(Reuters) – Barreling in from the Pacific, powerful Hurricane Patricia moved so quickly past the Mexican coast that it failed to saturate the ground and produce the devastating flooding that often comes with storms of this size, meteorologists said on Saturday.
The Category 5 storm appeared to have caused less damage than originally feared after it made landfall on Friday south of Puerto Vallarta and north of Manzanillo as one of the most powerful storms on record with winds of about 165 miles per hour (266 km/h).
(Reuters) – Hawaii’s governor has signed an emergency proclamation to deal with the problem of homelessness, saying the state faces the country’s highest per capita rate of homelessness and more needs to be done to house the indigent.
Democratic Governor David Ige said in a statement on Friday that homelessness is particularly acute on the island of Oahu, the state’s most populous island, and that it has increased at an alarming rate over the last two years.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rock musician Phil Lesh, a founding member of influential band the Grateful Dead, has been diagnosed with non-aggressive bladder cancer and has canceled a pair of October concerts, he said in a statement late on Friday.
Lesh, who plays with the band Phil Lesh & Friends, in a statement on the website of his San Rafael, California-based music venue Terrapin Crossroads, said he received the diagnosis early this month and has since received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews on Friday reopened a key portion of a major California highway closed when flash floods sent a torrent of mud and debris onto the roadway, trapping dozens of motorists, officials said.
All lanes of Interstate 5, which runs from Mexico to Canada, were reopened Friday evening, the California Highway Patrol said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mixed martial arts fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller was arrested on Friday on a charge of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on an officer after he threw a ceramic tile at sheriff’s deputies outside his Southern California home, authorities said.
Miller, 34, also threatened deputies with a metal pole and a fire extinguisher before they subdued him with an electric stun gun, or Taser, at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Mission Viejo, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Road crews cleaned up on Friday after mudslides that swept parts of Southern California and left a major highway closed for a second day, as forecasters warned of possible thunderstorms that could trigger additional flash floods going into the weekend.
Heavy rains on Thursday sent tons of mud streaming onto Interstate 5 along the Grapevine mountain pass about 50 miles north of Los Angeles, shutting down the region’s main north-south highway, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles school board has voted to fire a nationally recognized teacher following allegations that he inappropriately touched minors and made an improper joke to students, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The newspaper reported the dismissal of Hobart Avenue Elementary School teacher Rafe Esquith, 61, on its website late on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. The board’s vote took place behind closed doors on Tuesday, the newspaper said.
, and Los Angeles (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law the state’s first comprehensive regulations of medical marijuana, two decades after legalization fueled a wild west of disparate local rules, a gray market in cultivation and concerns about the ease of obtaining the drug.
The package of three laws, viewed by some as a possible framework for the eventual legalization of recreational marijuana in the most populous U.S. state, would establish a Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation and regulate such activities as cultivation and dispensary licensing.
(Reuters) – U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who thwarted a train attack in France in August, was stabbed in Sacramento early on Thursday and was in stable condition at a California hospital, Air Force officials said.
“At approximately 1 a.m., Airman First Class Stone was involved in a stabbing incident in Sacramento,” Air Force spokeswoman Rose Richeson said in a statement. “He was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stephen “Steve-O” Glover, stunt-performing star of the “Jackass” movies, pleaded no contest on Wednesday to charges he illegally climbed a Los Angeles construction crane and set off fireworks to protest against SeaWorld, prosecutors said.
A judge sentenced Steve-O, who posted video online of his Aug. 9 stunt in Hollywood, to 30 days in jail and three years of probation, Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office said in an email.