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Los Altos is a city at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula (part of the Silicon Valley). The city is located in Santa Clara County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 27,693.

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Man arrested for DUI, hit-and-run after fleeing crash Sunday

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run and other offenses after fleeing from a crash in Salinas late Sunday night and then becoming violent when police officers tried to arrest him.

The crash was reported at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday at Independence and Nantucket Boulevards, according to police.

Omar Munoz allegedly ran a stop sign in his 1987 Chevrolet truck traveling north on Independence and clipped a 2014 Chevy Silverado that was about to enter the intersection from Nantucket, police said.

The collision caused Munoz's truck to overturn and strike two trees. Witnesses reported seeing Munoz run from the truck and flee in a creek bed nearby, according to police.

Officers eventually located Munoz at a relative's home in the 700 block of Danbury Street. He had superficial injuries from the crash and was covered in mud from running in the creek, police said.

Munoz allegedly became violent when officers tried to arrest him, throwing one officer into a weightlifting set, causing minor abrasions. He was eventually taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, misdemeanor hit-and-run and threatening a police officer, according to police.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:19:04 -0700

More than arrests, citations in weekend DUI checkpoint

More than a dozen people were arrested or cited in a DUI checkpoint held over the weekend in Burlingame, police said.

The checkpoint was held between 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of California Drive, where officers screened 744 vehicles.

The operation netted three arrests for people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs -- Gary Vangiersbergen, 67, of Pacifica, Jesus

Barajas, 20, of Millbrae, and Christopher Bucks, 29, of Millbrae, according to police.

Alejandro Diaz, 38, of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Officers also cited or arrested 12 drivers for operating a vehicle while unlicensed or with a suspended or revoked license.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:09:29 -0700

Melting ice shelves drive rapid Antarctic sea level rise

A study more than 20 years in the making reports a rapid rise in Antarctic sea levels. The cause? Melting ice shelves. 

That's an especially big deal for a continent covered in ice, and the scientists say the fact the glacial melt produces fresh water is significant. (Video via Discovery)

The study was published in the journal Nature and reports, "​On the basis of the model simulations, we conclude that this sea-level rise is almost entirely related to steric adjustment," or chemical changes, "rather than changes in local ocean mass."

Basically, because fresh water is less dense than salt water, when it pours into the ocean surrounding Antarctica, it produces a dramatic rise in the sea levels around the continent. The melting freshwater ice shelves are raising sea levels.

The study also discounted other possible explanations for the rising sea levels like wind pushing water against the ice shelves, as lead scientist Dr. Craig Rye told the BBC

"We can estimate the amount of water that wind is pushing on to the continental shelf, and show with some certainty that it is very unlikely that this wind forcing is causing the sea level rise."

As Deutsche Welle reports, another unrelated study on Antarctic ice published in mid-August forecasted Antarctic ice melt will soon become a big threat. A researcher told the outlet, "Ice loss in the Antarctic could become the biggest contributor much earlier than expected, raising global sea level further by up to [about 15 inches] by the end of this century."

And just a few months before that researchers found a separate cause of the increasing melt — wind currents pushing warm water underneath the ice.

ABC AUSTRALIA: "Warm water melts ice much faster than warm air, and the research reveals subsurface warming at twice the rate previously thought."

It didn't take long for at least one outlet to see the consequences, as Bloomberg highlighted the risk the rising water poses to megacities such as New York and Shanghai. 

The lead scientist on this latest study also told the BBC the next target for research is why, throughout all of this, sea ice around the Antarctic appears to be increasing. 

This video includes an image from Getty Images.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:49:57 -0700

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