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national lead

December 12th, 2014
04:37 PM ET

Rain falls with a fury to move rocks, mud in Southern California, burying homes

Affected by the storm? Send your photos to CNN iReport, but please stay safe.

Los Angeles (CNN) - Torrential rains moved walls of rock and mud Friday in South California, burying homes in one neighborhood, closing a coastal highway, and prompting evacuations of foothill communities imperiled by landslides.

The damage marked the second day of a fierce storm slamming the Pacific Coast that, in California, served to trade one natural disaster for another, namely the state's record drought of the past three years.

At a minimum, the biggest storm in years slaked the dry earth, but it is coming at a high price for many people.

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December 11th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Heavy rain, power outages hit California; blizzards, flooding, high winds expected

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Los Angeles (CNN) - Be careful what you wish for, California.

What seemed a godsend of rain is now pummeling the drought-ravaged state with flood warnings in wine country, a potential winter storm in the Sierras and enough moisture to cause mass urban blackouts.

Wind gusts were so furious at an expected 120 mph that the typically smooth mountain waters of Lake Tahoe roiled with waves, prompting Californians to do what comes naturally to them: go surfing.

The storm left 150,000 customers without power Thursday in the San Francisco Bay Area, including 94,000 in the city itself, the National Weather Service said.

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December 5th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Underway: New round of protests over police use of force

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They're preparing the signs. Lining up the locations. Getting ready to shut down traffic once again.

Protests in the growing movement against police brutality are on tap in dozens of communities across the nation on Friday, with more planned over the weekend.

The third day of demonstrations appeared to begin with two small protests that sprang up in Chicago.

On Thursday, marchers in Dallas, Boston, Chicago and Manhattan screamed for justice for Eric Garner and others killed, protesters say, without cause by police.

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December 4th, 2014
06:28 PM ET

American hostage pleads for life in Yemen al Qaeda video

(CNN) - More than a week after a raid on an al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen to free hostages, an American captive, who was not rescued, appears in a video, begging into the camera for his life.

In the recording recently posted by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as AQAP, the terror group threatens to kill Luke Somers, if Washington does not meet its demands.

AQAP member Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, who reads a statement, does not say what the demands are but claims that the U.S. government knows them.

Somers also gives a short statement asking for help and identifying himself.

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December 4th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Outrage, vows for action after decision for no charges in Eric Garner's death

(CNN) - Another unarmed black man dies after a confrontation with a white police officer. Another grand jury weighs the evidence, then decides not to indict the officer. Another round of protesters hit the streets, believing that a man, a family, was deprived of justice because of the color of a man's skin.

This isn't Ferguson, Missouri. It's New York City.

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