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Airplane found at bottom of lake could solve 56-year-old aviation mystery

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. / CNN — Workers testing underwater surveying equipment said they found a small airplane deep underwater in California’s Folsom Lake — and they may have solved a 56-year-old aviation mystery. Sonar images show the outline of the plane that has since been covered in a thick layer of silt, about 160 feet below the lake’s surface, Seafloor Systems environmental technician Jeff Riley said. The sonar was able to detect the wreckage because water levels at Folsom Lake are low because of the extreme drought conditions plaguing much of the Western United States....

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Federal judge overturns California’s ban on assault weapons

A federal judge overturned California’s longtime ban on assault weapons on Friday in a ruling that likened the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife. Assault weapons have been banned in California since 1989, according to the ruling. The law has been updated several times since it was originally passed, CNN reports. According to the ruling by US District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego, the assault weapons ban violates the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms and deprives Californians of owning assault-style weapons commonly allowed in other states. Benitez issued a permanent injunction...

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Man arrested for firing gun to protect pet duck

ESCALON, California [CNN] – An Escalon man was arrested on Monday morning after allegedly firing his gun into the air to defend his pet duck, according to police. I heard a loud bang,” said Alejandro Mancilla who called 911 immediately after hearing the gunshots. Police said a neighborhood dog bit the duck and broke its leg. “Mr. Wilson had fired the gun after he saw the dog jumping over the fence,” said Escalon Police Department Sgt. Gustavo Flores. “He fired the gun to scare the dog.” However, the gun shot did not stop the attack. “The dog had attacked the duck. The duck is still...

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Nine killed in mass shooting at San Jose rail yard

SAN JOSE, Calif. / CNN — The nine victims of a mass shooting in San Jose on Wednesday have been identified as investigators begin the process of figuring out why such a fierce burst of violence happened during the early morning hours at a light rail yard. Eight of the victims, who ranged from ages 29 to 63, were identified Wednesday by the Santa Clara County Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner as Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; and Lars...

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Hundreds line up to catch whiff of rare blooming ‘corpse flower’

ALAMEDA, Calif. [AP] – Residents of a San Francisco Bay Area city gathered around an abandoned art deco gas station to catch a whiff of a corpse flower — aptly named for the stench it emits upon blooming. It’s owner, Solom Leyva, who owns a nursery in Alameda and deals in rare plants, decided to share the flower with his neighbors. He began seeing a lot of interest when he started posting on social media about his amorphophallus titanum. He decided to wheel is out on Monday, where subsequently, a line stretched down the block for most of the day. “I grabbed my wagon, went down...

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Man accused of trying to kill wife with 2 butcher knives at son’s football game

NBC NEWS – A California man is accused of trying to kill his estranged wife with two butcher knives at their son’s football game, authorities said. A 40-year-old woman was watching her son practice flag football on Friday when Russell Matthew Husges charged “across the field at her holding two large butcher knives,” prosecutors alleged. Spectators, including an off-duty Garden Grove police officer and the couple’s 9-year-old son, intervened in the attack, NBC News reported. While the exact circumstance that led up to the attack are unclear, the victim was granted...

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Woman says her $26 million lottery ticket was destroyed in the laundry

NORWALK, Calif. [AP] – A woman might’ve washed her chances at wealth down the drain — literally. The winner of a $26 million California Lottery prize told convenience store workers on Wednesday that she left her ticket in her pants and it was destroyed in the laundry. The winning SuperLotto Plus ticket for the Nov. 14 drawing was sold at an Arco AM/PM convenience store in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk. Thursday was the last day to redeem it, Associated Press reported. The store’s manager told KTLA-TV that surveillance video showed the woman who bought the ticket, and she’s...

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Monstrous deep water fish washes up on California shore

CNN – A fish with a nightmarish mug washed up on a California beach last week. With teeth like glass and a football shaped body, the creature was found on the shore of Crystal Cove State Park’s Marine Protected Area in Laguna Beach. The park shared images of the fish on social media and identified it as being most likely the Pacific Football Fish. “To see an actual angler fish intact is very rare and it is unknown how or why the fish ended up on the shore,” reads the Facebook post. The Pacific Football Fish is one of more than 200 species of anglerfish worldwide, according...

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At least 3 dead, more than 20 hospitalized in suspected smuggling vessel shipwreck near San Diego

CNN – At least three people are dead and nearly two dozen people are in the hospital after a suspected smuggling boat overturned off the coast of San Diego on Sunday morning. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department received reports of the shipwreck near the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma around 10:27 a.m. [1:27 p.m. ET]. The boat reportedly hit a reef, broke up and 30 people “came out of the vessel,” said James Gartland, lifeguard chief for San Diego. “This was a mass rescue operation that turned into a mass casualty incident,” Gartland said. The 40-foot...

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World’s largest firefighting plane grounded as West US prepares for brutal wildfire season

CNN — Ahead of a potentially destructive wildfire season in California, the owners of the world’s largest firefighting plane announced that they have grounded the aircraft because it is no longer turning a profit. The decision to ground the Boeing 747-400 SuperTanker comes after more than 4.3 million acres burned in California last year and as the region contends with a crippling drought, with vegetation and grasses browning much earlier than usual. The plane was deployed last year to help with the Ed Dorado Fire in Southern California. It also helped contain the lightning-sparked...

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