sfgate.comCanadian rapper dies in stunt while rapping on plane wingVERNON, British Columbia. (AP) - A Canadian rapper died while performing a stunt that involved rapping while walking on the wing of a plane. British Columbia's Coroners Service says 34-four-year-old Jon James McMurray died while working with a team making videos of airplane stunts and parachuting in that province Saturday. McMurray manager Ryan Desrochers says the rapper had trained "intensively" for the stunt but as he moved farther out onto a wing the small Cessna went into a downward spiral. The manager says McMurray held onto the wing too long and by the time he let go he didn't have time to open his parachute. The plane and pilot later landed safely.
sfgate.comUS Marine plane draws phallic symbol in California skyA Marine Corps aircrew in California is under investigation, after they drew an (ahem) objectionable shape in the sky via its flight pattern - twice. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing was identified as the offending parties who flew Tuesday over the Salton Sea in Southern California and moved in two phallic-shaped patterns, veterans-focused news site Task and Purpose reported.
sfgate.comWalk-through: Contemporary grandeur in Cow HollowTwice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 2356 Greenwich St., San Francisco Asking price: $9.9 million Description: Decadent features and refined finishes abound in this five-bedroom Cow Hollow home conceptualized by EAG Studio, built by Assembly Builders and designed by Keiko Ito Design Studio. A reverse floor plan positions the vast, light-filled great room on the top floor, reached by an elevator or the oak, glass and steel staircase connecting all four levels. Anchored by a 16-foot Calacatta Oro marble island, the open kitchen includes a living wall, Leicht Haus cabinets and Thermador appliances.
sfgate.com1.4 million toilets recalled after complaints, injuriesFlushmate announced a nationwide recall last week after the company received 1,446 complaints of its product bursting - resulting in about $710,000 of property damage. According to the recall notice, 23 people were injured by the malfunction, including one person who required foot surgery.
sfgate.comKamala Harris photos used in crime segment on Fox News; network apologizes for mistakeFox News went into apology mode Tuesday after an earlier broadcast showed two photos of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) during a news alert about a registered sex offender who was believed to have killed a student at the University of Utah.
sfgate.comVintage plane crash-lands on California freeway, no injuriesAGOURA HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A pilot escaped injury after his vintage single-engine plane crashed and burst into flames on a Southern California freeway Tuesday, authorities said. The plane struck the center divider of U.S. 101 and the pilot, the only occupant, was safely removed before flames consumed much of the aircraft, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. No vehicles on the ground were involved in the afternoon crash that snarled traffic about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of downtown Los Angeles. The North American AT-6 belonged to the Condor Squadron, a group that performs mock dogfights for air shows and flies in formation over parades, memorial services and events commemorating veterans, said president Chris Rushing.
sfgate.comUS to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing of writerWASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration revoked the visas Tuesday of some Saudi officials implicated in the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in its first punitive measure against its longtime Middle East partner, as President Donald Trump denounced the kingdom for one of the "worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups." Shortly after Trump made the comment, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration was moving to revoke the visas of Saudi government and intelligence agents suspected of involvement in the death of Khashoggi.
sfgate.comTrump says there's 'no proof' that Middle Easterners have joined migrant caravan, although there 'could very well be'WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday acknowledged that he has no proof that people of Middle Eastern descent have joined a large migrant caravan moving toward the U.S.-Mexico border, tempering a claim he has made in recent days. "There's no proof of anything. But there could very well be," Trump said in remarks in the Oval Office on Tuesday afternoon. His remarks appeared to be at odds with his own Department of Homeland Security, which tweeted Tuesday that the caravan includes people from all over the world. "Citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere are currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S.
sfgate.comWhite nationalist's wife says he physically abused herKALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The wife of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer has accused him of physically, verbally and emotionally abusing her throughout their eight-year marriage. In a court filing for the couple's divorce proceedings in Montana, Nina Koupriianova said Spencer once left her with bruises after dragging her of bed and down stairs in 2011. She also said he "attacked" and bruised her again in 2014, when she was four months pregnant with their first child. Spencer told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he is "not an abusive person" and said his wife was "never in a dangerous situation.
sfgate.comElle Mills is the celebrity every YouTuber wants to be, but her fame came at a priceElle Mills's camera was perched on its flexible tripod legs recording her every move from a nearby table. Sharpie in hand, she drew a copy of one of her own purposely misspelled tattoos on a young fan's arm: "no ragrets." Mills is famous on YouTube. But to the fan being fake-tattooed, and the dozens of others there to meet her at Playlist Live, a fan convention in New Jersey, she is just plain famous. Five years ago, Mills might have been waiting in a similar line. But now, having just turned 20, she headlines events like this one with her former idols. "I've been on the other side," Mills said. "I've been the fan girl. But I am the person now." Hidden behind a tablecloth was Mills's half-eaten lunch.
sfgate.comAfter stumbles, tech companies vow to improve election security for 2018 midtermsOfficials with leading social media and tech companies, chastened by criticism that they failed to adequately respond to foreign influence campaigns on their platforms in the 2016 elections, are vowing to improve their efforts to detect and stop such efforts from affecting the U.S. midterm elections next month.
sfgate.comSo many people are buying Mega Millions tickets that unique number combinations are shrinkingJust stop somewhere - a coffee shop, the grocery store checkout, or your office - and listen. Odds are, someone within earshot is hatching a plan to buy mansions and yachts as long as a city block. But of course, many are sure to explain, they will divert serious cash to charity after winning what lottery officials call the biggest lottery jackpot in history. Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing will pay out at least $1.6 billion to winning jackpot ticket holders, if there are any, after Friday's already record-setting drawing ended with no ticket matching all six numbers. That number is "uncharted territory" for Mega Millions, lottery officials said.
sfgate.comRome escalator accident injures 20 Russian soccer fansROME (AP) - At least 20 people were injured when an escalator in the Rome metropolitan system collapsed Tuesday night. A video shown on Sky TG24 shows the escalator accelerating suddenly, and the people riding down on it collapsing one onto another. The dramatic footage shows people on the parallel escalator trying to pull others to safety. The cause was not immediately known. The metropolitan station at Piazza Repubblica near the main Termine train station was closed by investigators. "The scene that we found was people piled up at the bottom of the escalator," said Rome provincial fire chief Giampietro Boscaino. "People one on the top of the other looking for help.
sfgate.comPence leaves open the possibility of nuclear weapons in spaceWASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday declined to rule out the idea of deploying nuclear weapons in space, saying the current ban on their use is "in the interest of every nation" but the issue should be decided on "the principle that peace comes through strength." "What we need to do is make sure that we provide for the common defense of the people of the United States of America and that's the president's determination here," Pence said in an interview with The Washington Post, when asked if nuclear weapons should be banned from orbit. Pence added, "What we want to do is continue to advance the principle that peace comes through strength.
sfgate.comMcDonald's quietly killed its best deal on the menuThe change comes as McDonald's and fast-food rivals grapple with how to best win over budget-conscious customers. On Tuesday, McDonald's announced plans to debut a new "classic meal" deal option, following the success of a 2-for-$5 Mix and Match Deal. McDonald's has quietly removed one of the best deals from its value menu. The fast-food chain has cut the Happy Meal from its national $1 $2 $3 menu, a change first spotted by Brand Eating. The Happy Meal cost $3 when McDonald's launched its new value menu in January.
sfgate.comHow to win the lottery, according to a Romanian-born mathematician who hacked the system, won 14 times, and retired on a remote tropical islandJustin Sullivan/Getty Images You might want to know how to win the lottery - especially as the Mega Millions jackpot jumps to a record payout of $1.6 billion. Stefan Mandel, a Romanian-Australian economist, developed a formula that's allowed him to win the lottery 14 times. It's a six-step process designed to hack the system. READ MORE: We did the math to see if you should buy a ticket. You're four times as likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery. Those odds apparently don't apply to Stefan Mandel, a Romanian-Australian economist who's won the lottery 14 times, The Hustle reported in a feature story about the mathematician.
sfgate.comLongtime Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald dies at 83Hank Greenwald, among the most beloved of all San Francisco Giants broadcasters, died at California Pacific Medical Center Monday afternoon. He was 83. Greenwald had been suffering from heart issues and kidney failure in recent months, and after an onset of bronchitis, he was taken to the hospital Saturday. "He'd just been feeling rotten for a long time," said his wife, Carla. "He died after valiant efforts by a fabulous medical staff.