A man swept out to sea by seven-foot waves during an oceanside baptismal ceremony in California on Sunday remained missing a day later as hopes faded he would be found alive, officials said on Monday.
U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Adam Stanton said three men were initially washed away by the surf while performing the religious ceremony, held on the shore of the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve in the small Santa Barbara County city of Guadalupe.
Two of the men were able swim back to shore without injuries, but the third man, whom authorities have not named, was still lost on Monday afternoon, according to a statement by the Santa Barbara Fire Department.
The missing man had been helping to perform a baptism in association with the Jesus Christ Light of the Sky church, which holds similar events two or three times a year, according to local newspaper the Santa Maria Times.
Some 25 people, mostly Spanish-speaking, attended the event, the paper said.
Pastor Maurigro Cervantes told Fox News-affiliate KCOY TV that he was one of the three men conducting the baptism when big waves began to roll in and pulled his cousin out to sea.
"I tried to take him ... but he was heavy and then another big wave come and took him," Cervantes said.
Search helicopters and boats joined in the rescue effort for the missing man all day on Sunday, Santa Barbara Fire Department Captain David Sadecki said.
By Monday afternoon, the Coast Guard had called off its air search without finding the man. Local officials with rescue watercraft remained in the area, Sadecki said.
April 1 (UPI) -- A Mexican teenager has been accused of brutally killing her best friend after she posted naked selfies of the two girls posing together on Facebook.
According to police, Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez, 16, allegedly stabbed 16-year-old Anel Baez 65 times during a fatal attack on March 19.
Authorities believe that Gutierrez wanted to get back at Baez for posting the "humiliating" photos. When Baez asked Gutierrez to come to her home in Guamúchil in an effort to mend fences, her “sister” allegedly went to use the bathroom but instead grabbed a kitchen knife and carried out the killing.
Gutierrez had been using Twitter to make threats to Baez prior to the alleged murder, according to Notus. "It may seem that I am very calm, but in my head I have killed you at least three times," Gutierrez allegedly wrote on a now-deleted account.
After the deed was done, she allegedly wrote, “I am an [expletive]" and "OMG I did" (sic). The Twitter account was deleted March 21.
She initially escaped, but was arrested while attending Baez's funeral and is expected to be charged with murder later this week.
If convicted, Gutierrez may only have to serve seven years in jail because she is considered to be a juvenile under Mexican law, the New York Daily News reports.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian police investigation into the pilots of the missing Malaysian jet might turn up nothing, the force's chief said Wednesday, while the head of the international search effort also acknowledged that an air hunt to spot wreckage on the surface of the southern Indian Ocean was not certain of success.
The statements underscored the lack of knowledge authorities have about what happened on Flight 370 and where it may have ended, and point to a scenario that becomes more likely with every passing day -- that the fate of the Boeing 777 its 239 passengers and crew might remain a mystery forever.
The plane disappeared March 8 on a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur after its transponders, which make the plane visible to commercial radar, were shut off. Military radar picked it up the jet just under an hour later, on the other side of the Malay peninsula. Authorities say until then its "movements were consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane" but have not ruled out anything, including mechanical error.
Police are investigating the pilots and crews for any evidence suggesting they may have hijacked or sabotaged the plane. The backgrounds of the passengers, two-thirds of whom were from China, have been checked by local and international investigators and nothing suspicious has been found.
"Investigations may go on and on and on. We have to clear every little thing," Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters in Kuala Lumpur. "At the end of the investigations, we may not even know the real cause. We may not even know the reason for this incident."
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Mar 31 2014
JAMUL, Calif. – A skydiving trainer has died after a midair collision in eastern San Diego county.
Sheriff's Lt. Clayton Lisk said the man's body was found in the Jamul area Sunday afternoon following a search-and-rescue effort.
The owner of Skydive San Diego told reporters the victim was practicing a maneuver called tracking when he collided with his jump partner's knee or leg.
Buzz Fink said the victim's parachute was never deployed. The other jumper involved in the collision was not injured and was able to land in the drop zone.
Fink said the victim, who was in his 20s, was an experienced skydiver who had completed more than 1,000 jumps.
Mar 31 2014
DARRINGTON, Wash. – The rains that have bedeviled rescuers working to find more victims in the debris field from the deadly Washington state mudslide are expected to ease this week, but searchers faced other challenges at the site like household chemicals and sewage.
The number of confirmed dead has increased from 18 to 21, Jason Biermann, program manager at the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, said Sunday evening.
Fifteen of the victims have been identified by the Snohomish County medical examiner, and six have yet to be identified, Biermann said. Another four bodies were found Sunday, but they won't be added to the official count until the medical examiner receives the bodies. Biermann said 30 people remain missing.
The March 22 landslide, one of the deadliest in U.S. history, struck a rural community about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.
Crews have completed a makeshift road that will link one side of the debris field to the other, significantly aiding the recovery operation. They have also been working to clear mud and debris from the highway, leaving piles of gooey muck, splintered wood and housing insulation on the sides of the road.
Searchers have had to contend with treacherous conditions, including septic tanks, gasoline and propane containers. When rescuers and dogs leave the site, they are hosed off by hazardous materials crews.
"We're worried about dysentery, we're worried about tetanus, we're worried about contamination," said Lt. Richard Burke of the Bellevue Fire Department, an on-site spokesman. "The last thing we want to do is take any of these contaminants out of here and take them into town."
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Mar 29 2014
A magnitude-5.1 earthquake shook the Los Angeles area and surrounding counties Friday night, authorities said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at about 9:11 p.m. and was centered near Brea in Orange County -- about 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It was felt as far south as San Diego and as far north as Ventura County, according to citizen responses collected online by the USGS.
About an hour earlier, a 3.6 quake hit nearby in the city of La Habra.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it was looking for signs of damage or injuries. Callers to KNX-AM reported seeing a brick wall collapse, water sloshing in a swimming pool, and wires and trees swaying back and forth.
The Los Angeles Times reported that residents in La Habra posted pictures on social media showing broken vases, topped furniture and other items scattered in their homes.
Power outages were reported in some neighborhoods near the epicenter, according to the report.
Broken glass, gas leaks, a water main break and a rockslide were reported near the epicenter, according to Twitter updates from local authorities.
Minor injuries were reported as a result of a rockslide that caused a vehicle rollover and closed a portion of Carbon Canyon Road in Brea, authorities said.
"A lot of the glass in the place shook like crazy," he said. "It started like a roll and then it started shaking like crazy. Everybody ran outside, hugging each other in the streets."
A helicopter news reporter from KNBC-TV reported from above that rides at Disneyland in Anaheim -- several miles from the epicenter -- were stopped as a precaution.
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A Michigan high school student was banned from competing in his school track meet unless he got rid of the pink Mohawk he’s sporting to honor his mother who has breast cancer.
Mike Barker, a junior at West Iron County High School in Iron River, Mich., told FoxNews.com he was told his new hair style did not meet the school’s grooming and appearance policy, and was told by his coach and then the school principal that he could not compete in his team’s meet on Thursday.
“[My coach] told me I can’t have pink hair with Mohawk to support my mom with breast cancer,” Barker, 17, told FoxNews.com. “I want this to change. That’s my goal.”
Barker said the idea began when he and his mom were talking at the start of football season in the fall.
“She said, ‘You know what you should do for me? You should dye your hair pink and make a Mohawk for me,’” he said.
By the time basketball season came around, his hair was long enough for a Mohawk and finally on Wednesday he bleached his hair to prepare for dying it pink.
His mother, Wendy Pawlicki, told FoxNews.com she was all the more outraged because her son had been to track practice for weeks with his Mohawk—it was only when he dyed it pink that he was suddenly not allowed to compete in his sport.
In response to FoxNews.com’s email request for comment, West Iron County High School principal Mike Berutti emailed back the following statement from the superintendent:
“The West Iron County Public Schools supports the needs of the students to express themselves, as long as their expression does not interfere with the educational process. We also strive to balance individualism of athletes ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
March 26 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin woman reportedly got so upset about the song selection during her 30th birthday party that she attacked the disc jockey, broke his gear and then left.
Madison police were called to a local pub early on Sunday morning after the irate woman allegedly threw a glass at the DJ following an assault on his laptop, headphones and microphone. The woman also punched him several times in the head and left him bloodied.
“The DJ's laptop computer, headphones and microphone had been smashed, tossed or broken by the suspect," police spokesman Joel DeSpain told Madison.com. "Witnesses told police she grabbed a glass and threw it at the DJ's head. He ducked and the glass sailed into a window overlooking the State Capitol. The DJ told police he was very thankful he hadn't been hit by the glass.”
Apparently the 32-year-old’s song choices weren't to the younger woman's liking.
"Partygoers were able to pull her away from the DJ's table after the equipment was damaged, but she broke free and rushed the DJ, punching and scratching him on the face," DeSpain said.
The woman fled with her uncut birthday cake before police arrived.
"What had been a very happy birthday ended on a really bad note," DeSpain said. The woman will likely face charges if police are able to locate her.
Mar 26 2014
For months, 11-year-old Amit Vigoda has wanted just one thing: to have his right leg amputated.
And after a very long decision making process, Amit’s mother and father have agreed to make their son’s wish a reality.
“We hope it will give him great mobility and a life without limitation,” Amit’s mother, Zimra Vigoda, told FoxNews.com. “He’ll be able to do all the things he wants to do with maximum function and minimal pain.”
Amit was born with a very rare condition called congenital pseudarthrosis of the fibula and tibia, combined with osteofibrous dysplasia. According to the National Institutes of Health, congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia alone affects between 1 out of every 140,000 to 250,000 births. The conditions cause some of the bones in the leg to be very weak, having a greater tendency to fracture.
And when the bones are broken, they do not heal properly.
Having lived with this condition his entire life, Amit has had very limited mobility, since he cannot place much – if any – weight on his right leg. To move around, he must use crutches or a wheelchair, and the pain from his fractures can be very intense at times.
So now, he is ready to move on without his leg.
"I’ve thought about it for a long time," Amit told FoxNews.com. "Me and my parents and my family sat down and talked about it. I asked a lot of people questions, and I decided I want to amputate."
A leg that won’t heal
Vigoda recently detailed her son’s struggles with his condition in a blog post on Kveller.com. She said she was first faced with the decision of amputation when Amit was a newborn, after her mother-in-law ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
An Illinois playground was bobby-trapped with straight-edged razors glued to equipment frequented by children, WQAD.com reported.
The sharp razors were discovered by parents at Millennium Park in East Moline, near the state’s western border with Iowa. The parents say their 2-year-old son was cut by one of the blades on the monkey bars.
"He said, 'Ouch,'" Sally Jenks, the boy's mom, told the station. "He started bleeding and we looked and they [the razors] were everywhere."
Police in the area are collecting the razor blades and other evidence, the report said.
Jenks reportedly said razors were glued to the park’s monkey bars, fire pole and the bottom of the slide.
The boy's father told the station that the blades were facing up, so when someone grabbed the bars, a person could hit their wrist or hands.
"It's pretty sick. Psychotic. Luckily, it wasn't deeper. He wasn’t old enough to put his weight on the monkey bars," Jason Kenney, the boy's dad, reportedly said. "What if he didn't cut his hand and he slit his wrist?"