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Rattled nerves, minor damage from second major Southern California earthquake

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The earthquake was the largest in California since 1992

EARTHQUAKE. Black smoke rises from an electrical fire in a mobile home park in Ridgecrest, California July 6, 2019 following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake on July 5, 2019. Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits Southern California – USGS

Jul 06, 2019 - 12:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A stronger quake rocks Southern California a day after it's hit by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake

Vehicles drive over a crack on Highway 178 south of Trona, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit in Ridgecrest, California, on July 4, 2019. Southern California was rocked by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey said, with authorities warning that the temblor, the largest in two decades, might not be the day's last. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP

Southern California rocked by strongest quake in 2 decades

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:47 AM

The magnitude 6.4 shallow quake, followed by dozens of aftershocks, struck in the Mojave Desert from the small city of Ridgecrest

Vehicles drive over a crack on Highway 178 south of Trona, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit in Ridgecrest, California, on July 4, 2019. Southern California was rocked by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey said, with authorities warning that the temblor, the largest in two decades, might not be the day's last. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP

World's tiniest surviving baby born in California

May 30, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The girl, nicknamed Saybie by hospital staff, is born 23 weeks and 3 days into her mother's pregnancy at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns in San Diego

BABY SAYBIE. In this picture received by AFP from Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns on May 29, 2019, shows baby Saybie, the world's smallest surviving newborn, when she was born in December 2018 in San Diego, California. Handout photo by Sharp HealthCare/AFP

Tesla sued over California 'Autopilot' death

May 02, 2019 - 8:04 PM

The lawsuit, filed on April 26 in California Superior Court, asserts the March 2018 death of Walter Huang resulted from Tesla's 'Autopilot' technology

U.S. Army veteran arrested for plotting L.A. mass attack

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Mark Steven Domingo, 26, faces federal terror-related charges for plotting mass casualties via a home-made bomb at a white nationalist rally in Long Beach this past weekend, officials say

MARK STEVEN DOMINGO. Photographers capture images of suspect Mark Steven Domingo, arrested in connection with an alleged terror plot targeting Southern California sites on April 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California where Federal and local law enforcement officials announced the results of a major counterterrorism investigation. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

U.S. reels from deadly synagogue attack on final day of Passover

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:20 PM

A woman dies and 3 others are injured after a 19-year-old gunman stormed into the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California and opened fire

A woman and a young girl place notes on a light post near flowers across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue after a shooting on April 27, 2019 in Poway, California. - A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California, killing one person and injuring three others including the rabbi as worshippers marked the final day of Passover, officials said Saturday, April 27, 2019. The shooting in the town of Poway came exactly six months after a white supremacist shot dead 11 people at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue -- the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States. (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP)

Dozens quarantined in California after measles exposure

Apr 26, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The Department of Public Health says hundreds of students and staff at the University of California Los Angeles and California State University had been exposed to a measles carrier earlier this month

What to expect at the 2019 Game Developers Conference

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

With rumors of announcements for new consoles and services, gamers may want to tune into the conference this year

GDC. A general view of the Game Developers Conference is seen in San Francisco, California on March 03, 2015. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Children not spared by California's homelessness crisis

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The numbers are sobering in a state that is home to the world's fifth-largest economy but has the highest poverty rate in the US when cost-of-living is factored in

Telfair Elementary School Principal Jose Razo hands out "Thank You" notes for his students to write after a morning at Operation School Bell on February 8, 2019 in Pacoima, California, some thirty minutes drive north of downtown Los Angeles, where the children received new items such as backpacks, shoes and clothing. For Jose Razo, principal at Telfair Elementary School in Los Angeles county, his students should spend their time worrying about homework, their grades or playdates. But the harsh reality for more than a quarter of the 720 children at the school is otherwise."Food, somewhere to sleep, something to put on their back: those are the challenges our students are facing," says Razo. "Someone seven or eight years old should not have to worry about that."  Frederic J. BROWN / AFP

Pope Francis names 2nd Filipino bishop in U.S.

Mar 05, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Monsignor Alejandro Aclan of Pasay City is appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

HOLY FATHER. Pope Francis names Monsignor Alejandro Aclan as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. File photo from AFP

Investigation into burglary continues as Pacquiao stays in another house

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Manny Pacquiao's triumphant return gets spoiled after his home at North Plymouth, Los Angeles, is burglarized

Burglars enter Manny Pacquiao's home in Los Angeles

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Robbers break into the champion's home while he was defending his WBA welterweight title Las Vegas

ROBBED. Manny Pacquiao wins over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas but his home in Los Angeles gets robbed. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Top US court upholds California foie gras ban

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The law, passed in 2004 by California in the name of animal rights, carries a fine of $1,000

STILL A NO. The highest US court rejected an appeal filed by foie gras producers against a law prohibiting the sale of products obtained from force-feeding geese or duck to enlarge their liver. File photo from Shutterstock

3 dead, 4 injured in California shooting – police

Jan 05, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The shooting takes place at Gable House Bowl, a gaming complex, in the coastal city of Torrance

Mexico demands U.S. probe on use of force against migrants

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Around 100 migrants are involved in the New Year's border crossing attempt

PROBE. Central American migrants run away from tear gas thrown by the US border patrol, after they tried to cross from Tijuana to San Diego in the US, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on January 1, 2019. File photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Pacquiao kicks off U.S. training on Christmas Eve

Dec 25, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Manny Pacquiao grinds it out immediately in Los Angeles by running and working out in the gym

GYM RAT. Manny Pacquiao confines himself to the gym in line with his preparations for the fight against Adrien Broner. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Museum devoted to magic of cinema to open in Los Angeles

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is set to open in 2019, with the first temporary exhibition devoted to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 4, 2018 a view of the fully restored 1939 Iconic building facade at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures' future home one Wilshire and Fairfax is seen during the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences unveiling ceremony, in Los Angeles, California. - Nearly a century after the idea was first floated, a museum dedicated to the magic of cinema is finally set to open in Los Angeles, with the first temporary exhibition devoted to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, slated to open by the end of 2019, will be devoted to the past, present and future of film, offering visitors a look behind the screen and into how movies are made. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

At least $9 billion in insurance claims from California fires

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:23 PM

'The devastating wildfires of 2018 were the deadliest and costliest wildfire catastrophes in California's history," says California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. - Thousands of firefighters spent a fifth day digging battle lines to contain California's worst ever wildfire as the wind-whipped flames cleaved a merciless path through the state's northern hills, leaving death and devastation in their wake. The Camp Fire -- in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento -- has killed 29 people, matching the state's deadliest ever brush blaze 85 years ago. More than 200 people are still unaccounted for, according to officials. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)

Facebook's California campus evacuated due to bomb threat

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The evacuation is temporary – no suspicious packages or other devices are found by the San Mateo bomb unit

BOMB THREAT. The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. Photo by Josh Edelson/ AFP

California nuns stole school funds for Vegas gambling, travel

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, took the money from tuition, fees, and donations at St. James Catholic School

California's deadliest wildfire finally tamed

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:08 AM

A total of 153,336 acres are affected by the fire, with nearly 14,000 homes and hundreds of other structures destroyed

A FIRE TAMED. Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

U.S. agents fire tear gas at migrants trying to cross from Mexico

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Border officials in San Diego, California, say on Twitter they temporarily closed the San Ysidro crossing point – one of the busiest between the two countries – to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The order was lifted some hours later.

BLOCKED. Mexican Police officers block the way to Central American migrants wanting to reach the El Chaparral border crossing close to the Mexico-US border, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Journey of a podcaster: from a hate crime to the manongs of Stockton

Nov 25, 2018 - 10:40 PM

A podcast series by Filipino-American millennial Paola Mardo on the Filipino diaspora takes us back in time to Little Manila in Stockton, California

Death toll in California fire rises to 87

Nov 25, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The California state fire authority says the fire is now 98% contained

IN RUINS. A Butte County sherriff deputy stands by at a destroyed home where a deceased victim of the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

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Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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RAINY DEPARTURE. China's President Xi Jinping carries an umbrella while walking up a set of stairs to his plane as he departs from Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 21, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Toll rises to 77 in deadliest California wildfire

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:06 PM

More than 10,000 homes are destroyed in the blaze which has devoured an area roughly the size of Chicago, and essentially wiped the community of Paradise off the map

DEATH TOLL RISES. Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains at a burned residence in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Often divisive Trump switches to Consoler in Chief role

Nov 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

'I just felt this was something we had to do,' says US President Donald Trump, seemingly shocked by the intensity of what he'd witnessed

IN RUINS. President Donald Trump (C) surveys the damage from the Woolsey fire in Malibu on November 17, 2018. Photo by Genaro Molina/POOL/AFP

PH officials checking condition of Filipinos in wildfire-hit California

Nov 18, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Henry Bensurto Jr says at least one Filipino in Butte County lost his home

SEARCHING FOR THE DEAD. Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains at a burned residence in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

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Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Number of missing jumps to more than 1,000 in California fire

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea emphasizes that their list of missing is constantly fluctuating and that not everyone on it is presumed dead

PARADISE, CA - NOVEMBER 10: A Butte County sherriff deputy stands by at a destroyed home where a deceased victim of the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise and has quickly charred 100,000 acres and has destroyed over 6,700 homes and businesses in a matter of hours. The fire is currently at 20 percent containment. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Firefighters battle blazes on 2 fronts in California, 44 dead

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Most of the fatalities have been reported from the town of Paradise, population 26,000, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains about 80 miles north of Sacramento

PARADISE FIRE. Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Deadliest fire in California history kills 42 people

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Thousands of firefighters spend a fifth day digging battle lines to contain the "Camp Fire" in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento, while search teams are on a grim mission to recover the dead

SEARCHING FOR THE DEAD. Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains at a burned residence in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

California wildfire toll matches deadliest ever with 29 victims

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:38 AM

The 'Camp Fire' is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across California, razing 6,400 homes in the town of Paradise and effectively wiping it off the map

FIRE DEATHS. Yuba County Sheriff officers carry a body away from a burned residence in Paradise, California, on November 10, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Investigators in grim search for dead as California fires rage

Nov 11, 2018 - 10:07 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze.

BLAZE RUINS. A Butte County sheriff deputy stands by at a destroyed home where a deceased victim of the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Photo by James Sullivan/Getty Images North America/AFP

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Nov 09, 2018 - 2:08 PM

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Fil-Am teen among those killed in California shooting incident

Nov 09, 2018 - 11:55 AM

The Phiippines' Department of Foreign Affairs expresses its condolences to the family of Alaina Punzalan Housley, a freshman student at Pepperdine University

FIL-AM TEEN. Alaina Punzalan Housley was among those killed in a California bar shooting on November 7, 2018. Photo from the Remembering Alaina Housley Facebook page

Marine combat veteran kills 12 in crowded California bar

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:51 PM

(5th UPDATE) The assailant, identified as Ian David Long, a troubled former machine gunner who served a tour in Afghanistan, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

his handout video grab obtained on November 8, 2018 courtesy of Jeremy Childs twitter account shows people gathering outside a country music bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks, in the Los Angeles-area, after a gunman barged into a large, crowded venue and opened fire late November 7, wounding at least 11 people including a police officer, US police said. The venue in a quiet, upscale residential suburb was hosting an event for college students, with possibly several hundred young people in attendance, Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office said. Jeremy CHILDS / USA Today / AFP

Musk says LA Hyperloop tunnel to be unveiled December 10

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:33 PM

Responding to comments on Twitter, Musk says there will be an opening event that night and 'free rides for the public next day'

ELON MUSK AND THE HYPERLOOP. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP

U.S. sues California over 'net neutrality'

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The law also marks the latest challenge between California Governor Jerry Brown's administration and President Donald Trump's Republicans, who have already clashed over environmental and immigration regulations

Heart trouble slows hoops rise of Shaq's son Shareef

Sep 29, 2018 - 9:39 AM

Shaquille O'Neal's son Shareef puts his promising college basketball career on hold due to a heart ailment

OUT FOR THE SEASON. NBA great Shaquille O'Neal’s son Shareef was all set to play for UCLA. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Apple/AFP

New wildfire rips through northern California

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The wildfire in Lakehead area has already devastated almost 10,000 hectares in just two days and continues to spread

WILDFIRE. Shutterstock file photo.

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Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Twin blazes form California's largest wildfire in history

Aug 07, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Collectively dubbed the Mendocino Complex, the wildfires have burned through 114,850 hectares – an area nearly the size of the sprawling city of Los Angeles – and are just 30% contained

WILDFIRES. An air tanker drops retardant on the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burning along High Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 5, 2018. Photo by Noah Berger/AFP

'Come and get me,' boy pleaded before California fire death

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Northern California's Carr Fire has killed 6 people since July 26, including a 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren, aged 4 and 5

CARR FIRE. A Los Angeles city firefighter walks through a charred field as he looks for hot spots after the Carr Fire burned through the area on July 29, 2018 in Redding, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Get your geek on: 130,000 head for San Diego Comic-Con

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Described by Rolling Stone as the 'Super Bowl of people who don't like watching the Super Bowl,' 49th Comic-Con International will revel in movies, TV and – yes – comic books

THOR RAGNAROK. In this file photo taken on July 21, 2017, Jobeth Wagner plays the part of Hela from the movie Thor Ragnarok during Comic-Con 2017 in San Diego, California. Photo by Bill Wechter/AFP

Ancajas returns to Fresno for September title defense

Jul 13, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The Filipino world champion is set to defend his IBF super flyweight crown on September 14 against a still unnamed opponent

RING CEREMONY. Filipino world champion Jerwin Ancajas (center) receives a ring from IBF president Daryl Peoples (second from left) for defending his title 3 times last year. They're flanked by (from left) Ancajas' manager/trainer Joven Jimenez, IBF ratings chairman Anibal Miramontes and international matchmaker Sean Gibbons. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

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The Exactis data leak and 4 more things in cybersecurity this week

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:21 AM

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California, home of Silicon Valley, ramps up online privacy law

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Business home pages will be required to provide clear links titled "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" that take people to opt-out pages