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Trial of teen charged with murdering Davis couple begins


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Opening arguments in a high-profile murder case in Yolo County involving a teen charged with torturing and killing an elderly Davis couple began Tuesday.

Daniel Marsh, who was honored in 2009 as a hero for saving his father during a heart attack, is accused of the murders of Oliver Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia Maupin, 76, in 2013. Marsh was 16 years old at the time.

Farmworkers’ son active in UC Davis research wins prestigious NIH scholarship

Farmworkers’ son active in UC Davis research wins prestigious NIH scholarship

A biochemistry and molecular biology major, Abraham Corrales has been awarded the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and committed to careers in health-related research.

The stinging sweat and all-over aches from picking blackberries one summer tutored young Abraham Corrales of Watsonville in the harsh realities he’d already experienced as the youngest of 10 children of migrant farmworkers.

“When you’re in the fields, you understand how everyone who’s working there really suffers just to put food on the table,” he said. “That’s what made me change my perspective on education.”

Today, the UC Davis junior has distinguished himself as one of only 16 recipients nationwide of a prestigious National Institutes of Health scholarship on his way to developing therapies to promote the health of agricultural communities like his own... Read More

Napa residents deal with earthquake's aftermath


The American Red Cross has provided disaster relief services to hundreds of quake victims, including those displaced from their homes.

Robert Lewis Tyler has been at the evacuation shelter at Cross Walk Community Church after the house he was staying at was severely damaged.

The Victorian mansion built in 1885 was one of the homes red tagged. The foundation shifted 18 inches, making the home unsafe to live in. There are fears that the historic structure can collapse at any moment.

"I was so glad, I'm alive," said Robert Lewis Tyler, one of the home's tenants. "But after a couple days, reality starts to hit in. Now I have to find another place to live."

While the cleanup process gets underway, work in the Napa vineyards must go on.

Quake predictor can help you plan for the next 'big one'


DAVIS - If you've ever wondered about the earthquake risk in your area and the damage your home might suffer -- yes, there is an app for that.

"This week we've had thousands of visits a day to the website," UC Davis professor of physics and geology John Rundle said.

Rundle and a colleague co-founded OpenHazards.com, dedicated to the issue of earthquake safety and preparedness. The website is based on an earthquake prediction model that uses the Gutenberg-Richter Frequency Relation to estimate when new quakes may happen, using previous earthquake activity.

"So what we do is, we use small earthquakes to forecast big earthquakes," Rundle said.

You can use the website to estimate the probability of a quake of a given size in your area and the damage it might cause to your home. It provides a good idea of whether earthquake insurance might be a good investment.

Napa area rattled by 3.9 aftershock


NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Napa County has been rattled by a small aftershock to the strong and damaging earthquake that hit California's wine capital over the weekend.

The US Geological Survey says the 3.9-magnitude quake struck at 5:33 a.m. Tuesday about seven miles south of the city of Napa.

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A sheriff's dispatcher says the station shook a little, but there have been no calls reporting damage or injuries.

Napa wary of aftershocks in wake of 6.0 jolt


Residents of this picturesque wine-making area north of San Francisco have been warned to be careful around buildings damaged by a weekend magnitude-6.0 quake because of the danger of aftershocks that could continue for several weeks.

The quake struck early Sunday about six miles south of Napa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It was the largest to shake the San Francisco Bay Area since the magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta quake struck in 1989, collapsing part of the Bay Bridge roadway and killing more than 60 people, most when an Oakland freeway fell.

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Earthquake rattles, doesn't wreck Napa wineries


Near the height of annual harvesting and tourist season, California's Napa Valley wineries were struck hard by Sunday's magnitude-6.0 earthquake, but many reported surprisingly light damage.

The early morning earthquake, whose epicenter was about 9 miles south of Napa, jolted residents and had winemakers scrambling to check their homes and businesses.

"It was a very violent awakening," says Sandy Taylor, co-founder of the Taylor Family Winery in Napa. "It seemed to shake a long time. Our dogs and cats bailed out."

Taylor says her winery, about a mile from the epicenter, lost one barrel of 2013 Chardonnay. "The finished bottles at the winery were fine, Taylor says. "The finished goods are in cases, boxed, palletized and shrink-wrapped," she says. "I think the shrink-wrap was what kept them safe."