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River in the sky: San Franciscan’s can trade in their usual garb of sweaters and windbreakers for mariner’s rain gear today. Rain by the bucket has the region – otherwise officially known as drought central – shutting down schools, sandbagging shops. Why the sudden dousing? A so-called “atmospheric river,” a band of intense cloud moisture a couple of hundred miles wide, has split off from the tropics and is washing into the West Coast. Gusty storm systems piling in on top of it are catapulting big waves at the shoreline.


Teen set on fire? Horribly burned, 19-year-old Jessica Chambers walked towards fire rescuers on a Mississippi country road over the weekend. They strained to hear what she tried to tell them as flames licked her car in the background. Her voice was raspy. Someone had probably poured accelerant down her throat before setting fire to her, her father said police told him. She had burns over 98% of her body and died in a local hospital. Police are looking at her cell phone and surveillance video of her taken at a gas station for clues.


Not a chokehold: The officer who threw his arm around Eric Garner’s neck in July says that wasn’t a chokehold he was using. Daniel Pantaleo told NYPD internal investigators that it was a takedown technique taught at the police academy. He said he didn’t put any pressure on Garner’s windpipe. The video of the takedown and news of Garner’s subsequent death have triggered street protests from coast to coast by people who thought they saw a chokehold.

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