A Tehama County man is one of two suspects in the killing of a prison inmate. 38-year-old Jayson Weaver of San Diego County and 37-year-old Waylon Pitchford of Los Molinos were named as suspects, late last week, in the slaying of 71-year-old Hugo Pinell back in August.
Pinell, known as one of the "San Quentin Six", was serving a 45 year sentence after a bloody prison escape attempt in 1971. Pitchford and another man were convicted of second degree murder in 2002 and were sentenced to 15 year to life in prison. Pitchford had 12 years added to his sentence for an assault at the prison.
No charges have been filled against Weaver and Pitchford in the death of Pinell.
Anderson Police came out to the Baymont Inn on the 2,000 block of Arby way just before 7 pm Saturday, where the clerk told officers that the suspect reportedly demanded money and threatened to kill him. The suspect was reportedly wearing a white mask covering the top portion of his face and was armed with a knife. According to authorities, the employee used a can of pepper spray on the suspect, causing him to flee the business. The suspect is desribed as a Hispanic male with a thin goatee and is about 40-years-old.
The Butte County Search and Rescue Team is still on the lookout for an Oroville man reported missing almost two years ago.
The search and rescue team was at Peak View Drive in Oroville on Saturday for two purposes - to train teams in tactics and procedures and also to attempt to find a missing Oroville man. The missing man, 81-year-old John Chesley has been missing for more than 20 months and was last seen near Peak View Drive.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office.
A man is arrested after reports of shots fired at a home in Cottonwood. Shasta County Sheriff's deputies arrived at a mobile home on David Way before 7 pm Saturday to find someone allegedly firing rounds out of a window from inside the residence.
The suspect, identified as David Lightfoot told family members that he would shoot at arriving deputies and made suicidal statements.
Shasta County Hostage teams spoke with Lightfoot for about 30 minutes before convincing him to exit the home. However, once outside of the home Lightfoot became uncooperative. Deputies used a taser on Lightfoot and he was taken into custody for weapons charges.
It takes more than money to get a college named after you, says KPAY's Bruce Lang.
Mrs. Joan Weill, the wife of a Wall Street billionaire, recently gave a 20 million dollar donation to small Paul Smith College in upstate New York. But there were strings attached to her donation--she wanted the college named the Joan Weill-Paul Smith College. Some said yes but others said no.
Enter a judge, who recently ruled that no, she can't donate with strings attached because it violates the late Paul Smith's will. Some alumni who were critical of the whole issue breathed a little easier, arguing this is just one of many examples of people trying to buy immortality--in this case naming a college. It brought an end to fierce debate at the college but left the fate of Mrs. Weill's gift in doubt.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Washington Post is describing as an "outrageous injustice" the conviction of one of its reporters in Iran on charges including espionage.
Iran's judiciary spokesman today confirmed the verdict in the trial of Jason Rezaian (reh-ZY'-ahn), who has been detained in Iran for more than a year. But the spokesman gave no indication of what punishment the Iranian-American journalist could face. He said the ruling can be appealed within 20 days.
In its report, Iranian state TV called Rezaian an "American spy." He reportedly faces up to 20 years in prison.
Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron says Iran "has behaved unconscionably throughout this case," and has now convicted "an innocent journalist of serious crimes after a proceeding that unfolded in secret, with no evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing."
He says the newspaper is working with Rezaian's family and legal counsel to swiftly appeal the verdict and to push for Rezaian's release on bail pending a final decision.
Rezaian, the Post's Tehran bureau chief since 2012, grew up in Marin County, California, spent most of his life in the United States, and holds both American and Iranian citizenship. Iran does not recognize dual nationality for its citizens.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwe Cabinet minister says the country is no longer pressing for the extradition of James Palmer, an American dentist who killed a well-known lion called Cecil.
Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri had said in July that Zimbabwean police and prosecutors would work to ensure Palmer returned to Zimbabwe to face poaching charges.
But on Monday she told reporters in Harare that Palmer can now safely return to Zimbabwe as a "tourist" because he had not broken the southern African country's hunting laws. She said the police and the National Prosecuting Authority had cleared Palmer of wrongdoing.
Palmer was identified as the man who killed Cecil in a bow hunt. Cecil, a resident of Hwange National park in western Zimbabwe, was well-known to tourists and researchers.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Students are returning to class at the Oregon community college where a gunman killed nine people and wounded nine others.
The Umpqua (UHMP'-kwah) Community College campus reopened last week, but Monday marks the first day of classes since the Oct. 1 shooting. Volunteers and comfort dogs will be on hand to provide support.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will join college President Rita Cavin and student body president Tony Terra in welcoming students throughout campus.
The college will be closed to the media for most of the day.
The shooter, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer, shot his victims in a classroom before exchanging gunfire with police and then killing himself.
The accident happened at the intersection of Clark and Bushmann Road Thursday - the same location of a fatal car vs. motorcycle collision that happened earlier this week.
49-year-old Robert Hammons was riding his Harley Davidson when he reportedly clipped a Ford Focus driven by 44-year-old Jennifer Pospychala who had just entered onto Clark Road.
Hammons slid about 30 feet away from his motorcycle which then burst into flames. Hammons suffered a broken leg and was taken to Enloe Medical Center. Authorities say Pospychala did NOT appear to impaired and was driving within the posted speed limit. She could however, be sited for a right-of-way violation.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has adopted a resolution to authorize the European Union and individual countries to seize migrant-smuggling vessels on the high seas off Libya.
The resolution is under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which means it can be militarily enforced. It also authorizes the EU and individual nations to board vessels "with a view to saving the threatened lives of migrants or of victims of human trafficking." The search-and-seizure operation is authorized for one year.
The resolution says migrants "should be treated with humanity and dignity." Council diplomats say migrants on vessels that are seized would be taken to Italy.
The EU initially wanted a naval operation that could operate in Libyan territorial waters but Libya objected.
The International Organization for Migration says 2,987 migrants have died so far in 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea.
LONDON (AP) — Officials say the U.S. is abandoning its goal of training a new force of moderate Syrian rebels.
They say the Pentagon will focus instead on equipping and supporting established Kurdish and Arab rebel groups already fighting against the Islamic State group inside Syria. The change has not yet been officially announced. The current effort to recruit a moderate force has produced only a handful of combat-ready rebels.
At a news conference in London, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. will announce changes to the Syrian training program soon. He says the work the U.S. has done with the Kurds is a good example of an effective approach with a capable, motivated ground combat force. But he didn't give more details.
U.S. officials have previously described an overhaul of the military's failed effort to train thousands of moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State group. It would focus more on embedding recruits with established Kurdish and Arab units, rather than sending them directly into front-line combat.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pressure is on Congressman Paul Ryan to run for House speaker.
The process of finding a successor to John Boehner was thrown into chaos yesterday, when the front-runner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, announced he was abandoning his campaign for the post.
Entering a closed-door Republican meeting this morning, McCarthy said he's spoken with Ryan about it and thinks the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee would make a "great speaker." But McCarthy calls it a "big decision" and says Ryan needs to discuss it with "his wife and everybody else."
Ryan has insisted he's not interested in being speaker, preferring to focus on his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee. In addition, any presidential aspirations the 45-year-old Wisconsin lawmaker might have could be undercut by holding the chamber's top job and managing an unruly GOP caucus.
Being speaker also calls for frequent travel to raise money for the GOP, a challenge for a lawmaker like Ryan with a young family back home.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House.
GOP lawmakers say McCarthy told colleagues at the start of a closed meeting that he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed and Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) delayed it.
McCarthy had been heavily favored to be nominated by his fellow Republicans. However, the California Republican failed to win over a small but crucial bloc in the House GOP: the hardline Freedom Caucus. The group of 30-plus uncompromising conservatives drove Boehner to resign by threatening a floor vote on his speakership.
Yesterday, the Freedom Caucus announced it would oppose McCarthy, and back one of his two rivals, Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was also making a bid to be speaker.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Air Force spokesman says Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed in California.
The spokesman, Lt. Col. Christopher Karns, says details are sketchy. He says Stone is being treated in a hospital in the Sacramento area.
Stone is assigned to Travis Air Force Base in California.
Karns says the matter is being handled by local law enforcement officials. Karns has no details on the nature or exact location of the stabbing.
Butte County Authorities continue seeking the suspect or suspects in a shooting and apparent drug robbery Saturday night in Honcut. Sheriffs first got word of a shooting about 10:30 Saturday night on Homer Lane. There they found shell casings and blood, along with evidence that a drug robbery had occurred.
They found nobody, but the next day a man walked into a local hospital with two gunshot wounds and said he'd been the victim of a drug robbery. He said marijuana and a Silver Nissan Titan had been stolen. No arrests yet, and anyone with information is urged to call Butte County Authorities.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Eastern Kentucky University says it has canceled classes for the rest of the week because of an escalating threat after the discovery of graffiti that threatened to "kill all" this week.
The school said Wednesday that it increased police presence around the campus in Richmond, Kentucky.
Officials say classes were canceled midmorning Wednesday on the campus of about 16,000 students.
The school says there's no evidence of imminent danger but reported an escalating threat, originating from social media.
On Monday, campus police issued a public safety alert after a threat was found in a campus bathroom. The graffiti said: "Kill All By 10/8/15."
The action comes in the wake of a recent shooting at an Oregon college. The shooter killed nine people and himself.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials in South Carolina say it is now safe for some people to return to their homes after they evacuated this because of a dam that was expected to collapse.
The Richland County sheriff says the Beaver Creek dam is now stabilized and it is safe for residents to return home.
Authorities had ordered residents in about 1,000 homes downstream from the dam to evacuate and seek higher ground. But Sheriff Leon Lott now says, "There is no danger of any dam break whatsoever."
The South Carolina Army National Guard says crews from the Guard and the South Carolina Electric and Gas worked through the night and into Wednesday morning using sandbags and dropping rocks to hold back the Beaver Creek Dam.
Meanwhile, crews are working to repair a breach in a canal in South Carolina's capital that is threatening the water supply for 375,000 people. Officials say they are building a rock dam a few hundred feet north of the breach, which is near Columbia's hydroelectric plant. The canal's normally calm waters have been looking more like whitewater rapids after days of record rainfall, making it difficult for workers to put the dam in place.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel Radio says it has obtained official Palestinian government documents confirming hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to prisoners convicted in some of the deadliest attacks on Israelis.
Tuesday's report comes after days of violent clashes and repeated Israeli accusations of Palestinian incitement to violence.
Palestinians have long acknowledged paying support to the families of prisoners held by Israel, but payments personally to prisoners convicted in deadly attacks have never been made public.
Israel Radio claims the documents show the hefty sums given to those serving multiple life sentences in Israeli prisons. They include Hamas militants behind suicide bombings that killed dozens of Israelis.
Ashraf al-Ajrami, a former Palestinian minister for prisoners, confirmed the report, saying the prisoners are "heroes" and the money is for their families.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is running a new ad that seizes on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's admission that the Benghazi committee can take credit for her diminished public standing.
The 30-second ad started airing Monday night on cable television.
It shows Clinton on the offensive over McCarthy's comments ahead of her Oct. 22 testimony before the GOP-led House committee.
Here's what an announcer is heard saying in the ad: "The Republicans finally admit it. The Republicans have spent millions attacking Hillary because she's fighting for everything they oppose."
McCarthy is considered likely to become House speaker following John Boehner's surprise resignation.
Last week, McCarthy said: "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says the recent airstrike on a hospital in the northern city of Kunduz was a mistake.
Gen. John Campbell tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that it was a U.S. decision to conduct the airstrike and that the hospital was "mistakenly struck."
Campbell's testimony came three days after the airstrike on the medical clinic killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens more.
The clinic was operated by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders.
Campbell said Monday that the airstrike was requested by Afghan forces who reported being under Taliban fire.
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Joaquin is moving over the open Atlantic far away from land.
The hurricane's maximum sustained winds Tuesday are 80 miles an hour. Slow weakening is forecast over the next two days.
Joaquin is centered about 665 miles south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and is moving northeast at 18 miles an hour.
There are no watches or warnings in effect.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State public safety officials say 16 people have been killed in a storm that dumped historic levels of rain on South Carolina.
The Department of Public Safety says that eight people have drowned in South Carolina and six people died in traffic accidents. Two other people were killed in North Carolina.
Six of the deaths were in Richland County, South Carolina, where many areas surrounding the capital city of Columbia have battled record water levels.
On Tuesday, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified a man found drowned in his car as an 82-year-old Richard Nelson Milroy of Columbia. Watts says Milroy was found dead in his car after 10 p.m. on Monday in a neighborhood north of downtown Columbia.
Public Safety says its officers have responded to more than 4,300 calls for service, including more than 1,800 collisions.
Glenn County authorities are looking for an inmate who reportedly escaped from a fire conservation camp. 32-year-old Jorge Macedo, a minimum security inmate was reported missing at the Valley View Conservation Camp early Monday morning.
The camp staff had reportedly seen him late Sunday night. Macedo is described as a Hispanic male, with brown eyes and black hair. He is about 5 foot 7 tall and around 190 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Glenn County Sheriff's Office dispatch.
The accident occured after 10 am on Monday when a big rig collided with a Chevy Cobalt on Highway 70 near Little Ranch road, just south of Oroville. Witnesses told CHP officers that the driver of the Cobalt was driving over the posted speed limit and was passing vehicles on the southbound shoulder.
When the driver attempted to get back onto the main road, he lost control of his vehicle and collided with the big rig headed northbound, killing the driver of the Cobalt.
Authorities closed Highway 70 in both directions. The two lanes were reopened around 4 pm.
The Umpqua Bank on 1540 Esplanade reported a robbery last Wednesday just before 11:30 am. The suspect allegedly gave the teller a note demanding money and took off with an undisclosed amount of money. Police have released still images taken from surveillance footage at the bank.
The suspect described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. He is seen in the photos wearing a hoodie sweat shirt, a cap, and sunglasses. He also appears to have a beard. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police.
CHP is reporting both lanes of Highway 70 are blocked in the Palermo area after a fatal crash that took place earlier this morning. A sedan of unknown make crashed into a semi truck at 10:12 just north of Power HOuse Hill Road, sparking a fire. Crews were able to knock it down, but reports indicate one person has been killed. Southbound Highway 70 is closed at Palermo Road and Northbound 70 is closed at Stimpson road. Commuters should consider taking an alternate route.
A man is arrested after a standoff with authorities in Hamilton City. Sheriff's Deputies and police officers came out to a home on the 300 block of Capay Avneue around 11 am Sunday after reports of a man allegedly burning the resident's clothes in a fire pit.
When law enforcement arrived the man, identified as 34-year-old David Dixon, reportedly hid under a crawl space. Officers used OC spray and a fire extinguisher but were unable to get him out. K9 units were sent in and Dixon came out and surrendered to authorities.
He was taken to the hospital for dog bite wounds. Dixon faces charges of arson and parole violations.
Sparks from a chop saw reportedly causes a grass fire north of Chico. The Munjar Fire burned about 50 acres and is 100% contained. The blaze started south of Munjar Road near Meridian Road around 2:30 pm Friday. The landowner told fire crews that the fire started from sparks from a chop saw while he was cutting metal from a trailer. The wind stirred up the fire causing it to go through grass land and an almond orchard. No buildings were damaged or threatened.
The Meridian Fire burned 860 acres and is 100% contained. The blaze started off of Highway 99 and Meridian Road after 9 pm Saturday. High winds reportedly sent the fire over Highway 99 at Wookey Lane. According to Cal Fire the blaze was fully contained by Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The water savings numbers for August are in and the Northstate exceeded the average savings.
Oroville cut water use by 30.4%, exceeding its target of 24%.
Chico cut water use by 43.1% going beyond its target of 32%.
Paradise used 45.9% less, with its target at 36 percent.
Del Oro Water customers cut theirs by 44.3% with their target being 24%.
South Feather Water and Power Agency customers reportedly missed their target, saving 24.8% of their 36% goal. That district however, disagrees with the state about the numbers.
Statewide; California conserved 27% which exceeded the Governor's 25% use reduction mandate.
Butte County Sheriffs are investigating a drive by shooting that wounded a teen in south Oroville Wednesday night. Authorities got a report of a drive by at 10pm on the 24 hundred block of D Street in south Oroville. A 15-year-old was reportedly shot in the leg while sleeping--her injuries were NOT life threatening. Deputies reportedly say the home was hit seven times, with three rounds entering the home,. The only information so far is the vehicle involved was a small white sedan.
Detectives with the Probation Department and the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force conducted a compliance check at the home of 40-year-old Steven Woods on Reservoir Road in Palermo Thursday.
During the search they reportedly found 450 grams of methamphetamine, 10.5 grams of heroin, and several prescription medications. Detectives also found scales, packaging materials and two loaded firearms. Woods was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs for sale, possession of a firearm & ammunition by a prohibited person and other related charges.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has begun talks with Russian military officials on ways to avoid U.S. and Russian forces firing on each other in Syria.
The talks — being held by video teleconference — come a day after Russian fighter jets began bombing in western Syria and with U.S.-Russian tensions growing.
Russia's foreign minister, meanwhile, says his country and the U.S.-coalition "see eye-to-eye" on the targets of their fight against terrorism in Syria. Sergey Lavrov was speaking to reporters today on the sidelines of a U.N. gathering of world leaders.
He rejected the idea that the airstrikes were supporting Syria's government and were an attempt to distract the world's attention from the fighting in Ukraine.
Russia had said the airstrikes would target the Islamic State group -- but a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin says the targets also include other extremist groups.
One person has died, one is in the hospital and one person has been arrested in a suspected DUI Crash in Chico.
Police responded to a single car crash on 20th Street and C Street around 1:45 am on Thursday. The car had reportedly crashed into a tree in the median on 20th street and rolled before coming to rest back on it's wheels.
Officers arrived to find the car completely destroyed, a female passenger ejected from the backseat and a male passenger, 19-year-old Tyler Burns, trapped in the front seat. Both passengers were taken to Enloe Medical Center with major injuries, where the 19-year-old female reportedly died of her wounds. Her name has not been released yet pending notification of her next of kin.
The driver, a 21-year-old male identified as Andrew Reenan, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in a crash that resulted in bodily injury and vehicular manslaughter. His bail was set at $225,000. He was not injured.
The GPS enabled bait bike was locked in front of the Safeway on Mangrove Avenue and was stolen around 10 pm Wednesday. Officers used the GPS and found 30-year-old Garett Brashears with the bike at the 1 Mile area of Bidwell Park and he was arrested.
According to Chico PD, this was the 2nd time in the last 15 days that Brashears has had contact with police. The 1st time he was suspected for bicycle theft. However, the bicycle was not registered and the victim could not be identified. He was given a citation for prowling for that incident.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's now up to the House to approve a temporary funding measure to keep the government open past midnight tonight.
But Republican leaders will need to rely on Democratic votes to balance out opposition from tea party supporters who want to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
The Senate approved the funding measure today by a 78-to-20 vote.
UNDATED (AP) — A moderate Western-backed Syrian rebel group says one of its leading officers has been killed in the Russian airstrikes in Syria's central Homs province.
The group said on its website Wednesday that Iyad al-Deek died in an airstrike in the rural north of Homs. Al-Deek was an officer in the Syrian army but defected soon after the Syrian revolution turned into a war in 2011.
The group didn't provide any more details.
Activists and a rebel commander in Syria earlier Wednesday claimed the Russian airstrikes in the country have mostly hit moderate rebel positions and civilians. Russian officials have dismissed such claims.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is prepared to welcome Russian military action in Syria as long as it is directed against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida affiliates.
Speaking at the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, Kerry said that the U.S. would have "grave concerns" if Russia conducted strikes against other groups. And, he said Russian operations must not support Syrian President Bashar Assad or interfere with those of the U.S.-led coalition that is already attacking Islamic States targets.
Kerry spoke as Russia launched its first airstrikes in Syria targeting what it said were Islamic State positions. U.S. officials and others cast doubt on that claim, saying the Russians appeared to be attacking opposition groups fighting Syrian government forces.
Mosquito fogging is planned for the South Oroville area tonight. The fogging is planned, weather permitting, for the South Oroville, Palermo, Pacific Heights, and Honcut areas from 6:45 pm to 11 pm. According to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District, the fogging is meant to kill adult mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One Senate Republican who's also a presidential candidate is urging Congress to allow a partial government shutdown, as a way to gain leverage over President Barack Obama.
The Senate is on track to pass a spending bill that would keep the government from shutting down tomorrow night. But hardline conservative Republicans are denouncing their party's leaders in the House and Senate for backing away from the removal of federal funding from Planned Parenthood, in order to make sure that a shutdown doesn't take place.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky took to the floor today and urged leaders to "start out with the negotiating position that we defund everything that's objectionable." He added that "it would take courage because you have to let spending expire."
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says the stopgap measure isn't his "preferred method for funding the government," but he said it's "the most viable way forward." He accused Democrats of forcing the country "into this situation."
A fatal single vehicle crash earlier this morning shut down streets in Redding. According to police, a car slammed into a power pole in the area of Market Street and S Bonnyview road, killing the passenger and sending the driver to the hospital with major injuries. Redding PD closed the road down for their traffic investigation. The names of the victims have not been released.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the Republican allegations against Planned Parenthood at a congressional hearing today have little or nothing to do with the secretly-recorded videos that led lawmakers to investigate the group.
In those videos, Planned Parenthood officials were seen discussing their provision of fetal tissue to medical researchers.
At today's hearing, Republicans accused the group of spending millions of dollars on political activities, travel and lavish salaries. The GOP is looking to build a case for terminating the group's federal funding.
Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah says the group has given $22 million over the past five years to its political affiliate, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Responding to the attacks, the group's president told the panel that taxpayer money is used to provide sexual disease testing, contraceptives and other health care for women. And Cecile Richards said none of that money is used for political activity.
She also said the videos that were released this summer have led to increased threats against clinics.
Several Republican presidential hopefuls have condemned Planned Parenthood for its work providing fetal tissue. And demands from conservatives for an end to the group's federal funding were part of the GOP unrest that prompted House Speaker John Boehner to announce his resignation last week.
The first of them started on Riverside Avenue exit in Anderson after 2 pm on Sunday.
About an hour later a series of six small fires flared up along I-5 in Anderson, and a few blazes were also reported in Red Bluff all the way down to Liberal Avenue in Corning.
Reports indicate one home has been destroyed and another damaged off of Montgomery Road in Red Bluff. CalFire is investigating the cause.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has urged the creation of a broad anti-terror coalition that would include the Syrian government troops.
Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Putin said it was a "huge mistake" not to engage the Syrian army in the fight against the Islamic State group.
He also criticized the West for arming "moderate" rebels in Syria, saying they later come to join the Islamic State terror group.
Without naming the United States, he says a "single center of dominance has emerged after the end of Cold War," and attempts have been made to revise the U.N. role.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan says the Taliban have captured the northern city of Kunduz, the first time the insurgents have seized a major urban area since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tells The Associated Press that "Kunduz city has collapsed into the hands of the Taliban."
The insurgents launched a massive assault on the city early Monday, seizing a courthouse, a hospital and other government buildings.
The international medical charity Doctors Without Borders says it has treated more than 100 wounded people.
The fall of Kunduz marks a major setback for Afghan government forces, who have struggled to combat the Taliban with limited aid from the U.S. and NATO, which shifted to a training and support role at the end of last year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Boehner says his "first job" as speaker of the House is to "protect this institution that we all love." And he says if he were to stay on as speaker, there would be a "prolonged leadership turmoil" that would "do irreparable damage" to the House.
In a statement, he says that's why he is giving up the speakership, and his seat in Congress, at the end of October. He's stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that came to a head in a battle over funding for Planned Parenthood.
Boehner says House Republicans have "advanced conservative reforms" during the past five years that he says "will help our children and their children." He says, "I am proud of what we have accomplished."
Some conservatives are welcoming the announcement. But more mainstream Republicans say the tea party lawmakers have scored a small victory that will cost them in the long run.
Although it's not certain who will succeed Boehner, the most obvious candidate would be the No. 2 House Republican, Kevin McCarthy, a genial Californian who was first elected to Congress in 2006. Regardless of what he does, Boehner's departure ensures a major leadership race in which tea party conservatives would be expected to field a candidate.
Speaking to Congress, Pope Francis is calling for an end to the death penalty in the U.S. and across the world. Francis says that every life is sacred and society can only benefit from rehabilitating those convicted of crimes.
The pope noted that U.S. bishops have renewed their call to abolish capital punishment. That idea is unpopular, however, with many American politicians. The pontiff did not specifically mention abortion — a particularly contentious issue in Congress at the moment that threatens to force the shutdown of the U.S. government next week. Still, his remarks referred to the Catholic church's opposition to abortion.
He urged lawmakers and all Americans to "protect and defend human life at every stage of its development."
Pope Francis is urging Congress members — and the United States as a whole — not to be afraid of immigrants but to welcome them as fellow human beings. He says people are not things that can be discarded just because they are troublesome.
The pontiff's admonition comes as the presidential race is roiled by questions about immigration from Mexico and Latin America, and the nation is weighing how many migrants to accept from wars in the Middle East.
The son of Italian immigrants to Argentina himself, Francis noted that the United States was founded by immigrants, that many lawmakers are descended from foreigners, and that this generation must not "turn their back on our neighbors."
His plea: "Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated."
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Washington state to begin his first official visit to the U.S.
Xi's plane, an Air China Boeing 747, landed Tuesday at Paine Field in Everett about 30 miles north of Seattle.
He was greeted by a group that included Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former Washington governor and U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
Xi will spend his first day in the U.S. in a Seattle hotel, where talks between five U.S. governors and six of their Chinese counterparts will take place over issues that include improving energy efficiency in buildings, modernizing electrical grids and commercializing renewable energy.
He was also to deliver a policy speech Tuesday evening.
Xi on Wednesday is set to tour Boeing's large airplane production plant in Everett and travel to Microsoft's headquarters.
He leaves the Seattle area on Thursday for a White House state dinner on Friday.
SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — Pope Francis has departed Cuba for a roughly three-hour flight to Washington after calling on islanders to live a "revolution of tenderness."
His words capped a four-day trip marked by warm interactions with Cuba's leaders and subtle critiques of the system they run.
At Sunday Mass in Havana, Francis urged Cubans to serve one another rather than an ideology. He encouraged them to refrain from "looking to one side or the other to see what our neighbor is doing or not doing." Those remarks resonated in a nation where the government controls most aspects of life.
He held what appeared to be friendly meetings with Fidel and Raul Castro, the former and current presidents of Cuba. Raul Castro has accelerated a warming with the church that began under his brother, and has spoken admiringly of Francis and his critiques of global capitalism.
The pope also spoke in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra mountains where Fidel Castro commanded a guerrilla army that swept to power in 1959.
Francis said Tuesday: "Generation after generation, day after day, we are asked to renew our faith. We are asked to live the revolution of tenderness as Mary, our Mother of Charity, did."
Two suspects have been identified in a shooting incident in Shasta County. 28-year-old Timothy Gould and 25-year-old Tanna Curran were allegedly involved in shooting and injuring 62-year-old Roy Matagora on the 51 hundred block of Main Street in the City of Shasta Lake Saturday night.
According to authorities, Curran and Matagora had known each other for about a week. During that time Curran allegedly found out that Matagora was a registered sex offender. Gould came to Matagora's home and reportedly shot at him twice striking his left hand and calf. Gould was arrested for attempted murder. Curran was questioned and released. Authorities say that Curran could still face charges as the investigation continues.
A woman is sent to the hospital after a reported road rage incident. The woman reportedly had her vehicle rammed off of Mountain View Road near Carberry Road in Burney around 2:30 am Saturday and her vehicle went into a ditch.
Two female suspects allegedly used a baseball bat, a metal pipe, and rocks to damage the victim's vehicle and then attacked the woman.
Shasta County Sheriff's deputies found a victim reportedly suffering from broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and a lacerated liver. The unidentified woman was transported to a local hospital and then flown to Mercy Hospital in Redding. Authorities are still searching for the two unidentified suspects.
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether cities can ban hydraulic fracturing, stepping into a high-stakes battle over whether local governments can impose tougher oil and gas rules than the state.
The state's highest court agreed Monday to hear cases from Longmont and Fort Collins. Longmont voters banned hydraulic fracturing in 2012. Fort Collins voters approved a five-year moratorium in 2013.
Lower courts overturned the restrictions after the Colorado Oil and Gas Association filed a lawsuit, saying regulation is up to the state.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, injects a high-pressure mix underground to break open formations and make it easier to recover oil and gas. It's a widespread practice that led to an energy boom.
Opponents worry about health and environmental effects. The industry says it's safe.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are telling lawmakers there will be no handshakes and no chatting with Pope Francis or other dignitaries when the pope enters the House chamber on Thursday for his historic speech to Congress.
In a letter to House and Senate members, they're asking lawmakers to refrain from "handshakes and conversations along and down the center aisle."
The pontiff will be on a tight schedule Thursday, and congressional leaders want to avoid anything that could slow him down, such as members of Congress shaking hands with the chief of one of the departments or greeting a Supreme Court justice or even the pontiff himself.
The pope is scheduled to arrive at the Capitol shortly after 9 a.m. EDT, meet with House Speaker John Boehner, then address a joint meeting of Congress in the House chamber at 10 a.m. Vice President Joe Biden, diplomats, justices and Cabinet members are expected in a jam-packed chamber.
After his speech, the pope will appear on the Capitol balcony facing the Mall, an appearance that could draw tens of thousands on the West Lawn.
In total, Francis is to be in the Capitol for 90 minutes.
HOLGUIN, Cuba (AP) — Pope Francis is calling on Cubans to heed Jesus Christ's invitation to overcome resistance to change.
Today's large outdoor Mass in eastern Cuba comes on the pope's third day on the island. He has called on Cubans to serve people rather than ideologies and not close themselves off to others who think differently.
A plaza in the eastern Cuban city of Holguin (ohl-GEEN') was packed with thousands of people for the Mass. They waved flags as Francis traveled in his popemobile through the crowd.
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has ordered the mother of Baby Doe to be held on $1 million cash bond and the mother's boyfriend to be held without bail.
Rachelle Bond is the mother of 2-year-old Bella Bond, who was found dead in a trash bag washed up on a Boston Harbor island on June 25. Her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, is charged with killing Bella.
Bond is charged as an accessory after the fact.
Bond's lawyer had asked the judge to set a $250 cash bail and allow her to be under house arrest and with an electronic bracelet. That comment drew murmurs and snickers from people in the courtroom.
Earlier during Monday's arraignment, a woman was escorted out of the courtroom after she yelled at Bond: "I hope you rot in hell!"
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The friend of a white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston has pleaded not guilty to charges of lying to authorities and concealing information about the crime.
Twenty-one-year-old Joey Meek pleaded not guilty before a federal magistrate in Columbia on Friday.
The magistrate set a bond of $100,000. It was not immediately clear if he would be able to make bail.
Meek is accused of knowing what Dylann Roof was planning June 17 in Charleston and failing to tell anyone about it. He also is accused of lying about the situation when he was questioned.
Meek answered standard questions from the judge. Several family members, including his mother and one of his brothers, sat behind him in court.
His mother would not talk with reporters after the hearing.
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews are gaining ground against a devastating Northern California fire that has destroyed hundreds of homes.
Cal Fire says the blaze in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, was 30 percent contained Wednesday morning.
The wildfire, which started Saturday, has charred more than 109 square miles and destroyed at least 585 homes. Nine thousand more structures are threatened.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. But the San Francisco Chronicle reports
Fire crews are also gaining ground against a fire in the Gold Rush country of the Sierra Nevada foothills that has destroyed more than 400 homes and structures.
The blaze in Amador and Calaveras Counties has charred more than 110 square miles and was 45 percent contained on Wednesday. It is still threatening another 6,400 structures.
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — The deadly and destructive wildfire that sped through three Northern California counties has grown to 104 square miles Tuesday. The Valley Fire is now 15 percent contained.
For a third morning, people are waking up at evacuation centers, some still wondering if their homes are standing or leveled by the massive fire burning in parts of rural Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.
At least four firefighters have been injured. One woman died in her home.
Authorities say 585 homes are known to be destroyed. More homes and structures are also known to be razed, but the exact number remained unclear Tuesday. Nine thousand homes remain threatened.
Authorities say some people also still remain unaccounted for Tuesday. But they could be staying with relatives, on vacation or elsewhere and not impacted by the fire.
HILDALE, Utah (AP) — Officials say the bodies of two people killed in flash flooding in southern Utah were recovered in Arizona about two and a half miles downstream, while the bodies of six others were recovered in Utah.
The Washington County Emergency Services Department said Tuesday morning rescue crews were still searching for five others who were missing after a wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children Monday evening.
One survivor of the flooding in the Utah-Arizona border community remained hospitalized overnight. Two other people survived. Officials did not release further details Tuesday about the victims or survivors.
Crews worked Tuesday morning to clear thousands of tons of mud and debris from the sister towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the towns through noon Tuesday.
EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials say the man accused of killing a Kentucky State Police trooper posted a video expressing regret before he was shot and killed by police.
State police Trooper Jay Thomas confirmed Tuesday that the 25-year-old suspect, Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Florissant, Missouri, posted a Snapchat video Monday morning. In the video, the suspect said he did something he didn't mean to do and expressed regret.
Thomas said Johnson-Shanks fled from Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder late Sunday in western Kentucky, starting a chain of events that led to the deaths of the lawman and the suspect. Thomas said the suspect shot the 31-year-old Ponder during a second stop.
Johnson-Shanks was found by police in a wooded area less than a mile from where the trooper had been gunned down.
GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — There are no classes today at Delta State University in Mississippi, a day after the fatal shooting of a professor there.
The school's president says students, faculty and staff are invited to campus to attend a vigil this evening for history professor Ethan Schmidt.
Authorities believe he was shot and killed by Shannon Lamb, an instructor at the college, who was also suspected in the shooting death of the woman he lived with.
Lamb took his own life last night as police closed in on him. They'd started following him after a license-plate reader picked up his plate as he headed back into Mississippi from Arkansas. Lamb then pulled over and took off on foot, as police waited for backup. They then heard a gunshot, and found Lamb with a bullet wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Authorities say they haven't uncovered a motive for either slaying.
The school says Lamb had earlier asked for a medical leave of absence, but it's not providing any details on that.
HOUSTON (AP) — A school bus has rolled off a freeway overpass in Houston, killing two students and seriously injuring two others and the driver.
Houston Independent School District released a statement saying a female student died at the scene Tuesday, while another girl died at a hospital.
Houston police spokesman Victor Senties says a car may have hit the bus after swerving to avoid another vehicle, causing the bus driver to overcorrect and go over the overpass. Senties says the investigation is ongoing.
Names and ages of the victims weren't immediately released. The district says the bus driver and two other students are seriously hurt.
The bus was bound for Furr High School, which also operates a charter school.
Houston operates the largest public school district in Texas with about 215,000 students.
Several local businesses and charities have started collecting donations to help victims of the two biggest fires currently burning through the North State.
Tri Counties Bank has started the Valley Fire Relief Fund, and put $10,000 in the account themselves. Anyone can contribute by visiting a Tri Counties branch.
A group of people in Magalia are set to trailer donations of food, clothing and shoes, diapers and dog food to the Valley fire zone Monday evening. Donations for that can be dropped off at the Paradise Pines True Value Hardware store on the Skyway in Magalia.
The Red Cross is in need of money, and anyone can donate $10 by texting RedCross to 90999, or online at redcross.org.
And finally, the Dollar General stores in Paradise and Magalia will be collecting donations in conjuction with the Paradise chapter of the Salvation Army to assist victims of the Butte and Valley Fires. Those who would like to make a donation to the relief effort can drop off or purchase supplies such as bottled water and canned goods at the three participating Dollar General stores: the Skyway location and the Clark Road location in Paradise, and the Lakeridge Circle location in Magalia. The supplies will be divided evenly and distributed by the Salvation Army to victims of both the Butte and Valley Fires.
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