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San Diego utility says power restored to all customers after blackout

[Updated at 8:02 a.m ET] San Diego Gas and Electric Company says it has restored power to all 1.4 million customers in its service area affected by  a massive power outage that began Thursday afternoon.

[Updated at 6:56 a.m. ET] By early Friday morning, power had been restored to 710,000 consumers in San Diego County, the utility said. Power was back on late Thursday for consumers in Arizona and California’s Orange and Imperial counties.

Millions, though, were still without power.

[Posted at 5:42 a.m. ET] The California ISO, the state’s power grid operator, says nearly 5 million people in San Diego, Orange and Imperial counties may have been affected by the power outage.

The number is an estimate of the average number of people living in households in the region that were without power at the height of the blackout.

The total includes San Diego Gas & Electric’s estimated 1.4 million customers, or 3.5 million people, who were without power at the height of the outage.

About 20,000 consumers, or  60,000 people, in Orange County and another 150,000 consumers, or 450,000 people, in Imperial County were without power.

The total does not include those in Arizona or Mexico who were without power.

 

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Thousands of people have waited in line for hours and paid to see what one man claims is a real fairy in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The so-called fairy — which skeptics say closely resembles a popular plastic toy — soaks in a jar of formaldehyde inside Jose Maldonado’s home, according to news agency IANS.

The 22-year-old unemployed bricklayer said that when he found the magical sprite, it was still alive.

“I was picking guavas and I saw a twinkling. I thought it was a firefly. I picked it up and felt that it was moving; when I looked at it I knew that it was a fairy godmother,” Maldonado told EFE, a Mexican news agency.

It’s unclear how the two-centimeter tall, red and gold fairy died. But now she’s on display in a small dish.

Even though it’s hard to believe that Maldonado hunted down a real-life Tinkerbell, more than 3,000 visitors paid the equivalent of $1.60 for a glimpse of the pixie.

Mexican news stations have filmed long lines of people waiting in what is described as one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods of Guadalajara to see Maldonado’s fairy.

The purported leader of La Linea criminal organization, "El Diego," was arrested Saturday.

Mexico City (CNN) — A suspected leader of the Juarez drug cartel told authorities he had ordered the deaths of about 1,500 people, a Mexican federal police official said Sunday.

Federal police detailed accusations against Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, known as “El Diego,” a day after authorities announced his capture. He was one of the country’s most wanted criminals, with officials offering a reward of 15 million pesos ($1.3 million) for his arrest.

Collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration led to Acosta’s detention, said Eduardo Pequeno, head of the Mexican federal police anti-drug unit.

Acosta is accused of being a leader of the drug gang known as La Linea, the enforcement arm of the Juarez cartel, Mexican authorities have said.

Pequeno told reporters that Acosta “said he ordered the killings of about 1,500 people, mostly in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua’s capital.”

An investigation points to Acosta as the mastermind behind the March 2010 killing of three people connected with the U.S. Consulate in Juarez, Pequeno said.

More recently, Acosta ordered operatives to hang banners with threatening messages directed at the DEA and other U.S. authorities, Pequeno said.

Juarez, Mexico’s most violent city, shares a border with El Paso, Texas.

Pequeno also accused Acosta of having connections with some of the border city’s most notorious violence over the past two years, including the 2010 killing of a state prosecutor, a car bombing outside a police station and a massacre at a house party that killed 15 people — most of them students with no ties to organized crime.

Acosta told authorities the targets of his criminal organization included police, government officials, rival drug gangs and civilians, Pequeno told reporters.

Earlier this month, the U.S. consulate in Juarez issued a statement warning “American citizens to remain vigilant” based on information it had received that cartels may target the consulate or entry points on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The northwestern Mexican state of Chihuahua, which contains the namesake capital city as well as Juarez, has been a hotbed for drug-related violence.

The federal government has been targeting cartels’ operations, and especially its leaders, in an ongoing battle.

Mexican authorities have arrested several others they accuse of being connected to the slayings of three people connected with the consulate last year.

The shootings occurred March 13, 2010, when consulate employee Lesley Enriquez and her husband, Arthur Redelfs, were gunned down as they left a birthday party in their white SUV.

Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of another consulate employee, was killed in a separate vehicle.

In the northwestern state of Sinaloa, the Mexican army discover a huge subterranean methamphetamine drug laboratory.

Troops found the methamphetamine laboratory while on a routine patrol in the town of La Cruz de Elota.

Methamphetamine, which is more commonly known as crystal meth, is an highly addictive illegal stimulant frequently produced in amateur conditions.

Authorities said the underground factory, the second to be found in the state of Sinaloa within a month, was four metres deep and measured 100 square metres.

Inside, three giant drug-producing reactors were found as well as tools, special suits and diverse chemicals used to make crystal meth, although authorities did not reveal the quantity of the drug seized.

The July 17 wedding of a couple in Playa del Carman, Mexico, should make a big splash — both literally and figuratively.

That’s because the ceremony is taking place underwater and the couple hopes there are enough water-logged well wishers to break the current Guinness World Record of 261 divers.

Alberto Dal Lago, 41, and Karla Ysunza, 43, decided to take the big plunge in order to express their love both for each other and the ocean.

“We always knew this was the only way our wedding could happen since we are both ocean-lovers,” Ysunza told HuffPost Weird News. “For us, expressing our love in the ocean and to the ocean is the only way we can get married.”

Plus, as a bride, Ysunza sees other advantages of having a white wedding in the briny blue. She joked, “The advantage of this wedding is that the groom will not be able to back down or run away.”

Some couples meet by chance or through friends or family, but Ysunza and Dal Lago say they have bull sharks to credit for bringing them together. Dal Lago is the scuba diver instructor at a hotel in Playa Del Carmen and he met Ysunza while she was swimming near a group of the creatures.

“I was diving in an area where all the bull sharks are when I suddenly looked up and saw a special woman,” he said. ”I wanted to meet her and learn why she was swimming with the bull sharks. So I went up to her to chat and asked her to meet me at the beach.”

The connection was pretty immediate, according to Ysunza, who spends her time out of the water working in real estate and takes care of her kids from an earlier relationship. She said Dal Lago popped the question hours after they met.

“It actually happened the first night we met, at a bar,” she recalled. “We were talking about everything and suddenly he kneeled and said to me, ‘You are the woman of my dreams that I have been searching for. Will you marry me?’”

Dal Lago says his attraction was immediate.

“I was listening to her on the first night we went out and I knew she was the one, so I proposed to her at the bar,” he said. “I knew since day one that she was the woman of my dreams!”

Ysunza concurs, saying she loves Dal Lago’s eyes, love of the ocean and sharks, sense of humor and heart.

But pulling off the wedding of their dreams was harder to achieve: Dal Lago insisted they do it underwater, which required Ysunza to learn to dive.

“I knew that she didn’t know how to dive, so I told her that the only way would be diving,” he said. “So she learned how to dive and loved it! Besides the fact that we both love the ocean and the sharks made us dream of a wedding underwater surrounded by sharks.”

Judge Jorge Denis, head of the local Civil Registry of Solidarity, is officiating and recently took a dive certification course along with his secretary in order to perform the underwater wedding.

Instead of reading the traditional wedding vows to make the marriage official, the judge will use a laminated flip chart, where the dialogue will be written according to civil laws, and the key question of whether or not they agree to unite their lives will be asked.

Sadly, Ysunza’s parents won’t be able to see their bride scuba down the aisle, and will have to settle for attending a reception at a nearby beach club after the ceremony.

“[My parents] are not getting certified,” she said. “My mother has heart disease and my dad doesn’t want to leave her alone.”

However, she says they aren’t surprised she is getting married in such an unusual manner.

“My family is used to me doing these types of things,” she said, laughing.

Dal Lago admits that his parents aren’t quite as supportive.

“My mother does not agree that we are having our wedding this way, but it’s our wedding,” he said.

There are at least 160 other divers confirmed to attend the wedding, which will be held 21 feet below sea level. However, the couple will need more if they want to get in the Guinness Book of World Records. The record for largest underwater wedding was set on June 12, 2010, when 261 divers took part in the marriage ceremony of Francesca Colombi and Giampiero Giannoccaro off the coast of Elba Island, Italy. So, the couple is inviting any certified diver nearby to participate, provided they bring their own equipment.

Because of the unusual setting there are other adjustments to the traditional ceremony — for instance, they won’t be feeding each other wedding cake. At least, not underwater.

“We will not feed the fishes or anything that will affect their ecosystem,” Dal Lago said.

As far as the tradition wedding dress? Ysunza is keeping her options open for now.

“Who said I’m not wearing a white wedding dress? Surprise, surprise!!” she said.

A wedding is supposed to be a great day in a couple’s life and Dal Lago and Ysunza hope breaking the record sends a message that even is greater than their love for each other.

Ysunza said, “For me, it is important to have a Guiness World Record since it’s an excellent platform to show the world that Mexico is also a great society that cares about the ocean.”

Dal Lago agreed: “The Guinness World Record [will represent] the unity of many people that believe the same things we do and are all concerned about the preservation of bull sharks and our oceans.”

The marijuana was found in a 300-acre field located six hours south of Tijuana, Mexico.

 

Tijuana, Mexico (CNN) — Hidden between tomato stalks, the Mexican army found what officials describe as the largest marijuana plantation in the nation, a top military official announced Thursday.

Gen. Alfonso Duarte Mugica said the plantation six hours south of Tijuana is 168 times larger than the soccer field in Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium. It spans for 120 hectares (about 300 acres), he said.

Tomatoes growing there hid marijuana plants that were up to 2.5 meters (8.2. feet) tall, Duarte said.

Authorities detained six people this week during the operation to seize the field, which is located in the area of Ensenada, Baja California.

The takeover means drug traffickers will not receive 1.8 billion pesos ($153 million), he said, apparently referring to an estimated sales value of the crop.

Duarte said 250 soldiers will destroy the drugs seized within the next week.

Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon‘s administration began in December 2006, officials have destroyed more than 83,251 hectares (206,000 acres) of marijuana, according to a report from the country’s defense department.

 

 

 

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