LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal officials have publicly identified a woman suspected of graffiti vandalism in at least eight national parks across the West, including Yosemite and Death Valley in California, and credit social media for helping pinpoint the alleged culprit.
Casey Nocket of New York state has not been arrested or charged but was confirmed on Thursday as “the major suspect” in an investigation of one of the most widespread acts of serial vandalism documented in the National Park System.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cyber intrusions and other data breaches put the personal records of 18.5 million Californians, nearly half the state’s population, at risk in 2013, a seven-fold increase over the year before, the state attorney general reported on Tuesday.
The number of data breaches reported by companies and government entities increased 28 percent, from 131 in 2012 to 167 last year, more than half of them, or 53 percent, caused by cyber incursions such as computer hacking and malware, the report said.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 27 (Reuters) – A California-based
immunologist leading an international effort to develop new
anti-Ebola drugs has raised more than $100,000 in online
donations to hasten the research, achieving her Internet
“crowdfunding” goal in just over two weeks.
The proceeds will be used to purchase a piece of equipment
enabling Scripps Research Institute scientists in San Diego to
more quickly analyze Ebola antibody samples from survivors of
the hemorrhagic fever, a spokeswoman there said on Monday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. military landed its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Friday, ending a classified 22-month mission that marked the third in Earth orbit for the experimental program, the Air Force said.
The X-37B, a 29-foot-long (9-meter) winged craft that resembles a miniature NASA space shuttle, touched down at 9:24 a.m. local time at the coastal air base and launch facility base near Lompoc, California, 160 miles (258 km) northwest of Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 13 (Reuters) – A California-based
immunologist in charge of an international consortium developing
new anti-Ebola drugs has turned to Internet “crowdfunding” for
extra money needed to speed up the research.
The group led by Erica Ollman Saphire, a professor at the
Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, helped formulate the
experimental ZMapp serum that was used to treat two American aid
workers who contracted Ebola in Liberia and recovered.
By Steve Gorman
(Reuters) – A lawyer for the family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy wants to broker a conference between several physicians who insist she exhibits signs of life and a court-appointed doctor who rejects their findings.
Relatives of Jahi McMath, aged 13 when she suffered cardiac arrest in December following surgery to treat sleep apnea, petitioned a judge weeks ago to revoke her death certificate and restore her status as a living person.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Mountain lions in Southern
California are under growing pressure from a shrinking gene
pool, fragmented by highways and urban sprawl that has left the
cats’ territories increasingly isolated from each other, a study
published on Wednesday showed.
Analysis of DNA from about 350 mountain lions, or cougars,
statewide revealed that those in the Santa Ana Mountains
southeast of Los Angeles are only about half as genetically
diverse as more robust populations in the Rockies.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An air tanker plane being used to fight a wildfire in Yosemite National Park crashed in flames on Tuesday, but the fate of the pilot was not immediately known, officials for the park and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said in a tweet that the plane went down near the so-called Dog Rock Fire and that the condition of the pilot was “undetermined.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An American freelance television cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment, the network said on Thursday in an online report.
Diagnosis of the cameraman, who the network said came down with symptoms on Wednesday that included aches and fatigue, is believed to mark the first time an American journalist has been infected with the deadly virus since the current outbreak in West Africa.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California forestry officials have opened an inquiry into a life-threatening ordeal faced by 12 firefighters who were nearly engulfed by flames in the Sierra Nevada last month before a helicopter pilot flew to the scene and led them to safety.
The team had already crawled into foil-lined personal fire shelters – a survival measure of last resort – before they were spotted by the pilot as columns of fire raced up a canyon at them, igniting whole trees along the way.