HAWTHORNE

SpaceX to lay off 10 percent of workforce

SpaceX will lay off 10 percent of its roughly 6,000 workers, announcing Friday that it needs to become leaner to accomplish ambitious projects such as creating a spaceship that can carry astronauts to Mars.

"This action is taken only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead and would not otherwise be necessary," the company said in a statement.

The layoffs were announced to workers in an email from President Gwynne Shotwell, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The email said laid-off employees will be offered at least eight weeks' pay and other benefits, along with help with finding new jobs, the Times said.

Elon Musk's company is financially healthy and was recently valued at nearly $30 billion. But the company has several expensive projects in the works. Musk has estimated it will cost up to $10 billion to develop a spaceship that could send humans to Mars.

CHICO

1 dead, 4 critical in mass drug overdose

Police say one person has died and four are in critical condition following apparent drug overdoses at a house in Chico, the Enterprise-Record newspaper reports .

The newspaper says that a dozen people were taken out of the house Saturday morning and brought to hospitals

Chico police commander Mike Rodden tells the Enterprise-Record that all of the people hospitalized were over 18 and most appeared to be in their 20s.

Steve Standridge, chief of Chico's fire department, says cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed on six individuals at the scene and a total of 12 were taken to the hospital.

CALABASAS

Armed suspect fatally shot after chase, standoff

Authorities say an armed suspect who led officers on a high-speed chase was fatally shot during a standoff on a busy Southern California freeway.

Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow said deputies who were investigating a domestic violence call in Moorpark chased the suspect when he took off in a stolen car.

The pursuit ended on U.S. 101 in Calabasas when the vehicle crashed into a guardrail.

A passenger in a car that was stopped while police confronted the suspect said she heard two gunshots. Lacy Butler said the situation was "very scary," and witnesses ducked in their vehicles to avoid being in the crossfire.

Authorities said the man died at the scene.

Both sides of the freeway were shut for several hours, causing a major traffic backup.

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