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Preliminary Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake Shakes Twentynine Palms Area

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolted the Twentynine Palms area on Monday morning, more than two weeks after a pair of powerful temblors rattled the region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake struck about 9:26 a.m. and was centered in Joshua Tree National Park nearly 10 miles south of Twentynine Palms and 23 miles north-northeast of Coachella, USGS reported. It was initially reported to be a 4.4 before being downgraded to a 4.2. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. Twentynine Palms is about 180 miles southeast of Ridgecrest, where magnitude 6.4 and 7.1 quakes struck on July 4 and 5 respectively. Check back for updates on this developing story.   

1,000th California Condor Hatches, a Major Victory for Species That Nearly Went Extinct

The California condor once tip-toed dangerously close to extinction, with only 22 left in the wild in 1982. Now, the rebounding species is marking a millenary milestone. In a victory for conservation, wildlife officials recently announced that the 1,000th California condor chick has hatched more than 30 years after efforts began to recover the critically endangered species. The chick hatched in May at Zion National Park in southwest Utah, park officials said earlier in July. Birth doesn’t necessarily guarantee survival. The 1,000th chick’s mother previously hatched two chicks, officials said, but researchers are watching closely to see if this will be her first to fledge, or successfully leave the nest. Condor recovery began in captivity, with a breeding program at the San Diego Zoo in the 1982. The success of those efforts allowed the birds to be reintroduced to the California wild 10 years later, officials said. Now, researchers have tagged more than 500 of them, with more than half thriving in the wild, officials said. The scavenger bird is still threatened Despite considerable progress in recovery, the California condor is still considered critically endangered…

29-Year-Old Texas Mother Missing After Going on Date; Man Says She Vanished After Calling for Uber

Authorities in Texas are looking for a 29-year-old mother who hasn’t been seen since going on a date last weekend. El Paso police issued a missing person alert late Thursday describing Erika Andrea Gaytan as “endangered.” Television station KFOX reports that she made several Facebook posts from the July 13 concert in El Paso where she went on the date and where she was last seen leaving late that night or early the next morning. TV station KVIA reports that the man she was on the date with told police she had called for an Uber. Her family says it’s not like Gaytan to go off and leave her 7-year-old son behind. Her son’s father says Gaytan is a really good mother and would always have her phone on her. Police released a photo of Gaytan wearing a white dress and smiling on the night she disappeared.

Great White Shark Leaps From Water, Startles Fishing Group Near Cape Cod

At least no one can complain that this fishing trip was boring. A group of fathers and sons out fishing got more action than they anticipated when a great white shark leapt out of the water next to the charter boat and stole a fish off one boy’s line. Doug Nelson and his son joined a Saturday outing on Cape Cod Bay, off the coast of Massachusetts, he told CNN. One of the boys on board hooked what appeared to be a “good-sized fish,” Nelson said, so he grabbed his phone to capture a shot. Instead, he filmed a close encounter with the ocean’s apex predator, as a great white shark came up behind the fish the boy caught, jumped up in the air and snatched it. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy confirmed to CNN that the shark was a great white. White sharks frequent Cape Cod Bay Great white sharks make their home in Cape Cod Bay every summer. But this summer, the sheer number of them — and their proximity to humans — is confounding beachgoers. In the span of one week at the end of June, researchers spotted 12…

Fantasy Football 2019: Barkley, Elliott, Kamara Top CBS Sports Running Back Projections

(CBS Local/CBS New York)- Training camps have begun for some NFL teams, while the rest kick theirs off over the course of the next week. As the players stretch and warm up for the coming season, fantasy owners begin their prep for their upcoming league drafts. After a several-month layoff with no football, it’s understandable if your knowledge isn’t what it should be. So, we’re here to help you get back up to speed as you lay your plans for taking home that fantasy championship belt this season. We covered which signal callers are expected to be this season’s top performers, now it’s time for the position that will likely make or break your fantasy season: running backs. Though the workhorse running backs of the past are gone, the position is still a hugely valuable one in fantasy as having a pair of elite guys can lead to massive success while having more middle of the pack players forces you to play the waiver game a bit more. This year, a pair of NFC East backs lead the way. Once again, these rankings are based…

Funeral Today For Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A private funeral will be held for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs Monday. TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) The Los Angeles Angels will be able to mourn the 27-year-old pitcher as the team has Monday off. Details about the funeral have not been made public. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will reportedly miss his team’s Monday night’s game to attend the funeral. Skaggs and Braun are both Southern California natives and workout buddies. Skaggs was found dead in his Texas hotel room on July 1. No cause of death has been determined.

Missing 12-Year-Old Arcadia Boy Found Safe

ARCADIA (CBSLA) — Police say a 12-year-old boy has been found safe Monday morning after disappearing from near his home. Tristan Chou was last seen Sunday morning  in the 100 block of Diamond Street. Arcadia police said Monday he was returned home in good health. The reason for his disappearance was not made public.

CBSLA The Rundown: 7/22 8am

Make CBSLA: The Rundown your Alexa Flash Briefing and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher Here is a look at the top local stories for Monday, 7/22 at 8 a.m. Burning Culver City 99 Cents Only Store In Danger Of Collapsing Firefighters battled a blaze early Monday at a 99 Cents Only Store in Culver City, where the entire structure is in danger of collapsing. Driver Wanted In Hit-And-Run That Killed Bicyclist In Exposition Park Help is needed Monday to identify the hit-and-run driver that hit a bicyclist in the Exposition Park area this weekend. Wild Pursuit Of Stolen Mercedes Filled With Side-Swipes, Near Misses, Spike Strips A chase of a stolen Mercedes Sunday literally had “A Best Of” of pursuits. Local Weather The heat gets turned back up with temperatures reaching triple digits this week. A high of 99 for the valleys and 102 for the high desert.

Cleveland Shortstop Francisco Lindor Calls for More Netting After Toddler Hit by Foul Ball

Cleveland Indians star shortstop Francisco Lindor is speaking out after another scary incident involving a fan hit by a foul ball. In the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field in Cleveland, a Lindor line drive down the first base line went into the crowd and hit a young boy. The boy is 3 years old and was hospitalized, according to Cleveland.com. “It stinks, man,” Lindor said to reporters. “You don’t want to get nobody hurt. I have heard the kid is doing well. He’s in the hospital. He’s getting checked, and all I know is he’s in stable condition and he’s doing good. In a way, that makes me happy, but it sucks. You don’t want that to happen to anybody, especially a little kid.” The Indians had no comment, citing health privacy regulations, when reached by CNN. Calls for increased fan safety began in May when a 2-year-old girl was struck by a foul ball during a game between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The girl sustained a fractured skull,…

Watermelons to Replace Piglets in Sonoma County Fair Event Due to Concern Over Animal Welfare

Watermelons are set to replace piglets in an annual event celebrating agriculture at a California fair. The Press Democrat reported Saturday that the Sonoma County Fair has eliminated the pig scramble from Farmers Day due to rising public concern and protests over animal welfare. In the long-running event at the fair in Santa Rosa, youngsters chased and tried to capture piglets weighing 40 to 60 pounds (18 to 27 kilograms). Officials say this year’s event Aug. 4 will instead include elementary school children carrying watermelons slicked with vegetable oil around an obstacle course in a timed race. The board president says the decision reflects a “heightened awareness” toward calls for humane treatment of farm animals at the fair 55 miles (89 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

North Carolina Father Dies After Being Struck by Wave at Beach While Playing With His Children

A father of six has died after a wave struck him on a North Carolina beach and slammed him to the sand, breaking his neck, his wife said on Twitter. Lee Dingle is seen with his wife and his six children in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page. Lee Dingle, 37, was playing on Oak Island’s beach with three of his kids Thursday when the wave knocked him to the ground, Shannon Dingle said. The force of the impact broke his neck and made his throat swell so much that his brain was deprived of oxygen for too long to recover, she said. He died a day later despite the efforts of some heroes, including their kids, to try to save him, she said. “My partner, my love, and my home died today after a freak accident,” Shannon Hope Dingle said Friday. “We met when I was 18 and he was 19, and we’ve been together ever since. I wasn’t supposed to be saying goodbye at 37. I don’t know how to be a grown up without him, but I’ll learn. I just wish…

Tennessee Police Department: Flushing Drugs Down Toilet Won’t Create ‘Meth Gators’

Turns out so-called “meth gators” aren’t a thing after all. A police department in Tennessee caused quite the stir on social media last week when it posted a warning asking residents to stop flushing drugs down their toilets and sinks because of fears that it could create meth gators. Now the police are saying the Facebook post wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. “Let us be perfectly clear: the meth gator was a humorous illustration used to highlight the dangers of flushing drugs and other substances down your toilet,” the Loretto Police Department wrote on Facebook on Friday. “Alas, the meth-gator is not real. Let’s say that again: THE METH GATOR IS NOT (at this time) REAL.” The department’s police chief was interviewed by media organizations all over the world, the post says, and he also took calls “from professionals fearing we actually had a meth-influenced gator in our custody.” The police will sell a ‘meth gator’ T-shirt The meth-gator meme started after the Loretto police wrote on social media about a man who unsuccessfully tried to flush methamphetamine and paraphernalia at his home. The…

Victim Found With Multiple Stab Wounds in Beverly Hills

Police are investigating a stabbing report in Beverly Hills early Monday morning. Officers responded to South Santa Monica Boulevard near North Beverly Drive after receiving an assault with a deadly weapon call at about 2:40 a.m., a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said. An unidentified victim was found at the scene with multiple stab wounds, the spokesperson said. There was no immediate information on whether the victim was a man or a woman. The victim was transported to a local hospital in stable condition, the spokesperson said. No suspect description or possible motive for the stabbing have been released. KTLA’s Alberto Mendez contributed to this report.

12-Year-Old Arcadia Boy Found in Good Health After Family Reports Him Missing

A 12-year-old boy was back at home Monday after being reported missing by his family in Arcadia, police said. Tristan Chou appears in a photo released by Arcadia police on July 22, 2019. Tristan Chou was found in good health, according to Arcadia police. The agency previously said the boy was last seen in the early hours of Sunday at his home in the 100 block of Diamond Street. “Tristan’s family is unsure as to where he might be,” the agency said earlier. Police said the child does not have any medical or mental health issues. Authorities described Tristan as 5 feet, 1 inch tall and 110 pounds with black hair and black eyes.  

Trump’s Crackdown on China Causing Problems for UC Campuses

UC San Diego professor Shirley Meng’s laboratory is a veritable United Nations of research, with 48 scholars from six different countries exploring how to improve battery storage for electric vehicles, robots and — someday — flying cars. But Meng and her colleagues worry that one country soon will be left out of the lab: China. The Trump administration has intensified its crackdown over trade, technology and security — and now it has spread to America’s vaunted universities, turning the University of California into an especially big target. UC campuses from San Diego to Berkeley are reporting that Chinese students and scholars are encountering visa delays, federal scrutiny over their research activities, and new restrictions on collaboration with China and Chinese companies. Read the full story on LATimes.com. University of California campuses see rising number of students from China. (Credit: Paul Duginski / Los Angeles Times)

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