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Mexico earthquake: 7.4 magnitude reported in Guerrero, Mexico; phantom quake near Salton Sea (updated)

People run to safety on the streets of Mexico City after a strong quake hits Mexico on March 20, 2012.

A strong magnitude 7.4 earthquake with an epicenter in Guerrero, Mexico struck on Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were initial reports of minor damage, including to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard's Twitter account said the water system and other "strategic services" were not experiencing problems. Frightened workers and residents poured into the streets of the capital just minutes after noon local time.

President Felipe Calderon said there were no immediate reports of damage through his Twitter account. Telephone service was down in the city and throughout the area where the quake was felt.


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Giovanni Ramirez, ex-suspect in Bryan Stow attack, released from jail after 10 months


After his arrest last May as the main suspect in the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium on opening day, Giovanni Ramirez is out of jail.

He was released on parole March 17 from the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, ABC 7 is reporting

Ramirez was arrested following a citywide manhunt, but exonerated when Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood were arrested in connection with the attack. 

During the investigation, Ramirez, who maintained innocence in the Stow beating, was found in violation of previous parole stipulations when officers searching his home found a him to be in possession of a firearm.


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Covina police searching for man they say sexually assaulted 7-year-old

Police circulated this drawing of the suspect. He is described as a white man between 18- and 40-years-old and between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall.
Covina Police Department

A man sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl outside her home over the weekend, police told ABC7, and Covina police are still searching for the man. At about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, the suspect walked up to the victim and covered her mouth with his hand before carrying her to the side of the house, the L.A. Times reports. He proceeded to assault the girl until she was able to bite his hand and break free. The girl was being chased to the front of the house when an adult neighbor saw the incident and screamed. He escaped in a 2005 or newer burgundy Nissan Altima with paper plates that said "Wondries" in black and neon green letters.


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Woolly Mammoth may return to Earth after 10,000-year-extinction

Photo by Travis S. via Flickr Creative Commons

Woolly mammoths are coming back to life if a new stem cell project is successful. La Brea Tar Pits, lock the gates.

Last week, a mad scientist from Russia signed a deal with a mad scientist from South Korea on a joint research project intended to bring about the return of the 10,000-year-extinct woolly mammoth. 

Looking to make the most of global warming, researchers turned their attention to the Siberian tundra where thawed permafrost uncovered the remains of the massive land mammal.

The deal was signed by Vasily Vasiliev of the North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, and infamous cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.

Hwang, barred from human embryonic stem-cell research after claims of the world's first cloned human embryos turned out to be false, his research in animal cloning continued and was verified in the creation of the world's first dog clone, Snuppy.


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Woman shot, two kids missing after early morning incident at Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City

Photos of missing children believed to have been abducted by their father after a shooting at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City early Monday morning.

Authorities are searching for a man accused of shooting a woman at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City early Monday morning and fleeing the scene with their two young children.

Initial reports suggested the children were accounted for, however officials now say Michael Lajun Green is believed to have Maaliyah Green, 1.5-years-old, and Zyler Green, 6-months-old. Their photos were released by Los Angeles police to aid in the search.

The woman, who was reportedly shot in the head, called 911 and was taken to a hospital where she was listed in stable condition.  

Green, who has a prior domestic violence conviction, is considered armed and dangerous, said NBC LA.

"Unfortunately some of the information she gave out this morning ... was erroneous," said LAPD Lt. Alan Hamilton during a press conference outside the hotel. "Whether it was intentional or not, we have not verified."


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