Category: California

Apocalyptic emergency alert flashes on TVs, freaks out Californians

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Some television viewers in southern California were startled when an apocalyptic emergency alert flashed on their screens. The Orange County Register reports a Lake Forest woman says she was watching HGTV on her Cox Communications cable service on Thursday when the alert flashed across the screen. Video shows the message included the voice of a man warning that “in the last days extremely violent time will come.” The newspaper says Spectrum cable customers also got the message. A Cox spokesman tells the newspaper that viewers should have seen a typical emergency-broadcast test but a...

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At Least 3 people Gunned Down in Downtown Fresno, California

Ko ori Ali Muhammad told his family there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America. On social media, he referred to white people as “devils.” Earlier in the year, he posted a rap album on YouTube replete with violent, explicit, racially-charged lyrics, including referring to himself in one song as a “black soldier.” On Tuesday morning, police say Muhammad stalked the streets of downtown Fresno, fatally shooting three white men with a .357 revolver. Before surrendering to police, he allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” and expressed hatred toward white people and the government, according to Fresno...

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Oroville Dam documents kept secret by state, federal officials

Citing potential security risks, state and federal officials are blocking the public’s ability to review documents that could shed light on repair plans and safety issues at crippled Oroville Dam. One of the secret reports is a memo from an independent panel of experts brought in to guide state officials’ repair plans. Another confidential document is labeled a “Project Safety Compliance Report.” The secrecy on the part of state dam operators prompted state Sen. Jim Nielsen to call for an immediate oversight hearing. “I’m alarmed and on the verge of outrage. We have an absolute, significant public safety concern,”...

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California may face ‘significant risk’ from Oroville Dam

OROVILLE (CBS13) — A team of experts warns that if the main spillway at the Oroville Dam isn’t fixed by the next rainy season, the state is a “very significant risk.” A five-member team of independent consultants released a report explaining the dire need for a spillway fix and the tight schedule. “Whatever it is they’re going to do, they’ll have to design it fast,” said Ron Stork, a flood-control expert in Sacramento. Stork says he wasn’t surprised by the findings in the report. “The DWR has a really tough job to try and do to get that spillway...

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Oroville dam operators forced to send more water down wrecked spillway

Water is once again flowing down the damaged flood control spillway at the Oroville Dam. State water officials say they are releasing 50,000 cubic feet per second of water down the damaged concrete structure to reduce lake levels. The releases began at 11 a.m. to reduce reservoir levels. In the meantime workers have removed more than 1-million cubic feet of debris that clogged the river channel. The water releases down the fragile spillway will be closely monitored. “Towards the end of this run which will be five to six days depending on the in-flow into the reservoir, we’ll ramp...

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