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California shooting rampage that killed 4 was premeditated

A .44 revolver, part of an AR-15 type assault rifle and ammunition allegedly dropped by the gunman during a mass shooting spree in Santa Monica, California. Photo: AFP

The killer, who died a day shy of his 24th birthday, was connected to the home that went up in flames after the first shootings, said Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks. Investigators were looking at family connections to find a motive because the killer’s father and brother were the first victims

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 5:48pm

Motive unclear in shooting rampage in Santa Monica

The body of the gunman involved in a shooting spree lies on a footpath outside Santa Monica College. Photo: Reuters

Investigators tried to piece together a confusing string of incidents involving a gunman who killed four people in a rampage through Santa Monica, that ended when police fatally shot him at a junior high school library where pupils had been studying for exams.

9 Jun 2013 - 7:45am

At least six dead in US rampage by black-clad gunman

A police officer is seen by a bullet riddled car outside a home which was set on fire in Santa Monica. Photo: Reuters

A black-clad gunman killed at least six people in a shooting rampage in the US state of California on Friday, before police shot him dead in a college library, officials said.

8 Jun 2013 - 10:37am 1 comment

Fugitive Christopher Dorner believed inside a cabin that burned down

A video grab shows the cabin where Christopher Dorner was believed to have been hiding in go up in flames in California.Photos: AP, MCT

When authorities hemmed in the man they suspected of killing three people in a campaign of revenge that gripped Southern California, he responded as they had feared: with smoke bombs and a barrage of gunfire.

14 Feb 2013 - 4:02am

Manhunt for ex-cop set to resume in California mountain range

Recent image released by Irvine Police Deaprtment shows suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, in the double-murder that occurred in Irvine earlier this month. Photo: AFP

A mountaintop search was to resume on Saturday for an ex-policeman wanted in three California slayings, after authorities interrupted the manhunt during the night as snowfall kept their helicopters grounded.

9 Feb 2013 - 8:26pm

A slice of Danish in California

A windmill and northern European-style shops in town. Photos:

A small town in California that owes its look to the Danish-Americans who settled there inspires songwriter Jim Messina, writes Alison Gee.

7 Jan 2013 - 10:26am

California town builds 'tsunami-resistant' port

It does not matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the US west coast generally aims any tsunami surges at the tiny California port town of Crescent City.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Native Americans' sacred rock engravings stolen from US federal land

A reward poster

Ancient hunters and gatherers etched vivid engravings on cliffs in California's Eastern Sierra that withstood winds, flash floods and earthquakes for more than 3,500 years. Thieves needed only a few hours to cut them down with power saws and haul them away.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Four men charged in California with plot to join al-Qaeda

David Bowdich, (left) an FBI special agent speaks during a news conference to announce the arrest of four people from Southern California on terrorism charges as Bill Lewis, an FBI assistant director looks on. Photo: AFP

Four men with California ties accused of making arrangements to join up with al-Qaeda and Taliban militants for training in Afghanistan have been arrested on US charges of plotting to provide material support to terrorists, the FBI said.

21 Nov 2012 - 9:43am

Atheists' move ends Christmas tradition in Santa Monica, prompts churches to sue

A woman walks past Christian displays in the Santa Monica park. Photo: AP

Californian Damon Vix did not have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.

The American atheist's anti-God messages beside more traditional life-sized nativity displays in a park overlooking the beach over the past three years ignited a furious debate.

20 Nov 2012 - 5:12am

Trial to start for California boy who killed neo-Nazi father

The suspect's father, Jeff Hall, a neo-Nazi, in 2011. Photo: NYT

Both the prosecution and the defence involved in a trial set to start this week agree on the following: before dawn on May 1, 2011, 10-year-old Joseph Hall went to his family's living room armed with a snub-nosed revolver, pointed it at his father's head as he lay sleeping on the couch, and shot and killed him.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

California leads US housing market out of bust that it began

The Ernest Borgnine estate in the Beverly Crest area of LA is listed at US$3.395 million. Photo: MCT

California, the state that led the US into the housing boom and bust with some of the most reckless subprime mortgage lending, is now leading the way out.

17 Oct 2012 - 1:53am

California's builders aim for super-energy-efficient homes

California's builders aim for super-energy-efficient homes

Crowned with three gables and painted in hues of grey and white, the suburban home in Lake Forest, California, doesn't look much like the domicile of the future.

3 Oct 2012 - 5:13am

Reflections: sadly ever after

Reflections: sadly ever after

For many Hongkongers, the arranged, some wou

16 Sep 2012 - 2:36am

Yosemite phones flooded by global callers asking about hantavirus

A rainbow forms at Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite national park, where tent cabins have been blamed in an outbreak of the deadly rodent-borne hantavirus disease. Photo: Reuters

The calls from concerned tourists have been coming in from as far away as China. Ever since an emergency line was set up on Tuesday at the Yosemite National Park after a recent outbreak of hantavirus, thousands of people around the world have contacted the Californian park.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:16am