Sonic boom from SpaceX launch possible in Southern California

A SpaceX launch at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Santa Barbara County could produce a rattling sonic boom later this week. SpaceX hopes to launch the Falcon 9 rocket from the coastal military base on Tuesday at 3:20 p.m. The launch is part of the ESA EarthCARE mission which will deploy four scientific instruments into orbit to research the “role that clouds and aerosols play in regulating Earth’s climate.” As part of the launch, the Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt to land safely on SpaceX’s landing zone at Vandenberg. That landing process utilizes boosters that break the sound barrier and are capable of creating sonic booms that can be heard for miles. Residents in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties may be able to hear those sonic booms during the landing, depending on weather conditions. The launch itself will be dependent on the weather, and officials said a Wednesday backup launch will take place at the same time as Tuesday’s if it ends up being scrapped. The Falcon 9 launch can be streamed online beginning 15 minutes prior to liftoff.

Elon Musk’s xAI says it raised $6 billion to develop AI

Updated on: May 27, 2024 / 5:07 PM EDT / CBS/AP Vote on Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package Tesla to vote on Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package after mass layoffs 02:38 A group of investors will put up $6 billion to fund development of artificial intelligence by Elon Musk’s xAI. The company said on its website Sunday that the Series B funding round will be used to take xAI’s first products to market and speed up research. xAI said it has made “significant strides” during the past year in developing the technology, which will continue in the coming months. Investors in the latest round include Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Fidelity Management & Research, Valor Equity Partners, Vy Capital, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and Kingdom Holding. Musk wrote on the social media site X that before the investment, xAI had a valuation of $18 billion. The new funding should help Musk’s company compete against Microsoft and OpenAI, creator of ChatGPT, in the race to develop artificial intelligence. Separately, Tesla shareholders were urged to reject Musk’s $56 billion pay package by proxy advisory firm

‘Anything’s on the table’ for SF Giants rotation once soon-to-be-father Blake Snell makes Memorial Day start

SAN FRANCISCO – Blake Snell will start Monday on the pitcher’s mound, and he may end the day as a father. The 31-year-old left-hander was reinstated from the paternity list on Sunday and will make his scheduled start as his girlfriend, Haeley Mar, is still awaiting the birth of the couple’s first child. Her due date was last Monday, and Snell flew back from Pittsburgh to the Bay Area after his Wednesday start against the Pirates. Snell, the reigning National League Cy Young award winner, has struggled in orange and black since signing a two-year, $62 million deal with the Giants.  He failed to make it past the fifth inning in any of his first three starts in April, and then he went on the injured list with a left groin injury. After dominating the minor leagues during his rehab stint, Snell surrendered four earned runs in 3 ⅓ innings during his May 22 return against the Pirates.  Giants manager Bob Melvin saw reasons to be optimistic after the latest start.  “Incremental progress across the board,” Melvin said. “He was pretty good there early on.

Music Tonight: Monday, May 27

Oakland’s Sugar Candy Mountain trades in all things vintage and psychedelic, from the soul sounds of Shuggie Otis to early Krautrock and Brazilian tropicalia, with the well- tempered musical clutch of a duo tuned instinctively to the transmission of cross-genre vibes. They’ll be laying and playing it out tonight at the Miniplex for an early 8 p.m. show, where a few members of local sunshine-hustlers the California Poppies will be performing under the name Los Calicos ($20, $17 advance).

Sonic boom advisory issued ahead of Tuesday launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base

A sonic boom advisory has been issued for a planned SpaceX launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base Tuesday. The Falcon 9 launch is set to liftoff from Space Launch Complex 4 East at 3:20 p.m. as part of the ESA EarthCARE mission to low-Earth orbit. About eight minutes later, the first stage is expected to land back at Vandenberg, which is likely to cause one or more sonic booms to be heard in the area and possibly neighboring counties. If the launch does not happen Tuesday, SpaceX reports a backup opportunity is available on Wednesday at the same time. A live webcast of the launch on X will begin about 15 minutes before liftoff. This is SpaceX’s 18th launch so far this year from Vandenberg.

Golden State Classic Car Club hosts 16th annual car show in Paso Robles

The Golden State Classic Car Club hosted more than 300 classic cars Saturday afternoon. According to club president Scotty Smith, the club has grown exponentially over the years despite COVID-19 dwindling number of club members. Smith also notes along with locals, people from San Diego up to the Bay Area made their way to Paso Robles to participate in the car show. Most of these businesses cannot wait for the car show to get here, so I’m sure they did very well,” Smith said. “And that’s a good thing. That’s another aspect of this car show. Since taking over the club four years ago, Smith says the club has grown from 10 members to 117 after redesigning how the club operates. Now, the club hosts monthly car cruises, events, and fundraisers for non-profits, including Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles. In the last couple of years, we donate a little over $20,000 a year and that goes to automotive-related nonprofits, but it also goes to nonprofits that help children. The Golden State Classic Car Club is set to host a fundraiser for the toy bank

Bill Walton, former NBA star and sports commentator, dies at 71

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — Bill Walton, a two-time NBA champion and San Diego native, passed away on Monday following a “prolonged battle with cancer,” the league announced. He was 71. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed the Hall of Fame center’s death in a statement mourning the legendary player, noting he was surrounded by his family when he passed. Walton was named Most Valuable Player multiple times throughout his decade-long college sports and professional basketball career, which began with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1974 and ended with the Boston Celtics in 1988. He also spent time with the then-San Diego Clippers, his hometown team, before moving to the Celtics. However, he sustained several injuries that kept him off the court for most of his six-year tenure on the team. While his NBA career was mired with injuries, he nonetheless was able to lead the Portland Trailblazers to an NBA Championship in 1977 and helped the Boston Celtics earn their 1986 Championship, where he played as a backup center behind Robert Parish. FILE – Denver Nuggets’ Dan Issel, left, guards Portland Trail Blazers’ Bill Walton

Fire erupts at apartment complex in Colina del Sol

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — A fire broke out at an apartment complex in Colina del Sol Monday morning, leaving two with smoke inhalation-related injuries, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue officials. The fire broke out around 7:30 a.m. in a downstairs unit of the complex in the 4300 block of Winona Avenue. Crews were able to extinguish just before 8:30 a.m., keeping the flames contained in the unit where it originated. Is the battery storage facility still on fire in Otay Mesa? Two people in an adjacent unit upstairs were trapped inside due to the fire, SDFD Battalion Chief Craig Newell told FOX 5/KUSI Monday morning. Firefighters were able to rescue the two individuals, reaching them via ladder. The two individuals both reported injuries tied to complications from smoke inhalation, according to SDFD. They were transported to a UCSD Health center for further evaluation, but the injuries are considered “mild.” No additional injuries were reported. Arson investigators were brought to the scene to look into the origin and cause of the fire. No additional information was immediately available.

There’s a unique way to fly the flag for Memorial Day: Do you know it?

(NEXSTAR) — Memorial Day has a relatively simple purpose: honor those who have died in American wars. What isn’t as simple is how the American flag should be flown to mark the holiday.  Three years after the Civil War ended, Decoration Day was established. It was intended as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It was later set for May 30 to correspond with flowers being in bloom. Years later, the holiday would be renamed Memorial Day. According to the VA, while about 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, the official birthplace was declared Waterloo, New York, by Congress and President Lyndon Johnson in 1966. A ceremony was held there on May 5 of that year, honoring local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and flags were flown at half-staff. Storms, heat likely to impact Memorial Day weekend: What to know Up until the end of World War I, the day continued to honor those who had

Shohei Ohtani misses pitching, but is DH-only role boosting his plate production?

NEW YORK — Nine months since his last time atop a big league mound, there is one thing about pitching Shohei Ohtani misses most. The nerves. “There’s a distinct nervousness on start days,” Ohtani said in Japanese on Monday, after updating reporters on the latest in his progression back from his second Tommy John surgery last year. “I think that’s the same for everyone,” he added. “There’s a nervousness. So if I have to say whether I miss it — I miss it.” For now, it’s a feeling Ohtani will have to continue to do without. In his first year with the Dodgers, he has faced plenty of other pressure over the season’s first couple of months. As a hitter, Ohtani has thus far delivered on the expectations that came with his staggering $700 million offseason contract. Entering Monday, he was leading the majors in batting average (.336), the National League in slugging percentage (.621) and OPS (1.024), and was emerging as an early-season MVP frontrunner, with only teammate Mookie Betts holding shorter betting odds currently. Off the field, the two-way star has also navigated

Mike Tyson ‘doing great’ after medical emergency on flight to L.A.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson had a medical emergency Sunday on a flight from Miami to Los Angeles, his representatives said Monday. Tyson “became nauseous and dizzy due to an ulcer flare-up 30 minutes before landing,” his representative said in a statement to The Times. “He is appreciative to the medical staff that were there to help him.” Tyson is now “doing great,” according to the representative. Tyson, 57, has been preparing to fight 27-year-old YouTube influencer Jake Paul on July 20 in Arlington, Texas. Tyson reigned as a world champion from 1987 to 1990, but retired from professional boxing in 2005 — when Paul was a child. The fight will be televised live on Netflix; the streaming giant has expanded its push into live entertainment in recent months with “The Roast of Tom Brady” and the multipart “John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in L.A.” They also signed a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment to move the WWE’s flagship weekly wrestling series “Monday Night Raw” to the streamer starting next year. Tyson — who was once boxing’s youngest-ever heavyweight world champion — will be 58

Motorist Killed At Two-Vehicle Crash In Brea

A motorist was killed Monday morning at a two-vehicle crash in Brea, authorities said. The crash occurred about 5:30 a.m. in the area of Imperial Highway and South Puente Street, according to a watch commander at the Brea Police Department. One motorist was pronounced dead at the scene, and the condition of the other was not immediately available, he said.

Boxer Mike Tyson Sought Medical Assistance On Flight To LAX

Professional boxer Mike Tyson experienced a medical emergency during a flight headed to Los Angeles, multiple sources reported Monday. The fighter, who was traveling to Southern California from Miami on Sunday night, reportedly needed medical assistance and was escorted off the commercial aircraft when it landed at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), according to the first report on the incident from In Touch Weekly. “Thankfully Mr. Tyson is doing great,” Tyson’s representatives later told KTLA 5 News. “He became nauseous and dizzy due to an ulcer flare-up 30 minutes before landing. He is appreciative to the medical staff that were there to help him.” The news comes just weeks before Tyson is set to return to the ring. On July 20, nearly a month after his 58th birthday, he’ll take on 27-year-old Jake Paul in a boxing match at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The fight will be streamed live on Netflix.

Where to get free or discounted burgers for National Burger Day

Burger fans nationwide will be able to enjoy free or discounted food on Tuesday in celebration of National Burger Day. Fast food chains, including Burger King, Wendy’s and Arby’s, will offer discounts on their signature burgers for a limited time. Whether you need a quick lunch or a break from Memorial Day barbecue leftovers, stop by one of the restaurant chains below to celebrate National Burger Day. Fast-food chains offering low-cost meals to consumers as inflation persists Jack in the Box Jack in the Box will give out free Jumbo Jacks with a minimum purchase of $1. Customers can redeem the deal by signing up for the Jack Pack Rewards Program through the Jack in the Box app or through the company’s website. Burger King Members of the company’s rewards program can receive a free burger with a purchase of 70 cents or more. Wendy’s Customers can get a 1-cent Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger with any purchase. The deal, which kicks off on Tuesday, will be available until June 2. Arby’s Beginning on Memorial Day, Arby’s rewards members can get any burger for half the price

Spirit Airlines passengers told to put on life vests: “Nerve racking”

By S. Dev Updated on: May 27, 2024 / 4:04 PM EDT / CBS News Staying safe during turbulence on a flight How to stay safe during turbulence on a flight 05:02 Passengers on a Spirit Airlines flight from Jamaica to Florida were told to prepare for a water emergency Saturday after a possible mechanical issue. Flight NK270 took off from Montego Bay on Saturday afternoon, headed to Fort Lauderdale, before returning to its origin shortly after takeoff “following a suspected mechanical issue,” the airlines said in a statement.  Passengers were told to put on life vests and prepare for a water landing out of an abundance of caution, the airline said. The Airbus A321 landed safely at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport (MBJ) and guests deplaned normally, the airline said, adding that “the mechanical issue did not affect flight safety.” Passengers were put on a new flight to Fort Lauderdale, where they arrived just under 45 minutes behind schedule, according to FlightAware data. “The pilot told us to prepare for a water landing and the highest emergency activated at MBJ,” one passenger told the

Tesla shareholders urged to reject Elon Musk’s $56 billion package

Vote on Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package Tesla to vote on Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package after mass layoffs 02:38 Tesla shareholders should reject CEO Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package, according to proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis, which singled out the “excessive size” of the deal and its potentially negative impact on smaller shareholders.  The recommendation from the influential proxy advisory company comes as Tesla is asking its shareholders to vote again on his 2018 pay package after a Delaware judge earlier this year nullified the payout , which was the biggest compensation plan in corporate America.  Tesla shareholders are set to vote on the pay package on June 13. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about Glass Lewis’ recommendation to vote against the pay deal. Proxy advisory firms are relied on by institutional investors to provide research and advice on how to vote during annual and special meetings on public companies’ proxy proposals, which can range from executive compensation to corporate governance issues. In Tesla’s case, Glass Lewis wrote in a 71-page report, shared with CBS MoneyWatch

Woman in critical condition after crash in central Fresno, police say

Monday, May 27, 2024 7:16PM An intersection in central Fresno is the site of a police investigation after a traffic collision that sent a woman to the hospital in critical condition. FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — An intersection in central Fresno is the site of a police investigation after a traffic collision that sent a woman to the hospital in critical condition. It happened just before 9 am Monday at McKinley and Teilman. Police say one car was driving eastbound on McKinley, as another vehicle turned off on Teilman when they collided. One of the drivers was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. The other person involved was not injured. Officers closed off McKinley at Teilman to investigate the scene. Copyright © 2024 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved.

Passenger on United flight to Fresno had measles, officials confirm

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Health officials issued a warning after a confirmed case of measles was in Fresno County. The Los Angeles County of Public Health is now confirming that an infected passenger flew aboard United Airlines flight 5591. That flight from Los Angeles arrived in Fresno on May 19. FlightAware tracking data shows the flight, operated by SkyWest Airlines, landed at 8:12 PM and parked at Gate 11. Action News spoke by phone with a passenger who was on board. She asked us not to use her name. “I’d say it was probably about 70% full,” she said. I mean, there were vacant seats.” It is unclear if the infected passenger is still in Fresno or where the person sat on the plane. Now, the president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is urging caution. “Measles is a terrible disease.” National Foundation for Infectious Diseases President Patsy Stinchfield said. “So, everyone, anyone who gets measles will be miserable.” Stinchfield says measles is caused by a virus and has no known treatment or medicine. Symptoms include a runny nose, fever, and watery eyes. Stinchfield

Vote now: Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll. No voting by email: Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted. Welcome to the Bay Area News Group ( Mercury News & East Bay Times ) boys  Athlete of the Week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from May 20-25 . Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting. Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted. Scroll to the bottom for the poll. Winners are announced each Friday online and in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at

Vote now: Bay Area News Group girls athlete of the week

Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll. No voting by email: Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted. Welcome to the Bay Area News Group ( Mercury News & East Bay Times ) girls  Athlete of the Week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from May 20-25 . Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting. Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted. Scroll to the bottom for the poll. Winners are announced each Friday online and in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at

Man shot, killed in San Jose’s 15th homicide this year

SAN JOSE — San Jose police are investigating the city’s 15th homicide of this year, a man who was found dead from a gunshot wound in an apartment complex near a busy shopping mall. The killing occurred at about 2:45 p.m. on Sunday at an apartment in the 1000 block of Blossom River Way, a street that’s adjacent to the bustling Westfield Oakridge shopping center in South San Jose. “When officers arrived, they located an adult male victim who was neither conscious nor breathing and was suffering from at least one gunshot wound,” the San Jose Police Department stated in a prepared release. Police officers immediately began to administer life-saving measures to the victim and at the same time called emergency medical responders to the apartment. But the man died in the apartment, police said. The victim, described as an adult male, wasn’t immediately identified. “The suspect is unknown and fled the scene prior to police arrival,” the police department said. “The motive and circumstances surrounding the event are under investigation.” The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office will release the man’s name once he is