of Salinas. M3.4 Earthquake Rattles East Bay Day After M4.5 Temblor People reported feeling the quake in places such as San Jose, Palo Alto, Milpitas, Stockton, San Leandro, San Ramon, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Oakland, Gilroy, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Foster City and Daly City. The temblor was initially classified as a magnitude 5.0 before being downgraded to a 4.8 and then a 4.7. SJ District Set to Close or Consolidate at Least Two Schools Late Monday night, a 4.5 magnitude quake struck north of Walnut Creek, waking many people from their sleep. Track the latest Bay Area earthquakes using NBC Bay Area’s interactive earthquake map. FULL EPISODE: Loma Prieta Earthquake, 30 Years Later This is a developing news story. Details may change as more information becomes available. Photo Credit: USGS

Recap: Coverage of the 4th Democratic Presidential Debate

A dozen Democrats took the debate stage Tuesday night to fight for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Scroll below to see our reporters’ minute-by-minute coverage.  Photo Credit: Getty Images This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

M3.4 Earthquake Rattles East Bay Day After M4.5 Temblor

Update: 7:25 p.m. Tuesday: A 3.4 magnitude earthquake rattles the same area north of Walnut Creek where a larger 4.5 magnitude quake was centered Monday and felt across the Bay Area. A 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Walnut Creek late Monday night, according to the USGS. SJ District Set to Close or Consolidate at Least Two Schools The quake, which struck at 10:33 p.m. and was centered 0.7 miles south-southeast of Pleasant Hill and 2.2 miles north of Walnut Creek, was felt across the Bay Area. A smaller 2.5 magnitude temblor shook the same area just a few minutes before, the USGS said. Late Tuesday, a 3.4 aftershock rattled the same area, the USGS said. That quake hit at 7:12 p.m. FULL EPISODE: Loma Prieta Earthquake, 30 Years Later Andrew Lozano lives near the epicenter of the Monday quake and was asleep when it hit. He said he felt “a pretty strong jolt,” adding that the shaking lasted about five to seven seconds. No injuries or significant damage were immediately reported, but some stores in the Pleasant Hill area reported items falling off shelves. Photos…

San Jose: Two men hit, killed by light-rail trains Tuesday

SAN JOSE – A man died Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a light-trail train along Southwest Expressway in San Jose, marking the second such death in less than 15 hours, authorities said. Deputies were called about 3:20 p.m. to the Bascom Station at 2051 Southwest Expressway for a report of a person struck by a northbound Winchester-Mountain View train, according to Sgt. Michael Low of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Low said the man received emergency care at the scene and was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries a short time later. Related Articles Man dies after firefighters pull him from underneath light rail Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run on Interstate 580 in Richmond Oregon hunting accident under investigation; one dead Girl dies after being flung from a ride at a New Jersey festival Photos: Hotel under construction collapses in New Orleans Another man died early Tuesday morning after being hit by a light-rail train at the Virginia Station. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office will release the identities of both victims once they have been confirmed and their…

3.4 magnitude quake rattles Pleasant Hill, East Bay towns

PLEASANT HILL — An earthquake registering 3.4 magnitude shook underneath a town already rattled by recent Northern California quakes, the U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday. The quake, centered at Gregory Lane just east of Contra Costa Boulevard, struck at 7:11 p.m. at a depth of 8.6 miles, the USGS said. There was no immediate report of injuries or property damage. Residents and visitors were already preparing to observe the 30th anniversary of the lethal Loma Prieta earthquake, a magnitude 6.9 that killed more than 60 people, on Thursday. Then Monday night’s 4.5 magnitude quake just south of Pleasant Hill, followed by Tuesday’s 4.7 magnitude quake in rural San Benito County, suddenly served as all-too-familiar reminders of the region’s seismic sensitivity. The USGS logged several smaller quakes, including a magnitude 2.5 at 10:23 p.m., before Monday night’s quake, and Caltech reported more than a dozen smaller quakes in the Pleasant Hill and Pacheco areas in the hour after. USGS scientists have predicted a 63 percent chance of a magnitude 6.7 or larger quake striking the Bay Area in the next 30 years.   In a tweet, BART…

Typhoon death toll climbs in Japan as search goes on

By Tim Kelly | Reuters DATE – Rescue workers in Japan searched for the missing on Wednesday as the death toll from one of the worst typhoons to hit the country rose to 74, public broadcaster NHK said, many drowned by flooding after scores of rivers burst their banks. Public broadcaster NHK said 12 were missing and more than 220 injured after Typhoon Hagibis lashed through the Japanese archipelago at the weekend. Throughout the eastern half of the main island of Honshu, 52 rivers had flooded over. Residents in Fukushima prefecture, which has seen the highest number of casualties, were busy dumping water-damaged furniture and rubbish onto the streets. Many elderly remained in evacuation centers, unable to clean up their homes. In Date city, not far from the site of the nuclear disaster in 2011, farmer Masao Hirayama piled damp books in the street in front of his house, adding to a mound of rubbish from the neighborhood. He said the water had reached about 6.6 feet deep in his house, when he and his son were rescued by boat and taken to an evacuation…

Kamala Harris and Tom Steyer try to stand out on impeachment in crowded Democratic debate

Questions about impeachment gave Kamala Harris and Tom Steyer the chance to stand out on the most crowded presidential debate stage in history Tuesday night, with the two Californians making impassioned arguments for yanking President Trump from office. All of the candidates in the 12-person Ohio debate backed House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, arguing that Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden merited starting the process. Both Golden State candidates highlighted their own records on the issue, with Harris playing up her prosecutorial background and Steyer pointing out he endorsed impeachment before any other White House hopeful. Harris, the former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general, all but declared Trump guilty, saying, “as a former prosecutor, I know a confession when I see it.” Asked whether it was fair for her to say now that she would vote to remove Trump — based on what she’s seen so far — the California senator responded that “it’s just being observant.” “He did it in plain sight,” she said, accusing Trump of “selling out our democracy.” In his first ever appearance…

49ers analysis: Why it’s OK Jalen Ramsey got traded to Rams

No team is allowing fewer passing yards per game than the 49ers. Mortgaging their future drafts for a cornerback would have been bad business, compounded by an expensive contract extension, which they’ve already done at quarterback (Jimmy Garoppolo) and pass rusher (Dee Ford). The 49ers (5-0) are more than fine. As for the Los Angeles Rams, who just lost 20-7 at “home” to the 49ers on Sunday, they felt compelled to go for broke, perhaps literally, by trading Tuesday for cornerback Jalen Ramsey. JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 08: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars enters the field during player introductions before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field on September 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)  The Jacksonville Jaguars got what they wanted, a pair of first-round draft picks (each of the next two years) plus a 2021 fourth-rounder. Their sales pitch to fans: 18 picks, including four first-rounders, over the next two drafts. The third-place Rams got arguably the NFL’s best (and most disgruntled) cornerback, and he arrives after their record got leveled at 3-3…

Storage Tanks Burning at Oil Facility in Crockett

Three chemical storage tanks were burning at an energy storage facility in Contra Costa County Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials. The blaze was burning at the NuStar Energy facility in Crockett, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. People in Crockett and Rodeo were asked to shelter in place. They were encouraged to stay inside and keep their windows and doors closed. 4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Bay Area The three tanks were filled with ethanol, and fire crews were using foam to fight the flames and water to cool the adjacent tanks that weren’t burning, according to ConFire. The fire sent a thick plume of black smoke into the air that could be seen for miles. It also spread to nearby brush, according to Cal Fire. About 5 acres of brush burned near the facility and was contained quickly. SJ District Set to Close or Consolidate at Least Two Schools Smoke from the blaze could impact multiple communities east of Rodeo, along the Carquinez Strait, including but not limited to Benicia, Martinez, Baypoint, Pittsburg and areas to the east, according to the…

Live Coverage of the 4th 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate

The dozen Democrats taking the debate stage Tuesday night to fight for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination will be going up against a political backdrop that’s changed significantly since the third debate just a month ago. Aside from the impeachment inquiry heating up in the House and putting the staunchest of Trump’s allies on the defensive, the Democratic candidate pool has dwindled and a new potential front-runner has emerged, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts coming out ahead of former Vice President and formerly reliable frontrunner Joe Biden, according to some polls. Be Prepared: What You Need For an Emergency ‘Go Bag’ And another one of the leading Democratic hopefuls, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is on the mend after suffering a recent heart attack. These and other evolving storylines will play out on national television Tuesday night in battleground Ohio, where the largest debate group in modern history — 12 candidates — will share the stage less than four months before the first 2020 primary votes are cast. ‘Quake Coach’ Helps Families Prepare for the Next Big One In addition to Warren, Biden and…

NH Church Shooting Suspect Has Violent History in Mass.

The man accused of shooting two people at a New Hampshire church over the weekend has a lengthy criminal history in Massachusetts, including ties to a notorious street gang and stints in prison for stabbing a man in Boston and assaulting a woman on the South Shore, government records show. The suspect, Dale Holloway, was accused of beating his estranged girlfriend, then holding her and her kids against their will inside her home in Plymouth over a period of three days in May 2012, according to court records reviewed by the NBC10 Boston Investigators. NH Wedding Shooting: What We Know Before that, Holloway pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Superior Court in 2003 to stabbing another man with a knife during an altercation at an arcade on Washington Street in Boston. Holloway, 37, now faces his most serious charges to date: the alleged shooting of a bishop and bride at a church in Pelham, New Hampshire. Police continue to investigate the motive behind Saturday’s attack, which took place during a wedding at New England Pentecostal Church. LeBron: Rockets’ Morey ‘Wasn’t Educated’ on China Tweet Holloway allegedly…

Appeals Court Revives Trump Emoluments Lawsuit

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit brought by Maryland and the District of Columbia that challenges President Donald Trump’s ownership of a luxury hotel five blocks from the White House, NBC News reports. A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the case dismissed in July. But the full appeals court agreed late Tuesday to re-hear the case, which has the effect of wiping out the panel’s ruling and giving Maryland and DC another chance to argue their case, claiming that Trump’s holdings present a conflict between his business profits and the nation’s interest. Ex-Trump Adviser Objected to Ukrainian Ambassador’s Removal DC Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh praised the appeals court’s action. “We look forward to arguing our case before the full panel to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution and profiting from the presidency.” They claim that Trump’s hotel ownership violates the Constitution’s emolument’s clauses, which bar the president from receiving “any present, emolument, office or title of any kind whatever from any king, prince, or foreign state” or any state in the…

East Bay’s first Sajj Mediterranean now open in San Ramon

It’s time for shawarma and fast-casual falafel in San Ramon. Sajj Mediterranean, the Bay Area chain that specializes in customizable Middle Eastern wraps, bowls and salads made with halal meats, has opened its first East Bay restaurant at The Shops at Bishop Ranch, next to Peet’s Coffee. The restaurant had its soft opening earlier this month but grand opening festivities are set for Nov. 1, when festivities will include a free entree for the first 50 people in line when they open at 11 a.m. All customers will receive 50 percent off orders all day long. Also expect free samples of Chocolate Hummus and Cinnamon Chips at all of Sajj locations in Sunnyvale, Menlo Park, Mountain View, San Jose and San Francisco. Here’s how the menu works: Choose from their dishes or build your own starting with the choice of a wrap, pita sandwich, turmeric rice bowl or salad. Protein choices include chicken and steak shawarma, pomegranate chicken, falafel or shawafel (half and half). Next come the unlimited spreads, sauces and toppings plus complementary lentil soup and other goodies. The San Ramon restaurant is located…

Felicity Huffman’s first day in federal prison: Strip search, resentment from some inmates likely

Felicity Huffman is nationally famous these days, both as a TV star and as one of the best-known defendants in the nationwide college admissions scandal. The “Desperate Housewives” star received a 14-day prison sentence that stirred up a serious debate about whether the criminal justice system treats affluent, white-collar defendants with more leniency than poor people of color. On Tuesday, the 56-year-old Oscar nominee became inmate no. No. 77806-112 when she surrendered at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin. That means that her first day as a federal prisoner was both routine and remarkable. On the one hand, she was probably met with a mix of reactions from staff and inmates because of her fame, wealth, crime and 14-day sentence. “There are people who are going to fawn over her because of her celebrity status, and other women who can’t stand her because they are doing serious time,” said Holli  Coulman, a former federal inmate who advises female defendants on preparing for life in federal prison for Wall Street Prison Consultants. On the other hand, Huffman’s first day likely followed long-established U.S. Bureau of Prisons procedures for…

H-1B visa approvals flat this year after post-2017 drop

As recently as 2015, the approval rate for the controversial H-1B visa was within a few digits of 100 percent. But under President Donald Trump’s April 2017 “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, federal authorities have ramped up scrutiny and denials of the visa. After 96 percent of H-1B applications were approved in 2015, and 94 percent in 2016 and 92 percent in 2017, the approval rate began to drop under Trump. In 2018, the rate was 85 percent. Now, just-released data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows that the rate of H-1B approvals in the federal government’s fiscal year 2019 stayed at 85 percent. The drop to lower approval rates has coincided with an increasing number of “requests for evidence” by the agency from the companies applying for the visa, which is intended for jobs requiring specialized skills. While in 2015 through 2017, slightly more than 20 percent of applications triggered these demands for information to prove that an application is valid, the rate jumped to 38 percent in 2018 and 40 percent this year, the new data showed. The Trump administration…

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