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Idaho mayor says ‘NO WAY, NO CHANCE’ to PETA’s request to rename Chicken Dinner Road

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The mayor of a small Idaho town said there was “NO WAY, NO CHANCE” he would consider a request from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to rename a street called Chicken Dinner Road to something more fowl-friendly.

PETA sent Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas a letter on July 3 asking him to change the name of the mostly deserted rural road. The animal-rights group said it opposes  “speciesism” and asked the name be changed to just Chicken Road.

“Just like dogs, cats, and human beings, chickens feel pain and fear and value their own lives,” said the letter from Tracy Reiman, PETA’s executive vice president. “PETA is asking Mayor Nancolas to change this road’s name to one that celebrates chickens as individuals, not as beings to kill, chop up, and label as ‘dinner.’”

Nancolas responded to the group in snarky fashion in a July 4 Facebook post.

“When I first received the letter, I thought it was a joke,” he wrote. “I literally laughed! When I realized the letter was for real, it made me extremely irritated that they would waste our time with such a ridiculous request!”

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The road in question is not even in Caldwell’s jurisdiction, the mayor said, adding that even it if was, there would be “NO WAY, NO CHANCE I would ever consider this truly unbelievable request!!”

The road is the responsibility of Canyon County, the Idaho Statesman reported. Most locals agree the road was named after Laura Lamb, who lived along the road and was known in the 1930s for her fried chicken.

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Californians brace for aftershocks following biggest earthquake in two decades

Communities in Southern California were bracing for hundreds of aftershocks Saturday after the region was rattled by two of the largest earthquakes felt there in two decades, resulting in multiple fires, punctured water and gas lines and infrastructure damage.

Seismologists warned of large aftershocks following Friday’s 7.1-magnitude tremor, which happened just after 8 p.m. local time. The quake was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the site where a 6.4-magnitude tremor hit a day earlier.

The aftershocks are expected to last days, if not weeks.

The rumbling on Friday was felt as far away as Las Vegas and Mexico. No fatalities were reported in either quake, police said, but the California National Guard was sending 200 troops, along with logistical support and aircraft, to affected areas.

NO INJURIES REPORTED AFTER POTENT QUAKE RATTLES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; AUTHORITIES ASSESSING SCENE

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Katherine Johnson-Coates stands outside of a neighbor’s burned down mobile home in the aftermath of an earthquake in Ridgecrest, Calif. Crews in Southern California assessed damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaking water and gas lines and other infrastructure Saturday after the largest earthquake the region has seen in nearly 20 years jolted an area from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Ridgecrest, a city of about 28,000 people sandwiched between Southern California and Las Vegas, experienced two fires that were quickly extinguished.

April Hamlin, a Ridgecrest resident, said she thought Friday’s quake was another aftershock. She was wrong.

“But it just kept on intensifying,” she said. “The TV went over, hanging by the cord. We heard it break. We heard glass breakage in the other rooms, but all we could do was stay where we were until it stopped.”

The second quake resulted in the postponement of several NBA Summer League games being played in Las Vegas. Play was stopped Friday night during the fourth quarter of a game between the New York Knicks and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Thomas & Mack Center, where the scoreboard swayed and the structure shook.

League play was expected to resume Saturday.

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In Los Angeles, about 150 miles southwest of Ridgecrest, the quake rattled Dodger Stadium in the fourth inning of the team’s game against the San Diego Padres. There were no reports of serious damage in and around Los Angeles.

Scientists said the initial quake on Independence Day and its small aftershocks were actually foreshocks to Fridays larger tremor, which is the most powerful since a 7.1 quake shook the Mojave Desert in 1999.

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This still image taken from video shows bottles and debris on the floor of a liquor store as a result from the earthquake in Ridgecrest, Calif. The quake struck at 8:19 p.m. Friday and was centered 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Ridgecrest, the same area of the Mojave Desert where a 6.4-magnitude temblor hit just a day earlier. (AP Photo/APTN)

NAVAL WEAPONS BASE NEAR QUAKES’ EPICENTER CLOSED FOR SAFETY INSPECTIONS

Around 500 small aftershocks were recorded as of Saturday morning, according to the United State Geological Survey.

Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology, said the chances of another 7.0 quake hitting the region within the week was  one in 20.

The chance of a 5.0 is “approaching certainty,” she said.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday requested federal assistance and the Office of Emergency Services was placed on high alert.

“I have determined that the damages caused by the July 4 and 5 earthquakes are of such severity and magnitude that continued effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local governments,” Newsom wrote in a letter to President Trump.

In addition to fires and structural damage, Ridgecrest suffered water-main breaks and power and communications outages. Authorities have reported thefts from some businesses, Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden said.

She said some “bad people” tried stealing items from local businesses after the quake, and Police Chief Jed McLaughlin said “a very expensive piece of equipment [was] stolen” from one business. A 30-mile stretch of highway on State Route 178 between Ridgecrest and Trona, a nearby city of about 2,000, was also closed off because of rock slides and road cracking.

A tweet from Newsom’s office on Saturday said the Democratic governor was headed to Ridgecrest to asses quake damage and speak with residents.

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Ron Mikulaco, left, and his nephew, Brad Fernandez, examine a crack caused by an earthquake on highway 178 outside Ridgecrest, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Antoun Abdullatif, 59, said much of his inventory from his liquor stores and other businesses in Ridgecrest and Trona was destroyed.

“I would say 70 percent of my inventory is on the floor, broken,” he said Saturday morning in Ridgecrest. “Every time you sweep and you put stuff in the dustbin, you’re putting $200 in the trash.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Drunken driver leaves Disney intern paralyzed after car crash

A 22-year old college student, just a month into a job at Disney World, was paralyzed and nearly killed after being struck by a drunken driver.

Gabby Murillo was stopped at a red light near Orlando on June 15 when the driver hit her from behind at full speed, causing her vehicle to slam into a concrete wall.

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Gabriella Murillo was hit by a drunken driver on June 15. (Courtesy of Gabriella Murillo)

“They were hit at full speed by a drunk driver,” Gabby’s sister, Jennifer Murillo, told FOX61. “He actually fled the scene. The cops, luckily, were able to catch him.”

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Murillo sustained fractured vertebrae and nerve damage; her sister says she is now paralyzed from the neck down.

The driver of the other vehicle was ticketed for careless driving with serious bodily injury, according to the police report.

Working at Disney was a big goal for Murillo, who got an internship with the company through Gateway Community College, where she studies early childhood education.

“She is obsessed with Disney,” said Jennifer. “She’s been trying to get into this college program for probably four years. And when she got that acceptance letter, we were over the moon for her.”

“She’s been obsessed with Disney for as long as we’ve been going on family trips every year,” Jennifer added.

Murillo spent three weeks in intensive care, has already undergone three surgeries and will be airlifted to a rehabilitation center in Georgia, according to NBC 4.

Her local community and others around the world have raised more than $100,000 via the crowdfunding site GoFundMe to help with future treatment. Gabby’s medical bills are expected to total $1 million in the first 12 months alone.

On Friday night, an event supporting Gabby called “Tip-A-Teacher” drew relatives, friends and volunteers to a tavern in Connecticut. More than $4,000 raised via a raffle and T-shirt sales will help with the costs of medical care and rehabilitation.

UP TO 20 INJURED AFTER GAS EXPLOSION AT VACANT PIZZA RESTAURANT IN FLORIDA SHOPPING CENTER

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A spokesperson for Walt Disney World Resort told PEOPLE: “This is a terrible situation. We are keeping Gabby and her family in our thoughts and hoping for her continued progress.”

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Multiple injuries reported after gas explosion near LA Fitness in Florida

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Emergency personnel are investigating an explosion at a shopping center in Plantation, Florida on Saturday that caused multiple injuries.

The building where the explosion occurred was completely destroyed and an LA Fitness nearby sustained heavy damage caused by the blast, with debris and glass filling the nearby parking lot.

Fire departments from Plantation, Davie, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, as well as Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue have all been called to the scene.

One person covered in blood was seen being attended by others outside the fitness center, according to video from WPLG.

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Footage from inside the fitness center showed crowds hurrying out of the building, some limping and in shock, while its front windows were nearly blown out front the massive blast.

Plantation Fire tweeted that the explosion occurred along the 800 block of South University Drive on Saturday and police have closed the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Authorities seek to seize El Chapo’s $12.6 billion assets

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Convicted Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman owes the U.S. government more than $12 billion, federal prosecutors said Friday.

The prosecutors are now seeking to seize Guzman’s assets following his conviction back in February, following a three-month trial examining his drug trafficking into the U.S. as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

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The government aims to collect $12,666,191,704 from the drug lord and his narco-empire, the New York Post reported, citing new court papers filed in Brooklyn federal court.

Witnesses testified in court during Guzman’s trial the drug lord lived a lavish life and owned personal planes, had a private zoo with a tiny train inside it, and other over-the-top assets.

While Guzman’s wealth somewhat evaporated amid legal problems, prosecutors say that there’s no need to for the government to show that he has cash on hand in order to seize it – only that his assets once were worth that sum.

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“The government is entitled to the forfeiture of all property that constitutes or is derived from the defendant’s narcotics-related crimes, as well as any property that facilitated the commission of those crimes,” the filing said.

“The government need not prove that the defendant can pay the forfeiture money judgment; it need only prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the amount it seeks is forfeitable.”

The authorities came up with the $12 billion valuation by meticulously reviewing and analyzing Guzman’s empire built on drugs.

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Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17, facing life in prison.

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Coast Guard continues search for Carnival ship crew member who fell overboard near Cuba

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The search for a 37-year-old man who fell overboard from a Carnival cruise ship on which he worked continued Friday evening, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard’s Southeast division tweeted that a crew was continuing to search for the Carnival Victory crew member 30 miles northwest of Cuba throughout the night.

NORWEGIAN EPIC CRUISE PASSENGER GOES OVERBOARD IN MEDITERRANEAN SEA; SEARCH FOR WOMAN CALLED OFF

The ship was traveling Thursday from Cozumel, Mexico, to its home port of Miami on a four-day itinerary when the man fell from the ship.

“The ship’s command immediately returned to the location where the crew member was last seen and initiated search and rescue activities, which are ongoing,” a Carnival spokesperson told Fox News.

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The ship notified the Coast Guard 7th District about the incident and a Sentry airplane was called in and the Charles Cutter Sexton was diverted to begin search efforts.

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Naval weapons base near quakes’ epicenter closed for safety inspections

As Southern California dealt with the impact of Friday evening’s magnitude-7.1 earthquake, an important U.S. Navy facility near the quake’s epicenter was still dealing with the impact of Thursday’s 6.4 temblor in the area.

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was closed Friday as officials assessed infrastructure damage from the earlier quake, Stars & Stripes reported.

The base is located just northwest of Ridgecrest, the quake epicenter that is about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The city in Kern County has about 29,000 residents.

‘SWARMAGEDDON’ OF 1,000 EARTHQUAKES HIT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. SHOULD THEY BE NERVOUS?

No casualties or injuries were reported at the base after Thursday’s quake, the base posted Friday on its Facebook page. But there was no immediate information about whether Friday evening’s quake had caused any damage.

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Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, in Ridgecrest, Calif. (Facebook)

A team composed of personnel from the U.S. Geological Survey and the California Geological Survey was conducting inspections of the base’s buildings and other infrastructure, the post said.

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The shutdown of the base was expected to continue until 5 a.m. Monday, but whether Friday’s quake would extend that closure was not immediately known.

The base supports Navy research, testing and evaluation operations, according to Stars & Stripes.

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New 7.1 earthquake hits Southern California — 1 day after largest temblor in decades

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A magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit Southern California on Friday evening — just a day after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that was the largest temblor in the region in two decades.

The newest earthquake’s epicenter was about 10 miles north northeast of Ridgecrest, Calif., about 150 northeast of Los Angeles.

The Ridgecrest area has had more than 100 aftershocks since Thursday’s earthquake and experts warn there could be more to come.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Utah teachers attend firearms drills to prepare for active shooters

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At least 30 Utah teachers banded together for a series of training sessions in which police instructed them on using guns in response to an active-shooter situation.

The training, held in a warehouse that looks like a school but also functions as a shooting range, showed teachers how to disarm a gunman, where to shoot on the body and how to properly aim and unload a firearm. Officers leading the training also went over de-escalation techniques, self-defense and medical responses such as how to pack a wound and tie a tourniquet on a child.

Utah law allows licensed gun owners to bring their concealed weapons in public schools, and is one of several states in the country, including Florida and Texas, to do so.

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“If teachers are going to be bringing firearms into schools, let’s make sure they know how to handle them safely,” Utah County Sheriff Mike Smith said.

About half the teachers brought their own handguns to the shooting range and many who attended the sessions — which have become increasingly popular and now has a waitlist to attend — felt reassured by the training.

“I know how to protect myself and my students now; I know what to expect if the worst happens,” Nancy Miramontes, a school psychologist, told The Associated Press.

At least 39 states require lockdown, active-shooter or similar safety drills, according to the Education Commission of the States. Other states have less explicit requirements or leave it to districts to decide. Utah requires its elementary schools to conduct at least one safety drill each month, and its secondary schools to have detailed emergency response plans.

Despite the increasing popularity of such programs, some school safety experts disagree with a plan that involves arming teachers.

“Are police tasking teachers to perform a law enforcement responsibility by arming them to protect others? We have to be cautious of what we ask people to do in these traumatic, stressful situations,” said Ken Trump, a school safety expert with the National School Safety and Security Services consulting firm.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Explosions cause partial collapse of dorm at University of Nevada, Reno

Classes were canceled and several people suffered minor injuries Friday after a mechanical failure caused an explosion and the partial collapse of a student residence hall at the University of Nevada, Reno campus, authorities said.

Students were being evacuated from Argenta Hall and authorities were trying to determine if the building was still structurally sound following reports of loud blasts coming from the building’s basement.

The first explosion occurred around 1 p.m. and was followed by a larger explosion, the school said in a statement. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported six people were treated for injuries at the scene and released, and two were taken to a hospital and also released.

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The aftermath of an explosion inside a residence hall at the University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nev., is visible on Friday. Police referred to the incident as a “utilities accident.” (Raymond Floyd via The AP)

“We are confident — and lucky — that today, with a light day coming after a holiday, that we really didn’t have anybody in those halls,” university police chief Todd Renwick told the paper.

The dorms are not full during the summer, but there were still residents inside the hall, student Raven Green told The Associated Press. She was in her room watching Netflix when she heard a loud boom and felt the building shake.

“It was very scary,” she said.

She said she climbed over doors and pieces of drywall to reach the stairs, which were broken. She was eventually evacuated.

Photos of the building show blown out windows and damage on multiple floors. Sophomore Raymond Floyd heard what sounded like a loud door slam as he was studying for a calculus final across the street in Peavine Hall.

About 10 minutes after being evacuated, he heard a much bigger noise.

“I could see smoke and shrapnel in the air and parts of the roof flying off,” Floyd said.

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Gov. Steve Sisolak tweeted his office was aware of the situation and have offered the school support.

“My office is aware of the situation at @unevadareno and have offered support on the ground. We will continue to closely monitor all updates. For those on or near campus, please stay clear of areas where first responders are working on the scene,” he posted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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