California earthquake: 7.1 quake shakes Southern California 1 day after magnitude 6.4

California earthquake: 7.1 quake shakes Southern California 1 day after magnitude 6.4

LOS ANGELES — A powerful 7.1 earthquake shook Southern California, cracking buildings, breaking roads and causing power outages on Friday, just one day after a magnitude 6.4 hit the same general area.

The quake, centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest area, struck at 8:19 p.m. and was originally listed as a 7.1, was downgraded shortly after and then upgraded back to a 7.1. Friday’s earthquake was about 10 seconds longer than the quake on the Fourth of July in Searles Valley.

Friday’s temblor is the largest Southern California quake in at least 20 years and was followed by a series of large and small aftershocks, including a handful above magnitude 5.0.
The area in and around Ridgecrest, already trying to recover from the previous temblor, took the brunt of damage. Kern County fire officials reported “multiple injuries and multiple fires” without providing details. San Bernardino County firefighters reported cracked buildings and a minor injury.

“We know of no fatalities. There have been a lot of ambulance calls for help,” Kern County Fire Chief David Witt said at a news conference. “We’re launching a lot of people … I am very confident that we can take care of the situation.”

Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said the 6.4 is now a foreshock, and another 6.0 quake “would not be surprising.” The new, larger quake was on the same fault and part of the same sequence.

There is about a 1-in-10 chance that another 7.0 quake could hit within the next week. There is a 9 in 10 chance that the 7.1 will be the largest in Searles Valley. Jones said aftershocks from the new main quake could occur for three years.
“Like any quake, today’s M7.1 has a 1 in 20 of being followed by something even bigger. Smaller quakes – M5s are likely and a M6 is quite possible,” Jones said in a tweet.

VIDEO: Man records terrifying moment 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Ridgecrest

Gov. Gavin Newsom activated the state Office of Emergency Services operations center “to its highest level.” Soon after, a state of emergency was declared for San Bernardino County.

“The state is coordinating mutual aid to local first responders,” he said.

Ridgecrest earthquake: Reports of fires, calls for ambulances in Kern County

People reported feeling the earthquake in areas as far as San Francisco and Las Vegas. The quake was felt downtown as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it also was felt in Mexico.

VIDEO: Dr. Lucy Jones gives 26-second early warning on aftershock that hit live on air

An NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas was stopped after the quake. Speakers over the court at the Thomas & Mack Center continued swaying more than 10 minutes after the quake.

Dramatic video showed Dodger Stadium shaking during the temblor.

RELATED: Earthquake rattles Dodger Stadium during game

Power outages have been reported in Kern, Inyo and San Bernardino counties, according to Southern California Edison. About 13,000 people have no electricity in the Ridgecrest area.

Nearly 900 residents in the town of Fillmore are also without power.

The Department of Water and Power says power is out in areas such as Encino and Valley Glen. It is affecting about 1,000 customers.

Crews caution everyone that if they see a downed power line to assume it is charged and to stay away.

An image from the California Highway Patrol in Bakersfield shows large rocks on State Route 178 through the Kern River Canyon, which has been shut down.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Published at Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:49:32 +0000

Facebook, Instagram WhatsApp Outages Reported

Facebook, Instagram WhatsApp Outages Reported

Users were reporting issues across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on Wednesday. 

Facebook and Instagram said on their Twitter accounts around 12:15 p.m. ET that “some people” were were having trouble uploading or sending images and videos. The issue also affected file sharing on Facebook’s apps, the company said. 

All three social networks are owned by Facebook, Inc.

Outage maps on the monitoring site showed issues mostly affecting parts of the U.S. and Europe. U.S. areas with the most outages appeared to be concentrated in the Northeast and in Southern California. 

“I’m fine with Facebook being down but Instagram and WhatsApp? Nahhhhh man,” one user commented on the site. 

A Facebook outage in March lasted more than a day for some users, Reuters reported.

Check back for more of this developing story.

Published at Wed, 03 Jul 2019 17:26:14 +0000

Reunions Galore: First Day of Comic-Con 2019 Schedule Released

Reunions Galore: First Day of Comic-Con 2019 Schedule Released

The 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con is almost here, and the pop culture giant has begun slowly revealing what stars, panels, and experiences will take the stage.

While the golden anniversary marks a historic feat for the local event — seeing the return of Marvel after “Avengers: Endgame” — it also marks the first convention without comic legend Stan Lee, who died in November.

SDCC runs from Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21, with a preview night on Wednesday, July 17.

Here are the top hits coming to the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, July 18.

Terminator: Dark Fate
11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Hall H
Paramount Pictures brings a Terminator: Dark Fate panel discussion and footage presentation with talent and filmmakers.

Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., Hall H
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Batman Beyond won two Emmy Awards and three Annie Awards as it captured the imaginations of a new generation of Batman fans, setting new standards for superhero storytelling with innovative designs, outstanding voice acting, and an intriguing approach to DC’s iconic characters and stories. The series also spawned an acclaimed animated film, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Come celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary with many members of the creative team behind the breakthrough production, including producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), eight-time Emmy Award–winning casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (Justice League), director James Tucker (Batman: Hush), writers Bob Goodman (Elementary, Warehouse 13) and Stan Berkowitz (Justice League: The New Frontier), and the acting stars of the series: Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Kim Possible), the voices of Batman and Terry McGinnis, respectively. Stay to the end for some exclusive prizes and cool announcements.

Netflix’s New Hit YA Fantasy Series, The Order
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Meet the cast of Netflix’s The Order at their first ever Comic-Con appearance. Featuring Jake Manley, Sarah Grey, Adam DiMarco, Devery Jacobs, Thomas Elms, Katharine Isabelle, Louriza Tronco, creator/showrunner Dennis Heaton, writer/EP Shelley Eriksen, and executive producers Chad Oakes and Michael Frislev. They’ll premiere a sizzle reel with never-before-seen footage.

SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout
1:45pm – 2:45pm, Room 6A
Drop on the deck and flop like a fish because it’s a celebration for 20 years of SpongeBob SquarePants! Dive deep down into the making of SpongeBob’s brand-new special “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout!” with co-executive producers Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli. Voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), Mr. Lawrence (Plankton), and Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs) will discuss what it was like to portray their characters in front of the camera for the first time in this live action-animation hybrid episode. Plus, they’re covering 20 years of nautical nonsense, so be sure to bring it around town!

Nancy Drew Exclusive Screening and Panel
2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Ballroom 20
Nancy Drew is a brilliant teenaged detective whose sense of self has come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine—until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime solving, but when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation. A supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy’s investigation, and she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the unsolved murder of a local girl. Whether the ghost is here to help or hinder Nancy remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: Nancy’s going to have to unravel the clues from both the living and the dead to solve the crimes. Join series stars Kennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Alex Saxon, and Tunji Kasim, along with executive producers Noga Landau, Melinda Hsu-Taylor, and Stephanie Savage for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine. Nancy Drew will air Wednesdays this fall on The CW.

35th Anniversary of Ghostbusters
3 p.m. – 4 p.m., The Theater, Comic-Con Museum
Over three decades ago, four men, the iconic Ecto-1, and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man entered our lives. Since then, the proton pack is a constant cosplay want, and fans can’t help singing along to the classic theme song. The franchise spawned countless comics and animated series. With the future Ghostbuster film to look forward to, Jessica Tseang (founder, Positive Pop Culture/Persisted Media Group) discusses with panelists from the original trilogy, artists, and animators about the longevity of this franchise.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hall H
The cast and producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. take over Hall H for the first time ever! Be the first to hear the scoop about the show-stopping conclusion for season 6 and what awaits in season 7 of Marvel’s flagship television show. With your favorite stars in attendance, including Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward, along with executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb, this is a must-see panel to celebrate seven seasons with the world’s greatest fans! This action-packed series from Marvel Television and ABC Studios airs Fridays at 8/7c on ABC.

Remembering Stan Lee
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Room 6BCF
Fans remember the life and legacy of the legendary Stan Lee. Starting with Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics in 1961, Stan (together with fellow co-creator artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko) brought to life the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, and our favorite neighborhood Spider-Man! This panel will celebrate with a collection of fan art and the best of Stan’s cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plus stories from those who knew Stan and his genuine appreciation for his fans. Moderated by Christine Quimbo and Anastasia Hunter.

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5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Attention, Cloud 9 shoppers! Universal Television brings NBC’s hit workplace comedy Superstore to Comic-Con 2019. From the bright-eyed newbies and the seen-it-all veterans to the clueless seasonal hires, together the employees tackle the day-to-day grind of rabid bargain hunters and riot-causing sales, as well as the varied complex issues facing the American working class today. Join your fellow Cloud 9 employees for a Q&A session with the cast and producers: America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Ben Feldman (Mad Men), Mark McKinney (Saturday Night Live), Lauren Ash (Super Fun Night), Colton Dunn (Parks and Recreation), Nico Santos (Crazy Rich Asians), Nichole Bloom (Shameless), Kaliko Kauahi (Raven’s Home), and executive producers Justin Spitzer (The Office), Gabe Miller (The Office, The Mindy Project), and Jonathan Green (The Office, The Mindy Project).

SHAZAM! Documentary World Premiere
6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Horton Grand Theatre
Discover the unbelievable history behind the iconic, magical, and influential superhero who is really just a kid at heart: Shazam! Introduced in person by one of the film’s stars—Asher Angel—this DC spotlight (streaming later this summer on DC Universe) features interviews with the people who helped The World’s Mightiest Mortal evolve from comic book hero to pop culture icon. You’ll witness the enlightening perspectives of legendary DC writers and artists, including Geoff Johns, Jerry Ordway, Tom Mandrake, Jeff Smith, Gerry Conway, Jim Lee, and Dan DiDio; filmmaker/comic expert Kevin Smith; and the stars and makers of 2019’s hit film Shazam!: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews, director David F. Sandberg, and producer Peter Safran.

To see the full schedule, visit SDCC’s website. To plan your own schedule, check out the convention’s MySCHED program.

Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 20:33:58 +0000

Lawmaker pay freezes unconstitutional, judge rules

Lawmaker pay freezes unconstitutional, judge rules

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The attorney for an ex-lawmaker who won a dispute this week over General Assembly pay says the lawsuit was to “vindicate the independence of each legislator.”

Michael Scotti III represents former Elgin Democratic state Sen. Michael Noland. His 2017 lawsuit claimed that legislation freezing lawmakers’ pay from 2009 to 2017 violated the Illinois Constitution.

Associate Circuit Judge Franklin Valderrama ruled this week that the constitutional prohibition on altering a legislator’s compensation midterm includes freezing it. State Comptroller Susana Mendoza argued that the ban doesn’t apply to pay reductions.

Noland is now a Kane County judge. Former Belleville Democratic Sen. James Clayborne later joined the lawsuit.

Mendoza denounced what she called a “shameless money-grab.” Scotti called the comment unwarranted.

A hearing is set for Aug. 7.


Court ruling:

Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 21:09:00 +0000

Bartlett police issue traffic advisory for July 7 parade

Bartlett police issue traffic advisory for July 7 parade

Bartlett police have issued a traffic advisory for the Bartlett Lions Club Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7 in the area of North Avenue and South Oak Avenue.

The parade will travel south on South Oak Avenue, South Main Street and South Bartlett Road, west on Stearns Road and finish at the Apple Orchard Golf Course at Stearns Road and Sycamore Drive.

The parade is scheduled to last approximately two hours. Bartlett police will provide traffic control assistance.

No vehicles will be allowed to access the parade route, including park district patrons trying to access the Bartlett Aquatic Center or Bartlett Community Center. All traffic will be diverted around the parade route during the event.

Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 20:06:45 +0000

Mad Magazine to Come off Newsstands, Largely End Publishing

Mad Magazine to Come off Newsstands, Largely End Publishing

Mad magazine, the satirical publication famous for asking, “What, me worry?” and its gap-toothed, big-eared mascot Alfred E. Neuman, is coming off newsstands and will largely stop publishing new content, its owner DC said in an email Wednesday night to NBC News.

DC said that after Issue 10, there will be no new content, except for end-of-year specials, which will be all new. Issue 8 of Mad magazine, which had been published every other month, went on sale June 12.

Starting with Issue 11, the magazine will feature best-of and other nostalgic content from its 67 years of publication, DC said. The magazine will still be sold in comic shops and mailed to subscribers.

DC did not explain the decision.

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Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 09:02:42 +0000

Smollett wants Chicago’s lawsuit moved to federal court

Smollett wants Chicago’s lawsuit moved to federal court

CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett wants the lawsuit that the city of Chicago filed against him moved from state court to federal court.

The motion filed Wednesday and released to the media by Smollett’s representatives comes after the city sued the actor in April for the cost of investigating his allegations that he was a victim of a racist and anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.

Prosecutors dismissed charges against Smollett related to making a false report. However, the Police Department and city officials maintain Smollett orchestrated the January incident and they’re trying to recoup $130,000 the city spent on police overtime.

Smollett’s attorneys argue federal court is the proper venue for the case because the actor, who lived in Chicago while filming the TV show, “Empire,” is actually a California resident.

Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 01:04:00 +0000

Victor Caratini Joins Elite Club With Multi-Homer Game

Victor Caratini Joins Elite Club With Multi-Homer Game

In a back-and-forth battle with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, Chicago Cubs catcher Victor Caratini joined a remarkable club with his big performance.

Caratini, who got the start behind the plate with Yu Darvish on the mound, hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the game, including a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of the game.

That remarkable feat of switch-hitting is one thing, but according to NBC Sports Chicago’s resident historian Christopher Kamka, it’s actually a rare feat in the history of the Cubs.

According to Kamka, Caratini is just the sixth Cub in team history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game. The last Cubs player to accomplish the feat was infielder Ian Happ, who did it in May of 2018.

Augie Galan, Ellis Burton, Mark Bellhorn, and Dioner Navarro have also gone deep batting both left-and-right handed in the same game for the Cubs, with Bellhorn and Burton each accomplishing the feat twice in their careers.

Perhaps making the accomplishment even more remarkable, Caratini missed time earlier this season after breaking his left hamate bone. Fans will remember that Caratini broke the bone during an at-bat and then later doubled into the gap in that same at-bat.

Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 01:51:18 +0000

Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down July 4 violence

Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down July 4 violence

CHICAGO — Chicago’s police department is following a familiar playbook for the July 4 holiday, which is typically one of the most violent weekends of the year, by flooding the city with officers and arresting dozens of people on guns and weapons charges.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced Wednesday that an extra 1,500 officers will hit the streets, parks and lakefront.

The department says officers made 77 arrests Tuesday on guns and weapons charges in a one-day sweep called “Operation Independence.”

Similar police operations in recent years have resulted in the seizure of illegal guns and narcotics, and have kept known gang members locked up during the long holiday weekend.

Published at Wed, 03 Jul 2019 16:53:00 +0000