The danger zone is expanded around the erupting volcano on Monday, Say Indonesian officials. The volcano is hurling ash 9,800 feet into the atmosphere, and its explosions could be heard over seven miles away.
The lava is welling up in the crater as there are reflections of a reddish-yellow glow in the ash plumes, experts say. Early Monday the volcano’s alert has been raised to the highest level and expanded the danger zone to six miles. It said that a larger eruption is possible.
Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference in Jakarta that the extension of the danger zone affects 22 villages and about 90,000 to 100,000 people. He said about 40,000 people have evacuated but others have not left because they feel safe or don’t want to abandon their livestock.
“Authorities will comb the area to persuade them,” he said. “If needed we will forcibly evacuate them.” About 25,000 people were already living in evacuation centers after an increase in tremors from the mountain in September sparked an evacuation.
Lava rising in the crater “will certainly spill over to the slopes,” Sutopo said.
The volcano’s last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people.
The Indonesian disaster agency called on 100,000 to evacuate and expanded the danger zone after the eruption of Mount Agung.
Authorities raised the alert to the highest level on Monday following the increased activity over the weekend. The move to close the airport came after tests showed the volcano’s ash had reached its airspace, making it dangerous to fly.
The eruption closed Bali’s main airport. Hundreds of flights were canceled, leaving about 59,000 tourists stranded on the Island. The closure will continue until Tuesday, but officials said they are closely monitoring the situation and will determine every six hours whether the airport should remain closed.
“We now have to find a hotel and spend more of our money that they’re not going to cover us for when we get home, unfortunately,” said Canadian tourist Brandon Olsen.
Officials at the Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement Monday that a volcanic eruption is “imminent” though the exact scale remains unclear.
“Continuing plumes of smoke are occasionally accompanied by explosive eruptions and the sound of weak blasts that can be heard up to 12 km (seven miles) from the peak,” the statement read.
“Rays of fire are increasingly visible from night to the following day. This indicates the potential for a larger eruption is imminent,” it added.
TEHAMA COUNTY, California — At least five people, including a gunman, were killed in a shooting Tuesday morning which started at a home and moved to an elementary school in Tehama County, the sheriff’s department said.
Multiple shots were fired at about 8 a.m. at Rancho Tehama School on Stagecoach Road on the outskirts of Corning, northwest of Chico, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said.
One student was shot at the school and taken to a hospital. But there are no children killed. A second child and a woman were also shot inside a truck as they drove past the gunman, Johnston said.
The child inside the truck suffered non-life-threatening wounds, and the woman had serious, life-threatening injuries, Johnston said. There is no word on the condition of the boy shot inside the school.
Ten injured were being treated at area hospitals. Five people — at least three children — were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Three of those patients have been treated and released, hospital officials said.
The extent of the victims’ injuries has not been released.
Multiple 911 calls came in to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department at 7:52 a.m. of shots fired with a dead man in a neighborhood on Bobcat Lane near Fawn Lane in upper Rancho Tehama Reserve.
Soon after, multiple 911 calls indicated number of shots were fired at several locations, including Rancho Tehama Elementary School.
The gunman, whose name has not been released, stole a white Ford F-150 where he initially began firing and went on a “shooting rampage throughout the community.”
He crashed that truck and carjacked a driver for his small sedan. The suspect drove away in the car, and at some point, drove past a woman taking her children to school and fired gunshots “without provocation” into their truck, according to Johnston.
The woman suffered life-threatening injuries, and a boy inside the truck was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
He was “randomly picking targets” as he shot at 7 shooting scenes in the area, Johnston said.
“The shooter targeted the school from outside the school and shot inside the school with multiple rounds,” Johnston said.
While the gunman was in the second stolen vehicle, he shot at two officers near the school, who returned fire and killed the suspect, according to Johnston.
Officers found a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns that were with the gunman, Johnston said.
More than 100 law officers are looking through the shooting.
“People died here today, folks,” Johnston said. “This is a very tragic event for all of us. There are children involved, it is an emotional thing. I am personally grateful to the men who engaged the suspect.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Uber has partnered with NASA to help it develop air traffic management systems for its flying taxi initiatives, chief product officer Jeff Holden said on Wednesday. Holden made the announcement at Web Summit, a technology conference in Lisbon.
A rendering of an UberAir vehicle is shown in an image provided to CNN by Uber.
Uber previously unveiled its plans to introduce flying taxi fleets, known as UberAir, in April.
The four-person ridesharing flights will not become a reality anytime soon, but Holden said there are plans for demonstrations of the flying car network in Los Angeles, in addition to previously announced cities, Dallas and Dubai, in 2020.
The tech firm has agreements to work with other aviation companies, but this is the first time it has formally partnered with a federal U.S. agency. Uber’s partnership is part of NASA’s Space Act Agreement, a consortium of industry players working to ensure “safe and efficient operations” of its taxis and other small unmanned aerial systems flying at low altitudes.
“These are exactly the kind of partners we need to make UberAir a reality,” Holden said of NASA.
NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the project.
Los Angeles will make for an interesting test bed for the flying vehicles, known for its unmanageable traffic.
Uber plans that trips from the Los Angeles airport to the Staples Center during rush hour will take less than 30 minutes — down from 1 hour 20 minutes by car. It is predicted to offer rides in the flying taxis for prices comparable to its UberX service.
The goal is to make transportation fast, and inexpensive. It hopes the service will be ready for commercial activities “several years ahead” of the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.
While some car producers such as Mazda are adamant about not rushing down the self-driving vehicle way, others appear to be going “all-in.”
That’s undoubtedly the message coming out of Nissan as the company has revealed the IMx concept, which is a zero-emission, all-electric crossover with fully autonomous ability.
This tremendously innovative concept provides us with a look into the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the producer’s vision and method to the growth of how vehicles are powered, how they are driven, and how they integrate into a fast-developing society. The main idea is to improve and enhance the connection between the car and its driver, with the car becoming a close and trustworthy partner providing an ever-safer, more comfortable, and more pleasant driving skills.
At the heart of the IMx’s progressive technological feature set is a future form of Nissan’s ProPILOT system proposing totally autonomous operation of the car. When the ProPILOT drive mode is selected, the steering wheel actually vanishes into the dashboard and all the seats will recline, creating more space for the driver and letting the rest of the passengers enjoy the journey and relax.
Definitely, when manual mode is reselected, the steering wheel reappears, the seats return to their original position, and control of the vehicle is flawlessly restored to the human driver.
Power-driven car maker Tesla Inc. confirmed on Sunday that it is talking with the Shanghai government to establish a factory in the region and supposes to agree on a plan by the end of the year, but failed to comment on a report that a deal has been reached.
China charges a 25 percent duty on sales of imported vehicles and has not permitted foreign automakers to establish solely owned factories in the country, the world’s largest auto market. Those are difficulties for Tesla, which wants to increase its presence in China’s growing electric vehicle market without compromising its independence or intellectual stuff.
The government of China has considered allowing foreign automakers to set up solely owned factories in free trade zones in part to inspire more production of electric and hybrid vehicles — which the government calls “new energy vehicles” — to meet ambitious sales quotas.
California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is altering its rules in order to allow the companies both to test self-driving vehicles as well as to allow the public use these driverless vehicles.
The DMV published a revised form of its regulations and has started a 15-day public comment period which will end on October 25, 2017.
California law requires that the DMV should work on regulations to cover testing and public use of autonomous vehicles. In addition, the regulator told that this is the first step.
California State Secretary, Brian Kelly said in his statement: “We are excited to take the next step in furthering the development of this potentially life-saving technology in California”.
CA DMV highlighted in its announcement that it wasn’t trying to surpass the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has a final confirmation on developing as well as enforcing compliance with FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards).
The regulations of California require producers to certify that they comply with the federal safety standards prior their vehicles become street legal.
Producers still have to comply with the state traffic laws written for California.
The DMV said in its statement that the revised versions of regulations are the result of feedback from consumer advocates, automakers, local governments and insurance companies.
Specific changes comprise, specifying local notifications on planned driverless testing, developing a template for how to report when a driver has disengaged autonomous modes and identifying concerns that “would trigger an amended driverless testing or deployment applications to the DMV.”
Written comments can be submitted to LADRegulations@dmv.ca.gov until October 25, 2017. Present regulations are available on the California website under the “trending” section at the DMV homepage.
CALIFORNIA STATE – On Monday, several raging winds – whipped fires forced mass evacuations in California’s famed wine country.
Mandatory evacuations were commanded near Calistoga in Sonoma County, located about 75 miles north of San Francisco.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said there were multiple fires reported around the county, including a “very big fire” that occurred on a freeway and spread into the east side of Santa Rosa.
Officials in Sonoma County said that all Santa Rosa City schools will be closed Monday.
On Sunday, multiple fires broke out the night as strong winds came to the area. Emergency lines were filled with callers reporting smoke in the area, prompting officials to ask that the public “only use 911 if they see actual unattended flames, or are having another emergency.”
The Tubbs Fire between Santa Rosa and Calistoga alone grew from 200 acres to 20,000 acres by Monday morning, CalFire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox told.
“This fire is explosive,” he said, adding that hundreds, if not thousands of structures were endangered.
Cox said he heard of some people injured while trying to evacuate, but could not be specific.
Patients from Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health hospitals on were evacuated early Monday from Santa Rosa and taken to other nearby hospitals or makeshift hospitals.
Officials were battling a 200-acre fire south of Lake Berryessa, in neighboring Napa County, located about 65 miles west of Sacramento.
Fire officials said the Atlas Fire broke out at around 9:50 p.m. local.
Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean called the conditions “very volatile.”
No immediate information on injuries or fatalities. Community centers, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and other local centers have been opened for evacuees.
The National Weather Service reported a warning of threatening conditions that could lead to fast-spreading wildfires and it will go until early Tuesday.
The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, Marilou Danley, has returned to the United States, LAX Airport, on Tuesday evening.
When she arrived at the airport, officials said FBI agents met Danley, 62, the AP reported. She “was not placed under arrest and it was not known when, or if, Danley would agree to be interviewed,” according to the LA Times report.
Danley told immigration officials in Los Angeles that she was stressed but gave her word to Las Vegas police that she would return to the U.S., and she kept her promise. She also noted she wants to know what happened.
“We’re happy that she is back here to shed some light and we hope we can eventually discover the reason why he, Paddock, went out doing that very tragic thing,” Adelio Angelito S. Cruz, the Consul General at the Philippines consulate in Los Angeles, told by phone on Wednesday.
Soon after her boyfriend, Stephan Paddock, carried out the deadliest shooting in the United States history, Marilou Danley did not appear to be in a panic, reportedly telling a family member she had a “clean conscience.”
Authorities in the US, Philippines and Australia have been involved in the search for Danley, in the hope, she might be able to shed some light on the motive behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
“No one can put the puzzles together, no one, except Marilou, because Steve is not here to talk anymore. Only Marilou can maybe help,” her sister said.
“She probably was even more shocked than us because she is more closer to him than us. You know, to be able to find out the person you love and live with can do such a thing? And you thought you know the person yourself.”
“If Marilou was there, this maybe did not happen because she will not let it happen.”
Authorities say that before the shooting, Paddock transferred a large amount of money — $100,000 — to someone in the Philippines, possibly his girlfriend. Eric Paddock said he now believes his brother may have been trying to manage for Danley to be abroad before carrying out his massacre.
Investigators are still trying to trace the large wire transfer and are checking reports Paddock had been gambling more than $10,000 per day before the massacre, a U.S. official briefed by law enforcement told the Associated Press.
Paddock killed 59 innocent people and injured more than 520 before taking his own life, moments before the team of police officers stormed his room at the hotel.
Police said Danley was Paddock’s roommate and companion, according to the AP, but they described the mass shooting as a “lone wolf” attack, and it is not clear what Paddock’s motive was for the mass shooting.
LAS VEGAS — A gunman near the Mandalay Bay Casino started a rapid – fire bombardment during a huge outdoor concert festival on Sunday night, killing more than 50 people, injuring hundreds of others, and sending thousands of horrified survivors fleeing for cover, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.
Singer Jason Aldean was performing outside at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, an online video showed. The three – day country music event, stopped when the sound of automatic gunfire had been heard. The music stopped, and as victims fell, bleeding, concertgoers screamed, ducked for cover, or ran.
Video of the shooting showed nine seconds of rapid – fire, continuous bursts, followed by 37 seconds of silence from the weapon amid panicked screaming. The bombardment of gunfire then erupted again in at least two more rounds.
“Get down,” one cried. “Stay down,” screamed another.
Also, video from the shooting showed Mr. Aldean, the final performer of the night, running off the stage as the gunfire erupted.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Monday morning that currently, the Clark County Fire Department is estimating the injuries to be well over 500.
He said there were about 22,000 people at the concert. One of those killed was an off – duty police officer, the department said.
The first reports of the shooting came at 10:08 p.m. local time. The sheriff identified the gunman to be Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, who had no significant criminal history.
In the first hours after the shooting, the police searched for a woman described as “a companion” of the gunman, Marilou Danley. Later, the sheriff said she had been located out of the country, and apparently was not with Mr. Paddock when he checked into the hotel, but that “he was utilizing some of her identification.”
Before dawn on Monday, Mr. Lombardo said the police were executing a search permit on Mr. Paddock’s home, adding, “We’re going to clear the residence first for any possible explosives, so that will be slow and methodical.”
Eric Paddock, a brother of Stephen Paddock who lives in Orlando, Florida, told The Orlando Sentinel that he had made a statement to the police. “We are completely dumbfounded,” he said. “We can’t understand what happened.”
President Trump issued a statement on Twitter on Monday extending sympathies to the victims and their families and was scheduled to address the nation at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.
Also, he said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, emergency medical workers, and families of victims.
Although the holidays are very close, Walmart is not going to hire new employees for help.
According to an announcement from the company the store is going to meet its needs for additional work during the holiday shopping period by providing existing staff with more hours.
It’s a tradition for Walmart to hire additional workforce during holidays. Target- Walmart’s rival has already released its plans to bring about 2,500 temporary holiday workers in Colorado as well as 100,000 countywide.
However, this move of Walmart is a sign of the stretching labor market which makes it difficult for employers to fill open positions. It is to be noted that there were a “record number of unfilled job openings” countywide in the recent government reading of labor market. More than 600,000 of the open position were from Walmart.
For part-time employees, extra hours could raise total pay more than an increase in hourly pay.
According to Judith McKenna, chief operating officer of Walmart U.S. Walmart used the same strategy of more hours for existing workers during the last year’s holidays and “we heard great feedback from our customers and associates,” Walmart had 1.5 million U.S. employees as of Jan. 31.
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