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Orinda is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 17,599.

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San Francisco police investigate shooting that left victim critically injured

San Francisco police are investigating a shooting that critically injured a person this afternoon several blocks east of the University of San Francisco, according to a police spokesman.

At 2:15 p.m., police responded to a reported shooting in the area of Golden Gate Avenue and Broderick Street, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy reported.

The shooting victim, who is not being identified, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with critical injuries, Shyy said.

The suspected shooter in the incident left the scene in a vehicle and remains at large, according to the officer.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:41:37 -0700

Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace.

The red warning code — the highest in the country's alert system — was raised early Sunday after the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, about five kilometers (three miles) north of the Dyngjujoekull glacier. The warning was lowered 12 hours later as visibility improved and it was clear that no volcanic ash was detected.

The country's meteorological agency said scientists were monitoring the ongoing eruption.

"Visual observation confirms it is calm, but continuous," the weather agency said on its website.

Sunday morning's eruption at about 0500 GMT (1 a.m. EDT) followed a smaller one in the same site on Friday that also prompted authorities to briefly raise the aviation warning code to restrict flights in the area. Thousands of small earthquakes have rocked the region in recent days, leading to concerns that the main volcano may erupt.

The aviation warning meant that no flights were allowed in the airspace north of the fissure eruption area, up to 6,000 feet (1.1 miles) from the ground. Aviation officials said the restrictions do not affect commercial flights, which fly much higher than that.

Authorities said lava fountains of about 50 meters (165 feet) high erupted Sunday from the fissure, estimated to be almost a mile (1.6 kms) long.

The fissure eruption appeared about 40 kilometers (28 miles) from the main Bardarbunga volcano, which lies under the vast Vatnajokull glacier that dominates the eastern corner of Iceland.

Though remote and sparsely populated, the area is popular with hikers in the summer. Officials earlier evacuated all tourists in the region after intense seismic activity there.

Although Sunday's fissure eruption was more powerful than the one on Friday, experts say the situation is contained and is unlikely to result in the same level of aviation chaos as 2010. In April that year, an eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull volcano wreaked havoc on millions of travelers. More than 100,000 flights were canceled after officials closed Europe's air space for five days out of fear that volcanic ash could damage jet engines.

Dave McGarvie, a volcanologist at Britain's Open University, said the fissure eruptions produce only very small amounts of ash — they produce mostly lava — and are highly unlikely to cause any aviation disruption.

"It's good news in the sense that it appears to be very small, very contained. It's not spreading under the glacier — if it did you'll get a lot of flooding," he said.

He said Icelandic authorities are mostly concerned that the main volcano under the ice cap will erupt, but there are no signs so far that this is imminent.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:05:30 -0700

Pittsburg police search for driver in deadly hit-and-run

The search is on for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a woman in Pittsburg on Sunday evening.

The deadly crash happened around 7 p.m. at the intersection of Willow Pass and Loftus Road.

Witnesses at the scene said it appears whoever hit and killed the woman, smashed into a light pole and then drove for two blocks, dragging the pole behind their vehicle. The vehicle then took off.

Police said the woman is 50 years old, but have not released additional details on her identity.

Neighbors say she lives in the area and had a daily routine where she would collect bottles and cans in the neighborhood.

At this point, details on a suspect's vehicle have not been released.

Police are asking anyone with information on this case to call them.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:23:14 -0700

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