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Douglas McCain: From San Diego to Syria as alleged ISIS fighter

Details are emerging about the life of Douglas McAuthur McCain, a San Diego resident reportedly killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria.

After growing up in Minnesota, McCain moved to San Diego and attended San Diego City College. College officials confirmed his attendance but declined to provide additional details.

On a Facebook page identified as belonging to McCain, he referred to himself as Duale ThaslaveofAllah. The Facebook page has since been taken down.

On a Twitter account identified as belonging to McCain, he used the name Duale Khalid and wrote, “It’s Islam over everything.”

The person said he converted to Islam a decade ago: “I will never look back the best thing that ever happen to me,” reads one Twitter message.

The tweets display hostility toward gays, white people and Somali immigrants in San Diego. The messages praise Allah and smoking hookah.

One tweet reads: “It’s funny to me how all these so call Muslim claim that they love Allah but always curse the...

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Napa boy crushed by brick chimney in 6.0 quake: 'I should be dead'

A 13-year-old boy says he "should be dead" after a brick chimney fell onto him during Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake near Napa, Calif., leaving him seriously injured.

Speaking from his hospital bed at UC Davis Medical Center, Nicholas Dillon told FOX40 he was lucky to be alive following his brush with death during the quake.

"I do consider myself lucky to be alive," he said. "If I hadn't moved. I am telling you, I shouldn't be here right know. I should be dead."

Doctors used three plates and bolts to repair his broken pelvis, he said.

Although doctors told Nicholas he wouldn't walk for about six months, he remained optimistic, saying he hopes to walk in four.

But for a brief moment, Nicholas said he thought he was paralyzed.

He was hosting a sleepover with a friend at his family's home in Napa, so he gave up the couch and opted to sleep on a mattress near the chimney in the living room.

The chimney, he said, collapsed on his back. Nicholas said he couldn't feel his legs and back for...

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Man allegedly leaves young children in car outside jail, is arrested

A Garden Grove man faces possible child cruelty charges after leaving his three young children in an illegally parked car while he deposited money into his wife's Orange County Jail account, authorities said.

Gerardo Jose Jimenez, 29, is suspected of leaving his car across the street from the Orange County Jail with the three children -- ages 5 months to 7 years -- inside on Monday, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy approached the car after noticing the Honda Accord was parked illegally and partially obstructing traffic on 6th Street. The engine was not running and the windows were open, authorities said.

Jimenez told the deputy he couldn’t find parking and didn’t want to wake up his 5-month-old child. He added that he had left the air conditioning on, authorities said.

Deputies determined the children were left in the car for more than five minutes before they were spotted.

The County Social Services Agency's children and families division took...

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Southern California prepares for high surf, coastal flooding

Huge swells generated by Hurricane Marie are expected to batter the Southern California coastline on Wednesday, producing eye-popping waves for the bravest of surfers, while at the same time putting low-lying seaside communities at significant risk of flooding and beach erosion.

High surf is expected to be between 8 and 10 feet, but has the potential of reaching up to 15 feet, said Dave Bruno, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“This is not a run-of-the-mill surf event,” he said. “Everybody should stay out of the water.”

Dangerous surf could also cause local flooding during high tide, which will peak at 11 a.m., he said.

The coasts of Long Beach, Port Hueneme and Malibu, Cabrillo and Zuma beaches could see flooding, Bruno said.

Wednesday’s high surf should be the “biggest” seen in many years, he added.

In Seal Beach, where rushing tide waters flooded the ground levels and garages of several homes Tuesday night and early Wednesday, officials were busy building sand berms...

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Malibu Pier closed, surfer dies as big waves hammer L.A.-area beaches

The Malibu Pier was shut down Tuesday evening and an unconscious surfer was pulled from rough waters nearby earlier in the day as high waves began pounding Southern California beaches.

California State Park officials closed the pier after a piling was knocked loose Tuesday afternoon amid the big waves, officials said.

Around 11:30 a.m.,  Los Angeles County lifeguards pulled the surfer from Malibu Point north of the pier. Lifeguards said they used a rescue board and relied on the help of other surfers to get the man out of the water.

Rescuers performed CPR on the man, but he was later pronounced dead, authorities said.

County lifeguards said the high surf prompted the closure of Portuguese Point, Sacred Cove and Inspiration Point on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Earlier Tuesday, lifeguards at Cabrillo Beach were said that waves up to 15 feet were hammering the coast.

In Ventura County, waves up to 10 feet were reported, according to the National Weather Service.

In Newport Beach, city...

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Beverly Hills police express regret for holding black producer before Emmys

Beverly Hills police officials said Tuesday that it was "extremely unfortunate" that officers handcuffed and detained an African American film producer who was in the city to attend a pre-Emmy party.

Producer Charles Belk "matched the clothing and physical characteristics" of a suspected bank robber when he was pulled over by officers on Friday evening after he left a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Belk said on Facebook that he was walking to his car when he was confronted by police, handcuffed and forced to sit on the sidewalk. He said he was detained for six hours.

“I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was a well educated American citizen that had received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, an MBA from Indiana University … and an executive leadership certificate from Harvard Business School,” Belk said. “Hey, I was ‘tall,’ ‘bald,’ a ‘male’ and ‘black,’ so I fit...

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Thousands of California's brick buildings face quake danger

Three decades after some California cities began requiring old brick buildings to be seismically retrofitted, thousands across the state still have not been strengthened and are in danger of collapse during a major earthquake.

Many are in some of California's poorest cities, where officials have chosen not to require property owners to make the upgrades.

Seismic experts are particularly worried about communities in western San Bernardino County, which are threatened by the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults.

The city of San Bernardino, which is in bankruptcy, has one of the largest concentration of unreinforced masonry buildings in the state that are at risk of particularly intense ground motion, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said.

"This is not a question of 'Maybe these buildings will come down,'  they absolutely will come down," she said.

About 70% of the 26,000 brick buildings across California have been retrofitted or demolished, with major cities such as San...

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Three men charged in shooting of San Bernardino police officer

Three men were charged Tuesday with attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of an assault rifle in connection with a shooting that left a San Bernardino police officer critically wounded and a suspect dead.

Jonathan Contreras, 20; Orlando Cruz, 24; and Gonzalo Medina, 22, all of San Bernardino, face two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and one count of possession of an assault weapon, prosecutors said. An assault rifle with high-capacity magazines and a revolver were recovered at the scene, officials said. 

If convicted as charged, the three men could face life in prison, prosecutors said.

“Let me be very clear about the message we are sending today,” San Bernardino County Dist. Atty. Mike Ramos said in a statement. “If you aid and abet or conspire with another person to shoot a police officer, or any other person, you will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Even if you don’t pull the trigger.” 

A fourth man, Alex Alvarado, 38, was shot by...

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Suspect in Valley shootings described by police as a 'serial killer'

A Sylmar man described by police as a “serial killer” was charged with murder and attempted murder Tuesday and is believed to be responsible for five days of shootings that killed four people and wounded several others, authorities said.

LAPD officials said they recovered a shotgun with a pistol grip from the home of Alexander Hernandez that connects him to three separate shootings in the San Fernando Valley on Sunday in which three people were killed.

Hernandez, 34, was charged Tuesday with killing a man who was found Thursday slumped over the wheel of his truck at a Pacoima intersection and with a shooting the next day in West Hollywood involving a couple who were uninjured.

“Nothing makes a homicide investigator’s heart beat faster than realizing he has a serial killer. And that is what this man was,” Sheriff’s Chief Bill McSweeney said. “This man is and was a serial killer....I don’t think we will ever have an adequate explanation for these terrible murders. How do you explain...

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Detective shot in Lynwood; suspect dead after being barricaded

A Los Angeles County sheriff's detective was injured during a shooting in Lynwood on Tuesday, but the extent of the injury was not immediately known, officials said.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said the incident unfolded when two detectives from Century Station went to an apartment building in the 12000 block of Santa Fe Avenue for an investigation. 

A suspect opened fire and the detectives returned fire. One detective, a 17-year veteran in his 30s, was shot in the arm and taken to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

The suspect in the shooting was killed and a weapon was recovered after he was barricaded in a nearby residence, sheriff's officials said Tuesday evening.

SWAT and crisis negotiators swarmed the scene during the barricade, and the surrounding area was evacuated.

Lindbergh Elementary had also been on lockdown.

 

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LAX stowaway Marilyn Hartman arrested Tuesday in Phoenix airport

A 62-year-old woman dubbed the “serial stowaway” for her numerous efforts to fly without a ticket was arrested Tuesday in another incident, this time in Phoenix.

Marilyn Hartman was taken into custody about 11:30 a.m. at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for trespassing, according to a news release from Phoenix police.

On Aug. 20, Hartman was caught trying to enter a secure area of Sky Harbor without a ticket, police said. She was given a warning and escorted off the premises. She was arrested Tuesday after she ignored that warning, police said.

Hartman was sentenced to 177 days in a Los Angeles jail earlier this month for violating her probation after she was banned from Los Angeles International Airport because she stowed away on a Southwest flight from San Jose. 

The Daily Breeze reported that Hartman was released after serving three days of her 177-day sentence due to overcrowding. 

Hartman was arrested when she returned to LAX the next day, according to authorities....

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Napa schools to reopen; quake damage tally continues

The wine country town of Napa on Tuesday continued to tally damage from the largest quake to strike the Bay Area in a quarter-century, relying in part on teams of building and water inspectors from throughout the region who have come to assist.

At a City Council meeting and subsequent news conference Tuesday afternoon, City Manager Mike Parness said the number of red-tagged buildings stood at about 120. Those include residential, commercial and industrial structures that can no longer be inhabited.

The number of yellow-tagged structures, meanwhile, has reached about 500, but Parness said the numbers are fluid and 800 people are still awaiting inspection. (Yellow-tagged residences are habitable while repairs are underway, while commercial buildings in that category are not permitted to serve customers or clients.)

While electricity was restored citywide Monday, the water news wasn't as bright. Crews in the field Tuesday had identified 120 broken water lines and 640 residents remained...

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