Death row inmate Lawrence Bittaker, who in 1979 killed five teenage girls with accomplice Roy Norris, said he's getting afraid of death, and laments his "totally wasted life" during an interview in his cell.
Artist Stephanie Taylor recently visited Dutch Flat in the first of a series of stories and sketches about Main Streets in California. She drew this image of the fire alarm bell tower in Dutch Flat on a drawing program on her iPad. The image you see took about an hour to draw. This computer program automatically takes every single mark and transforms it into a time-lapse video.
During a historic speech in Havana Tuesday, President Obama acknowledged past struggles in Cuban-American relations, and promised a new chapter in the history of the two countries. "I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas," he said.
UC President Janet Napolitano tells The Sacramento Bee editorial board that she is appalled to confront yet another groping case at UC Berkeley, this one against UC Berkeley Law School Dean Sujit Choudhry. Choudhry, a renowned constitutional law scholar, took an indefinite leave of absence as dean after being sued for sexual harassment by his former executive assistant.
The Thomas fire had reached 237,500 acres and was 25 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire. Cal Fire, Ventura County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest and Ventura City Fire are all involved in the fire fight.
Los Angeles Police are searching for a man who was caught on camera breaking into homes in Studio City between November 28 and December 3, wearing a Santa hat and scarf.
The LAPD press release said the suspect knocked on doors and rang door bells to assess if anyone was home. “When no one answered the door, the suspect would gain entry to the backyards of the homes, smash a rear patio sliding door or back window, then enter the homes,” the press release said. “Once inside, the suspect removed cash, jewelry, safes, and firearms before leaving. A get-a-way driver has been seen in a dark sedan.”
Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St. in Sacramento, is overflowing with pets and has free adoptions for adult pets through the end of the year, thanks to three donors: Kim Pacini-Hauch, Matthew Cole and Janet Percevic Rollofson.
Ventura County Fire Department shot this time-lapse video of a plume of smoke collapsing and creating dangerous conditions on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, during the Thomas Fire. As the massive smoke plume generated by the fire continues to rise, it gathers heat energy from the flames below, Fire Capt. Brendan Ripley told residents in a meeting as reported by the Los Angeles Daily News. The unstable column of air can collapse at any time, resulting in dramatic 180-degree wind shifts that pose a major danger to firefighters, he said.