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In California, an 'Extraordinary Move' on Insulin

Gov. Gavin Newsom announces $50M partnership with Civica Rx to make $30 vials of diabetic drug

(Newser) - Last summer, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that his state planned to manufacture its own, more affordable, insulin for diabetics there. Now, California has moved a step closer to making that a reality. Newsom, who's on a statewide road trip to talk about his administration's policies, made a...

FBI Seeks Suspect Who Stole, Crashed Helicopter

Suspect ran from the scene at Sacramento airport, authorities say

(Newser) - The FBI is leading the hunt for a suspect in California who tried to steal a helicopter but may not have known how to fly one. Authorities say the suspect crashed the helicopter on the tarmac at Sacramento Executive Airport soon after starting the aircraft, the Los Angeles Times reports....

California Saturated Again. Then, 'a Big Old Crunch'

Residents made to evacuate oceanfront homes in San Clemente after moisture-induced landslide

(Newser) - The California city of San Clemente was hit by a landslide this week after heavy rains, an event that tore away at cliffsides, oceanfront decks, and pieces of patio and forced the evacuation of several apartment buildings perched on the edge of those cliffs. The San Clemente Times reports that...

Unions Lose on Uber, Lyft Ruling: 'Our System Is Broken'

California appeals court says ride-hailing services don't have to treat drivers as employees

(Newser) - App-based ride-hailing and delivery companies like Uber and Lyft can continue to treat their California drivers as independent contractors, a state appeals court ruled Monday, allowing the tech giants to bypass other state laws requiring worker protections and benefits. The ruling mostly upholds a voter-approved law, called Proposition 22, that...

Levee Breach May Affect Supermarket Strawberries

California region famous for the crop is flooded

(Newser) - A Northern California agricultural community famous for its strawberry crop was forced to evacuate early Saturday after the Pajaro River’s levee was breached by flooding from a new atmospheric river that pummeled the state. Across the Central Coast's Monterey County, more than 8,500 people were under evacuation...

Search Pilot Thought He Saw a Rock. Then an Arm Waved

Jerry Jouret, 81, survived being stuck 6 days in a California snowbank, eating biscotti and candy

(Newser) - Don't ever think you can outdrive an imminent snowstorm. That's the lesson learned by one elderly man whose car ride—meant to last just a few hours—ended up stranding him in a snowbank for almost a week. CNN reports that 81-year-old Jerry Jouret left his mountain getaway...

Black Family Handcuffed and Detained Get $8M

Jury in California says mother, two daughters were unlawfully detained

(Newser) - A Black woman and her two daughters who made a pit stop only to wind up in handcuffs have been awarded $8.25 million by a California jury. The Washington Post reports that Aasylei Loggervale and her girls were on a nine-hour drive in 2019 from their home in...

A Win for Couple Who Alleged Racial Bias in Home Valuation

Paul Austin, Tenisha Tate-Austin settle lawsuit with appraisal company, hope to bring change

(Newser) - A Black couple who said the value of their California home increased by almost $500,000 when they had a white friend stand in as the owner have settled a lawsuit with the appraisal company. Paul Austin and Tenisha Tate-Austin of the San Francisco suburb of Marin City will receive...

California Dishes Out Consequences to Walgreens

State will not renew $54M contract with pharmacy chain over abortion pill issue

(Newser) - Those consequences California Gov. Gavin Newsom promised have begun: The state will not renew a $54 million contract with Walgreens after the pharmacy chain decided to stop selling abortion pills by mail in 21 states. Newsom ordered state officials to withdraw the planned renewal of the contract for specialty...

California Braces for Atmospheric River

Big Sur residents urged to get enough essential supplies for 2 weeks

(Newser) - Storm-weary Californians have been told to brace for the arrival of an atmospheric river that could cause flooding when it merges with a storm system, drenching much of the state with rain and melting snow deposited by previous storms. In a tweet , the National Weather Service Prediction Center warned that...

Man Who Had Podiatrist Killed Gets Life Sentence

Robert Elmo Lee blamed Thomas Shock for wife's death

(Newser) - An 83-year-old California man who orchestrated the murder of his wife's podiatrist has been sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole, CBS reports. Robert Elmo Lee was found guilty last year of hiring three men to kill Dr. Thomas Shock at his home in Lodi in...

Cougar That Made 'Improbable Journey' Gets a Tribal Burial

Native American tribes oversaw private interment of P-22, who resided for years in LA's Griffith Park

(Newser) - A mountain lion who emerged from Southern California's mountains nearly a dozen years ago and has resided in Los Angeles' Griffith Park ever since was buried over the weekend in a tribal ceremony after being euthanized late last year, a rep for the Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Conservancy confirms to...

Boy Scout Troop's Hike Ends in Tragedy

Mom of one of the Scouts is killed by falling tree in California's Rancho San Antonio County Park

(Newser) - A Boy Scout troop's hike turned tragic over the weekend after a falling tree killed the mom of one of its members. Per NBC Bay Area and KPIX , the group from Sunnyvale was trekking through Rancho San Antonio County Park in Cupertino at around 10am on Sunday, in a...

2 Teens Huddled 3 Nights Out in California Snowstorm

Rescuers got hikers out safely, and maybe just in time

(Newser) - When his 17-year-old son and friend headed off for a 10-day trek in the Southern California mountains, Cesar Ramirez said he wasn’t too worried. The teens were avid hikers with ample foods in their backpacks, a tent and snowshoes, plus extensive training and aspirations to join the military. But...

'Lady in the Fridge' Identified 28 Years Later

$10K reward offered in California for information leading to arrest of her killer

(Newser) - For the 30 years she was alive, she was known as Amanda Deza. For almost as long since her death, she's been dubbed California's "lady in the fridge"—but no longer. The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office has announced that it's finally identified Deza,...

Accused Wedding Killers Lived Just Down the Street
Wedding Crashers Found
Guilty of Killing Groom

Wedding Crashers Found Guilty of Killing Groom

Brothers Rony and Josue Castaneda convicted for beating Joe Melgoza to death in California in 2019

(Newser) - Two men accused of killing a groom at his California wedding reception have been convicted of second-degree murder. Rony Castaneda, 31, and his 22-year-old brother, Josue Castaneda, were found guilty on Feb. 9, per a San Bernardino County DA's release from late last month. The release notes that the...

Couple: Fertility Clinic's Mistake Doomed Our Baby

Jason and Melissa Diaz's son has dangerous hereditary gene

(Newser) - Jason and Melissa Diaz chose to start a family using in vitro fertilization for a very specific, and very important, reason: to have genetic testing done and make sure Jason didn't pass along a deadly gene that caused him to develop a rare type of cancer that forced him...

Judge's Lesson Using Innocent Girl in Cuffs Swiftly Backfires

US District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego is subject of misconduct review

(Newser) - A US district court judge said he was trying to keep the 13-year-old daughter of a defendant away from drugs when he had the girl—who had committed no offense—handcuffed in his courtroom. It's a move California Judge Roger Benitez might now regret. Not only was the defendant...

He Spent 38 Years Imprisoned for a Murder He Didn't Commit

Maurice Hastings has now been declared innocent

(Newser) - Months after his release from prison, Maurice Hastings has been officially declared innocent by a judge. The Los Angeles man was wrongfully convicted of a 1983 murder, but was exonerated decades later by DNA evidence. The judge vacated Hastings' conviction in October when he was freed, but prosecutors and Hastings'...

Classroom Fight in California Turns Fatal

16-year-old stabbed to death

(Newser) - A 16-year-old student involved in a fight at a Northern California high school was fatally stabbed Wednesday inside a classroom full of students, authorities said. Another student also suffered a stab wound and the suspect, a 15-year-old freshman, is in custody, according to Santa Rosa police. All three students are...

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