Pacific storm triggers mudslides, floods in Southern California

One person was found dead on Friday in a rain-swollen flood-control channel in the Orange County town of Garden Grove, which could mark the third storm-related fatality on the West Coast since Thursday.

Separately, rescue teams saved two people after they were swept away in the fast-moving Los Angeles River near a homeless encampment, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in Twitter messages.

The Ventura County Fire Department said its personnel had responded to 37 flooding-related calls and that a second-story balcony collapsed in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach.

High winds tore down power lines throughout the region, leaving as many as 78,000 customers without electricity after the storm moved in before dawn, utility officials reported.

The National Weather Service warned that thunderstorms and even tornadoes were possible as the storm front advanced. A water spout was sighted over the ocean near Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning.

The severe weather was

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As More States Get Legal Pot, Americans Hazy On Drugged Driving

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We’re in the midst of holiday season, and most Americans understand the tremendous danger—and potentially devastating consequences—that drinking and driving subjects motorists and the public to. But what about the dangers of the widely available recreational marijuana that’s already

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9 dead in mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, Oregon

The Thursday late-morning shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, a former timber town of 20,000 on the western edge of the Cascade Mountains, ranked as the deadliest mass killing this year in the United States.

The gunman stormed into a classroom in Snyder Hall on campus, shot a professor at point-blank range, then ordered cowering students to stand up and state their religion before he shot them one by one, according to survivors’ accounts.

Seven people were hospitalized, three of them listed as critical.

The killer died after exchanging gunfire with two police officers who confronted him.

The gunman was not identified by local authorities, and Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin vowed never to utter his name. But a law enforcement source confirmed media reports naming the suspect as Chris Harper-Mercer, 26.

In a photo posted on what was believed to be his MySpace profile, a young man

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Electric-Car Incentives: Oregon Charges Up, As Georgia Pulls The Plug

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‘More to it’ – Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanyl

Noye’s relatives took him to Chili’s, where he ate ribs, one of his favorites, as his “last meal.” That night, his aunt, Jill Cormier, stayed up late talking with Noye.

But there was a “lingering cloud” hovering over them, Cormier said.

The next day, Jan. 29, the family woke up and drove to the federal prison in Milan, Mich., where the three said their goodbyes and Noye, 19, surrendered himself into federal custody.

“I told him I would do anything to take his spot because I am just as guilty,” she said of their meeting nearly two months ago.

Jill Cormier

Cormier didn’t hold the drugs herself, distribute or ingest them. But “just like the police officer, the counselor, the teacher, the church member, we all knew it was happening.”

Noye, along with several others, pleaded guilty to a role in an international drug ring that bought and sold

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