Sacramento police offer gas money for gun buyback, overwhelmed by interest

The Sacramento Police Department said 134 firearms were received at its “Gas for Guns Buyback,’’ a program aimed at getting firearms off the streets. The department, which was offering $50 gas gift cards per firearm, ran out of gift cards 45 minutes into the five-hour event. Over 100 people exchanged their guns for gas money. The program required people to arrive at an area police station with the firearm unloaded and in the trunk. People who turned in their guns were not required to give their identities to the police.  Among the guns received were at least one assault weapon, numerous components for “ghost guns” and multiple illegally configured firearms, police said in a statement on Sunday.  Jif peanut butter recalled for salmonella contamination The event was meant to last from noon until 5 p.m., but due to an overwhelming response, they had to end the event an hour early. Police did continue to accept guns even after the gift cards ran out. According to the department, officers were told by the public that a “lack of experience” with firearms and a “lack of knowledge”…

Biden says monkeypox cases something to “be concerned about”

Pyeongtaek, South Korea — President Biden said Sunday that recent cases of monkeypox that have been identified in Europe and the United States were something “to be concerned about.”In his first public comments on the disease, Mr. Biden added: “It is a concern in that if it were to spread it would be consequential.”The president was asked about the disease as he spoke to reporters at Osan Air Base in South Korea, where he visited troops before taking off for Japan to continue his first trip to Asia as president.”They haven’t told me the level of exposure yet but it is something that everybody should be concerned about,” Biden said. He added that work was underway to determine what vaccine might be effective.Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, told reporters aboard the flight to Tokyo that the United States has a supply of “vaccine that is relevant to treating monkeypox.””We have vaccine available to be deployed for that purpose,” he said. Sullivan said Biden was getting regular updates on the outbreak.Monkeypox is rarely identified outside of Africa, but as of Friday, there were 80 confirmed…

Famed California redwood grove damaged by visitors reopens with new elevated boardwalk

A famed and ancient grove of redwood trees in Northern California that was damaged by an influx of visitors has reopened to the public with a new 1,300-foot-long elevated boardwalk. When word got out on social media about the once-secret off-trail location of the Grove of Titans in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, visitors flocked to the grove, cutting a complex web of unplanned trails through the area. The increased foot traffic destroyed plants and damaged the trees’ shallow root systems, according to Save the Redwoods League. People hiking through the sensitive ecosystem also left behind waste and pushed eroded soil and litter into the streams, impacting coho and steelhead spawning habitat, authorities said. Due to the damage, the Grove of Titans was closed so crews can build a new elevated walkway to limit the harm from visitors and create ecologically sensitive public access. Now, park visitors for the first time will have official, low-impact access to the famed grove to see the world famous towering trees. “The Grove of Titans is a premier example of an extraordinary old-growth redwood forest that was experiencing significant…

Donut Man giving away free donuts to celebrate 50th anniversary

The Donut Man in Glendora is celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving away 500 free donuts starting at 8 a.m. Monday. All orders of $5 or more will receive a free Anniversary sprinkle donut.  The local favorite is located at 915 E. Route 66 in Glendora. Donut lovers can attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. and expect lots of merch and giveaways. Megan Telles reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 22, 2022.

78,000 pounds of infant formula arrives in U.S.

Enough specialty infant formula for more than half a million baby bottles arrived Sunday in Indianapolis. The formula, weighing 78,000 pounds (35,380 kilograms), was being transported by military plane, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One as President Joe Biden flew from South Korea to Japan. It is the first of several flights carrying infant formula from Europe expected this weekend to relieve the deepening shortage in the U.S. The flights were authorized by Biden. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Indianapolis to greet the arrival of the first shipment in Indianapolis. The Biden administration — which has struggled to address a nationwide shortage of formula, particularly hypoallergenic varieties — has dubbed the effort “Operation Fly Formula.” The crisis follows the closure of the nation’s largest domestic manufacturing plant in Michigan in February due to safety issues. The White House has said 132 pallets of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula was to leave Ramstein Air Base in Germany for the U.S. Another 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA formula were expected to arrive in the coming days.…

L.A. County extends mask mandate for public transit

With COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates climbing in Los Angeles County, officials announced Friday that the mask mandate will be extended for all public transit and indoor transportation hubs in the county. Initially set to expire soon, L.A. County’s health officer order will continue to require masks for everyone aged 2 and older at places like airports, bus terminals, train and subway stations, and on trains, subway rails, buses, taxis and ride-shares. The county first issued the order in April after a federal judge overturned a the nationwide mask mandate for public transport. “Traveling on public transportation increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by bringing people in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods, in poorly ventilated spaces,” L.A. County Department of Public Health officials said. It became clear that local officials would extend the public transportation mask requirement when L.A. County this week moved from “low” to “medium” COVID-19 risk level under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention community rating system. County Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the move was “concerning” because it could mean that the infection increases may soon put pressure on health care resources. She urged residents to…

Biden says monkeypox cases something to ‘be concerned about’

President Joe Biden said Sunday that recent cases of monkeypox that have been identified in Europe and the United States were something “to be concerned about.” In his first public comments on the disease, Biden added: “It is a concern in that if it were to spread it would be consequential.” The president was asked about the disease as he spoke to reporters at Osan Air Base in South Korea, where he visited troops before taking off for Japan to continue his first trip to Asia as president. “They haven’t told me the level of exposure yet but it is something that everybody should be concerned about,” Biden said. He added that work was underway to determine what vaccine might be effective. What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, told reporters aboard the flight to Tokyo that the United States has a supply of “vaccine that is relevant to treating monkeypox.” “We have vaccine available to be deployed for that purpose,” he said. Sullivan said Biden was getting regular updates on the outbreak. L.A. County watching…

Riverside County Gas Prices Near $6 A Gallon

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County rose a half-cent to a record $5.99 Sunday, one day after a streak of 23 consecutive increases totaling 28 cents ended when it remained unchanged.The average price is 8.7 cents more than one week ago, 27.4 cents higher than one month ago and $1.892 greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The national average price was unchanged for the second consecutive day, remaining at $4.593 after rising to records 11 consecutive days. “Tighter supply and increased demand have pushed pump prices higher,” Doug Shupe, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager, told City News Service. “This supply/demand dynamic, combined with volatile crude prices, will likely keep upward pressure on pump prices.“We don’t see any immediate relief in sight due to the global oil concerns exacerbated by the war between Russia and Ukraine and the increasing demand for gas as drivers prepare to take summer road trips beginning Memorial Day weekend.”

SoCal cities with the fastest rising home prices

It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a wave of uncertainty across myriad industries, and not other market has quite felt its impact like that of real estate. The pandemic has become a driving force behind the continued real estate boom, with high demand for vacation homes and a limited supply of housing that has prompted buyers and investors to bid up prices for affordable properties, causing home prices to skyrocket. The ability to work remotely played a role in the vacation home demand in mid-2020, as affluent Americans opted to ride out the pandemic with more amenities and space outside dense urban areas. Stacker compiled a list of cities with the fastest-growing home prices in Los Angeles using data from Zillow. Cities are ranked by 1-year price change as of April 2022. The charts in this story were created automatically using Matplotlib. The typical home value in the United States increased over the last year by +20.9% to $334,141. You may also like: Where people in Los Angeles are moving to most 1 / 30Stacker #30. Huntington Beach, CA – 1-year price change: +$265,439 (+26.7%)-…

101 Freeway closed for 24 hours through downtown L.A.

A stretch of the 101 Freeway is closed Sunday through downtown Los Angeles for road restoration and reconstruction work. The closure began at 10 p.m. Saturday and will be completed by 10 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering announced. The 24-hour closure between State Route 60 and the 10 Freeway interchange is needed for the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project, which aims to replace the original, seismically-deficient structure built in 1932, authorities said. During the closure, the California Department of Transportation will also be doing slab replacement work along the same stretch of the 101 Freeway. The closure will center around the east side of the viaduct construction site in Boyle Heights. While the stretch is closed, drivers headed west on State Route 60 from the Pomona area will not be able to access the 101, officials said. Off-ramps and on-ramps in the area will also be closed during as road work gets underway. Drivers who reach the closure will see signs directing them to a detour. (The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering) The new $588 million viaduct is expected to be…

Buying out a car lease: Is it a good idea?

(iSeeCars) – If you’re currently leasing a car and nearing the end of your lease term, you might be wondering what you should do next. Given the shortage of new car inventory, available new cars are selling above MSRP and car leases are also significantly more expensive than they were a year ago. And while buying a used car was once a smart financial decision, used car prices are at record highs and in many cases are more expensive than new cars.  In light of the current new and used car market, buying out your car lease might be your smartest option. How does the process work and should you buy out your car lease? We have the important answers. How a Lease Buyout Works If you’re leasing a vehicle, most finance companies will include a buyout option as part of your lease agreement. Your auto lease contract will state the end-of-lease purchase price based on the car’s residual value, which was estimated when you signed your lease. Leasing companies will often contact you near the end of your lease term to communicate your lease-end…

2 hurt following crash involving Chino Hills patrol car

Authorities say a Chino Hills patrol unit was involved in a crash on Soquel Canyon Parkway.The crash unfolded just after 2:20 a.m. Sunday. It was then that the patrol car and a 2007 Saturn Ion collided. Two individuals inside the Saturn were injured. Both were transported to a hospital for treatment. The crash remains under investigation.

Amber Heard’s lawyers try to poke holes in Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit

Attorneys for actor Amber Heard spent much of last week trying to portray her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, as a jealous and drunken abuser who can only blame himself for his nose-diving Hollywood career. Since Heard concluded her testimony in a Virginia courtroom Tuesday, her lawyers have presented witness testimony from people who were once close to Depp but shunted from his orbit. They’ve included Depp’s former longtime agent, the actor Ellen Barkin and Heard’s sister. The attorneys’ goal: Undermine Depp’s libel suit against Heard. The suit claims she falsely portrayed him as a domestic abuser and cost him his lucrative film career, including the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise. Depp points to a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which Heard described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp’s lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name. The trial will enter its sixth week when it resumes Monday. Below are snippets of testimony from some of the witnesses called last week by Heard’s attorneys in their attempt to poke holes in Depp’s case. DEPP’S HOLLYWOOD CAREER Depp blames Heard’s…

Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson departing from ‘SNL’

Kate McKinnon and Pete Davidson are among those departing from “Saturday Night Live,” leaving the sketch institution without arguably its two most famous names after Saturday’s 47th season finale. Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney will also leave the cast after the episode hosted by Natasha Lyonne. The departures represent one of the biggest cast shake-ups in years on a show that has seen unusual steadiness in recent seasons. McKinnon, 38, won two Emmys and was nominated for nine in her 10 seasons on the show, during which her impressions included Hillary Clinton, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Her comic chops with characters like alien abductee Miss Rafferty frequently drove castmates and guest hosts to lose it live on air. McKinnon opened the show with an out-of-this-world skit, and said her final goodbyes on “Earth.” “I love ya, thanks for letting me stay awhile. Live from New York, it’s Saturday night,” she said to open the show. The 28-year-old Davidson joined the cast in 2014 and has appeared in eight seasons. His own outsize personality often outshone the characters he played. His comic commentaries as…

School counselors sound cry for help after Buffalo shooting

Every school, it seems, has a moment that crystallizes the crisis facing America’s youth and the pressure it is putting on educators. For one middle school counselor in rural California, it came this year after a suicide prevention seminar, when 200 students emerged saying they needed help. Many were sixth graders. Another school counselor in Massachusetts tells of a high school student who spent two weeks in a hospital emergency room before he could get an inpatient bed in a psychiatric unit. For many schools, last weekend’s shooting rampage in Buffalo, carried out by an 18-year-old who had been flagged for making a threatening comment at his high school last year, prompted staff discussions on how they might respond differently. Robert Bardwell, director of school counseling for Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale, Massachusetts, said the shooting in upstate New York shaped how he handled a threat assessment this week. He told staff, “Dot our i’s, cross our t’s because I don’t want to be on the news in a year, or five years, saying that the school didn’t do something that we should have to…

Are you smarter than a high schooler? Get paid $1K to see if you can score higher on SAT

(WXIN) — Remember what it was like to take the SAT in high school? Well, one tutoring company wants to pay someone to relive their test-taking glory days. Learner will pay one person $1,000 to take a multiple-choice SAT exam. The company says it wants to see if a post-high school adult can score higher than the national average (1060 in 2021, according to the College Board). “Our ideal candidate doesn’t need any special qualifications, just a confident ‘can-do’ attitude and the ability to spend three hours taking a test,” Learner wrote on its website. The Post-High School SAT Challenge will not involve an official SAT exam since Learner does not have authorization to administer the recognized test. Instead, the chosen candidate will take a practice SAT exam. ‘Mental torture’: Couple sues son for not giving them grandchild The essay portion of the SAT is not included in the challenge. According to Learner, you’ll get three hours and 15 minutes, along with breaks, to take the exam. That calculates to more than $300 per hour. Since it’s not an official SAT exam, it can be…

101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles closed for construction

A warning to drivers to avoid downtown Los Angeles Sunday as a portion of the 101 Freeway will be closed for construction. The thoroughfare is shut down between the 10 Freeway and the 60 interchange until 10 p.m. Crews are working to restore the median and are making sure repairs under the 6th Street Viaduct are completed. Caltrans will also take advantage of the closure to replace some of the slab on the road. Several detours are in place in and around the construction zone but it might be easier to avoid the area altogether, if possible.