Two-Alarm Fire Breaks Out at Concrete Plant Near Gilroy

Two-Alarm Fire Breaks Out at Concrete Plant Near Gilroy

A two-alarm fire broke out a concrete plant in unincorporated Gilroy Saturday evening, according to CalFire officials.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported just after 9:30 p.m. near Monterey Highway and Buena Vista Avenue, according to officials.

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The cause of the blaze, which was still burning as of 10:30 p.m., is still under investigation, according to CalFire.

Multiple agencies responded to battle the flames.

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Further information was not available at the time.

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Man’s Body Plucked From San Francisco Bay

The body of a 20-something man was pulled from the San Francisco Bay in Brisbane Saturday morning, according to the Brisbane Police Department.

There were no signs of trauma, and an initial investigation indicates that the San Francisco man may have drown, according to police.

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A kayaker in the area originally spotted the body and alerted the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Brisbane police. After determining that the body was in the Brisbane area, Brisbane police took over.

Identification on the man helped police identify his age and location, police said.

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Further information was not available at the time.

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2 Suspects on Lam After Person Shot Near Oakland Nursery

2 Suspects on Lam After Person Shot Near Oakland Nursery

One person was shot near a nursery school Friday morning in East Oakland and two suspects are at large, police said.

The shooting was reported at about 10:40 a.m. in the 4400 block of Fleming Avenue near the Peter Pan Cooperative Nursery School and Maxwell Park.

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The victim was taken to a hospital and is stable condition, according to police.

Officers are looking for two suspects.

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‘I Was There for Democracy’: Woman Beaten at Turkish Embassy Speaks Out

Protesters who said they were beaten by the Turkish president’s security detail in Washington are speaking out about the incident.

A protester who says she was beaten by the Turkish president’s security detail outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington is speaking out about the attack.

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Video shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards violently breaking up a protest outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington following Erdogan’s meeting with President Trump Tuesday.

“I was there for democracy and for human rights, it was a peaceful demonstration,” protester Ceren Borazan said.

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Borazan said one of Erdogan’s bodyguards put her in a headlock. The headlock she described is visible in the video. She said it caused the blood vessel in her left eye to pop.

Borazan and the other protesters showed up to the ambassador’s residence to demonstrate against Erdogan and bring attention to repression in Turkey, she said.

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Several others were injured during the violence.

“They were beating me in the head,” Lucy Usoyan, a protester, said.

Mehmen Tankan, another protester, said that a Turkish bodyguard attacked him.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Thursday that America “should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America.” Borazan agrees with with McCain’s statement. 

“There should be something,” she said. “All I want is justice.”






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Giants Start Off Road Series in St. Louis With Comeback Win

Giants Start Off Road Series in St

ST. LOUIS — Eduardo Nunez doubled in two runs in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Friday night.

The win improves the Giants to 7-15 away from San Francisco. They have won six of seven overall.

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The Cardinals dropped their third straight and fourth of six. It’s their fourth three-game skid of the season.

Bryan Morris (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out two, to pick up the victory. Mark Melancon earned his seventh save.

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The Giants scored twice off Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh (0-2) in the ninth to take the lead. It was Oh’s second blown save of the year.

Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford singled ahead of Nunez, who hit his 10th double of the season to left center.

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Amber Alert Issued for 1-Year-Old Boy Out of SF

Amber Alert Issued for 1-Year-Old Boy Out of SF

An Amber Alert has been issued Friday afternoon for a 1-year-old boy out of San Francisco.

The California Highway Patrol in a tweet said the alert was issued on behalf of the San Francisco Police Department.

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Police said the suspect is 30-year-old Jason Lam.

No other information was immediatley available.

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Niles Canyon Road Reopens After Head-On Collision

Niles Canyon Road Reopens After Head-On Collision

A head-on collision shut down both directions of Niles Canyon Road between Sunol and Fremont for roughly two hours early Friday, the Alameda County Fire Department said.

A silver Toyota Camry struck a white minivan around 6 a.m., blocking a bridge over Niles Creek and sending two people to the hospital.

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The heavily relied-upon road was reopened just after 8 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Three fire engines, one fire truck and a battalion chief were on scene, officials said. 

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1 Dead, 22 Hurt After Car Slams Into Crowd in Times Square

An 18-year-old woman died and nearly two dozen people were hurt when a wrong-way driver slammed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square Thursday, senior officials familiar with the investigation tell NBC 4 New York.

The woman has been identified as Alyssa Elsman from Portage, Michigan.

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The driver, 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx, was taken into custody after barreling into the lunch-hour crowd on Seventh Avenue shortly before noon, according to police. Officials and sources say Rojas, a former member of the Armed Forces with a history of DWI arrests, made a U-turn on Seventh Avenue at 42nd Street and started speeding down the sidewalk, mowing down pedestrians for three and a half blocks before crashing into a traffic pole.  

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A cause of the crash is under investigation, but authorities say it’s believed to be an “isolated incident” with no nexus to terror. Law enforcement sources say Rojas told police he heard voices. They said he has a history of possible psychiatric, drug and alcohol problems, and investigators are looking into whether or not Thursday’s crash may have been a deliberate act. 

Law enforcement sources say Rojas appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was taken into custody. Sources say he blew a 0.0 when tested for alcohol at the precinct he was brought to for questioning. A law enforcement official said certain statements and tests suggest he was under the influence of something he ingested through smoking.

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In one of his two previous DWI arrests, Rojas was driving faster than 99 mph in a 50 mph zone, sources familiar with his record say. He resisted officers while being arrested for DUI in Florida, resulting in a dishonorable discharge from the Navy, law enforcement sources said. He was most recently arrested in May 2015 on a charge of menacing. On Thursday, he allegedly tried to flee cops, then tried to physically fight them, as they brought him into custody. 

Mayor de Blasio said in a briefing at the scene that a total of 23 people, including the woman who died and her 13-year-old sister, were hit by the vehicle. Four of the survivors were taken to hospitals in critical condition. Many had traumatic injuries, including open fractures, officials said at a news briefing, adding those four victims were expected to live. It’s not clear if the dead woman’s sister was among the critically injured victims. 

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Social media erupted with fear and concern as witnesses described screaming and abject chaos in the Crossroads of the World. Someone tweeted a photo of a maroon-looking sedan halfway on its side after appearing to crash into a traffic pole. Smoke emanated from the hood as pedestrians stood by in horror.

Police radio captured the urgency of the response.

“Times Square, we got a car running people over on 42-7, going northbound on 7th ave, running people over,” one NYPD dispatcher said, according to audio clips from Broadcastify. “Multiple people injured. Notify everyone.”   

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Witnesses said the vehicle was speeding — one said up to 80 mph — at the time of the crash. Many said it came out of nowhere.

Some people were sobbing, others were simply stunned by what they witnessed. 

“I saw a woman flying through the air,” Julio Sanchez Rivera, of Queens, said. “Just instinct that got me to duck inside that door and get out of the way.” 

Kristen Boyce said she was seconds away from being hit; now she can’t get the sound of it mowing down victims out of her head. 

“I was in shock, I was screaming,” she said. “No one even saw it coming.””All of a sudden I heard this boom and a car is barreling down Seventh Avenue hitting people, just, ‘Boom! Boom!’ And everyone just starts running,” Boyce added. “We start running, we don’t know if another one is going to come, we don’t know what’s happening, everyone is panicking.”

Live traffic cameras showed a gigantic emergency response in the area; at least five fire trucks cordoned off the intersection immediately near the scene and a line of police cruises, alarms and lights blaring, blocked off traffic near the TKTS booth. The city later announced a series of road closures; it wasn’t clear how long they’d be in effect. Nearby subway entrances and exits were also closed.

Gov. Cuomo had been about 15 blocks away at a separate event at the time of the crash and hurried to the scene. He released a statement Thursday afternoon calling the crash “nothing short of horrific.” 

“I was briefed at the scene by Commissioner O’Neill and saw firsthand the professionalism and diligence of New York’s first responders,” Cuomo said in a statement. “As facts continue to emerge, my heart goes out to the victims of this terrible tragedy, as well as their families.”

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DMV Reports Computer Problems at Several Field Offices

Computer glitches sparked long waits Wednesday for people wanting to pay registrations and other transactions at several DMV field offices throughout the state.

DMV officials said the computers experienced intermittent connectivity issues, which impacted driver license and vehicle registration transactions.

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Jose Robledo visited the DMV office in Burlingame to handle his car registration and renewal. But after waiting two hours he had enough and decided to leave.

The DMV worked with the California Department of Technology to get the system up and running again. A cause has not yet been determined.

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‘It’s Embarrassing’: Spurs Coach Criticizes President Trump

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is famous for his quick quips when speaking with members of the media, but he spent a whopping one minute and seven seconds lamenting about the current state of affairs in the United States.

Speaking before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland Sunday morning, Popovich was asked if gets distracted by what’s going on in the world outside of basketball. His answer seemingly spewed criticism toward President Donald Trump.

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“Usually, things happen in the world and you go to work and you’ve got your family and you’ve got your friends and you do what you do,” he said. “But to this day, I feel like there’s a cloud, a pall, over the whole country in a paranoid, surreal sort of way. It’s got nothing to do with the Democrats losing the election. It’s got to do with the way one individual conducts himself.”

Popovich wasn’t done. He never explicitly mentioned President Trump’s name, but San Antonio’s leader on the sidelines continued to call out the commander in chief for his behavior.

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“It’s embarrassing,” Popovich said. “It’s dangerous to our institutions and what we all stand for and what we expect the country to be. But for this individual, he’s in a game show, and everything that happens begins and ends with him, not our people or our country. Every time he talks about those things, that’s just a ruse. That’s just disingenuous, cynical and fake.”

A few seconds of silence filled the room before Popovich turned off the serious tone, cheerfully encouraged reporters to enjoy Game 1 and shuffled away.

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