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More than 200 California flights canceled on 2nd day of Northeast storm

For the second consecutive day, a powerful winter storm blanketing the Northeast has spurred the cancellation of hundreds of flights going to or from California.

At least 106 flights to or from Los Angeles International Airport and 99 flights to or from San Francisco International Airport were canceled Tuesday, according to FlightAware.com. Nearly 30 flights connected to Orange County and San Diego also have been canceled.

Most of the cancellations are connected to flights heading to or from Boston, New Jersey and New York, the areas hardest hit by a blizzard that moved in Monday night. The storm dumped as much as 2 feet of snow on Boston but delivered much less snow than expected to New York and New Jersey, where authorities restarted mass transportation Tuesday after a one-day shutdown.

Thousands of flights have been canceled or delayed nationwide. Boston’s Logan International Airport said it probably would not resume flights until Wednesday.

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Masked men crash SUV into S.F. museum, steal 10 ounces of gold

Three men drove an SUV into a Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco and made off with gold nuggets, giving new meaning to the term "gold rush."

About 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, the trio drove a stolen SUV through the front of the museum in the downtown Financial District and made off with the loot, San Francisco police said.

The men had their faces covered when a security guard arrived to check out the commotion. One of the robbers held the guard at gunpoint while the others scooped up the gold -- about 10 ounces in all, said Officer Albie Esparza.

The museum is in the 400 block of Montgomery Street and houses “real gold from California gold country regions,” a Wells Fargo stagecoach from the 1860s and a working telegraph, according to the museum’s website.

The men escaped in a second vehicle, according to KGO. The vehicle reportedly headed east across the Bay Bridge.

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4-year-old Fresno girl found dead, stuck in window security bars

Two days after 4-year-old Estefania was found not breathing, her head trapped in the security bars of a window at her home, Fresno County authorities are hoping an autopsy will shed light on her death.

A preliminary investigation suggests Estefania Duque died accidentally Sunday afternoon, but the autopsy scheduled for Tuesday is needed to “determine the actual cause of death,” the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

Estefania wasn’t breathing when she was found about 4 p.m. Sunday with her head stuck between the metal security bars outside her bedroom window, authorities said.

Relatives told investigators she'd been left in her room alone for about 30 minutes, with adults in an adjacent room, when another family member got home and saw her head stuck between the bars.

Authorities said the girl appeared to be trying to climb out of the window, but they don't know why.

Relatives dialed 911 while other family members frantically worked to get the girl free. They held her until...

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Google to police: Waze app can't 'track' officers' movements

Real-time traffic app Waze’s police spotting feature is a deterrent for dangerous driving, not a tool that can “track” police officers, Google officials said in response to concerns from the Los Angeles police chief.

In a Dec. 30 letter to Google, which acquired Waze in 2013, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck wrote that by pointing out police locations, the app compromises officer safety, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Times.

Beck noted that in the days before Ismaiiyl Brinsley killed New York Police Department Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Dec. 20, he used the application to monitor police movements.

But in a statement, Waze spokeswoman Julie Mossler said the app is actually welcomed by many law enforcement agencies and keeps citizens “safe.”

"We think very deeply about safety and security and work in partnership with the NYPD and other police and departments of transportation all over the world … to help municipalities better understand what's happening in their...

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Earthquake: 3.4 quake strikes near Green Valley

A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning eight miles from Green Valley, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:16 a.m. PST at a depth of 5.6 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 14 miles from Quartz Hill and 17 miles from Lancaster.

In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm.

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LAPD Chief Beck concerned traffic app Waze puts police in harm's way

The real-time traffic app Waze has earned the ire of the Los Angeles Police Department, which contends the app jeopardizes the lives of police officers.

In a Dec. 30 letter to Google, which acquired Waze in 2013, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck wrote that by indicating the locations of police, the app compromises the safety and security of officers, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Times.

Beck noted that in the days before slaying New York Police Department Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Dec. 20, Ismaiiyl Brinsley used the application to monitor police movements.

“I am confident your company did not intend the Waze app to be a means to allow those who wish to commit crimes to use the unwitting Waze community as their lookouts for the location of police officers,” Beck wrote.

A spokeswoman for Waze did not respond to an after-hours request for comment. Waze has about 2 million users in Greater Los Angeles, and more than 50 million users worldwide.

Beck’s concerns come...

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