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Bicyclist Struck By Light Rail Train In Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A bicyclist was taken to the hospital after being struck by a light rail train in Sacramento Wednesday morning. The incident happened around 8 a.m. near Stockton Boulevard and 34th Street. It’s unclear what led up to the bicyclist being struck, but Sacramento Regional Transit officials say the train was headed towards the Sunrise area. The train was stopped until about 8:20 a.m. due to the incident. There has been no word on the condition of the bicyclist.

Forward Progress Stopped In Country Fire Near Cool, Some Evacuation Orders Still In Effect

COOL (CBS13) – Fire crews in El Dorado County are gaining containment on a wildfire that left two firefighters hurt and a fire truck burned. The Country Fire, which is burning near the community of Cool, forced evacuations Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning, Cal Fire said flames have burned 75 acres but forward progress had been stopped. Containment is now up to 30 percent, but some evacuation orders still remain in place. In their last update Tuesday night, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office announced almost all areas had their evacuation orders lifted. The only exceptions where evacuations remain in effect were Circle Drive, Lou Allen Lane and Stroker Way. RELATED: Firefighters And Engine Burned Over In Country Fire During Tuesday’s battle, two Garden Valley firefighters on a fire truck became trapped by the flames and were forced to deploy their personal safety devices. The fire moved right over them, twisting and burning their engine. The firefighters were taken to UC Davis Medical Center for smoke inhalation and small burns. Crews also worked from the air to drop water and retardant on the fast moving flames.…

33 Bodies From California Dive Boat Fire Recovered, 1 Still Missing

SANTA BARBARA (AP) – Thirty-three bodies of victims from a scuba diving boat fire off Southern California have been recovered and one was still missing on Wednesday, authorities said. The new count of confirmed deaths came after officials recovered 13 bodies on Tuesday, said Coast Guard Lt. Zach Farrell, a spokesman for the inter-agency joint information center in Santa Barbara representing local, county, state and federal officials involved in the case. Authorities had previously said that 34 people were presumed dead after Monday’s pre-dawn fire engulfed the boat named Conception as the victims slept below decks near the island of Santa Cruz during a three-day scuba diving excursion. Five crew members, including the captain, managed to escape. The vessel eventually sank and overturned, making the recovery of bodies challenging. The victims identified so far include high school students, a science teacher and his daughter, a marine biologist and a family of five celebrating a birthday. Officials have said the captain and four other crew members who survived jumped off the front of the vessel, swam to an inflatable boat at its stern and steered it…

Judge: Man May Sue California DMV Over ‘Offensive’ License Plate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a soccer fan can sue the Department of Motor Vehicles for allegedly violating his freedom of speech by banning specialty plates that it considered offensive. The San Francisco Chronicle reports U.S. District Judge George Wu of Los Angeles in a ruling Thursday refused to dismiss the lawsuit by Jonathan Kotler, a devoted fan of Britain’s Fulham Football Club. Kotler sued the DMV after the agency refused to issue him a license plate lettered “COYW” — short for “Come On You Whites,” the fans’ regular chant for their white-jerseyed players. The DMV told Kotler the lettering has “connotations offensive to good taste and decency.” California asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, saying all vehicle license plates constitute government speech. Wu disagreed. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

Dog Gets Stuck In Car’s Engine Block, Vacaville Officers Help Get Him Free

VACAVILLE (CBS13) – Officers in Vacaville helped free a dog that somehow got itself stuck in a car’s engine block. The incident happened early Wednesday morning along the 100 block of Sheffield Drive. Vacaville police say the dog, Angel, was chasing after a cat when he managed to wedge himself deep in a car’s engine block. Officers immediately went to work to get Angel out, using a jack to lift the car up. Eventually, officers were able to help Angel out from underneath the car. Officers say Angel lived up to his name and gave them many kisses after the rescue. Angel was taken to an emergency veterinarian for the rest of the night. He didn’t have a collar or tag, but the vet says they scanned for and found a microchip.

Want To Live Longer? You May Want To Ditch These Drinks

(CNN) — Brace yourself, lovers of diet sodas and sugary drinks. It’s more bad news and yet another reason to consider ditching your favorite soda or soft drink. A new study followed more than 450,000 people from 10 European countries for up to 19 years and found those who drank two or more glasses of any type of soda a day had a higher risk of dying from any cause of death than people who drank less than a glass each month. None of the people had cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke before their participation. The study, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found men and women who drank two or more glasses a day of sugar-sweetened soft drinks had a higher risk of dying from digestive disorders, while those who drank the same amount of diet drinks had higher risks of dying from cardiovascular disease. The link to digestive disease in the study is interesting, said Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist, an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. “Experimental evidence suggests that high blood sugar and high…

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