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  • San Francisco police release sketch of "Doodler' killer

    JOCELYN GECKER and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ|Feb 7, 2019

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 40 years after a serial killer dubbed the "Doodler" terrorized San Francisco's gay community, police released a sketch Wednesday of what the man might look like today and announced a $100,000 reward for details leading to his capture. Police believe the killer stabbed at least five men to death from early 1974 to late 1975. He became known as the "Doodler" after a victim who survived an attack told police the man was doodling while they talked at a late-night diner and said he was a cartoonist. At a news c...

  • Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

    JOCELYN GECKER and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ|Aug 17, 2018

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke, who was enveloped in seconds as he tried to evacuate residents on July 26. Three videos released with the report late Wednesday show the massive funnel of smoke and flames in a populated area on the edge of Redding, a...