More than 36,000 PG&E customers were without power in San Francisco early Wednesday morning, according to PG&E officials. The outage, impacting 36,895 PG&E customers began late Tuesday night, according to PG&E officials.
"I cannot begin to express the shock and sadness we feel this evening," Santa Cruz Mayor Hillary Bryant said. "Two of our most beloved officers were killed in the line of duty and this has rocked the community to our absolute foundation."
The two slain officers are identified as Detective Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker, a 28-year veteran of the department and 10-year veteran Detective Elizabeth Butler. Police Chief Kevin Vogel describes Baker as a longtime friend and mentor. Detective Baker leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and a son who works as a Community Services Officer for Santa Cruz police. Detective Butler is survived by her partner and two young sons, Vogel says.
"It was with deep, deep sadness that I stand before you this evening to talk about the death of my two officers today," Chief Vogel said. "We at the Santa Cruz police department are like family. I've known both of these officers for a long, long time and there just aren't words to describe how I feel personally about this and about how my department is reacting to this horrific, horrific tragedy."
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak's department will lead the investigation. He says it appears the two plain clothes detectives went to Goulet's home on Banciforte as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Based on physical evidence and witness accounts, Wowak says Goulet opened fire on the detectives. The two officers and witnesses called for help.
When authorities arrived on the scene they say they found the two detectives dead outside the home and Goulet missing. A multi-agency team then locked down the neighborhood which includes three schools and a busy Whole Foods supermarket.
Within minutes of setting up the search, Sheriff Wowak says officers encountered Goulet. A short chase ensued and then gunfire was exchanged, he says. Goulet was shot and killed at the scene.
Even after Goulet's death, officers continued a house by house, "closet-by-closet" search of the neighborhood to determine if there were additional suspects. Sheriff Wowak says it is his belief the public is now out of harm's way.
Students at the three schools were taken by bus to the nearby Government Center where they were re-united with their families.
Authorities are praising nearby law agencies including deputies from San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey County sheriffs departments and police officers from Scott's Valley, Capitola, and Watsonville who just showed up on the scene to offer their help.
Wowak says the California Department of Justice, the FBI, and the regional law agencies will all assist in the investigation. He says it could be weeks before we know all of the details of what happened and why.
Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for comprehensive coverage of the investigation into the shootings and the community's mourning of the two slain officers.
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President Barack Obama is scheduled to fly into San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday night for a short fundraising visit in the South Bay.
Obama is slated to arrive on Air Force One around 9 p.m. ahead of a Wednesday reception and luncheon to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Los Altos Hills home of Judy and George Marcus.
George Marcus is the founder of the real estate brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap.
Other dignitaries expected at the 10:15 a.m. fundraiser include House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and DCCC chairman Steve Israel.
According to an event invitation, ticket prices started at $10,000 for lunch and a photo with Obama. A $32,400 ticket includes entrance to a VIP reception, lunch and a photo.
Protesters supporting net neutrality plan to demonstrate outside the presidential visit between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The group, organized by MoveOn.org, is urging Obama to support unrestricted, equal access to the Internet.
Organizers have said they are demanding Obama keep his promise to preserve the "open Internet" and publicly state that he supports the Federal Communications Commission treating the Internet as a public utility.
Net neutrality advocates have been rallying against FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to create a two-tiered system that would allow service providers to offer faster connection speeds for fee-paying content providers and a second, slower speed for others.
Obama will continue onto Los Angeles on an early Wednesday afternoon flight from SFO to end a three-day West Coast fundraising trip.
He will be in Seattle Tuesday before flying to the Bay Area.
Scientists have discovered a new way to make human platelets, which could help patients worldwide who need blood transfusions.
Platelets are the cells we use to form blood clots. They're traditionally created in our bone marrow. But scientists are now using a machine called a platelet bioreactor — along with human stem cells — to create platelets outside the human body. (Via YouTube / ThrombosisAdviser, American Society of Hematology?)
Essentially, this "next-generation" device — as Boston Magazine calls it — features the same characteristics as bone marrow. The crucial difference: It's able to carry out a reaction on an industrial scale.
An author of the study said in a press release published by HealthDay, "The ability to generate an alternative source of functional human platelets with virtually no disease transmission represents a paradigm shift in how we collect platelets that may allow us to meet the growing need for blood transfusions."
Brigham and Women's Hospital reports more than 2 million donor platelet units are transfused each year in the U.S. to help patients in need.
That includes trauma patients and those undergoing chemotherapy, organ transplants and surgery. (Getty Images)
But platelet shortages are common due to increased demand, a short shelf life and the possibility of contamination, rejection and infection. (Getty Images)
The problem lab-created platelets have run into in the past is time: Growing new platelets took too long.
A doctor not associated with this research said, "This study addresses that gap, while contributing to our understanding of platelet biology at the same time." (Via HealthDay / Brigham and Women's Hospital)
But the rules are tough on blood products, so the platelets will undergo safety tests over the next three years. Clinical human trials likely won't start until 2017. (Getty Images)
The study was published in the journal Blood.
A man is dead after being trapped by sand in a collapsed tunnel at Francis State Beach in Half Moon Bay.
Adam Pye, who is in his twenties, was standing in a hole that was about 10 feet deep, when it collapsed.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene, Pye was completely covered by sand. Due to the nature of the incident, 30 additional firefighters were called to help.
Crews and bystanders at the beach worked to get Pye out of the hole. They were able to pull him from the hole in less than 35 minutes, according to Cal Fire.
Despite the efforts of paramedics who administered advanced life support throughout the incident, Pye died at the scene.
At this point, additional details have not been released.
You've probably heard the popular claim that humans only tap into about 10 percent of their brainpower. (Via Getty Images)
But for whatever reason, people have still chosen to believe it. And the entertainment business might be, in part, to blame.
"It is estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of the brain's capacity." (Via Universal Pictures / "Lucy")
In the new sci-fi thriller "Lucy," which hits theaters this weekend, Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who is implanted with a mysterious drug that increases her mental capabilities exponentially. (Via IMDb)
But as "Lucy" starts to make people question this idea's validity once again, doctors are reiterating — it just doesn't make sense.
Samadi says, "It's not true, absolutely not. We're using 100 percent of our brain all the time." (Via Fox News)?
Except, perhaps, on Monday mornings. No one knows for sure where this popular "10 percent" myth originated.
But a professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge told the Belfast Telegraph the 10 percent figure was widely circulated for the first time in the 1936 best-seller "How to Win Friends and Influence People."
She claims the author probably made up the figure to prove a point in the book. (Via Amazon)
But that 10 percent number could also come from a misunderstanding of how most of our brain cells work.
SAMADI: "What's interesting about this is that, if you get a brain scan, you would see that maybe about 10 to 15 percent of your brain is extremely active." (Via Fox News)
To be clear — the entire brain is always active. As LiveScience pointed out back in 2010, brain scans have shown that people use all of their brains, though it is true that we don't use all of it at the same time.
But years of studies like that don't seem to be getting through. A survey sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research last year found 65 percent of Americans still believe that people only use 10 percent of their brains.
So why won't people let this myth go already?
A health writer for the BBC says it might be because it's a pretty encouraging idea. "Maybe it's the figure of 10 percent that is so appealing because it is so low that it offers massive potential for improvement. We'd all like to be better. ... But, sadly, finding an unused portion of our brains isn't the way it's going to happen."
Hopefully, the film industry will catch up with the world of science soon. But hey, at least it still makes for a good movie night, right?
A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed — by beetles.
Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation.
The tree was removed last month. LaBonge says it will be replanted in the fall.
After Harrison's 2001 death in Los Angeles, the pine was planted near Griffith Observatory. A small plaque at the base commemorates the guitarist and songwriter, who had a deep appreciation of gardening.
LaBonge says several trees at Griffith Park have been killed by the beetles.
After five days, running water at a Pleasanton apartment complex has been restored Tuesday.
An apparent water main break left 200 residents at Springhouse Apartments without water.
Residents said the complex, located off Stoneridge and West Las Positas, had been without water since Friday.
Some tenants told KTVU they had to scoop water out of the community pool in order to get their toilets to flush. Some said they went to friends' houses or gyms to shower.
One resident said a maintenance worker told him the complex’s company didn’t want to pay for the after-hours price to have a plumber repair the problem over the weekend.
Portable sinks and toilets were brought in Monday morning.
Managers also offered hotel vouchers and gallons of water. Most residents said they had to buy gallons of water since Friday and they were frustrated because they couldn't shower, do laundry, brush their teeth, cook or drink.
At this point, management has not commented.