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Seven people have been killed in an agricultural region of northern California, authorities said yesterday, the latest shootings to rattle the state in recent days.

Two fatal shootings took place at a mushroom farm and a trucking firm on the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, a coastal community about 30 miles south of San Francisco, officials said.

Deputies responding to a call found four people dead and a fifth victim wounded at the first location in Half Moon Bay, then found three more dead at the second location nearby, sheriff Christina Corpus told a news conference on Monday evening.

“This is a devastating tragedy for this community and the many families touched by this unspeakable act of violence,” said Corpus.

Police have arrested a suspect, named as 67-year-old Zhao Chunli, in connection with the shooting.

  • Are the shootings related? The shootings are being treated as related, although the connection between the locations was not immediately clear. Dave Pine, the president of the San Mateo county board of supervisors, said the suspect was employed at one of the businesses and called him a “disgruntled worker”.

Monterey Park death toll rises to 11 as police investigate shooter’s motivations

Monterey Park mayor Henry Lo kneels at a makeshift memorial outside the scene of a deadly mass shooting at a ballroom dance studio on 23 January.Pin
Monterey Park mayor, Henry Lo, kneels at a makeshift memorial outside the scene of a deadly mass shooting at a ballroom dance studio on 23 January. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The death toll in a mass shooting at a ballroom dance studio in California has risen to 11 people, after health officials said that one of the people wounded in the shooting had died. According to friends and colleagues, the beloved manager of the dance hall where the massacre took place was also among the 11 victims.

Authorities said the motive for what one lawmaker called “the worst mass shooting in Los Angeles county history” remains unknown. The 72-year-old shooter killed himself the morning after the attack, authorities said, after being stopped by police in a nearby town. Law enforcement officials searched his home in Hemet, and found a rifle, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and evidence that he was manufacturing homemade gun silencers.

The gunman had “a limited criminal history” but had been arrested in 1990 for illegal gun possession, Los Angeles county sheriff Robert Luna said on Monday.

“Did he plan this? Was it the day of? Was it a week before? What drove a madman to do this? We don’t know,” Luna said, saying that detectives were continuing to examine the case.

  • How did the dance hall manager die? Ming Wei Ma, known to instructors as Mr Ma, died when a 72-year-old gunman entered the Star Ballroom and opened fire. A friend told CBS News that Ma “was the first to rush to try to stop the shooter”. The report of Ma’s death was corroborated by Dariusz Michalski, a professional ballroom dancing instructor at the Star Ballroom.

  • How was the shooter disarmed? Brandon Tsay was working in the lobby of the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio in Alhambra when the shooting began. He has told of how he disarmed the shooter in a violent struggle.

Kevin McCarthy reportedly ‘will never leave’ Marjorie Taylor Greene

U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) talks with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on the floor of the House Chamber during a late evening session, as the competition for Speaker of the House continues, on the second day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 4, 2023 REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstPin
Kevin McCarthy and Marjorie Taylor Greene on the floor of the US House. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Kevin McCarthy reportedly said he would “never leave” Marjorie Taylor Greene, the far-right, conspiracy theorist Republican congresswoman from Georgia, after she backed him through a rightwing rebellion and 15 rounds of voting for the position of US House speaker.

“I will never leave that woman,” McCarthy told a friend, according to the New York Times. “I will always take care of her.”

Elected to Congress in 2020, Greene quickly became a figurehead for the pro-Trump far right, particularly after Democrats then in control of the House ejected her from committees, citing her racist statements and encouragement of violence against political opponents. Eleven Republicans supported the move.

Greene also voiced support for QAnon, the conspiracy theory which holds that Democratic leaders are pederastic cannibals; spoke at a white supremacist rally; criticised and contravened Covid-19 public health measures; and, among countless other controversies, suggested Jewish-controlled “space solar generators” were responsible for destructive wildfires.

  • What else did McCarthy say? “If you’re going to be in a fight, you want Marjorie in your foxhole,” McCarthy said. “When she picks a fight, she’s going to fight until the fight’s over. She reminds me of my friends from high school, that we’re going to stick together all the way through.”

  • What else is happening? Donald Trump was photographed with a notorious Philadelphia mobster at a Trump-owned golf club earlier this month. His spokesperson would not say if the former president actually knew him. “President Trump takes countless photos with people,” the spokesperson told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In other news …

In this file photo taken on January 06, 2021 Richard Barnett, a supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protest inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. - The man photographed with his feet on a desk in House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office after joining the mob that stormed the US Capitol in 2021 was convicted January 23, 2023 of several crimes. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)Pin
Richard Barnett, a supporter of Trump, sits inside the then office of Nancy Pelosi on 6 January. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
  • A jury has convicted the man who invaded the US Capitol on 6 January 2021, with a mob of extremist Donald Trump supporters and was pictured with his foot up on a desk in then House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Richard Barnett, from Gravette, Arkansas, was found guilty on all counts.

  • A former top FBI counter-intelligence official conspired to commit money laundering offences and violated US sanctions by taking secret payments from the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to investigate a rival, federal prosecutors said in an indictment yesterday.

  • A new digital scan has revealed intimate details about a teenage boy who was mummified about 2,300 years ago. A team of scientists led by Sahar Saleem from Cairo University, concluded that the boy and his family were rich and of high social status because his body was adorned with 49 precious amulets.

  • Five Germans have been charged with treason over an alleged far-right plot to overthrow the government that included plans to abduct the health minister, prosecutors have announced. Karl Lauterbach – unpopular among far-right groups because of anti-Covid measures – confirmed he was targeted.

  • The disgraced British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has said, in a television interview from prison, she wished she had “never met” the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell, 61, was sentenced to 20 years in a US prison for procuring underage girls for the American financier to sexually abuse.

Stat of the day: Ford to cut 3,200 jobs in Europe and move some work to US

A worker attaches the Ford logo to a Fiesta car at the US car manufacturer plant Ford in ColognePin
Ford said it was committed to building an all-electric portfolio of vehicles in Europe. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

Ford plans to cut 3,200 jobs across Europe, according to Germany’s largest union, as the carmaker looks to slash costs and shift focus towards electric vehicles. Most of the 2,500 jobs in product development and up to 700 in administrative roles are located in Germany, said IG Metall. The union, which represents 2.2 million members in the metal, electrical, iron, steel and automotive industries, said that other cuts could fall at sites in Belgium and the UK, the Financial Times reported. The US carmaker has been cutting jobs in Europe for years as it aims to shift its focus to electrified vehicles. The company’s chief executive, Jim Farley, warned in November last year it takes “40% less labour to make an electric car” than a traditional petrol model.

Don’t miss this: ‘This isn’t the America of our dreams’– shock and sorrow in Monterey Park after deadly shooting

A couple holds each other as members of the community hold a prayer vigil near the scene of a shooting that took place during a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, in Monterey Park, California, U.S. January 22, 2023. REUTERS/Allison DinnerPin
Prayer vigils have been held near the scene of a shooting that took place during Chinese lunar new year celebrations in Monterey Park, California. Photograph: Allison Dinner/Reuters

Kevin Lou lives within a three-mile radius of the two dance studios in east Los Angeles that came under attack on the eve of lunar new year, writes Claire Wang. Growing up in the Chinese enclave of Monterey Park, he’d always felt safe, surrounded by people who looked like him and shared his immigration story. One of his fondest memories was dining with his mother at Hong Kong Cafe, a no-frills eatery that’s served southern Chinese breakfast staples for decades. It’s also located across from Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where 11 people were killed and 10 more injured. “At first I thought it’s a hoax,” Lou, 29, says. “You know stuff like this happens but because it’s the neighbourhood you grew up in, it doesn’t feel real.”

Climate check: ‘No miracles needed’ – Prof Mark Jacobson on how wind, sun and water can power the world

Automobiles travel along Interstate 10 as wind turbines generate electricity at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm near Palm Springs, California. Located in the windy gap between Southern California’s two highest mountains, the facility is one of three major wind farms in California. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)Pin
Wind turbines in California. ‘We have wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, electric cars … We have 95% of the technologies right now that we need to solve the problem,’ says Jacobson. Photograph: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

“Combustion is the problem – when you’re continuing to burn something, that’s not solving the problem,” says Prof Mark Jacobson. The Stanford University academic has a compelling pitch: the world can rapidly get 100% of its energy from renewable sources with, as the title of his new book says, “no miracles needed”. Wind, water and solar can provide plentiful and cheap power, he argues, ending the carbon emissions driving the climate crisis, slashing deadly air pollution and ensuring energy security. Carbon capture and storage, biofuels, new nuclear and other technologies are expensive wastes of time, he argues. “We have 95% of the technologies right now that we need to solve the problem,” he says.

Last Thing: Kylie Jenner’s ultra-realistic lion head sparks uproar at Paris fashion week

Kylie Jenner arrives at the Schiaparelli show, during Paris Fashion Week with a lifelike lion’s head on her shoulder.Pin
Mane event: Kylie Jenner arrived at the Schiaparelli show in Paris wearing a dress with a lifelike lion’s head attached. Photograph: Laurent VU/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

Paris fashion week began with a roar when Kylie Jenner arrived at the first show of the season wearing a lifelike lion’s head on her shoulder. The Schiaparelli gown, which also appeared on the runway, was made of “foam, wool and silk faux fur, and hand painted to look as life like as possible”, the brand said on Instagram. To make things abundantly clear, the brand added, in all caps: “NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN MAKING THIS LOOK.” But choosing the controversial youngest scion of the Kardashian-Jenner clan to debut a gown that is open to interpretation may have been a misstep for the French fashion house. If anyone would wear a real lion’s head, commenters on social media reasoned, it would be Jenner.

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