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Fire at Bay Area Oil Storage Facility Triggers Haz Mat Emergency, Residents Told to Shelter in Place

A fire burning at an oil storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area prompted a hazardous materials emergency that led authorities to order the residents of two communities to shelter in place and stay inside with all windows and doors closed. Contra Costa Fire Department spokesman Steve Hill said that an hour into battling the blaze, firefighters seemed to be making progress and were continuing to keep adjacent tanks cooled with water. The fire started at a NuStar Energy LP facility in Crockett, California, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco. Officials closed both directions of the Interstate 80. Hill said a shelter in place directive was ordered for the city of Crockett and the adjacent rural community of Rodeo.

Student in Custody After Allegedly Bringing Gun to La Habra High School

A student is in custody after allegedly bringing a gun to La Habra High School, officials said Tuesday. La Habra Police responded to the campus, located at 801 Highlander Ave., after a report of a student with a gun, Lt. Brian Miller said. Witnesses told police that while the boy was showing the gun to others, another student tried to take the gun away and a struggle ensued. Miller did not release any other details about that struggle. Officers found the student and took him into custody. The gun was unloaded, and authorities believe the boy did not intend to harm anyone with the weapon, Miller said. The lieutenant described the gun as being very small. The boy hasn’t been identified and it is unclear where he got the gun. He was being interviewed Tuesday and police will determine whether or not to charge him with a crime, Miller said. The school was briefly on lockdown during the police response to what officials called a “threat.” Highlander Community – We are currently on lock down as a precaution. All students are safe. Please stay off…

EU Officials Says Brexit Deal With U.K. Could Be Reached 2 Weeks Before October Deadline

European Union officials were hoping Tuesday that —after more than three years of false starts and sudden reversals — a Brexit deal with Britain might be in sight within hours. The bloc said that it might be possible to strike a divorce deal by Thursday’s EU leaders’ summit, which comes just two weeks before the U.K’s scheduled departure date of Oct. 31. One major proviso: The British government must make more compromises to seal an agreement in the coming hours. Britain and the EU have been here before — within sight of a deal only to see it dashed — but a surge in the British pound Tuesday indicated hope that this time could be different. The currency rose against the dollar to its highest level in months. Even though many questions remain, diplomats made it clear that both sides were within touching distance of a deal for the first time since a U.K. withdrawal plan fell apart in the British House of Commons in March. Martin Schirdewan, a German member of the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group, said an agreement is “now within our…

LA Clippers Unveil New City Edition Uniforms On Sports Illustrated Cover

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Clippers have revealed their new City Edition uniforms. The team debuted their new look on the cover of Sports Illustrated. A photo of players dawning the new look graced the cover along with the words, “Welcome to the reinvention.” Check ball. pic.twitter.com/fm0GfO7nb7 — LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 15, 2019 The look comes as part of a re-branding initiated by the team’s owner Steve Ballmer and the Clippers. The new jerseys feature “Los Angeles” written across the chest in Old English font. According to the Los Angeles Times, the jerseys will be worn 17 times during the upcoming season, beginning with a Nov. 22 home game against Houston. Los Angeles-based artist Mister Cartoon collaborated on the jerseys.

California to Pay $12 Million for Butte County Roads Damaged in Dam Crisis

California’s water resources agency has agreed to pay a Northern California county $12 million to repair roads after a crisis at the country’s tallest dam forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate in 2017. The state Department of Water Resources and Butte County announced the settlement Tuesday, more than two years after spillways at the Oroville Dam crumbled and fell away during heavy rains. The repairs resulted in heavy truck traffic that damaged Butte County roads. Butte County sued in August 2018. Residents in three Sierra Nevada foothill counties fled their homes in February 2017 after authorities warned that a wall of water could flood nearby towns. The uncontrolled release of massive amounts of Oroville’s reservoir did not happen and the dam has since been repaired.

Experts Assess Statewide Power Shut Off

Less than a week after utilities shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers up and down California, experts and regulators are beginning to assess what went wrong and what the future portends. Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to more than 700,000 customers in 34 counties early Wednesday because of high winds. Some households were without electricity for 72 hours, a spokesman said. Southern California Edison shut off electricity to more than 24,000 customers, also starting Wednesday. The biggest failure, experts and customers alike said, was communication. Residents complained they did not receive adequate notice of the shutdown or no notice at all and could not get on the utilities’ websites. Lessons learned from the shutdowns are critical because more will take place, experts said. Read the full story on LATimes.com. 

Santa Ana Police Investigating if Possible Bullying Was a Factor in 10-Year-Old Girl’s Apparent Suicide

Police are investigating whether a 10-year-old girl who apparently killed herself at a home in Santa Ana was the victim of bullying, police said Tuesday. Offices responded to the residence after the child was discovered dead by her 9-year-old sister on Sunday night, according to Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. Her death appeared to be a suicide, Bertagna said. He added that to his knowledge, she did not leave a note. Detectives are working with the Orange County coroner’s office to determine what led up to the child’s death. “As part of that investigation, we have heard the rumors that there may have been some bullying involved,” Bertagna told KTLA. “Obviously we need to investigate that. At this point, we don’t know what happened.” The girl was a student at Hazard Elementary School in Santa Ana, and the Garden Grove Unified School District is assisting in the investigation. Investigators will look into the girl’s electronic devices and social media, and also interview her friends to determine if she was bullied. If bullying were a factor, Bertagna said police would have to determine who…

10-Year-Old Santa Ana Girl Takes Her Own Life; Police Investigation Rumors Of Bullying

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Area police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl in Santa Ana who died by suicide. Santa Ana detectives were at Hazard Elementary School on Monday investigating reports that the girl was bullied. According to officials, the girl died at home on Sunday. Police said her 9-year-old sister was the one who found her. Police confirmed that they were looking into a report that the fifth-grader may have been bullied. Officers said they would be interviewing those who knew her, as well as looking at social media and text messages to try to determine if bullying was a factor in her death. One neighbor said the girl seemed happy and would often play games with her younger siblings. “She was always like funny…she was always really nice to everybody,” Jacob Ortiz, a classmate, said. “She would give a lot of people hugs a lot.” A rosary was planned at the girl’s home Monday evening. Garden Grove Unified School District said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of one of our students. We have our crisis…

Giuliani Will Defy Impeachment Subpoena, Attorney Says in Letter to Congress 

Rudy Giuliani will defy House Democrats’ impeachment subpoena, a letter his attorney sent to Congress on Tuesday said. Giuliani is also now parting ways with his personal attorney Jon Sale who has represented him in impeachment matters, Giuliani told CNN. Giuliani told CNN Tuesday that Sale will stop representing the former New York City mayor shortly. Sale had been working for Giuliani after the House of Representatives subpoenaed Giuliani for documents related to the ongoing impeachment inquiry. “Jon was helping me with assessing (the) congressional request. He will submit his letter and he will be finished with what I asked him to do,” Giuliani said. People close to Giuliani are advising him to hire a criminal lawyer as questions linger about his connections to two of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Furman, who were indicted last week for campaign-finance violations. Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, has been resisting that advice, according to those people. Giuliani did not directly answer whether he was looking to hire a new attorney for himself. “If they take me to court I would then have to get another…

4.7-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Hollister Hours After Bay Area Quake

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck an area of the Central Coast near Hollister Tuesday following another quake further north in the Bay Area. The quake Tuesday was reported at 12:42 p.m. with an epicenter about 15 miles southeast of Hollister and 20 miles east of Salinas. It was felt across a region of the Central Coast extending north into the Bay Area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Renowned California seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones described it as being located at the “creeping section of the San Andreas fault.” USDS officials described the earthquake earlier as being a preliminary 5.0 magnitude and then 4.8 before updating the measurement to 4.7 around 1:15 p.m. On Monday evening, a 4.5-magnitude quake was reported about 24 miles east of Oakland at 10:33 p.m., USGS reported. However, Jones said the two temblors are likely not connected since they are too distant from each other. Today’s M4.8 near Hollister is too far from yesterday’s M4.5 to be connected. When we look for patterns between quakes at long distances, we see triggering for ~3x length of the fault. The fault length in a…

Cyntoia Brown Gives First Interview Since Prison Release, Talks About Getting a Second Chance at Life

Cyntoia Brown says she’s honored to be the picture of what a second chance after prison looks like. Brown was granted clemency and released from prison after spending more than a decade jailed for killing Johnny Mitchell Allen, who Brown said bought her for sex when she was 16. In her first interview since being released, Brown told NBC’s Lester Holt she knows many are wondering whether she’s really changed. “I feel like it’s an honor to actually be the picture of what rehabilitation looks like, of what it looks like when we do give people a second chance.” In January, then Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Brown had been granted clemency after “careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case.” “It was like the most amazing feeling, it was kind of like I could just breathe,” Brown told Holt. “I could just exhale.” She had already served 15 years in prison after being tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder and aggravated robbery. Brown told Holt she thinks about the night she shot Allen “a lot,” as…

John Bolton Called Giuliani a ‘Hand Grenade Who Is Going to Blow Everybody Up,’ Former White House Aide Says

National security adviser John Bolton was so alarmed by Rudy Giuliani’s back-channel activities in Ukraine that he described President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer as a “hand grenade who is going to blow everybody up,” according to a former White House aide. The testimony from Fiona Hill in the impeachment inquiry is among what could eventually become dozens of closed-door depositions as House Democrats work methodically to pin down the details in Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine. Investigators heard Tuesday from Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, who was among those officials concerned about the “fake news smear” against the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, whom Trump recalled in May, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press. Hill testified for more than 10 hours on Monday as part of the Democrats’ impeachment probe into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The former White House aide detailed Bolton’s concerns to lawmakers and told them that she had at least two meetings with National Security Council lawyer John Eisenberg about the matter at Bolton’s request, according to a person familiar with the testimony who requested anonymity to…

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