The National Weather Service's San Francisco office said that through May 22 the state is expected to get 150-200% of its normal monthly rainfall. It's all thanks to a series of "atmospheric rivers" that will set up over the Pacific Ocean, moving into California. Atmospheric rivers suck up water vapor from the ocean, transport it along narrow regions in the atmosphere and then dump precipitation in massive amounts on land, supercharging storm systems. The second of three "rivers" is setting up still offshore, but it'll start bringing rain and snow to California on Friday through Saturday. Then a third system, albeit weaker, will move through the state next Wednesday to help push precipitation totals over record amounts. While the lower elevations will see rainfall, the Sierra Nevada will see even more snowfall. Some areas could see up to 30 inches of snow through Friday morning.
If a jury were to see the texts, defense lawyer Sean Chapman wrote that he would argue certain terms are "commonplace throughout the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, that it is part of the agency's culture, and therefore says nothing about Mr. Bowen's mind-set." The language in Bowen's text messages, some of which "could be perceived as racist or offensive," would not help a jury determine "whether he, on this occasion, set out to use excessive force to apprehend the alleged victim," Chapman wrote. Among the examples the prosecutors cite is an exchange on Dec. 18, 2017, in which an unidentified person asked Bowen: "Did you gas hiscorpse (sic) or just use regular peanut oil while tazing?? For a frying effect." Bowen responded, "Guats are best made crispy with an olive oil from their native pais," using a derogatory term for Guatemalan citizens and the Spanish word for country, pais.
China, the world's biggest soybean importer, almost tripled purchases from Russia amid a trade dispute with the U.S., the biggest producer. read more
A Republican Missouri state lawmaker is apologizing after he referred to some sexual assaults as "date rapes or consensual rapes" as his chamber debated a bill that would ban abortions after eight weeks. State Rep. Barry Hovis, a former police officer, was talking about some of the rape cases he dealt with during his time in law enforcement. "Let's just say someone goes out and they're raped or they're sexually assaulted one night after a college party - because most of my rapes were not the gentleman jumping out of the bushes that nobody had ever met," Hovis said during his remarks. That was one or two times out of 100 ... Most of them were date rapes or consensual rapes, which were all terrible," he continued. After he finished speaking, Democratic state Rep. Raychel Proudie quickly responded. "There is no such thing - no such thing - as consensual rape," she said, generating applause from the chamber.
As the frontman of KISS, Gene Simmons occupies rarefied air -- a rock star who entertains arenas filled with adoring fans. On Thursday, Simmons joined another exclusive club, conducting only the second on-camera press briefing at the Department of Defense in the last year. read more