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Tuesday, Dec 31 2013 07:51 AM

'First Look': First News for Dec. 31

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Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF INCREASE IN FLU AMONG THE YOUNG: In light of an alarming spike in serious influenza infections among the young, the Kern County Public Health Services Department is reminding people that it's not too late to get a flu shot. At least a dozen people have been hospitalized for the flu in Kern County since Friday. Typically, severe cases of the flu are seen in children, the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions. The spat of local reported cases involved patients ranging in age from 30 to 68 years old. It's unusual to see so many serious cases among young adults in such a short period of time. Read the full story here.

DRONE BOOSTERS IN EAST KERN WANT TO TURN DISAPPOINTMENT INTO SUCCESS: They've worked more than two years to turn eastern Kern County and other areas in California into a center for civilian drone research. But organizers of Cal Unmanned Aerial Systems received some bad news Monday when the Federal Aviation Administration selected six other sites among some two dozen competitors nationwide. Despite the setback, organizers say they remain confident that their Inyokern Airport-based effort will play a role in the development of unmanned technology. Read the full story here.

PG&E ISSUES REMINDER ON CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS: It strikes without warning every year around this time, sometimes killing entire families as they sleep. The worst part is that carbon monoxide poisoning is usually avoidable. Carbon monoxide is released during partial combustion of fossil fuels and wood. In an effort to prevent such tragedies, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. issued a reminder Monday about the dangers associated with the colorless, tasteless, odorless gas. Read the full story here.


In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.

ONE KILLED IN INTERSTATE 5 CRASH: An Irvine woman died Monday morning after her vehicle overturned on Interstate 5. Brenna Dawn Horsley, 34, was driving north on Interstate 5 about a mile north of Rowlee Road when she lost control and the vehicle overturned. She died at the scene of the 8:45 a.m. crash. Read the full story here.

TAFT WOMAN SHOT AFTER BRANDISHING KNIFE AND CHARGING DEPUTIES: A Taft woman who charged at deputies while brandishing a dagger with a 10-inch blade was shot and later died of her injuries. At about 7:39 p.m. a person at the residence in the 800 block of Filmore Street told deputies that 31-year-old Bethany Lytle had a knife in her possession and was breaking picture frames and other items. They went inside the residence and found Lytle seated and speaking incoherently. Lytle fell to the ground after being shot Sunday evening but still didn't drop the dagger, deputies said. She eventually threw the dagger away and airlifted to Kern Medical Center, where she later died. Read the full story here.

BEAR VALLEY MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ATTEMPTED MURDER: A Bear Valley Springs man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges after a five-hour confrontation with officers. Police responded at about 6 p.m. after a medical alert alarm dispatcher said a woman could be heard screaming for help from the residence before a male voice said no help was needed and hung up the phone. When an officer arrived he was confronted at the doorway by 57-year-old James Dale Wilson who brandished a knife and struggled with the deputy before slamming the door. After obtaining a warrant, officers entered the residence after 11 p.m. and took Wilson into custody. Read the full story here.



ANDROID IN CARS: Google is sending its Android software beyond the world of phones to see what it can do for car dashboards. Google and German car manufacturer Audi are teaming up to develop a new information and entertainment system based on the former's successful smartphone operating system. According to reports, the companies plan to announce the collaboration next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.



VENDING MACHINES: Health conscious people will soon be able to keep a count on their calorie intake as millions of food vending machines will shortly display calorie information of food items sold by them. According to the new rules put forward by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, vending machines nationwide will require calorie information to be displayed to help customers make healthier choices. The FDA is expected to release the final rules by early 2014, and they will be implemented on around five million vending machines across the country.



GARCES WINS TOURNEY OPENER: From start to finish, Garces was too much for Kennedy as the Rams rolled past the Thunderbirds 80-41 Monday on the first day of the Garces Holiday Classic. With a defense that created turnovers and fast-break opportunities, the Rams (6-4) opened a 21-4 first-quarter lead and were never threatened.. Garces led 41-22 lead by halftime. Read the full story here.

ROADRUNNER WOMEN DOMINATE FRESNO PACIFIC: Sophomore guard Alyssa Shannon scored her Cal State Bakersfield career-high 20 points Monday night as the Roadrunners coasted to a 81-49 win over Fresno Pacific University in the Icardo Center. CSUB (5-6) never trailed. The Roadrunners scored the game's first nine points and led 41-20 at halftime. The lead never dropped below 19 in the second half. Read the full story here.



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