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Cyndi Lauper appears in PSA to help HUD count Homeless Persons

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:43:51 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper, and the True Colors Fund’s Forty to Non Project, had produced a national public service announcement (PSA) to get citizens involved in the yearly campaign to help count the number of homeless people in over 3,000 cities and counties throughout the United States.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is asking participants to help count the number of homeless persons on the street and in shelters on a certain night. This “Point-in-Time” count is being planned yearly for the last 10 days in January. With the statistics, local planners will better understand the homelessness rates in their area and make plans to respond to the problem.

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December 21, 2012 marks the End of the Mayan Calendar

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 03:58:53 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - For years, the doomsday soothsayers have been forewarning of a doomsday scenario for December 21, 2012. NASA has received so many inquiries about this doomsday event that they have presented several discussions disputing the end of the world. NASA is so certain the end is not coming that they have created several videos debunking the doomsday predictions.

NASA says people are contacting them with various scenarios. One reason the agency has been contacted involves the idea that ancient Sumarians talked about a planet called Nibiru (or Planet X) that will enter into Earth's orbit. This Planet X could supposedly change the way the Earth spins; some people think that Noah's flood was caused by Nibiru. The Nibiru prediction failed the first time in May 2003, and then the prediction was moved to December 2012. NASA said that no such planet has been spotted heading our way.

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6.3 Magnitude Earthquake shakes offshore of Southern California Coast

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:04:51 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake occurred off the Pacific Coast near the boarder of California and Mexico. The quake occurred on December 14, 2012 at 2:36:02 a.m. (local time to the event). The sizeable earthquake was initially recorded as a 6.4 magnitude, but was later downgraded to a 6.3 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicenter of the event was located at 31.213°N, 119.560°W. The USGS explained that the earthquake came from normal fault movement of the Pacific plate in the oceanic lithosphere. The focus of the earthquake was 7.0 miles deep. This earthquake was not associated with San Andreas Fault system which experts predict is overdue for a sizeable tremor.

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Three recently elected San Bernardino County Supervisors sworn into Office

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 23:21:50 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Three recently elected San Bernardino County Supervisors were sworn into office this week. The supervisors included Josie Gonzales, Robert A. Lovingood and James C. Ramos. All three elected officials will be serving the county for the next four years.

Supervisor Gonzales will continue to represent the Fifth District. She has been on the board since 2004, and with her re-election, she will continue her service for the cities of San Bernardino, Colton, Rialto, and Fontana. Additionally, Gonzales serves the unincorporated communities of Muscoy and Bloomington.

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6.5 Magnitude Earthquake occurs offshore of Guatemala

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:57:52 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - A sizeable 6.5 magnitude and a 5.0 magnitude aftershock shook off the shores of Guatemala this Sunday, November 11, 2012. Many aftershocks have occurred days after a 7.4 earthquake event, which happened on November 7, 2012.

The US Geological Survey reported that the 6.5 magnitude earthquake event occurred at 4:15 p.m. local time on Sunday at 14.164°N, 92.167°W with a depth of 16.8 miles. Residents in the surrounding areas reported feeling light to moderate shaking with very little damage. The earthquake was in the same area as the large 7.4 earthquake.

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7.4 Magnitude Earthquake shook off the shores of Guatemala

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:05:28 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred offshore of Guatemala this Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM, local time. The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported it as a 7.5 magnitude earthquake but quickly downgraded it to a 7.4 magnitude rating.

The earthquake’s epicenter was at 14.083°N, 91.916°W with a depth of 25.9 miles. The nearest city, Champerico, was around 14 miles north of the earthquake. The earthquake was 37 miles SSE of Suchiate, Mexico.

People in the area reported feeling a very strong shaking. There was moderate damage. A couple of people reported severe shaking with moderate to heavy damage. The responses were reported to the US Geological Survey.

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US Postal Service suggest Mail Delivery Options for Displaced Hurricane Sandy Residents

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:03:09 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Postal Service (USPS) suggested that residents who were displaced from Hurricane Sandy should consider alternate mail delivery options. Postal customers should consider filing for a change of address, placing a mail delivery hold, or a temporary forwarding address. The three services are all options that would help keep the mail flowing.

Temporary Change of Address

A change of address can be filed either online or at a nearby Post Office location. The address change can be set for 15 days and up to one year. As the mail comes in, it is then forwarded to the new address. Customers can go to usps.com and then click on the “Manage Your Mail” tab. At the post office, the postal employee will ask you to fill out a “Change of Address” form.

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East Coast recovers after Hurricane Sandy

Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:51:19 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Obama has declared an emergency for the four states that were affected by Hurricane Sandy and the major storm yesterday. The government is now in disaster recovery mode.

Many residents up and down the East coast are experiencing power outages and gas service interruptions. The hardest hit area was Narragansett/Warwick, Rhode Island with 115,298 customers without power, as of 6 am on Tuesday morning. In New York, an estimated 21,000 customers are without power. In the area of Worcester, Brockton, Haverhill, Bridgewater and Fall River in Massachusetts there was still 209,834 customers without power as of 6 am on Tuesday.

Downed trees and debris need to be cleared while the power companies work to restore power. The National Grid also reported disruptions. Throughout Newport & Westerly, Rhode Island, 686 gas customers reported problems related to the flooding.

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Taylor Swift announces 2013 Red Concert Tour Dates and Cities

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 02:27:34 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The schedule of the 2013 Taylor Swift Red tour has been announced. Her tour kicks off on March 13, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska. The extensive tour includes 58 shows in 45 cities. She will travel to perform in 29 states and 3 provinces as part of her Red Tour.

Taylor Swift made the announcement last night on ABC’s TV Special, “All Access Nashville with Katie Couric.” She also made an announcement on Youtube where she said her lucky number is 13, and that is why the tour will begin on March 13, 2013.

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7.7 Magnitude Earthquake shakes off West Coast Island of Canada

Sun, 28 Oct 2012 21:24:42 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - A 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook off the west coast of Canada near the Queen Charlotte Islands Region on Saturday at 8:04 PM Pacific Time. The region has had many aftershock earthquakes, with several measuring over 5.0 magnitude.

The US Geological Survey reported that the 7.7 magnitude event occurred 86 miles south of Masset, Canada. The exact location of the tremor was at 52.769°N, 131.927°W. A tsunami warning announcement was issued for Hawaii by the NOAA’s West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center soon after the earthquake. The tsunami warning has since ended.

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4.0 Magnitude Earthquake trembles near Waterboro, Maine

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 05:18:49 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - A 4.0 magnitude earthquake shook near Waterboro, Maine today, October 16, 2012, at 7:12 pm local time to the event. The US Geological Survey the epicenter was 4 miles north-northeast of the city.

People in the Maine-New Hampshire area reported feeling the tumbler. Reports came in from as far away as Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The location of the earthquake was at 43.592°N 70.676°W with a depth of 4.1 miles. The US Geological Survey explained that residents of New England have felt earthquakes as far back as the colonial times. They estimate that around two moderately damaging earthquakes every decade can be expected. The largest-magnitude earthquake that has been documented was approximately a 6.5 magnitude tremor in 1638 in Vermont or New Hampshire.

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6.2 Magnitude Earthquake rocks the Gulf of California Region Today

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 06:30:18 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - A sizeable 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook off the shores near La Paz, Mexico in the Gulf of California region today. The tremor occurred at 5:45 pm local to the event on September 25, 2012. The US Geological Survey reported this earthquake and several aftershocks in the region.

The location of the earthquake was at 24.835°North and 110.152°West at a depth of 6.3 miles. The nearest city, La Paz, was 47 miles southwest of the epicenter. La Paz, a getaway location for tourists, has a population estimated to be around 215,000.

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Planned Bridge Demolition prompts Full Closure of the 91 Freeway in Riverside Area

Sat, 08 Sep 2012 20:30:21 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Caltrans announced a full freeway closure scheduled for the 91 freeway at 14th street in Riverside during the nighttime starting on Monday, September 17, and going through the night of Thursday September 20, 2012. The 91 will close between 11 pm and 6 am each night so that the old bridge at 14th street can be demolished.

The full nighttime 91 freeway closure will cause delays, and Caltrans suggests planning an alternative route with extra travel time if needed. There will be detour signs posted in this area. Caltrans is recommending travelers use Interstate 10 Freeway and the 60 Freeway to get to and from the Inland Empire. State Route 76 is also another roadway that could be used to travel between South Riverside County and Orange County.

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Angeles National Forest Wildfire burns 4,000 Acres near San Gabriel Valley

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 19:25:09 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - A wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest started on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at around 5:52 pm. On Labor Day, the fire has burned an estimated 4,000 acres, according to the Angeles National Forest - U.S. Forest Service. The Williams Fire is currently only 5 percent contained and it is traveling north towards the Sheep Mountain Wilderness area.

The Camp Williams structures are threatened from this wildfire. Evacuations have been announced for the entire San Gabriel Canyon, which includes recreation along Highway 39, Crystal Lake, East and West Fork, OHV Area, Camp Williams, Camp Follows, and Oaks picnic area. A holiday weekend such as Labor Day can bring around 10,000 to 12,000 visitors to the San Gabriel Mountains. Due to the wildfire, San Gabriel Canyon will be closed on Labor Day.

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Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake shakes near Brawley in Southern California

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 02:09:17 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - This Sunday, residents in Brawley, California were shaken by a swarm of earthquakes with the largest tremor at a 5.5 magnitude rating. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the 5.5 magnitude earthquake happened this afternoon at 01:57:58 PM (local to the event).

The nearest city to the epicenter was Brawley, which is 3 miles away. The nearest Mexico city was Tijuana, Baja California, which was 92 miles away. The USGS said the exact location of the epicenter for the 5.5 magnitude earthquake was 33.024°N, 115.549°W. The depth was 5.6 miles.

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US Postal Service reports $5.2 Billion Loss for Third Fiscal Quarter

Fri, 10 Aug 2012 03:32:31 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced a net loss of $5.2 billion in their third fiscal quarter results (April 1 – June 30). The USPS also showed a net loss $3.1 billion for the same time period last year.

The USPS attributes the sizeable increase in losses to the mandated prefunding of retiree health benefits. A financial shortfall has caused the USPS to be unable to pay the required $5.5 billion prefunding payment for retiree health benefits that was due on Aug. 1.

Another problem was the reduction in First Class Mail. There was a reduction of 4.4 percent in First Class revenue for the last quarter. There was a 9 percent growth in revenue from Shipping Services and package delivery, but the decline in First Class mail volume offset the growth. Total mail volume this quarter was 38.5 billion pieces, which was a decrease of 1.4 billion pieces compared to the same time last year.

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Southern California Edison asks customers to Conserve Electricity during Heat Wave

Wed, 08 Aug 2012 05:33:14 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) This week the weather forecast is for temperatures to hit the 100 degree mark for the Inland Empire and Desert regions of Southern California. The extreme warmth has prompted Southern California Edison (SCE) to ask their customers to use less power during the day.

The conservation of energy usage will help ease the increased demand during the extreme heat. Additionally, using less electricity will help if there is an unexpected power emergency, such as a mechanical problem or wildfire.

SCE explains that one benefit to conserving energy is a reduced electric bill. Customers who use air conditioning can see an increase of up to 30 percent in their bill.

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The City of San Bernardino files petition for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

Thu, 02 Aug 2012 02:59:34 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The City of San Bernardino announced that they have filed an emergency Chapter 9 Bankruptcy petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Riverside Division. At this time, the City plans to continue to operate and provide the community essential services and have not reduced any services yet.

During the bankruptcy proceedings, the City officials will be working on a Pendency Plan that will outline their operational budget. The Pendency Plan may require the City to reduce services. The officials announced that they do not have any idea what this plan will be yet. However, an official announcement said that they will “remain committed to providing the services that are essential to its continued operation and the health and safety of the community.”

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Multi-Million Dollar Verdict Awarded for Catastrophic Highway 138 Accident

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 05:52:59 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Today, a San Bernardino jury awarded David Evans and his wife over $31.5 million for an accident that occurred on highway 138 on April 29, 2009. The responsibility for the accident was 85 percent the driver that hit David Evans and the remaining 15 percent of the responsibility went to Caltrans.

There have been at least ten other accidents that happened at Highway 138 and Mountain Road. The California Highway Patrol shared this information during the trial. The other driver was making an illegal left hand turn at Mountain Road.

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California - Earthquakes shake near Fort Bragg and Twentynine Palms Today

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 02:33:07 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Two minor earthquakes shook during the early morning in Northern and Southern California today. A 4.3 magnitude earthquake shook near Fort Bragg in Northern California. Another 3.3 magnitude earthquake occurred near Twentynine Palms, which is located in the low desert region of Southern California.

The Fort Bragg earthquake was at 5:48 a.m. this Sunday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The 4.2 magnitude earthquake was reported by residents in the area as having light shaking with no damage. The USGS CISN Shakemap suggested a moderate tremor with very light damage potential. The earthquake was located 2 miles north-northwest of Fort Bragg, California. The next nearest city was Ukiah, which was 40 miles away from the epicenter.

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