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California boat fire: Eight confirmed dead as 25 remain missing near Santa Cruz Island

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Four bodies have been recovered and a further four identified on the ocean floor following a fire on a diving boat off Santa Cruz IslandCalifornia

Lt Cmdr Matthew Kroll of the US Coast Guard said the bodies were found close to the wreckage of the Conception, which caught fire in the early hours while 33 passengers were asleep below deck.

He said the bodies showed injuries consistent with drowning.

At least eight people are confirmed to have died. A further 25 are still unaccounted for.

The 75ft diving boat caught fire off the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Rescuers reached the scene at 3.28am local time.

Five crew members who were on deck at the time were rescued by a passing boat, the Grape Escape.

It was initially thought there were 34 people trapped on board but that number was later corrected to 33.

Lt Cmdr Kroll told CNN that “there could still be people out there so we’re still searching” but said that the more time passed the less chance there was of finding people alive.

He said: “We don’t know if it was an explosion or a fire that slowly grew. Everything happened quickly enough that people could not get off the ship.”

The search was being carried out by boats and helicopters, with dive teams arriving on the scene shortly, he said.

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Measles-stricken New Zealand girl visited Disneyland, other California destinations

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By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A teenage girl from New Zealand sick with measles visited Disneyland and other popular tourist stops across Southern California earlier this month, possibly infecting others, local government health officials warned.

The alert comes amid the worst outbreak of measles in the United States in a quarter century, with more than 1,200 cases reported across 30 states since October 2018, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is looking to identify others who are at risk for measles and may have been exposed to a non-resident measles case that traveled to Los Angeles County while infectious,” the health department said in an advisory on Friday night.

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FILE PHOTO: A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle

The Orange County Health Care Agency said that the girl was in Southern California from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15. 

During her stay in Southern California the girl visited the Universal Studios Theme Park and several destinations in Hollywood and Santa Monica, Los Angeles health officials said, adding that anyone who was also at those locations may be at risk of developing measles.

Orange County health officials said she visited Disneyland in Anaheim on Aug. 12 and stayed at the nearby Desert Palms Hotel. There was no information on her current condition. 

So far in 2019 a total of 16 measles cases have been reported among Los Angeles County residents, and 11 infected people are known to have traveled through the county. 

The CDC said earlier this week that there had been a 1.8% increase in the number of cases of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly virus in the United States between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15. 

The disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, meaning there was no continuous transmission for at least a year. CDC officials say the United States risks losing its measles elimination status if the current outbreak, which began in October 2018 in New York state, continues until October 2019. 

Measles, considered one of the most contagious viruses in the world, infects 90% of exposed people who have not been immunized, according to the Los Angeles County Health Department. 

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Symptoms of the virus, which can cause severe complications and even death, include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a characteristic rash which can appear up to three weeks following exposure.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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Video: 7.1M earthquake shuts down Disneyland rides


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ANAHEIM, Calif. (KGTV) — Guests were forced from the fastest ship in the galaxy at Disneyland Friday, after a massive earthquake struck Southern California.

The magnitude 7.1 quake hit the Ridgecrest area about 160 miles east of the theme park just before 8:20 p.m.

Video from Disneyland after the earthquake showed guests being evacuated from the park’s Millennium Falcon ride in “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” Guests in other areas of the park also reported rides temporarily closed for employees to conduct safety inspections.

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6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Southern California – live updates


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A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Southern California on Thursday and officials said it was the largest to hit the region in 20 years. The quake struck near the city of Ridgecrest, which is located about 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

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Warriors fell on the court, but franchise is booking hotel, apartment plans at Chase Center

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The Golden State Warriors are in the process of asking San Francisco city officials for permission to move forward with plans for a 142-room hotel topped by 24 market-rate apartments connected to the franchise’s nearly $2 billion arena development, co-owner and CEO Joe Lacob said.

The Warriors publicly disclosed the hotel and apartment plans — part of the $1 billion-plus Chase Center arena development — in February. But Lacob said the project has been under consideration for years.

“It’s right on the schedule that we (thought), but we were deciding” whether to build the hotel/apartments, he said.

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Man with knife at Oakland airport wanted to kill officer, police say

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A 27-year-old man was arrested at Oakland International Airport on Sunday morning after he allegedly brandished a small knife he said he intended to use to harm a police officer, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man, whose name is being withheld pending formal charges, can be seen on surveillance video released by the Sheriff’s Department apparently looking into a parked patrol car.

Sgt. Ray Kelly said Sunday that “luckily our deputies were not in the car. They were out on foot patrol.”

 

Historic hideaways: Five hotels with guided tours that bring the past to life

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For travelers who seek out historic hotels, learning about a property firsthand and from an expert is a lovely perk. No brochure or website can make history come alive — or indulge questions — the way a human guide can.

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Authorities Seize Record-Setting 1.7 Tons Of Meth At Los Angeles Port


 A joint drug bust between Australian and U.S. authorities in mid-January resulted in a record 1.7 tons of methamphetamine being seized at Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.

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Someone's in TONNES of trouble! Australian and US authorities have seized more than 1.7 tonnes of ‘ice’ bound for Australia. Luckily we worked with our US buddies and were able to stop the shipment before it reached our shores. This is the largest ever shipment of methylamphetamine bound for Australia and the largest ever domestic seizure of meth on record in the US. If it had made it to Australian streets, it’s estimated to be worth approximately $1.29 billion dollars and equates to some 17 million hits. Six people have been arrested for their alleged involvement. Help us celebrate and post your best ice puns below. 👇👇👇

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California couple rescued from Mendocino National Forest after being stranded in snow for 5 days in their Jeep

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The couple had been snow camping on Jan. 30, but decided to further explore California’s Mendocino National Forest the next day. But the weather quickly turned south and the pair’s yellow Jeep Wrangler got stuck in the snow. They tried, and failed, to dig the SUV out. Keep Reading on Yahoo

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With no cellphone service, it didn’t take long for the couple to realize they were in big trouble.

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Plane Crashes Into California Home, Killing Five People


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 A plane crashed into a California home where football fans were gathered to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl, killing five people. Four people in house in Yorba Linda were killed, as was the pilot, after the plane fell from the sky. “It felt like an earthquake and then my husband said, ‘No, it’s a plane,’” said one neighbor in video posted on social media. The main cabin of the airplane along with one of the engines came to rest in the backyard of a home, and a plane wing landed in the street.

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