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Rivers swollen from melting Sierra Nevada snowpack claim another life in the Central Valley

A high school honor student from Fresno drowned in the San Joaquin River over the weekend, marking the latest fatality in the Central Valley as rivers churn violently as a result of California’s rapidly melting snowpack.

On the official Instagram account for the city of Fresno, officials said that Neng Thao drowned in the San Joaquin River on Saturday.

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Body found in burning vehicle near 215 Freeway in Riverside County

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after a body was found in a burning car late Sunday.

County firefighters were dispatched to Van Buren Boulevard off the 215 Freeway near Moreno Valley about 11:30 p.m. for reports of a vehicle fire, records show.

Firefighters found the body inside and called Riverside County sheriff’s deputies.

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After years of planning, California is likely to roll out its earthquake warning system next year

California will likely roll out a limited public earthquake early warning system sometime next year, researchers building the network say.

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Lifeguards clear the waters off San Clemente after spotting 25 sharks — likely great whites — near the shore

Lifeguards in San Clemente ordered swimmers and surfers out of the water Sunday after 25 sharks — some of them 10-footers — were sighted near the shore.

The closure began soon after 10:30 a.m., when a fisherman spotted a shark near the end of the San Clemente Pier, said Nicolas Giugni, one of the coastal city’s marine safety officers.

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Earthquake: 3.5 quake strikes near Tres Pinos, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported Sunday evening six miles from Tres Pinos, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:36 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 2.5 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 10 miles from Hollister, Calif., 13 miles from Chualar, Calif., and 54 miles from San Jose City Hall.

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Hot weather raises wildfire risk across Southern California

Scorching temperatures across the Southland this weekend have elevated the risk of wildfires, weather officials warned.

David Sweet, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, said above-normal temperatures were expected inland Sunday as high as the mid-90s in the valleys.

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