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Federal judge overturns California’s ban on assault weapons

A federal judge overturned California’s longtime ban on assault weapons on Friday in a ruling that likened the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife. Assault weapons have been banned in California since 1989, according to the ruling. The law has been updated several times since it was originally passed, CNN reports. According to the ruling by US District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego, the assault weapons ban violates the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms and deprives Californians of owning assault-style weapons commonly allowed in other states. Benitez issued a permanent injunction...

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“Multiple casualties,” suspect dead in Downtown San Jose shooting, police say

SAN JOSE, Calif. / CNN — Police in San Jose, California, responded to a shooting near a Valley Transportation Authority light rail maintenance yard on Wednesday morning, officials said. VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress said there were “reports of an active shooter” at the site and said employees had been evacuated. There were multiple casualties, she said in an email. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said said that the shooter is “down,” in a short Tweet. San Jose Police said the scene is still active and asked people to stay out of the area. San...

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Hundreds line up to catch whiff of rare blooming ‘corpse flower’

ALAMEDA, Calif. [AP] – Residents of a San Francisco Bay Area city gathered around an abandoned art deco gas station to catch a whiff of a corpse flower — aptly named for the stench it emits upon blooming. It’s owner, Solom Leyva, who owns a nursery in Alameda and deals in rare plants, decided to share the flower with his neighbors. He began seeing a lot of interest when he started posting on social media about his amorphophallus titanum. He decided to wheel is out on Monday, where subsequently, a line stretched down the block for most of the day. “I grabbed my wagon, went down...

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70-year-old stolen tortoise recovered by deputies

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. / CNN — A stolen tortoise was returned to its rightful owner on Monday, officials said. Deputies with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office were investigating stolen packages on Portola Drive when they identified Israel Santos, 28, as a suspect. Santos allegedly had stolen packages and the stolen reptile in his possession, deputies said. The tortoise, named Irving, was returned to his family who has owned him since 1960. Irving is estimated to be about 70 years old.’ The-CNN-Wire & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. The...

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Woman says her $26 million lottery ticket was destroyed in the laundry

NORWALK, Calif. [AP] – A woman might’ve washed her chances at wealth down the drain — literally. The winner of a $26 million California Lottery prize told convenience store workers on Wednesday that she left her ticket in her pants and it was destroyed in the laundry. The winning SuperLotto Plus ticket for the Nov. 14 drawing was sold at an Arco AM/PM convenience store in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk. Thursday was the last day to redeem it, Associated Press reported. The store’s manager told KTLA-TV that surveillance video showed the woman who bought the ticket, and she’s...

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Monstrous deep water fish washes up on California shore

CNN – A fish with a nightmarish mug washed up on a California beach last week. With teeth like glass and a football shaped body, the creature was found on the shore of Crystal Cove State Park’s Marine Protected Area in Laguna Beach. The park shared images of the fish on social media and identified it as being most likely the Pacific Football Fish. “To see an actual angler fish intact is very rare and it is unknown how or why the fish ended up on the shore,” reads the Facebook post. The Pacific Football Fish is one of more than 200 species of anglerfish worldwide, according...

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