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Tracy Bloom is a digital news producer for KTLA.com in Los Angeles.

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  • Yellow security tape was posted on the campus of Southwestern College in Chula Vista on Oct. 16, 2014. (Credit: Twitter user @jeenifaa)

    Student Recants Story After Southwestern College Quarantines Building, Says ‘No Ebola’ on Campus

    A student at Southwestern College recanted a story about a family member’s illness that led to speculation about Ebola and the closure of a building on the Chula Vista campus Thursday, school officials said. After the student reported that a family member had been hospitalized with “flu-like symptoms,” a building was cordoned off, according to a post on the college’s Facebook post stated. Campus officials told KTLA sister-station Fox 5 San Diego that the student had reported feeling ill. However, a […]

  • LAUSD Supt. John Deasy, seen in this file photo, was expected to step down on Oct. 16, 2014. according to the Los Angeles Times. (Credit: KTLA)

    Embattled LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Announces Resignation

    Beleaguered Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy announced Thursday that he had tendered his resignation. Deasy would stay on with the district on a special assignment through the end of the year, according to a join statement from the superintendent and the school district. Former Supt. Ramon Cortines was appointed to serve temporarily as Superintendent of Schools until a replacement for Deasy can be found, according to a separate statement from LAUSD. He would begin his tenure on […]

  • In this file photo, students duck under their desks and take cover during a Great ShakeOut event in California. (Credit: KTLA)

    As New Study Warns of Potentially Imminent Major Earthquake in California, Millions to Participate in ‘Great ShakeOut’ Drill

    A record total of more than 10 million people were expected to “drop, cover and hold on” Thursday morning as they took part in the annual “Great ShakeOut” earthquake drill in California. The event, which aims to improve earthquake preparedness, was scheduled to take place at exactly 10:16 a.m. in schools, homes, businesses and workplaces throughout the state. It comes just days after a study was released that indicated four fault lines beneath the heavily populated Bay Area were overdue […]

  • Baby Hazel was born about an hour after her parents had been involved in a high-speed chase with police on their way to the hospital. (Credit: WHOTV)

    Pregnant Woman About to Give Birth Causes High-Speed Police Chase in Iowa

    A pregnant woman who was moments away from giving birth prompted a high-speed pursuit recently when police observed the vehicle she was in traveling at a high-rate of speed on an Iowa highway in the middle of the night. Ben and Rachel Kohnen were on their way to the hospital around 2 a.m. on Tuesday when the woman realized that the baby’s arrival was imminent, KTLA sister-station WHOTV reported. Not wanting their fourth child to be born in the car, […]

  • A Northern California woman was rescued thanks to a tech-savvy police officer and a smartphone app. (Credit: KGO via CNN)

    Cellphone App Helps Lead to Rescue of Missing Crash Victim Whose Vehicle Plunged 500 Feet Down Ravine

    A smartphone app was being credited with helping to save the life of a Northern California crash victim who had been missing for 17 hours, according to a report. Melissa Vasquez, 28, was driving along a road in the San Jose area on Monday when her Chevy Cruze somehow veered off the road and tumbled 500 feet down a ravine, according to CNN-affiliate KGO. A search party was formed Monday afternoon, but rescuers were unable to locate her. One tech-savvy […]

  • Surveillance video captured a robbery in progress at La Pico Mini Market in Stanton on Oct. 14, 2014.

    Knife-Wielding Man Sought in Stanton Mini-Mart Robbery; Surveillance Video Released

    Authorities were searching for a knife-wielding man who robbed a store clerk at a Stanton mini mart late Tuesday. The robbery occurred at La Pico Mini Market, which is located in the 10400 block of Beach Boulevard (map), around 11:30 p.m., according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Surveillance video from the incident shows the armed man lunging at the store clerk, and also appearing to threaten at least one other customer with the knife. After getting an undisclosed amount […]

  • A shark nearly beaches itself while feeding on a school of fish along the shore of a North Carolina beach. (Credit: Donnie Griggs)

    Dramatic Video Captures 100 Sharks on Feeding Frenzy Along North Carolina Shore

    A surfer captured incredible video of dozens of sharks feeding on a school of blue fish along the North Carolina coast that has been widely viewed since being posted to YouTube earlier this week. At least 100 sharks took part in the feeding frenzy, which occurred last Thursday close to the shore at Cape Lookout National Seashore off the Crystal Coast, according to a description of the video on YouTube. The dramatic footage showed some of the sharks nearly beaching […]

  • Jorge Ernesto Ubillus, 70, was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery on Oct. 13, 2014. LAPD was asking for possible additional victims to come forward. (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)

    LAPD Seeks Additional Victims of 70-Year-Old Driving Instructor Accused of Sex Crimes Against Students

    Investigators believed a 70-year-old traffic school and driving instructor who was recently arrested on suspicion of sexually battering students may have had more victims, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Jorge Ernesto Ubillus was taken into custody Monday after being accused in an undisclosed amount of sexual battery cases spanning from July 2014 to Aug. 13, 2014, according to an LAPD news release. The incidents occurred in his office in the 5400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, and also […]

  • A building in Napa was damaged following a 6.0 earthquake in the area on Aug. 24, 2014. A new study warns an even bigger temblor in the earthquake could strike in the near future. (Credit: KTVU)

    4 NorCal Faults in Heavily Populated Areas Primed for Earthquake of 6.8 or Greater: Study

    A recently published geological study warned that four fault lines beneath some 15 million people in Northern California were overdue for a major earthquake and could produce a temblor of magnitude-6.8 or larger in the near future, according to the Associated Press. All four of the fault segments were part of the San Andreas Fault, which runs from northern California to the Cajon Pass near San Bernardino, according to U.S. Geological Survey’s website. The segments of the fault system “are […]