2 dead, several injured in California school shooting

Police say 16-year-old suspected gunman opened fire on southern California high school before shooting himself. A California high school student has pulled a 45 caliber semiautomatic handgun from his backpack and fired on fellow students as classes began, killing two and wounding three others, according to authorities. He then turned the gun on himself. It was his 16th birthday. The teenaged gunman survived the self-inflicted gunshot to the head and was in grave condition, law enforcement officials said. Investigators were still searching for what drove the student to perpetrating the…

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2 dead, several injured in California school shooting

Police say the suspected gunman was taken into custody after opening fire at a high school in Southern California. A student gunman opened fire on Thursday at a Southern California high school, leaving two people dead and several others injured before he was taken into custody, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 7:30am at Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita, about 48km (30 miles) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Freshman Rosie Rodriguez said she was walking up the library stairs when she heard noises that “sounded like balloons”…

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California announces probe of Facebook privacy practices

The social network is under fire in the US state for giving third parties data access and not disclosing its practices. The attorney general of California – the most populous state in the United States – says he has been investigating Facebook privacy practices since 2018. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra offered few details about the probe and said he was disclosing it only because his office was making a public court filing to force Facebook to answer subpoenas, to which he said Facebook had thus far failed to respond…

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Apple pledges $2.5bn to address California housing crisis

As homelessness reaches chronic levels in California, Apple and other tech companies pledge funds to fix the problem. Technology giant Apple says it will set aside $2.5bn to provide affordable homes in California which has more homeless people in the state than anywhere else in the United States. Tech companies have been blamed for contributing to the state’s housing crisis as they set up shop there, pushing house prices up beyond the reach of many residents. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.

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HOTTOPIC: Residents, celebrities forced to flee as California burns

As firefighters work to tackle blazes, authorities warn of worse to come with no rain and high winds forecast. Fires swept through the hills of Los Angeles where many celebrities live on Monday, destroying several large homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, as a blaze in California’s wine country in the United States exploded in size. The flames that roared up a steep hillside near the J Paul Getty Museum in the Los Angeles’ district of Brentwood showed the scale of the danger the state faces amid strong…

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California declares state of emergency as fires rage

Wildfires continue to tear through southern and northern parts of the western US state. The governor of the US state of California has declared a state of emergency because of raging wildfires. High winds and extremely low humidity have hindered efforts to contain blazes burning in the northern and southern part of the state. The Kincade fire located in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, first started on October 23. It is the largest fire currently burning in the state. More than 6,400 hectares (15,800 acres) of land has already…

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Skeleton found on California peak creates ‘mystery’

Authorities say it is rare to find the remains of someone who apparently has not been reported as missing in the area. 3 hours ago The area below Mount Williamson where a skeleton was found [Inyo Sheriff’s Department/AP Photo] more on US & Canada Chicago teachers’ strike: Thousands hit the picket lines over paytoday Zuckerberg: ‘Fifth estate’ should not decide what is credibletoday Is it too late to stop Turkey’s military operation in Syria?today Skeleton found on California peak creates ‘mystery’today Climbers were closing in on the top of California’s…

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California: A leading state in child poverty

A lack of affordable housing is making it worse as President Donald Trump’s administration aims to slash funding for subsidised housing for the poor. The United Nations says a billion children in the world live in poverty. In the United States, California has one of the highest rates of any state. And a lack of affordable housing is making it worse. by Rob Reynolds Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from the town of Watsonville, just south of San Francisco.

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Six-year-old among three killed at California food festival

US media report 19-year-old Santino William Legan identified as gunman. Search still on for possible accomplice. A gunman cut through a fence and opened fire on a crowd eating and listening to music at a popular food festival in California, killing three people, including a six-year-old boy, and wounding about 15 others before police quickly shot him dead on Sunday, authorities said. On Monday, California police were searching for a suspected accomplice of the gunman, who authorities identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan, according to US media. The attacker appeared…

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California hit by 7.1-magnitude quake, strongest in two decades

Friday’s quake was 11 times stronger than the previous day’s ‘foreshock’, seen as part of an ‘earthquake sequence’. Southern California has been rattled by its largest earthquake in two decades as a 7.1-magnitude tremor shook buildings and cut power supplies in parts of Los Angeles but did not cause major damage or deaths, officials said. The shallow quake struck near the small city of Ridgecrest on Friday at 8:19pm (3:19 GMT on Saturday), US seismologists said, and following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that hit the same area the day before. The…

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California rocked by strongest earthquake in two decades

Magnitude-6.4 earthquake causes fires, damage to buildings as residents warned of aftershocks. Southern California has been rocked by a magnitude-6.4 earthquake, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, with authorities warning that the tremor, the largest in two decades, might not be the day’s last. The powerful earthquake struck near the city of Ridgecrest, about 175km northeast of Los Angeles, on Thursday. Emergency responders did not immediately report mass injuries or any deaths, but USGS seismologist Rob Graves said that “this earthquake is large enough that the shaking could have caused…

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World’s largest plane takes to the skies over California

The mega jet has a wingspan the length of an American football field and is powered by six engines on a twin fuselage. The jet stayed aloft for more than two hours, hitting a top speed of 304km per hour [Matt Hartman/AP] The world’s largest aeroplane made its first test flight on Saturday in California. The mega jet, called Roc, which has a wingspan the length of an American football field and is powered by six engines on a twin fuselage, carried out its maiden voyage over the Mojave Desert…

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