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Preliminary-magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes in Gulf of California west of Mexico's Sinaloa state

Preliminary-magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes in Gulf of California west of Mexico's Sinaloa stateA preliminary-magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck this morning in the Gulf of California, just west of Mexico's Sinaloa state.



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California torture house: 13 siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower once a year

California torture house: 13 siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower once a yearThe 13 starving siblings held captive in a California house hardly ever saw the sun and were allowed, a prosecutor said Thursday, to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just once a year.



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California community reeling over Turpin 'house of horrors': 'I served them pizza while their children were starving?'

California community reeling over Turpin 'house of horrors': 'I served them pizza while their children were starving?'The quiet California community of Perris has been left reeling after the discovery of 13 children  found chained and malnourished in squalid conditions in their parents' house. Matthew Alex Padilla, a 20-year-old former Marine, said he was sickened to learn that Louise Turpin, the woman he served pizza to near the Perris property, had a house full of starving children.  Mr Padilla has worked at Leonardi’s Pizza inside the WinCo supermarket for a year, and told The Telegraph he last saw Mrs Turpin a week or so ago. “Louise was in here every other day,” he said. “Sometimes with her husband, and a few times with a little girl, but never more than one. “We knew each other, and would chat – she was normal, if maybe a bit reserved. I had no idea she had 13 children, because she’d only ever order a slice of pepperoni, or a chicken club sandwich with no tomato. David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested after the discovery of the 13 children Credit: AFP “I’ve seen her buy food and eat, and yet there were 13 hungry kids at home? That’s messed up. They should be sentenced to a long time in jail. To do that to your kids – it’s not OK.” Louise and her husband David forced their offspring to march around the house, drill formation, at the dead of night, one neighbour claimed. Mike Clifford, a 60-year-old aerospace machinist, lived opposite the family for three years in Murrieta, where the couple rented a six-bedroom home between 2011 and 2014. Described by their family as “deeply religious”, the Turpins home-schooled their children and the youngsters were rarely seen in the community. “We thought they were mentally handicapped kids, so they kept them in,” said Mr Clifford, who worked late shifts and would catch sight of them in the evenings.  “I never saw them play. What we did used to see a lot was on the second floor, the kids would be walking in circles like they were marching for hours at a time. It was military like.”  He told the Mail Online he would see the Turpins bundling their children into their minivan at least twice a month in the early hours of the morning as he arrived home. Neighbours stand outside the house where the children were found Credit: Los Angeles Times “They would load up the kids at about one in the morning,” he said. “The garage doors would just pop open and half a dozen kids would get into the van and then they'd drive off. “My weirdest thought was that they were selling the kids, sexually or whatever.” Despite his concerns, Mr Clifford says he never saw anything that would have warranted a call to the police and said the children appeared clean, if “robotic” when spoken to. In 2014 the family moved up the road to Perris, from where the alarm was raised by their 17-year-old daughter on Sunday morning. Inside the house, police found 12 more of the couple’s children, aged two to 29, begging for water and food, some shackled to the bed in a stench-filled room. Gabriela Del Toro, manager at the Primos Mexican restaurant in Perris, said that Mrs Turpin would come in several times a week to get takeaway food – but never in family-sized quantities. “She was pleasant enough – there was absolutely nothing out of the ordinary,” she said. “It’s mad to think that was going on just down the road.” The couple posted several pictures from family outings on their Facebook page  Mr Turpin’s parents were also left reeling by the news. James Turpin, who lives near Princeton, West Virginia, with his wife Betty, told his local newspaper that their son was “a fine person". David Turpin grew up in West Virginia’s Green Valley area and studied at Virginia Tech before moving away – first to Texas, then to California. "He did an outstanding job and worked in school, and the last time we were out there was about six years ago,” he said.  “The kids were fine. They were healthy and nothing was wrong. "I cannot understand. I'm going to talk to the kids as soon as they let me. I'm getting ready to make a call." Their other son, Randy, president of Valor Christian College in Ohio, said he was estranged from his brother and has taken leave to deal with the fallout. Yet on Mrs Turpin’s side of the family, a more damaging picture was presented. Elizabeth Jane Flores, her 41-year-old sister, appeared on US breakfast television on Wednesday and said her family tried "for years" to get in touch with her sister – but "she just shut us out of her life" for decades. "I want to reach out to the kids, I want them to know that for years we begged to Skype, we begged to see them, the whole family,” she said. The couple are being held on a $ 9 million bond Credit:  Barcroft Media Mrs Flores said she lived with her sister and brother-in-law for a few months when she was at university.  At the time, the couple only had four children and the eldest was in elementary school. "I thought they were really strict, but I didn't see any type of abuse," she said of the parents. "Now that I'm an adult, I look back, I see things that I didn't see then." She also said she had "uncomfortable" experiences with her brother-in-law but never told anyone because she was "young" and "scared." "He did things that made me feel uncomfortable," she said. "If I were to get in the shower, he would come in there while I was in there and watch me, and it was like a joke. He never touched me or anything." Mrs Flores said her mother drove for hours to visit the family in Texas at one point, but the Turpins didn't let her inside the house.  A few years later, Mrs Flores said, her father bought a flight to see the family but his daughter told him not to come, insisting she would visit them instead – which they never did. Another sister, Teresa Robinette, said that Mrs Turpin did not visit her parents even when they begged, on their death beds, to see her. “She didn’t even show up to either of their funerals,” she said. “So we have really no connection with Louise in a long, long time since we were young.” She said her sister had married Mr Turpin when she was 16. “We always thought she was living the perfect life. She would tell us they went to Disneyland all the time. They would go to Vegas.” But, she admits, in hindsight there were signs of neglect. “I always made comments to Louise when I talked to her about: ‘Gosh, they’re so skinny,’” she told NBC’s Today show. “And she would laugh it off: ‘Well David’s so tall and lanky, they’re going to be like him.’ “I can’t even say the words to you that I would like to say to her — I’m so angry inside.”



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California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversight

California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversightThe number of U.S. children educated at home has doubled to about 1.7 million, or 3 percent of the nation’s school-age population, from 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. “We would not say abuse is more common among home-schoolers, but when it does occur, there are fewer safeguards, less to stop it from spinning out of control,” said Executive Director Rachel Coleman. The organization has called for requiring annual contacts by outside officials and background checks for parents who run home schools.



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California Leaders Slam Trump Administration Over Report Of Planned ICE Raids

California Leaders Slam Trump Administration Over Report Of Planned ICE RaidsAfter a report of planned federal immigration raids targeting undocumented individuals in Northern California ― supposedly to send a message to the new “sanctuary” state ― California politicians came out with condemnation and vows to protect the immigrants in their communities.



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Suit targets California utilities over deadly mudslides

Suit targets California utilities over deadly mudslidesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Two utilities were sued Tuesday for the widespread destruction from last week's deadly mudslides that were caused when hillsides ravaged by California's largest-ever wildfire let loose in heavy rain.



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No rules for California home schools, where 13 found captive

No rules for California home schools, where 13 found captiveLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California home where authorities say two parents tortured their 13 children had doubled as a private school for the siblings but faced no government oversight and was never inspected by education officials.



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Doctors Speak to ABC News About Some of the Siblings in California 'Torture' Case

Doctors Speak to ABC News About Some of the Siblings in California 'Torture' CaseSurveillance video showed parents David and Louise Turpin being led away in handcuffs.



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Car crashes into second floor dental practice in California

Car crashes into second floor dental practice in CaliforniaA man who had taken drugs before getting behind the wheel of his Nissan Sedan survived relatively unscathed after crashing his car in the second-floor of a house. Police in Santa Ana, California, say that the car, travelling at high speed, clipped the central reservation before launching into the air. It flew about 60 feet before smashing into the second floor of the building, which contained a dental practice. CCTV footage obtained by a local television station captured the moment, and showed the car flying through the air. Unbelievable new surveillance video shows a car hitting a median and launching into the second story of a Santa Ana dentist office. Driver and passenger transported with minor injuries. @NBCLA@ChristineNBCLApic.twitter.com/Yw4poZXUNR— Kenny Holmes (@KHOLMESlive) January 15, 2018 The crash, which happened at about 5.25am on Saturday, rattled guests in a motel next door but the dental practice was closed at the time. The Los Angeles County fire department used a specialized forklift and wrecker to remove the car, the police said.  Two people in the vehicle, although both were rescued suffering only minor injuries One of the two people inside the vehicle was able to exit on his own, but emergency workers had to remove the other person. The driver had minor injuries and remains in hospital, but will likely be charged with driving under the influence.



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California 'House of horrors' children like 'clones' and were 'forced to march in circles'

California 'House of horrors' children like 'clones' and were 'forced to march in circles'The 13 children from the California 'House of Horrors' were forced to march in circles in the middle of the night, according to a former neighbour. A man named Mike, who used to live across the road from David and Louise Turpin, the couple arrested yesterday for torture, told the New York Post that the family was "like a cult." He said: "They would march back and forth on the second story at night. The light would be on the whole the time, and they would be marching the kids back and forth." Because he worked at a hospital, he often came back home in the early hours of the morning, which is when he says he saw the children engaging in the strange behaviour. Mike, who didn't give his last name, said he saw them being marched through the upstairs rooms between midnight and 3am. 'Clone' children 'spoke robotically and at the same time' David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49,  have been charged with nine counts of torture and 10 of child endangerment after being arrested at their home in Perris, California. It followed a dramatic rescue of thirteen children aged between 2 and 29 who were discovered starving and some chained to items of furniture in the “filthy” and “foul-smelling” house.  Police uncovered the abuse after a 17-year-old girl fled the property through a window, stole a mobile phone and alerted officers to the children’s plight.  She was so emaciated police thought she was only 10. Despite the fact Mike thought the situation was strange, he didn't feel anything serious enough to call the police was going on. He said: "My wife called them clones. They spoke robotically, in a monotone and at the same time." Family appeared 'obsessed with Disney' The family at Disneyland The Turpin family took multiple trips to Disneyland, and posted the evidence on Facebook.  The children were seen in these pictures wearing matching Disney clothing. Reporters on Monday gained access to the family's back garden, where they saw Disney merchandise including pet food bowls (though it is not thought they had any pets) and a Mickey and Minnie Mouse fountain. Two cars parked outside the residence had personalised number plates, one reading DLand and another reading DL4ever.  Although it is thought the first numberplate reads "Disneyland", the other could either mean David and Louise forever or Disneyland Forever. The family also appeared obsessed with Elvis Presley The Turpin couple renewed their vows three times, in the exact same location with the same Elvis impersonator performing their vow renewal ceremony.  David and Louise Turpin renew their wedding vows at an Elvis chapel on their 30th anniversary on October 31, 2015 Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube They also wore the exact same outfits, at the Elvis Chapel in Downtown Las Vegas  – Mrs Turpin’s changing hairstyles being the only difference. Kent Ripley, the Elvis impersonator at the chapel, said he was "still disturbed" by the reports of abuse.  "I mean they were sitting right around here three different times," he told Fox5 Vegas, indicating the rows of empty chairs in the chapel.  The Elvis impersonator serenades the couple during the ceremony Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube "[The Turpins] seemed to care about each other and care about the kids. They seemed to smile, the kids were smiling they didn't hide behind themselves, they were very quiet." The couple stare into each other's eyes as their children look on Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube The family outings appear to have all stopped last July – five months after Mrs Turpin’s mother, Phyllis Robinette, died aged 66 in Princeton, West Virginia. Shortly before she died, Mrs Robinette wrote on Facebook: “Would love to come and see you all.” Louise Turpin's sister: we were not brought up like this Teresa Robinette, the sister of Louise Turpin told NBC News: "I've never felt such a diferent mixture of emotions. Like seriously I'm so heartbroken for my neices and my nephews. I'm so angry, I'm so mad, I'm hurt. "Our life wasn't perfect growing up but she didn't live like that. Neither did David, he was raised in a very wealthy home. "As a matter of fact my dad was a preacher at one point when I was very little – they weren't raised like this. I don't know where it came from. I feel like it's a bad dream."



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