A woman who died after becoming stranded on the rocks near Lands End on the northern coast of San Francisco Thursday afternoon has been identified by the San Francisco medical examiner's office as a 26-year-old Seattle resident.
Randi Salmon was pulled out of the water and pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday afternoon.
A second victim, identified as a 27-year-old man, was pulled to safety from some rocks, according to San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.
Fire crews responded around 12:10 p.m. to reports of two people stuck on rocks over a cliff in the area of El Camino Del Mar and 32nd Avenue, Talmadge said.
Rescue swimmers with the fire department and some boat crews responded to the scene. Both the U.S. Coast Guard and National Parks Service were also notified.
Virgin Galactic has reported that its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has crashed during a test flight due to an unspecified problem.
The company tweeted Friday morning that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly."
Later tweets reported that the "serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo." Virgin Galactic also tweeted that the condition of the two pilots is currently unkown.
Kern County Fire Department reports it is heading to a location in the Mojave Desert. California Highway Patrol Officer Darlena Dotson says the agency is responding to a report of a crash in the Cantil area.
SpaceShipTwo has been under development at Mojave Air and Spaceport in the desert northeast of Los Angeles.
SpaceShipTwo is carried aloft by a specially designed jet and then released before igniting its rocket for suborbital thrill ride into space and then a return to Earth as a glider.
Contra Costa County firefighters are responding to a two-alarm explosion and structure fire at an apartment complex in a residential area of Walnut Creek Friday morning.
Police said the fire broke out in the 1500 block of Sunnyvale Avenue. The fire was reported at about 10 a.m.
Fire officials said the explosion and fire has caused multiple injuries.
The explosion blew the roof off the apartment complex.
Fire officials said six ambulances and one medical helicopter initially responded to the scene.
One person was transported to the hospital by ground, one was transported by helicopter and one person is still unaccounted for.
The buildings around the explosion are being searched for victims.
Firefighters haven't been able to search the unit where the explosion occurred due to the structural instability of the building.
In this video she reveals that she may not end her life this Saturday, November 1st.
She says in the video that she still feels good enough and has a good enough time with her family and friends, that it doesn't feel like it's time.
Despite the time she's had recently she says she can still feel her health getting worse as she gets sicker.
Photo courtesy of Compassion and Choices.
Maine health officials obtained a 24-hour court order restricting Kaci Hickox's movement after the nurse repeatedly defied the state's quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.
A judge granted the order Thursday limiting Hickox's travel, requiring a three-foot buffer if she encounters people, and banning her from public places until there's a further decision Friday.
The state went to court Thursday, following through with a threat to try to impose restrictions on her until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10. In court documents, the judge indicated further action was anticipated Friday.
Police were under orders to monitor the movements of the nurse who twice left home, once to talk to reporters Wednesday and again for a bike ride with her boyfriend on Thursday.
A state police cruiser remained outside her home Friday. Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier went inside the home briefly Friday morning and said afterward, "We just had a good conversation." He said he was not there to arrest or detain her.
The legal action is shaping up as the nation's biggest test case yet in the struggle to balance public health and fear of Ebola against personal freedom.
In a court filing, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention backed away from the state's original request for an in-home quarantine and called for restrictions that fall in line with federal guidelines.
Hickox remains at risk of being infected with Ebola until the end of a 21-day incubation period, Dr. Sheila Pinette.
"It is my opinion that the respondent should be subjected to an appropriate public health order for mandatory direct active monitoring and restrictions on movement as soon as possible and until the end of the incubation period ... to protect the public health and safety," she wrote.
Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, says confinement violates her rights. She says that she has no symptoms and poses no risk to the public.
Hickox, 33, stepped into the media glare when she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone to become subject to a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey. After being released from a hospital there, she returned to this small town, where she was placed under what Maine authorities called a voluntary quarantine.
She said she is following the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation of daily monitoring for fever and other signs of the disease.
"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," she said Wednesday evening.
Some states like Maine are going above and beyond the CDC guidelines to require quarantines. So is the U.S military.
President Barack Obama, the nation's top infectious-disease expert and humanitarian groups have warned that overly restrictive measures could cripple the fight against the disease at its source by discouraging volunteers like Hickox from going to West Africa, where the outbreak has sickened more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000 of them.
"These kinds of restrictions could dissuade hundreds, if not thousands, of skilled volunteers from helping stop Ebola's spread, which is in the national interest of every one of our countries," Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Thursday in Brussels.
Under gray skies and a steady mist, tens of thousands of San Francisco Giants fans watched their favorite players take photos, wave and mug for the crowd from atop double-decker buses, as the team's victory parade wound through downtown on its way to City Hall.
Young girls with cellphones held high shrieked as shortstop Brandon Crawford rolled by.
"He's the best shortstop in the league," said Jessica Earnshaw, 17.
The San Jose high school senior snapped off several photos of Crawford.
"He's my favorite," she said. "By far."
A broadly smiling pitcher Tim Hudson waved an orange towel over his head to wild cheers. Two buses later, outfielder Hunter Pence, wearing a replica wrestling championship belt and mugging for the crowd, threw his hands up and led several chants of, "Let's go, Giants!"
The parade featured Giants' legends Juan Marichal and Willie Mays. Barry Bonds rode in a convertible, holding an umbrella and smiling broadly.
The fans greeted him loudly and warmly with chants of "Barry! Barry! Barry!"
Sidewalk cannons shot clouds of confetti into the air as a giant panda hovered overhead in honor of third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
Iris Gomez, 37, arrived to the parade route with sandwiches, juice and plenty of rain gear more than 5 ½ hours before the start of noontime event.
"I love the Giants," she said. "I've been going to the Giants games since the tickets were $8. I wouldn't miss this."
The parade will end at San Francisco City Hall and Civic Center Plaza, where Mayor Ed Lee will honor the team with a giant onstage ceremony.
The 3-2 victory Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals was the Giants' third World Series championship in five years.
Parade efforts were underway long before Sandoval snagged the final fly ball and dropped on his back on the field in victory.
"Unlike most parades where we have weeks and months to plan, this all kind of came down the pipes over the course of days," The Parade Guys' Stephanie Mufson told ABC7 News.
The parade, which is free and open to the public, was a first for 43-year-old Ana Gonzalez, who rose before the sun to drive to San Francisco from her suburban Bay Area home.
With the parade falling on Halloween, it left her and many other parents with a tough choice between celebrating their team and attending school events.
"I asked the kids if they wanted to go to their Halloween parade or the Giants and they said, 'Let's go see the Giants,'" Gonzalez said.
Police Chief Greg Suhr said the number of officers on the streets Friday will be at least 20 percent higher than usual, with police dogs helping with security.
"We will prepare for any inevitability, but we are hoping for the best," he Suhr. "I wouldn't be surprised if there were 2 million people in San Francisco (for the event) Friday."