- New Triassic reptile species discovered in Arizona
- Opportunities for drinks in the desert coming next weekend
- Havasu police officer injured in vehicle accident
- Kingman resident reportedly kills self in police station parking lot
- Boater found deceased on Parker Strip after apparent Sunday night Collision
No. 6 Southern California remained unbeaten in coach Lincoln Riley’s first season with a 42-25 victory over Arizona State. Caleb Williams passed for 348 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score while marching the Trojans up and down the field for 485 total yards. Mario Williams, Malcolm Epps and Kyron Hudson caught TD passes from Caleb Williams, who returned to elite form after struggling last weekend. Emory Jones passed for 243 yards and Xazavian Valladay rushed for two touchdowns for the Sun Devils, who gave an encouraging effort in their second game under interim head coach Shaun Aguano.
Panic at an Indonesian soccer match left 174 dead, most of whom were trampled to death after police fired tear gas to dispel riots. East Java’s Vice Gov. Emil Dardak said Sunday that 100 more are being treated for injuries and 11 of them are in critical condition. Riots broke out after the game ended Saturday evening with host Arema FC of East Java’s Malang city losing to Persebaya of Surabaya 3-2. The rioting spread outside the stadium where at least five police vehicles were toppled and set ablaze. Riot police responded by firing tear gas — which is banned at soccer stadiums by FIFA — that sent hundreds of fans running for the exits. Saturday's match is one of the deadliest sports events in the world.
Rescuers have evacuated stunned survivors cut off by Hurricane Ian on Florida’s largest barrier island, and the state’s death toll has risen sharply amid recovery efforts. Hundreds of thousands of people are still sweltering without power in the state, days after Ian’s rampage from Florida to the Carolinas. Florida now has 47 confirmed deaths. Ian was one of the strongest U.S. hurricanes on record when the Category 4 monster smashed ashore at midweek. Many storm victims were left isolated with limited cellphone service and lacking basic amenities like water and power. As of Saturday night, nearly 1 million customers in Florida still had not had electricity restored.
The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told members of the faith Saturday that abuse was “a grievous sin” that shouldn’t be tolerated. His remarks were the first from a senior church leader on abuse since The Associated Press published an investigation into how the church handles reports of sexual abuse. Russell Nelson's remarks echoed previous church statements that say the investigation mischaracterizes its policies, while underlining how its teachings condemn abuse in the strongest terms. His remarks were made at the church's twice-yearly conference that leaders use to reflect on current events and announce changes in doctrine.
A Southern California man is hospitalized in serious condition after being shot several times at a youth football game. Police in the city of Ontario said a 34-year-old Pasadena man was targeted Saturday morning at Colony High School. Police say no one else was injured and the suspect or suspects fled. Police say the scene was contained and there was no further threat. Police spokeswoman Sequoia Payton says the motive for the shooting was not known. The game was not a school-sponsored event.
One of two Texas brothers who authorities say opened fire on a group of migrants getting water near the U.S.-Mexico border was a warden at a detention facility with a history of abuse allegations. The shooting Tuesday was in rural Hudspeth County about 90 miles from El Paso. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Thursday that one man was killed and a woman was wounded. Court documents say Michael Sheppard and Mark Sheppard were charged with manslaughter. Michael Sheppard served as warden of a local detention center. A spokesman for Lasalle Corrections said Thursday the warden had been fired.
Hurricane Orlene has strengthened some while heading for an expected Monday landfall on Mexico’s northwestern Pacific coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Orlene had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph at midafternoon Saturday. Orlene is forecast to hit land sometime Monday in Sinaloa state, in the region around the resort city of Mazatlan. The storm also may bring heavy rains and high winds to the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta as it passes offshore. Puerto Vallarta closed its port to ship and boat traffic Saturday as a precaution.
After being encircled by Ukrainian forces, Russia has pulled troops out from an eastern Ukrainian city that it had been using as a front-line hub. It was the latest victory for the Ukrainian counteroffensive that has humiliated and angered the Kremlin. The city of Lyman was a key transportation hub for the Russian front line. A day earlier Moscow had annexed as part of Russia. Kyiv has retaken vast swaths of territory beginning in September. With Lyman recaptured, Ukraine can now push further into the occupied Luhansk region, one of the four regions that Russia annexed Friday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his military have vowed to keep fighting to liberate all regions from Russian control.
A Riverside city council member says the county sheriff libeled her when he said on social media that she had supported defacing the historic courthouse during a July abortion rights protest. The Press-Enterprise reported Friday that City Council Member Clarissa Cervantes sued Sheriff Chad Bianco for posting false comments that have immensely harmed her reputation. Bianco has refused demands to apologize and says the lawsuit is probably as fictional as most of her social media posts after protesters left green handprints on the historic Riverside courthouse. Cervantes has condemned the vandalism and says she didn't participate in the protest.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A revived Hurricane Ian pounded coastal South Carolina on Friday, ripping apart piers and flooding streets after the ferocious storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida, trapping thousands in their homes and leaving at least 27 people dead.
Rescuers continue to search for survivors in flooded homes in Florida after Hurricane Ian's passage earlier this week. Meanwhile, authorities in South Carolina are awaiting daylight Saturday to assess the damage from the storm’s second strike. Ian made a second landfall Friday on South Carolina's coast and it is now a post-tropical cyclone driving heavy rains across parts of North Carolina and Virginia and toward the Northeast. The powerful storm terrorized millions of people for most of the week and officials say it's blamed for at least 27 deaths in Florida and three deaths in Cuba previously. But authorities say they expect the death toll to rise further.
Groups of Cubans have protested in the streets of Havana for a second night, decrying delays in fully restoring electricity three days after Hurricane Ian knocked out power across the island. A foreign monitoring group said Cuba’s internet service shut down Friday for the second time in two days, saying it appeared to be unrelated to problems from the storm but rather an attempt to keep information on the protests from spreading. People demonstrated in at least five spots in the city or on its outskirts, including the Barreras and La Gallega districts where residents blocked streets with burning tires and garbage. Power was back on in some parts of Havana that were dark Thursday, but officials gave no information on how much of the city lacked electricity.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Friday that will limit the use of conservatorships, the process in which guardians can be granted legal power to make life decisions for those deemed unable to make them. The new law, authored by Democratic Assemblymember Brian Maienschein drew attention after Britney Spears' conservatorship case became a national cause. It will require that judges document all alternatives to a conservatorship before granting one and give potential conservatees preference for selecting a conservator. Maienschein, who represents parts of San Diego, hopes the new law will help protect the autonomy of Californians with disabilities.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed legislation Thursday that would have granted more time for a first-in-the-nation African American reparations committee to continue meeting. Task force member and Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer pushed for the legislation giving the group an extra year. He said the committee’s final report assessing the compensation owed to descendants of enslaved people will be released by July 1, 2023 as scheduled. But he said the committee needs to remain intact to ensure its recommendations are enacted. However, the Coalition for a Just and Equitable California and other organizations sent a letter to Newsom saying that the extension would send a demoralizing message to African Americans already skeptical that they will receive reparations.
A Russian strike on the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens, an official said Friday, just hours before Moscow planned to annex more of Ukraine in an escalation of the seven-month war. Zaporizhzhia Regional Governor Oleksandr Starukh made the announcement in an online statement Friday. He said there were at least 28 wounded when Russian forces targeted a humanitarian convoy heading to Russian-occupied territory.
Hurricane Ian has regained some strength after exiting Florida and taking aim at South Carolina. The National Hurricane Center said the storm spent only a few hours as a weakened tropical storm over Florida before it spun up into a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday in the Atlantic Ocean. Rescue crews were wading through water and using boats to rescue Florida residents stranded in the wake of Hurricane Ian. The Orange County fire department posted photos of crews in a flooded neighborhood in the Orlando area. At least four people in Florida were confirmed dead on the state's eastern coast. Forecasters have issued a hurricane warning for coastal South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina ahead of another landfall Friday.
Authorities say they are investigating how a convicted bombmaker was able to easily escape from a Nevada prison without anyone noticing for four days. A tip led to his capture at a transit center in Las Vegas Wednesday night. State corrections officials didn’t realize until Tuesday that Porfirio Duarte-Herrera had escaped last Friday from the prison where he was serving a life sentence for a deadly 2007 explosion outside a Las Vegas resort. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo joined federal authorities at a news conference Thursday to confirm the arrest. Lombardo is a Republican who is trying to unseat Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak. Lombardo implored Sisolak to make good on his pledge to conduct a thorough investigation.
Six Republican-led states are suing the Biden administration to try and halt its plan to forgive student loan debt for millions of Americans. They're accusing it of overstepping its executive powers. It’s at least the second legal challenge this week to the sweeping proposal laid out by President Joe Biden in late August, when he said his administration would cancel up to $20,000 in education debt for millions of borrowers. As the lawsuit was being filed, the administration quietly scaled back eligibility rules for the debt relief, eliminating a relatively small group of borrowers who are the subject of legal debate in the suit.
California’s insurance commissioner has ordered nearly 50 auto insurers to provide detailed information about their claims costs during the pandemic. It's Commissioner Ricardo Lara's latest attempt to compensate consumers he says were overcharged as traffic virtually disappeared after the nation’s largest automobile insurance market imposed the first U.S. coronavirus stay-home order. Lara on Thursday gave the state’s major insurers 30 days to respond. It’s the latest salvo in a dispute over whether Lara’s delay in considering rate hike requests threatens insurance companies’ ability to write policies in California. Insurers say they are now losing money, with inflation and supply chain shortages compounding the cost of increased claims due to worsening driving habits.
Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has stood by the false claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent during an interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. That is according to Rep. Bennie Thompson, the panel's Democratic chairman. The committee has for months sought an interview with Thomas in an effort to know more about her role in trying to help former President Donald Trump overturn his election defeat. She texted with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin after the election. Thomas' attorney says his client was solely focused on ensuring reports of voter fraud and irregularities were investigated.
Two adult students and four school workers were shot and wounded in a shooting at an Oakland school campus in a gang-related attack that officials say was perpetrated by at least two shooters who fired more than 30 rounds. Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said Thursday that a student counselor, a security guard, two adult students and two workers who were at Rudsdale High School were wounded after two suspects breached the school and opened fire Wednesday. He said a third suspect drove a getaway car. No arrests have been made. Three of the victims remain hospitalized.