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Jogger Fatally Shoots Homeless Man on Sidewalk: DA

California man has now been charged in September incident in Garden Grove, near Disneyland

(Newser) - A southern California man out for a jog fatally shot a homeless man, police say. Craig Sumner Elliott, 68, has just been charged with felony voluntary manslaughter and felony enhancement of personal use of a firearm over the September 28 incident, CNN reports. The Orange County district attorney's office...

California Reopens Burnt Freeway, Releases Suspect Photos

I-10 was reopened well ahead of initial schedule

(Newser) - An elevated Los Angeles freeway closed for more than a week because of an arson fire reopened ahead of Monday morning's commute, at least a day earlier than previously announced and weeks ahead of the original estimate. "The 10 is BACK! ... This is what happens when we work...

Boy, 5, Fatally Stabs Twin Brother With Kitchen Knife

No one will be charged in California tragedy

(Newser) - Five-year-old twin brothers in northern California were fighting "as siblings sometimes do," authorities said in a statement, when one of the boys grabbed a small kitchen knife and stabbed the other. In spite of the life-saving efforts of first responders including deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff'...

Ramaswamy Says Who He Thinks Are 'Vermin'

GOP presidential candidate echoes Trump, uses word to apply to San Francisco's homeless people

(Newser) - Former President Trump's use of the word "vermin" last weekend to describe his political enemies raised a red flag , with critics calling it "straight-up Nazi talk" and a Trump rep responding by calling those critics "snowflakes." Now, another GOP presidential candidate is getting in on...

College Professor Charged in Death of Jewish Protester

Loay Alnaji faces involuntary manslaughter charge in Nov. 6 death of Paul Kessler

(Newser) - The 50-year-old suspect questioned in the death of a Jewish man during protests in California has now been arrested. Loay Alnaji was detained Thursday morning and was expected to be booked on a charge of involuntary manslaughter, said the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, per NBC News . Bail will be...

Suit: Barbie Maker Reneged on Promise of Big Donation

UCLA Foundation says Mattel should pay the full $49M that was pledged

(Newser) - The UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital bears the name of the company that donated $25 million to support the hospital's construction in 1998. But Mattel and the UCLA Foundation are now at odds over what the latter claims is the toymaker's decision to renege on a much larger...

'Malice Intent' Behind Massive LA Freeway Fire

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says investigation is ongoing

(Newser) - The fire that damaged a major elevated interstate near downtown Los Angeles, shutting it down (and snarling traffic) indefinitely , was likely arson, officials have determined. The blaze started under an overpass early Saturday, and sources tell the Los Angeles Times wood pallets and sanitizer (accumulated amid the early days of...

LA, Get Ready for a Gnarly Commute
LA's Gnarly Commute
Just Got Worse

LA's Gnarly Commute Just Got Worse

Fire causes damage to Los Angeles interstate, drivers are urged to take mass transit on Monday

(Newser) - Los Angeles motorists should expect traffic snarls during the Monday commute as crews assess how much damage was caused by a raging fire over the weekend that closed a major elevated interstate near downtown, officials said. Hazardous materials teams were clearing burned material from underneath Interstate 10 to make way...

Town Decimated by Fire Has New Obstacle to Rebuild

Homeowners in California town of Paradise find home insurance premiums have skyrocketed

(Newser) - The soaring cost of home insurance has consumed the California town of Paradise, residents and officials say, just after the five-year anniversary of the Nov. 8, 2018, Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history. Residents have received annual premiums that are near or exceed $10,000—leaving many to...

Biden, Xi Jinping Will Meet Next Week in California

Leaders to meet Wednesday on the sidelines of summit in San Francisco

(Newser) - President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Wednesday in California in the first engagement between the leaders of the world's two biggest economies in nearly a year, Biden administration officials said. The White House has said for weeks that it anticipated Biden and Xi would meet on...

City Warns of 'Extreme Peril' After Blimp Hangar Fire

Parks, schools closed after asbestos found in debris of WWII-era building

(Newser) - Parks and schools were closed Thursday in a southern California city after officials found asbestos in the charred debris of a historic World War II-era blimp hangar. The city of Tustin closed at least nine parks and urged residents to limit outdoor activities to reduce their exposure to ash after...

Man Looking for Recyclables Makes Grim Find: Cops

Authorities fear torso found in Encino dumpster may be lead in case of missing 3; man arrested

(Newser) - Police officers who responded to a report of a women's torso in a dumpster in Encino, California, fear not just one life was lost, but three. Police have arrested a Tarzana man, whose wife and in-laws are missing, KNBC reports. A man who'd been searching for recyclables reported...

GM Recalls All Cruises for Software Change After Injuries

California revoked the vehicle's license

(Newser) - General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit is recalling all 950 of its cars to update software after one of them dragged a pedestrian to the side of a San Francisco street in early October. The company said in documents posted by federal safety regulators on Wednesday that with the updated...

Ex-CIA Officer Guilty of Abusing Dozens of Women

'Experienced predator' Brian Jeffrey Raymond faces up to 30 years in prison under plea deal

(Newser) - A former CIA officer accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least two dozen women during various overseas postings pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal sex abuse charges. Brian Jeffrey Raymond kept nearly 500 videos and photographs he took of naked, unconscious women, including many in which he can be seen...

Man Says He Thought He Would Die in Otter Attack

He was bitten at least a dozen times while swimming in northern California lake

(Newser) - California man Matt Leffers says it was "by far the most terrifying experience" of his life —and it happened in waters he's been swimming in for 30 years.The 69-year-old San Francisco resident tells USA Today that he was attacked by a pair of aggressive otters while...

Jewish Man Dies After Altercation at Rallies for Israel, Palestinians

Police are investigating his death as a homicide

(Newser) - A 69-year-old Jewish man died Monday after falling and striking his head following a confrontation the previous day during competing pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said. Paul Kessler's death was being investigated as a homicide and authorities haven't ruled out the possibility of a...

Driver Purposely Plowed Into Me, Says Muslim Student at Stanford

Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime

(Newser) - A student was struck by a vehicle on the Stanford University campus Friday afternoon, and police are investigating the hit-and-run incident as a hate crime. Abdulwahab Omira says as he walked on the northern California campus around 2pm, someone who has displayed animosity toward Omira's community in the past...

California Is Fighting Fruit Flies With Fruit Flies
California Is Releasing
Millions of Fruit Flies
in case you missed it

California Is Releasing Millions of Fruit Flies

State is fighting Medfly infestation by dropping sterile males over LA County

(Newser) - California is dealing with an invasion of Mediterranean fruit flies—aka Medflies—by saturating the affected area with millions of fruit flies. The California Department of Food and Agriculture says it plans to drop 250,000 sterile male fruit flies per square mile over a 9-square-mile area of Los Angeles...

Bad News for Former Trump Lawyer John Eastman

Calif. judge finds the alleged author of the Jan. 6 memo preliminarily culpable of misconduct

(Newser) - Multiple defendants have already made guilty pleas regarding the Georgia case that alleges former President Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election. There are quite a few stragglers who haven't yet been offered plea deals, including ex-Trump attorney John Eastman, who now finds himself getting some not-great news in...

California 'Party Mom' Is Indicted on 63 Counts

Shannon O'Connor allegedly supplied booze at parties and encouraged kids as young as 13 to have sex

(Newser) - A so-called "party mom" who allegedly organized alcohol-fueled parties for young teens during which she encouraged them to have sex was indicted by a grand jury Monday on 20 felony and 43 misdemeanor counts. Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Rebekah Wise said prosecutors decided to present the case...

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