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Pacific storm leaves 150,000 without power, kills one

Pacific storm leaves man without powerA strong Pacific storm battered Southern California with high winds Sunday, killing one man and leaving 150,000 without power.

An 80-foot tall tree fell and smashed a car, killing the driver in San Diego, while high winds sometimes more than 100 mph whipped the region, from the mountains north of Los Angeles to San Diego, knocking down power lines. Heavy rain flooded some streets and brought up to six inches of snow in the mountains.


Obama to pay first visit to mosque as president

Islamic Society of BaltimoreThe White House announced plans for President Barack Obama to visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday.

The visit will be Obama's first visit to a mosque as president.

"The President will hold a roundtable with community members and deliver remarks, where he will reiterate the importance of staying true to our core values," a White House official said in a statement. "Welcoming our fellow Americans, speaking out against bigotry, rejecting indifference, and protecting our nation's tradition of religious freedom."


Tests Reveal A New Problem With Treating Flint’s Lead-Tainted Water

Flint lead levelsResults of recently-tested water samples, released Friday out of Flint, Michigan, show levels of lead so high in some locations that government-issued filtration systems are unable to effectively treat the water.

Water problems began in Flint as early as April 2014, when state-appointed emergency managers made the decision to switch the city’s water supply from Detroit’s system to the Flint River. Unbeknownst at the time, the Flint River funneled corrosive water through the city’s old lead-lined pipes, which caused lead to leach into the public water. Tests conducted between January and June 2015 revealed lead levels of 11 parts per billion in the city’s drinking water — the EPA requires action be taken to monitor water corrosion when lead levels reach 15 parts per billion, though no level of exposure to lead is considered safe.


Pulitzer prize-winning security expert denied White House clearance

Ashcan SoltaniA Pulitzer prize-winning computer security expert recently hired by the Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Megan Smith, has been denied a security clearance and is heading to the West coast.

Ashkan Soltani was previously the chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. He was hired by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy as a senior adviser to Smith in December.


'Monster' sinkhole shuts down highway 101 in Oregon

Oregon sinkholeA massive sinkhole near U.S. 101 in Oregon has caused the highway to be shutdown.

The sinkhole opened after storms that dropped 1.5 inches of rain and a landslide near the highway in Harbor, Ore.

"It's a monster," Oregon Department of Transportation spokesperson Jared Castle told NBC News. "It's massive. There's just no other way to describe it." Officials are unsure of the sinkhole's width but said it exceeds 60 feet in depth. Castle said the new sinkhole probably joined with another sinkhole that formed on Dec. 13.


Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner dies at 74

Paul Kantner dies at 74Paul Kantner, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Thursday. Mr. Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74 and had suffered a heart attack this week.

His death was confirmed by longtime publicist and friend, Cynthia Bowman, who said he died of multiple organ failure and septic shock.

Mr. Kantner had a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March.


Police: 6 dead in murder-suicide in Virginia

six dead in murder suicide in VirginiaSix people are dead in what police here are calling a murder-suicide.

The deaths were found in two locations in Chesapeake, a community in the southeastern part of Virginia about 24 miles west of Virginia Beach.

Chesapeake Police were called to a home Wednesday afternoon to perform a welfare check. When they arrived, they said they found a dead body.

While investigating that scene, they were lead to a nearby home, where an armed person was barricaded inside.


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