3 dead, more than a dozen injured after Calif. bus crash

A bus rolled down an embankment off Interstate 15 in North San Diego County Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, killing several people and injuring others. (Don Boomer/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

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UPDATED 3:55 PM PT — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Several people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured following a bus crash in California. On Saturday, police said the vehicle rolled off a major San Diego freeway near Fallbrook, trapping people inside the bus.

Three people died and 18 others sustained injuries in the incident. The survivors have since been transferred to local hospitals, where they remain in unknown condition.

NCFPD Captain John Choi has stated crews from Camp Pendleton, Pala Mesa, Vista and Oceanside assisted on scene. Teams reportedly had to stabilize the bus before they were able to assist any of the trapped passengers.

Southbound traffic backed up after a bus rolled down an embankment off Interstate 15 in North San Diego County Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, killing several people and injuring others. Emergency crews rescued several people trapped in the wreckage after the bus crashed around 10:20 a.m. on State Route 76, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of San Diego, the North County Fire Protection District said. (Don Boomer/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

Local reports have said the bus was travelling from Los Angeles to San Ysidro. According to California Highway Patrol, the bus driver has been taken in for questioning.

Officials have warned the local community about significant travel delays. They advised drivers to avoid the area until further notice.

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Calif. inmate admits to killing two men convicted of sex crimes against children

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UPDATED 5:05 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

After killing two convicted sex offenders, a California inmate sent his confession to a newspaper.

FILE – This Jan. 9, 2020 file photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Jonathan Watson. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP,File)

According to sources Thursday, Jonathan Watson’s letter said he beat two men over the head with a cane at a state lock-up in Corcoran.

Watson asked a guard if he could be transferred to higher level security because he knew he was going to do something bad. However, the guard ignored his request and, due to his dangerous state of mind, he killed the two prisoners.

48-year-old David Bobb and 62-year-old Graham De Luis-Conti were serving time for aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14. After the attack, Watson reportedly found a guard and confessed to the murder of the two sex offenders.

Watson was previously sentenced to life in prison. He claimed that as a “lifer,” he had access to these people and little to lose.

He is currently in segregated housing and has yet to be charged for his actions.

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Police seek suspect in triple killing discovered in Calif. cemetery

This wanted poster provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department shows Jose Luis Torres Garcia. Authorities are seeking Garcia who is considered “armed and very dangerous” and is believed to have killed three men and left their bodies in a Southern California cemetery, the Riverside County sheriff said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

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UPDATED 12:34 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

Authorities in California have been searching for a man they said is tied to a triple-murder earlier this week. Police on Thursday issued a warrant for 33-year-old Jose Luis Torres Garcia who had reportedly been deported from the U.S. twice before.

The manhunt came after the bodies of three men were discovered in a cemetery about 20 miles south of Riverside. Authorities described the killing as “execution-style” and said the men were found near the grave of a person killed in Mexico last year, adding the location could be “a message for something.”

The motive for the killings is not yet clear, but investigators said they believe it may be drug or cartel related.

“At this time we believe that this person acted alone in this homicide,” stated Chad Bianco, Riverside County Sheriff. “We obviously are considering him armed and extremely dangerous, and we are asking members of the public that if you come in contact with him, or know his whereabouts, to please do not make contact, to please notify local law enforcement immediately.”

Police said Garcia and the victims knew each other and were seen together prior to the killings.

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Crews recover body of second firefighter who was killed in Calif. library fire

These undated photos provided by the Porterville, Calif., Fire Department show firefighter Patrick Jones, left, and Capt. Raymond Figueroa. (Porterville Fire Department via AP)

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UPDATED 12:03 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

A community in Central California mourned the loss of two firefighters who died while battling a fire at a historic library. 25-year-old Patrick Jones and 35-year-old Fire Captain Raymond Figueroa died Tuesday in the blaze at the public library in Porterville.

Figueroa was pronounced dead at the hospital and authorities recovered Jones’ body inside the library on Wednesday night. Both of the firefighters had gone inside the building to make sure everyone was out.

Jones began as a Reserve Firefighter before becoming full-time in 2017. Figueroa started as a firefighter in 2007 and was promoted to Engineer before becoming a captain.

Residents said they’re heartbroken over the loss.

“It’s sad it really is, like kids started this fire and now some kid doesn’t have his dad and that’s sad,” stated Porterville resident Crystal Fischer.

Authorities have arrested two 13-year-old boys in connection with the deadly blaze. They’re facing charges of suspicion of arson, manslaughter and conspiracy.

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Rapper ‘Pop Smoke’ killed in Calif. home invasion

This aerial photo taken from video provided by Fox11 News KTTV-TV shows the Hollywood Hills home, center, where Pop Smoke, 20, was shot and killed early Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Fox11 News KTTV-TV via AP)

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UPDATED 4:20 PM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

California police are investigating the death of a popular rapper known as ‘Pop Smoke.’ Los Angeles authorities said 20-year-old Bashar Barakah Jackson was fatally shot at a Hollywood Hills home on Wednesday in what appeared to be an attempted home invasion.

Jackson released a new album and announced an upcoming tour in the weeks prior to his death.

Multiple men wearing ski masks reportedly broke into the residence and fired multiple gunshots before fleeing the scene.

“The radio call was called in by someone from back east, (who) stated a friend of theirs’ home was being broken into by multiple suspects and that one of them was armed with a handgun,” stated LAPD Captain Steve Lurie. “When officers arrived there approximately six minutes later, they discovered a victim inside the house had been shot.”

Police said they’re still searching for suspects and have yet to determine a motive for the attack.

Police investigate a Hollywood Hills home where a fatal shooting occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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President Trump: Federal government will step in if Calif. cities can’t clean up streets

FILE – In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, a woman walks past a homeless man sleeping in front of recycling bins and garbage on a street corner in San Francisco. Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling for better mental health care to help treat the state’s large homeless population as he addresses one of the state’s most pressing problems in his second State of the State speech to be given Wednesday, Feb. 19. 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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UPDATED 8:52 AM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

President Trump warned if California can’t clean up its streets, the federal government will. He made those remarks during a briefing on preparations for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Tuesday.

The president then said California’s big cities have needles and other unhealthy substances on the streets, which ends up on the beaches as well as in the ocean. He said he’s already told members of his administration they have to get involved in cleaning up the Golden State.

“…if they can’t do it themselves, we are going to do it, the federal government is going to take it over,” he stated. “We are working right now with L.A., in particular….it’s not thinkable what they have allowed to have happened to these cities, incredible.”

President Trump said his administration is also in talks with officials in San Francisco regarding the issue.

Homelessness has led to several public health issues in California’s big cities, including outbreaks of hepatitis. About half of the nation’s homeless population resides in the Golden State.

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U.S. citizens evacuated from Diamond Princess cruise ship touch down in Calif. and Texas

Journalists work near the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship sitting at the Yokohama Port Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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UPDATED 11:01 AM PT — Monday, February 17, 2020

Chartered flights carrying Americans who were stuck on a quarantined cruise ship off the coast of Japan, touched down in California and Texas. The flights landed at Travis Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base late Sunday night.

The State Department has announced 14 of the passengers tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, but were still allowed to board the aicraft.

Buses carrying passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. A group of Americans are cutting short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be whisked back to America. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

All passengers will undergo a 14 day quarantine and some are struggling with the thought of two more weeks of seclusion.

“They have sent over a dozen emails assuring us that there would not be an additional quarantine, and they just told us that we would be re-quarantined for 14 more days,” stated cruise ship passenger Karey Maniscalo. “I’ve just lost a whole month of my life.”

Others who were on board said they are grateful to the president and the U.S. government for rescuing them from the virus stricken vessel.

China has recently updated the number of COVID-19 cases to 70,635, which incldues 1,772 deaths.

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DNA evidence exonerates Calif. man of 1985 murder conviction

Ricky Davis smiles after being released from custody at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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UPDATED 1:10 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

A California man has been exonerated after spending about 15 years behind bars. 54-year-old Ricky Davis was released on Thursday after a Placerville court threw out his conviction for the 1985 stabbing murder of magazine columnist Jane Hylton. According to new DNA results, Davis was not a match for the evidence found on the victim.

Davis and his then-girlfriend Connie Dahl were reportedly living with Hylton and her 13-year-old daughter at the time. On the night of the murder, Davis said he and Dahl came home from a party, where they found Hylton’s lifeless body. She was lying on the bed and covered in blood.

Davis was wrongfully convicted in 2005 after Dahl implicated him as the killer and reportedly told police she bit the victim during the attack. She served a year in county jail for the case.

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson discusses during a news conference in Placerville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, how new DNA evidence was used to help exonerate a man who spent about 15 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of killing his housemate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Now, court officials are saying investigators’ line of questioning could be considered “an aggressive confession driven interrogation.”

“You know, it’s an interesting conversation,” said El Dorado District Attorney Vern Pierson. “To meet with someone, as a prosecutor, and realize that this person has, in fact, been falsely accused, convicted and incarcerated.”

Local reports said the evidence used to exonerate Davis also led to the arrest of a new suspect, who was with Hylton’s daughter on the night of the slaying.

“This is the first case in California, and only the second in this country, where investigative genetic genealogy has not only led to the freeing of an individual from prison…but the identification of the true source,” stated Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Schubert. “It freed Ricky Davis, it identified the other person.”

Reports said Davis is likely to pursue financial compensation for the years he spent in prison as an innocent man.

Ricky Davis, center, is hugged by his mother, Maureen Klein, right, after he was released from custody at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Calif. prosecutors partner with tech non-profit to erase over 60K marijuana convictions

FILE – In this Dec. 27, 2018 file photo a grower attends to a crop of young marijuana plants in Gardena, Calif. Los Angeles-area prosecutors are joining other district attorneys to use technology to wipe out or reduce as many as 66,000 old marijuana convictions years after California voters broadly legalized the drug. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)

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UPDATED 9:00 AM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

A California district attorney has partnered up with a tech company to dismiss thousands of marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County.

A judge granted requests from District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office Thursday to erase 66,000 misdemeanor and felony cannabis-related charges dating back to 1961.

County prosecutors partnered with the non-profit tech company ‘Code for America,’ whose algorithm was used to locate records of eligible cases and fill out forms for the courts. The process will offer conviction relief for 53,000 people and Lacey wants to take it one step further.

“We’re making a motion because we realized that’s the issue,” said the district attorney. “When you go to apply for a job, you go to apply for housing and your record comes up even though we expunged it — that may not give you help.”

FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey speaks during a discussion in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

This comes four years after California voters passed Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana. A bill was also passed in 2018 that requires the state’s Justice Department to analyze convictions that may be eligible for removal.

All county prosecutors have until July of this year to review these cases.

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Calif. prosecutors partner with tech non-profit to erase over 60K marijuana convictions

FILE – In this Dec. 27, 2018 file photo a grower attends to a crop of young marijuana plants in Gardena, Calif. Los Angeles-area prosecutors are joining other district attorneys to use technology to wipe out or reduce as many as 66,000 old marijuana convictions years after California voters broadly legalized the drug. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)

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UPDATED 9:00 AM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

A California district attorney has partnered up with a tech company to dismiss thousands of marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County.

A judge granted requests from District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office Thursday to erase 66,000 misdemeanor and felony cannabis-related charges dating back to 1961.

County prosecutors partnered with the non-profit tech company ‘Code for America,’ whose algorithm was used to locate records of eligible cases and fill out forms for the courts. The process will offer conviction relief for 53,000 people and Lacey wants to take it one step further.

“We’re making a motion because we realized that’s the issue,” said the district attorney. “When you go to apply for a job, you go to apply for housing and your record comes up even though we expunged it — that may not give you help.”

FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey speaks during a discussion in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

This comes four years after California voters passed Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana. A bill was also passed in 2018 that requires the state’s Justice Department to analyze convictions that may be eligible for removal.

All county prosecutors have until July of this year to review these cases.

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50 more deaths may be due to 2018 Calif. wildfire

FILE – Smoke from the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

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UPDATED 5:10 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A Northern California newspaper is investigating additional deaths believed to be linked to the 2018 Camp Fire. The Chico Enterprise Record recently reported wrongful death claims made against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), which showed at least 50 more deaths could be attributed to the California wildfire.

Caretakers and family members stated these victims were not included in the state’s official disaster victims count because they were either elderly or in poor health prior to the disaster. Claimants had medical experts and lawyers examine the deceased to prove the victims wouldn’t have died if not for the fire.

The Camp Fire, which was traced to PG&E transmission lines in 2018, ravaged Butte County. A total of 86 people were killed, making it the deadliest fire in state history.

These new claims could end in compensation for the victims’ loved ones. The newspaper said people are still falling victim to complications, such as smoke inhalation, as a result of the flames.

The utilities company has been ordered to pay back $13.5 billion in damages covering four fires from 2015-2018. A committee of mediators will decide this summer how the money will be distributed among victims.

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50 more deaths may be due to 2018 Calif. wildfire

FILE – Smoke from the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

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UPDATED 5:10 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A Northern California newspaper is investigating additional deaths believed to be linked to the 2018 Camp Fire. The Chico Enterprise Record recently reported wrongful death claims made against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), which showed at least 50 more deaths could be attributed to the California wildfire.

Caretakers and family members stated these victims were not included in the state’s official disaster victims count because they were either elderly or in poor health prior to the disaster. Claimants had medical experts and lawyers examine the deceased to prove the victims wouldn’t have died if not for the fire.

The Camp Fire, which was traced to PG&E transmission lines in 2018, ravaged Butte County. A total of 86 people were killed, making it the deadliest fire in state history.

These new claims could end in compensation for the victims’ loved ones. The newspaper said people are still falling victim to complications, such as smoke inhalation, as a result of the flames.

The utilities company has been ordered to pay back $13.5 billion in damages covering four fires from 2015-2018. A committee of mediators will decide this summer how the money will be distributed among victims.

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Coronavirus confirmed in San Diego, Calif.

A plane carrying evacuees from the virus zone in China lands at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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UPDATED 1:32 PM PT — Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Another case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the U.S., bringing the national total to 13 cases. A California hospital momentarily released a patient who was unknowingly infected by the coronavirus.

The UC San Diego Medical Center discharged four people Sunday after botched test results came back negative for the disease. Those patients were part of a group who recently evacuated from Wuhan, China.

“Because these individuals were in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak where there is intense and escalating community-wide spread of this novel coronavirus, we consider them at high risk of exposure,” stated Dr. Christopher Braden, Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

After being released from the hospital, they were transferred to the Miramar Air Base where all China evacuees will stay in quarantine.

However, doctors said they received new test results on Monday, which showed one patient did indeed have the virus despite already being released. That person has since been brought back to the medical center, where they will stay for treatment and observation.

Meanwhile, health officials said they do not believe the patient infected any other evacuees upon her return to base. During their arrival last week, the CDC assured they offer no risk to the surrounding community.

“We know this situation may be concerning to people in the Miramar Base and surrounding community,” stated Dr. Braden. “However, based on our experience with other coronaviruses, we don’t believe these individuals pose a risk to the community because we’re doing all that we can to take the measures to minimize any potential exposures.”

Hundreds of people have been put in quarantine at the base since the start of the outbreak last month and each person must stay for at least two weeks after their arrival. The first group of evacuees is set to return home Tuesday.

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Calif. deputy survives ambush after bodycam stops bullet

(Representational photo/REUTERS)

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UPDATED 10:58 AM PT — Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A Northern California deputy is lucky to be alive after being ambushed by several suspects during a night patrol. Shots rang out Friday while Deputy Sukhdeep Gill stood near his patrol vehicle alone.

“Our deputy was outside of his vehicle — not on a stop, not contacting any subjects — and it basically was out of the blue,” explained Lt. Brenden Omori of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department, an unidentified vehicle approached Gill with their lights off and fired multiple shots. Deputy Gill returned fire, but it is unknown if any of the suspects were hit.

Three of the shots pierced the deputy’s patrol car and one struck him in the chest. Luckily, the bullet landed on his bodycam. The device was backed with armor, which ultimately saved his life.

“There were multiple shots, with the one striking him,” stated Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith “He was very lucky, but any one of those rounds could have hit him anywhere.”

Gill suffered non-life threatening injuries and officials have categorized the incident as an “ambush.” However, they believe there could be more behind the attack. The sheriff’s department said the deputy is a practicing Sikh, a monotheistic religion that originated in India, and wears a turban while on duty.

It’s unknown whether the officer-involved shooting was a hate crime or “just a crime of opportunity” against law enforcement. The suspects are still at large.

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Calif. officials confirm 11th case of coronavirus in U.S.

FILE – In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP, File)

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UPDATED 7:14 AM PT — Monday, February 3, 2020

Health officials in California confirmed an 11th case of coronavirus in the U.S. On Sunday, authorities from both Santa Clara County and San Benito County confirmed three new cases of the deadly virus.

Two of those people were husband and wife in San Benito. Neither of them have left the house since finding out they have the virus. In the meantime, a family in Santa Clara has been quarantined after a woman sought medical help after returning from a trip to Wuhan, China, which is where the virus was first detected.

Authorities are still not sure how the coronavirus spreads from person-to-person.

“There has been some question at this point whether people who are not symptomatic, but infected, can spread this even before they develop symptoms — we don’t know the answer to that,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, health officer in San Benito County. “The CDC is looking into that and trying to figure out, with the information our researchers are doing, whether indeed you can spread it.”

This comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced more flights to evacuate American citizens from virus-stricken China. He made the announcement during a news conference Sunday, while meeting with Uzbekistan’s prime minister. The announcement comes after nearly 200 Americans were evacuated from Wuhan, China last week and placed under a 14 day federal quarantine.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint news conference with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov following the talks in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo)

Secretary Pompeo said the flights will be scheduled within the next couple of days and the U.S. may bring back citizens from other countries as well. He made the following comments regarding the move:

“Yes, we have a handful more flights that will be heading to China to bring Americans back home from Hubei Province. The exact timing of those, we’re still coordinating with the Chinese government. We anticipate that they will happen in the next handful of days and we’ll return those American citizens. We may well end up bringing some citizens back from other countries as well. We’re working through the details on that.”

Moving forward, U.S. officials will continue to work closely with the Chinese government to resolve the coronavirus global epidemic. So far, the virus has killed over 360 people and infected over 17,500 worldwide.

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Student dies in Calif. apartment fire

FILE – This Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 file photo shows the aftermath of a high-rise apartment fire in Los Angeles. (AP Photo Stefanie Dazio, File)

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UPDATED 4:15 PM PT — Saturday, February 1, 2020

One person was confirmed dead after a massive fire broke out at a Los Angeles high rise. The fire started on the sixth floor of an apartment building, which did not have a sprinkler system.

The city’s fire department said seven of the 11 people injured were admitted to the hospital for treatment. One 19-year-old foreign exchange student succumbed to his injuries on Friday.

Firefighters said strong winds worsened the flames and created dangerous conditions for them.

“Halfway through that hallway, our firefighter were forced on their bellies due to the significant heat when those windows were broken out. That really fueled the flames pushing at them. Some of them went through their entire air bottle before even making it to the unit of origin.” – Captain Erik Scott, Los Angeles Fire Department

Apartment tenants have since filed a class action lawsuit against the building’s owner, who they have accused of negligence.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 file photo, Los Angeles Fire Department investigators view the charred sixth floor of a residential building in Los Angeles. (AP Photo Damian Dovarganes, File)

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Defense Dept. to house 200 Americans at Calif. military base after evacuation from China

An airplane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, lands at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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UPDATED 2:22 PM PT — Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Department of Defense said it’s ready to temporarily house more than 200 Americans, who were evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China. Evacuees, including State Department personnel and their families, landed at March Air Reserve Base in southern California on Wednesday.

“The whole plane erupted into cheers when the crew welcomed them back to the United States. It’s really easy for us to focus on fears, but at the end of this day, this mission, it was about people. It was about American citizens, some of whom were working to serve our country. It was about families (and) it was about helping each other in this time of need.” – Dr. Anne Zink, Alaskan Chief Medical Officer

Officials from the Health and Human Services Department will reportedly be at the base to observe and provide care for the evacuees. Before arriving in California, passengers were screened in Alaska.

“The crew never got off in China, and it was never in any sort of interaction with the passengers itself,” said Dr. Zink. “We have been working closely with the CDC and they felt that they were at zero risk.”

Moving forward, DOD officials said any person who shows symptoms will be transported to a local civilian hospital.

Personnel in protective clothing unload luggages from the airplane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Earlier that same day, France confirmed its fourth case of the new virus. An elderly Chinese man was hospitalized on Wednesday after showing symptoms of the illness. Officials said the man traveled from the Hubei province in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus outbreak is centered.

This comes as France is preparing to evacuate more than 500 of its citizens from the region. The country is sending the first of several planes to the region on Thursday.

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Calif. parents charged with murder, torture of 4-year-old son

Four-year-old Noah Cuatro is pictured. (Photo/GoFundMe)

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UPDATED 10:46 AM PT — Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A California couple has been indicted on multiple charges, following a months long investigation into the death of their four-year-old son last year.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the indictment against Jose Cuatro and Ursula Juarez on Tuesday. The pair is being accused of torturing their son, Noah, over a four month period, which resulted in his death.

Noah died last July in a Los Angeles children’s hospital. His parents initially told the police he drowned in a community pool, but the coroner’s office later ruled Noah’s death a homicide after finding trauma on his body inconsistent with drowning.

Following his death, Noah’s great grandmother, Eva Hernandez, filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the county. The suit claims they failed to save the boy despite countless reports of abuse made to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Noah was briefly in Hernandez’s care before he was returned to his parents against her warnings.

“I told the social workers ‘please, he doesn’t want to leave, he wants to stay here’ and he begged me,” she explained. “He would hold on to me and say don’t send me back grandma.”

DCFS released a statement denying any wrongdoing. In the meantime, Noah’s parents have been charged with one count each of murder and torture. Cuatro faces additional charges of assault on a child resulting in death and sexual assault, while Juarez faces one count of child abuse under circumstances likely to cause death.

Juarez is being held on a $3 million bailM while Cuatro’s bail is set at $4 million. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Their arraignment is scheduled for next month.

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Report: Kobe Bryant and four others killed in Calif. helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant attends the LA premiere of “Just Mercy” at Cinemark Baldwin Hills on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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UPDATED 12:03 PM PT — Sunday, January 26, 2020

Reports are saying NBA legend Kobe Bryant and four others died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The helicopter reportedly went down in Calabasas and sparked a brush fire near the crash site.

The five-time NBA champion retired following a 20 year career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant was 41-years-old.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed five people were killed in the crash. The blaze has since been extinguished and local officials are assisting on scene.

Authorities encouraged the public to avoid the area until further notice. The incident is now under investigation.

This is developing news. Updates will be provided as more information comes into our newsroom.

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Two cases of coronavirus confirmed in Calif.

A worker wearing a hazardous materials suit takes the temperature of a passenger at the entrance to a subway station in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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UPDATED 11:35 AM PT — Sunday, January 26, 2020

On Sunday, two new cases of coronavirus were reported in California. These latest cases brought the total number of U.S. cases to four, with the other two being in Chicago and Seattle.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed the fourth case in Los Angeles, while a third case was discovered earlier the same day in Orange County.

Reports said the patient from Orange County, who has not yet been identified, recently returned from Wuhan, China. The person is currently in stable condition at the hospital.

Local health officials recently released a statement regarding the outbreak.

“LA County is well prepared to manage cases, and suspected cases, of novel coronavirus. We are working closely with our federal, state and local partners to provide healthcare providers and the public with accurate information about actions we are taking to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, and to care for those who are ill. The risk of transmission of coronavirus in LA County remains low.”

– Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health

Nearly 2,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide and more than 50 people have died as a result.

Minister of Health Patty Hajdu, left, listens as Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam participates in a press conference following the announcement by the Government of Ontario of the first presumptive confirmed case of a novel coronavirus in Canada, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

This came after officials confirmed Canada’s first case of the virus on Saturday. The 50-year-old male victim reportedly traveled to Toronto from China on January 22nd and was hospitalized the next day after developing symptoms of the respiratory illness.

Ontario health officials said his family members have been put into self-isolation. The man is reportedly in stable condition.

“He had traveled to Wuhan, China and came back. Within a day, (he) became quite ill. The emergency service was aware of his travel history, used full precautions. (He) was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital and is now in a negative pressure room.”

– Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario Associated Chief Medical Officer

Health officials went on to say all staff at the hospital are taking appropriate precautions and are working to determine who came in contact with the man.

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