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california flu deaths jump from 42 to 74; greater bay area reports 25


the flu season, which began oct. 1, has exploded over the last month in the golden state, and is on track to being the worst in 10 years.






california flu deaths jump from 74 to 97


flu-related fatalities around the greater bay area region now total 29, up from 25 reported by county public health departments last week.






coroner tracks even more overdose deaths for columbus area


columbus, ohio (ap) — the coroner serving the greater columbus area says overdose deaths blamed largely on opioids topped the total for all of last year after only nine months. franklin county coroner dr. anahi ortiz (an’-ih-hee ohr-teez’) said wednesday the county in central ohio saw 383 overdose deaths through september. the county saw 353 […]






after nevada hosts a gun show, california sees sharp rise in gun-related injurie


in the two weeks after a gun show is held in nevada, injuries and deaths involving firearms jump by 69% — in neighboring areas of california. however, when gun shows occur in california, the state does not experience an increase in firearm-related trauma over the next fortnight. the findings, published...






california transit agency fined $220,000 in workers deaths


san francisco (ap) — a northern california judge has fined the bay area rapid transit agency $220,000 for the deaths of two workers accidentally hit by a commuter train. the two workers were killed in 2013 while inspecting a track east of san francisco. the california public utilities commission sought the fine and three years […]






reports of ice immigration ‘sweeps’ spark la protest, demands for answers


about 100 protesters marched in the streets of downtown los angeles thursday evening, fueled by fear and outrage after reports that federal agents had carried out a series of immigration raids across southern california earlier in the day.civil rights groups said thursday they had been alerted by "credible sources," including attorneys, that immigration "sweeps" are taking place in the greater los angeles area.






2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade


traffic deaths rose 6 percent last year, reaching an estimated 40,200 deaths compared to 37,757 deaths the previous year, according the national safety council. the last time there were more than 40,000 fatalities in a single year was in 2007, just before the economy tanked.






5 flu-related deaths in new hampshire, flu not widespread


concord, n.h. (ap) — new hampshire health officials say there have been five flu-related deaths among adults in the state this season. it’s been an aggressive flu season nationally, with 27 deaths in california. wmur-tv reports the centers for disease control and prevention says in new hampshire, the flu’s spread is considered “regional,” while it’s […]






protesters block downtown la streets after reports of ice immigration ‘sweeps’


about 100 protesters marched in the streets of downtown los angeles thursday evening, blocking streets and disrupting traffic after reports that federal agents had carried out a series of immigration raids across southern california earlier in the day.civil rights groups said thursday they had been alerted by "credible sources," including attorneys, that immigration "sweeps" are taking place in the greater los angeles area.






new numbers show uptick in opioid deaths in nassau


new data shows uptick in deaths from use of cocaine mixed with heroin or fentanyl, nassau officials say. the data shows 80 deaths related to the lethal mixture in 2016, a jump from 60 in 2015.






puerto rico reports increase in overall deaths after storm


the pace of deaths quickened on puerto rico immediately after hurricane maria — well beyond the number of deaths officially attributed to the category 4 storm. officials in the u.s. territory on wednesday reported the island had an average of 82 deaths a day in the two weeks before maria hit sept....






dangerous sea crossings drive sharp increase in migrant deaths


a sharp increase last year in migrant deaths underscored the ever-more perilous journeys undertaken by those fleeing poverty and violence around the world. the international organization for migration documented 7,763 deaths in 2016, a 27% jump over the previous year, according to a report it released...






under fire from hospitals, legislator drops measure requiring reports of superbu


after complaints from california hospitals and physicians, a state legislator has stripped his bill of a measure that would have required doctors to record deadly infections on death certificates. the california hospital assn. and the california medical assn. wrote letters saying they opposed the...






after reports of civilian deaths, us military struggles to defend air operations


the pentagon has struggled in recent weeks to explain what lies behind a surge in reported civilian casualties in its air campaign against the islamic state, fueling speculation that the new trump administration is pursuing policies resulting in a greater loss of life.






more visitors than locals died last year in summit county, coroner reports


the summit county coroner recorded a 82 deaths in 2016, according to the office's annual report. that's down slightly from 2015's record 87 deaths, but still a significant increase from the 60 deaths in 2014.






new form of synthetic heroin showing up in chicago-area deaths


coroners and police in the chicago area say they are alarmed about the use of synthetic forms of heroin that are sometimes taken as a heroin substitute or mixed with it to produce deadly effect. in mchenry county, coroner anne majewski said two deaths last year were related to the use of furanyl...






new form of synthetic heroin showing up in chicago-area deaths


coroners and police in the chicago area say they are alarmed about the use of synthetic forms of heroin that are sometimes taken as a heroin substitute or mixed with it to deadly effect.in mchenry county, coroner anne majewski said two deaths last year were related to the use of furanyl fentanyl,...






new form of synthetic heroin showing up in chicago-area deaths


coroners and police in the chicago area say they are alarmed about the use of synthetic forms of heroin that are sometimes taken as a heroin substitute or mixed with it to produce deadly effect.in mchenry county, coroner anne majewski said two deaths last year were related to the use of furanyl...






new form of synthetic heroin showing up in chicago-area deaths


coroners and police around the chicago area say they're growing increasingly alarmed about the use of synthetic forms of heroin that are sometimes taken as a heroin substitute or mixed with it to deadly effect. in mchenry county, coroner anne majewski said two deaths last year were related to the...






hospitals fined for serious, sometimes tragic mistakes


california public health officials recently released 10 reports of negligence involving nine california hospitals -- including two in the bay area.






nassau officials: deaths up from cocaine mixed with opioids


new data shows uptick in deaths from use of cocaine mixed with heroin or fentanyl, nassau officials say. the data shows 80 deaths related to the lethal mixture in 2016, a jump from 60 in 2015.






110 freeway closed in downtown l.a. due to person threatening to jump from overp


the 110 freeway was closed in both directions friday evening because a person was threatening to jump from an overpass, police said. the california highway patrol ordered northbound and southbound lanes closed at wilshire boulevard about 5:40 p.m. traffic was backing up throughout the area. los...






new tv ads slamming sanctuary cities evoke california deaths blamed on immigrant


an television advertising campaign denouncing california's so-called sanctuary cities launched this week in the san diego area. the campaign, created by the group californians for population stabilization, or caps, opposes local and state government policies that preclude full cooperation by law...






mexican governor reports two deaths due to arrival of hurricane katia


mexico city (ap) — mexican governor reports two deaths due to arrival of hurricane katia.






pair of earthquakes rattle san jose area


san jose, calif. (ap) — the u.s. geological survey says a pair of minor earthquakes just a few hours apart rattled the san jose area in central california. the mercury news of san jose, citing the usgs, reports a 3.1 magnitude quake hit an area northeast of san martin at 7:19 p.m. tuesday. a stronger […]






google reports a jump in hacked websites in 2016google reports a jump in hacked


with the number of hacked and compromised websites on the rise, google releases new documentation to help the site owners mitigate hacking risks.






ariana grande concert: deaths after reported blast


greater manchester police say there are deaths after a reported explosion at an ariana grande concert.






report: opioid deaths may top traffic fatalities in missouri


columbia, mo. (ap) — deaths from opioid overdose could exceed traffic fatalities in missouri this year, for the first time ever. the columbia daily tribune reports that the missouri department of health and senior services has recorded 733 opioid overdose deaths through aug. 31, compared to 591 traffic deaths recorded by the missouri state highway […]






5 california things to know for today


your daily look at late-breaking california news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. three kids dead man arrested in connection with deaths of three children in sacramento. 2. entangled whales most read storiesseattle mayor ed murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegationshooting at spokane-area high school leaves 1 dead, […]






u.s. airstrikes rise sharply in afghanistan — and so do civilian deaths


residents of a farming area in eastern afghanistan say 10 villagers were killed when a u.s. airstrike hit their truck in august. the u.s. military has pushed back strongly against reports of civilian casualties.






officials investigate deaths of over 40 south dakota cattle


fedora, s.d. (ap) — officials are investigating the deaths of more than 40 cattle on a farm south of fedora. the daily republic reports that the miner county sheriff’s office says 42 heifers and 1 bull died between nov. 1 and nov. 7 on the farm. authorities say the deaths are suspicious, but a cause […]






multiple deaths reported in orlando, florida shooting


police said situation is now contained but reported at least five deaths after shooting near an industrial area.






west virginia county again leads state in overdose deaths


huntington, w.va. (ap) — one west virginia county has led the state in overdose deaths for the second consecutive year, accounting for more than 20 percent of west virginia’s total overdose deaths in 2017. the herald-dispatch reports west virginia health statistics center data shows a record 152 deaths in cabell county in 2017. the county […]






fda: controller for heart pump recalled over deaths


federal regulators say nearly 29,000 controllers for implanted heart pumps are being recalled after reports of 26 deaths linked to malfunctions.






readers weigh in on exodus of bay area’s disgruntled masses


the poll released this week by the bay area council showing the number of bay area residents who say they want to move away has taken a big jump will surely spawn acres of cocktail-party chatter for weeks to come. people, it seems, love to talk about how miserable they are and about how the […]