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Duke and Duchess welcome baby girl

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a baby girl at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England on May 2, according to The New York Times.

According to the article, Kate Middleton “safely delivered a daughter” at 8:34 a.m., less than three hours after her admittance to the hospital. The new “Princess of Cambridge” weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and Kensington Palace confirmed both mother and daughter were doing well.

Fourth in line to the British throne, the baby girl is the fifth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II who is “delighted with the news” of a granddaughter, according to The New York Times. The name was announced on May 3 as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.


Mayweather outboxes Pacquiao

According to The New York Times, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was crowned victorious against competitor Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena super fight in Las Vegas on May 2.

The former Olympic medalist won a unanimous decision against the boxer from the Philippines by a large margin on the final score cards. Fight statistics revealed Mayweather (48-0) threw and connected 148 of 435 punches (34 percent), while Pacquiao (57-6-2) landed just 81 of 429 punches (19 percent) as reported by CompuBox.

The New York Times reported Mayweather as having said, “I outboxed him … We did what we had to do tonight.”


Earthquake strikes Los Angeles area

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake struck the Los Angeles area in the  early morning on May 3, according to NBC Los Angeles.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake hit about one mile from Baldwin Hills at 4:07 a.m. and was felt through the Los Angeles area, in nearby Culver City and from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.

NBC Los Angeles stated no initial damage was recorded, but the Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Fire Department went into earthquake monitoring modes, examining all areas of major concern, with three prior tremors felt in the last month.


Thousand Oaks ramp onto northbound Highway 101 closes

The Thousand Oaks ramp onto northbound Highway 101 en route to Ventura will be closed starting at midnight on May 3 as part of the two-year project to widen the Highway 101-23 interchange, according to the Ventura County Star.

“We’re adding a fourth lane, and that’s why we need to realign the on-ramp,” said Mike Tohidian, senior engineer for the city according to the Ventura County Star. “Right now, the on-ramp is based on three lanes.”

Motorists are advised to use the northbound ramp at Lynn Road until the reopening of the ramp at 6 a.m. on May 18th. The Caltrans-led project is scheduled to be completed early next year.


10 p.m. curfew lifted in Baltimore

Baltimore’s mayor announced a lift of the 10 p.m. curfew that has been in effect for five days after violent protests following the death of Freddie Gray, according to CNN.

“Effective immediately, I have rescinded my order instituting a city-wide curfew,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced via Twitter on May 3.

The lift came just a day after a large rally in the city in support of charges brought against six officers associated with the death of Freddie Gray. Gray’s death was attributed to injuries to his spinal cord after being arrested by the Baltimore Police Department.


Kristen Hansen
Staff Writer
Published May 6th, 2015