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Spears' Ex Hears Fate Over Wedding Crash

Jason Alexander convicted of trespassing after showing up uninvited at star's June nuptials

(Newser) - A man once briefly married to Britney Spears has been convicted of aggravated trespassing and battery at the pop star's June wedding. Jason Alexander, 40, pleaded no contest to the two misdemeanor counts in a California court, prosecutors in Ventura County announced Thursday. The Ventura County judge sentenced him...

Teen Who Vanished From Party May Have Been Abducted

Kiely Rodni was last seen at campground party in Truckee early Saturday

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl who vanished after attending a party in northern California may have been abducted, according to authorities, who are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Kiely Rodni. The teen was last seen around 12:30am Saturday at the Prosser Family Campground in...

After 40 Years, Arrest Made in Murder of California Teen

Karen Stitt, 15, was abducted from bus stop, raped, stabbed 59 times

(Newser) - Investigators say they've tracked down the man who abducted 15-year-old Karen Stitt from a bus stop in California 40 years ago, raped her, stabbed her 59 times, and left her to die. The Santa Clara District Attorney's Office says Gary Ramirez, 75, was arrested in Hawaii last week...

In LA Park, a Horrifying Find
In LA Park,
a Horrifying Find

In LA Park, a Horrifying Find

Cops cite 'self-immolation' after burning body found hanging from tree in Griffith Park

(Newser) - A burning body was found hanging from a tree in Los Angeles' Griffith Park on Tuesday, prompting a big police response. Passersby, who spotted the fire in a tree a few hundred feet from the park's merry-go-round, alerted park rangers, who then alerted authorities, who responded around 1pm local...

Extra-Hard Landing Leads to Unusual Flight Attendant Injury

Crew member on Southwest flight suffered broken back during rough touchdown in California

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines flight attendant suffered a compression fracture to a vertebra in her upper back during a hard landing last month in California, according to federal safety investigators. The National Transportation Safety Board said the impact of landing was so hard that the flight attendant thought the plane had...

Cops: Dermatologist Poisoned Her Husband

California's Yue Yu arrested as her husband recovers

(Newser) - The husband of a dermatologist in Southern California was feeling lousy for a month and started getting suspicious, say police. The end result: His 45-year-old wife has been arrested and accused of poisoning him, reports the Los Angeles Times . The unidentified husband "sustained significant internal injuries but is expected...

Anne Heche Said to Be in Critical Condition After Fiery LA Crash

Witnesses say car reportedly driven by Heche sped through neighborhood, smashed into home

(Newser) - A fiery car crash in Los Angeles on Friday left the driver of the car critically injured, and sources say that woman was Wag the Dog and Donnie Brasco actress Anne Heche. Brian Humphrey, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department, tells NBC Los Angeles the accident happened around...

In Death Valley, 'Entire Trees and Boulders Were Washing Down'

Flash floods spurred by record rainfall strand 1K in Calif. national park

(Newser) - Record rainfall Friday trigged flash floods at Death Valley National Park that swept away cars, closed all roads, and stranded hundreds of visitors and workers. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but roughly 60 vehicles were buried in mud and debris, and about 500 visitors and 500 park workers...

Wildfire Wipes Out Scenic California Hamlet

At least 4 Klamath River residents died in devastating McKinney Fire

(Newser) - The scenic Northern California hamlet of Klamath River was home to about 200 people, a community center where they gathered, a corner store, and a post office. But the wildfire raging through the forested region near the Oregon state line jumped the river last weekend, killing four residents of the...

Family: Ferris Bueller Actor Is Being Abused

Edie McClurg, who suffers from dementia, is under a conservatorship

(Newser) - Edie McClurg is known for delivering the line " They think he's a righteous dude " in 1986's Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But her family says the man currently living with the 76-year-old actor, who is under a conservatorship and suffers from dementia, is not a righteous...

Store Owner, 80, Shoots Armed Robber

4 suspects were arrested at a hospital

(Newser) - An 80-year-old liquor store owner in southern California is recovering from a heart attack he suffered soon after shooting a would-be robber. Security cameras captured footage of the confrontation around 2:45am Sunday at Norco Market & Liquor in Riverside County, CBS reports. After a man armed with what appeared...

Visiting the World's Tallest Tree Could Cost You

Hyperion is off-limits, California's Redwood National Park makes clear

(Newser) - If laying eyes on the world's tallest tree is on your bucket list, brace yourself for disappointment. CNN reports California's Redwood National Park last week made clear that Hyperion, as the tree is known, is off-limits. Anyone caught in the vicinity of the 380-foot-tall tree will face up...

Player Dies After On-Field Brawl at Soccer Game

Police have made one arrest, but the investigation is ongoing

(Newser) - A 29-year-old California man has died of injuries sustained in a fight over a referee’s call during a recreational soccer game. ABC News says the "massive brawl" broke out around 11am on July 10 at a soccer tournament in Oxnard, a coastal community west of LA. Police and...

Cops: Burglar Returned to Crime Scene for His Keys

Man broke into doughnut company's corporate offices in California

(Newser) - A Northern California burglar returned to the scene of the crime this weekend after he forgot his keys inside a doughnut company's corporate office. The thief stole some petty cash from Johnny Doughnuts' office in the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday night, police said. In another twist, he...

Mass Shooting Took Place at Ball Game Meant to Promote Peace

Weekly softball game meant to promote peace between LA gangs

(Newser) - Update: The shooting that left two dead at a Los Angeles park Sunday took place at a weekly softball game that had for years worked to peacefully and safely bring together members of different Los Angeles-area gangs, the AP reports. The league was organized about five years ago by a...

Man Who Sought COVID Aid for 800 Fake Workers Sentenced

California man gets 135 months in federal prison

(Newser) - Between April and June 2020, Los Angeles man Robert Benlevi applied for COVID aid for eight companies he owns, saying they had 100 employees each and business had been affected by the pandemic. But while the companies existed, at least on paper, the employees were fake, which is why Benlevi...

Cops: Woman Posed as Nurse in Attempt to Take Newborn

California's Jesenea Miron allegedly tried to kidnap an infant

(Newser) - A woman posing as a nurse tried to steal a newborn baby from the mother's hospital room, according to sheriff's deputies in California, who've arrested a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of kidnapping. Jesenea Miron of Moreno Valley entered Riverside University Health System Medical Center on the morning...

Youngest Turpin Siblings Detail Alleged Abuse in Foster Care

They claim in suit they were forced to overeat and then eat their own vomit

(Newser) - Update: The six youngest Turpin siblings have sued Riverside County and foster care agency ChildNet, alleging that in the years after their 2018 rescue from their parents' Perris, Calif., home, they were subjected to "severe abuse and neglect" while in foster care. The suit claims the foster family they...

Good Boy! Dog Leads Rescuers to Stranded Man

Authorities said Saul the border collie acted in 'true Lassie fashion'

(Newser) - A border collie in California was treated to a fine dinner and extra beef jerky after helping a search and rescue team locate his owner—a hiker who took a very hard fall in Tahoe National Forest last Wednesday. According to KCRA, the 53-year-man tumbled 70 feet off a ridge,...

'Stone Cold Serial Killer' Charged in 7-Eleven Spree

Malike Patt accused of killing 3 people in string of California robberies

(Newser) - Update: Two California men have been charged in connection with what Orange County DA Todd Spitzer calls a "reign of terror" that left three people dead in a string of robberies between July 9 and July 11. Malike Patt, 20, and Jason Payne, 44, who were arrested on July...

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