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For Stadium Workers, Super Bowl Is Not So Super

Gabriel Thompson describes working 16 hours, some unpaid

(Newser) - Gabriel Thompson was paid $12.25 an hour as a concession worker at Levi's Stadium during Super Bowl 50. Not bad, right? Well, he writes at Slate , it's a little more nuanced than that: Thompson clocked in at 8:36am, more than 90 minutes after he arrived at... More »

Divers Find 2 Bodies From Calif. Plane Collision

Small planes collided just outside LA Harbor

(Newser) - Two bodies and the wreckage of a small plane were found Sunday by divers searching in the water off Southern California for evidence following a midair collision believed to have killed three people, authorities say. Divers made the discovery about 100 feet below the surface, in an area about 2... More »

Your Cat's Fur Color May Predict Its Attitude

Calicos and tortoiseshells are feistier

(Newser) - If your feline friend has a bad "cattitude," the color of its fur might be a factor. Researchers at UC Davis have found a correlation between a cat's markings and its level of feistiness, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Calicos and tortoiseshells are more likely to... More »

Teen Forced to Remove His Spirit Week Frozen Costume

Mom: 'The principal does not agree with boys dressing like girls'

(Newser) - Students are in an "uproar"—in the words of one parent—after a middle school principal in California forced a 13-year-old to change his clothes Thursday. When students at Ethan Chase Middle School were given the opportunity to dress as a Disney character for spirit week, eighth-grader Austin... More »

Starving Sea Lion Pup Goes to Restaurant

Upscale San Diego restaurant called SeaWorld rescuers

(Newser) - It was too early for the gooseberry glazed barramundi or the Faroe Islands heritage salmon, but some good meals are still in store for a starving sea lion pup that found its way into one of San Diego's fanciest seafood restaurants. The eight-month-old female was taken to SeaWorld's... More »

Doc Sentenced for Murdering 3 Patients by Drug Overdose

Hsiu-Ying 'Lisa' Tseng gets 30 years to life for recklessly prescribing meds

(Newser) - On Friday, Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, convicted of murdering three of her patients by drug overdose, was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, making her the only US doctor ever convicted of murder for recklessly prescribing meds, the lead prosecutor said. Although her defense team portrayed the Southern... More »

A Town Where the Dead Outnumber the Living 1,000 to One

Colma, Calif., got all of San Francisco's overflow in the early 20th century

(Newser) - A tiny California town that the New York Times calls "more necropolis than metropolis" isn't far from where the Super Bowl will be played in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday. But any traffic in Colma (aka "the City of Souls") over the weekend is... More »

Prank Caller Gets Burger King Workers to Trash the Place

Fake gas leak leads to $35,000 in damage

(Newser) - Employees at a California Burger King responded less than ideally to a prank call Saturday night, causing $35,000 in damage to the restaurant, KSBY reports. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune , someone called the Burger King in Morro Bay pretending to be with the fire department. They told... More »

Car Lands on Roof of California Home

Driver somehow not seriously injured

(Newser) - It's hard to know what was more amazing: an out-of-control car ending up on the roof of a Southern California house or the driver somehow escaping serious injury despite the wild ride. Palos Verdes Estates police Capt. Mark Velez says a driver with a medical problem lost control of... More »

$63M Lottery Win About to Go Unclaimed

Though guy says California Lottery destroyed his winning ticket

(Newser) - A California Lottery winner has only hours left to claim $63 million—the deadline is 5pm local time. "The rules are the rules," a lottery spokesman tells the AP , noting that six months will have passed without anyone claiming the prize. He says he's curious to know... More »

After 16 Years, Hospital IDs Mystery Patient

San Diego hospital knew him as 'Garage 66'

(Newser) - For 16 years, a man known only as "Garage 66" lay in a California hospital bed, unable to speak after suffering severe brain damage after an automobile accident. Now authorities say they've finally discovered the name of the man who was probably still in his teens when he... More »

Escapees Fought About Killing Cabbie: Sheriff

California prison inmates allegedly drove him up to San Jose

(Newser) - Three fugitives who broke out of a California jail in January—and were captured about a week later —apparently kidnapped a taxi driver and got in a physical fight about whether to kill him. That's one claim authorities made today about the remarkably complex breakout, the AP reports.... More »

Inmate Again Facing Death for 1983 Murders

Kevin Cooper continues to insist he's innocent in California

(Newser) - Now that California has lifted its moratorium on the death penalty, convicted murderer Kevin Cooper, 57, is once again preparing to be executed for high-profile slayings he says he didn't commit. "I am innocent," Cooper tells NBC News . "And it's not my execution, it's... More »

Coyotes Staring Down Drivers May Be Stoned

They may have consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms

(Newser) - In Canada, coyotes build snowmen . In Marin County, Calif., they get high on mushrooms—or so it seems. At least one and possibly two coyotes have been spotted acting a bit oddly along Highway 1 near Bolinas, reports Pacific Sun . Residents describe an animal forcing nighttime drivers to stop on... More »

2 Remaining California Jail Escapees Are In Custody

The search for the 3 men suspected of violent crimes lasted more than a week

(Newser) - Two inmates who remained at large after breaking out of a California jail more than a week ago have been arrested, Orange County sheriff's officials said Saturday. The AP reports Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, were in the custody of the San Francisco Police Department. Authorities had... More »

1 of 3 Escaped Inmates Caught

Bac Duong was still in Santa Ana

(Newser) - Police captured one of three fugitive inmates on Friday after they escaped a week ago from a California jail while facing charges involving violent crimes, the AP reports. Bac Duong, 43, was arrested by police in Santa Ana, the same city where the trio made their elaborate escape from the... More »

Cops: Jail English Teacher Helped 3 Inmates Escape

She allegedly provided the men maps

(Newser) - Authorities say a teacher has been arrested on suspicion of helping three inmate—including an alleged killer— escape from a maximum-security jail in Southern California, the AP reports. They believe the men may be living in a stolen van. Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says a woman who... More »

Cliff About to Collapse Under Calif. Apartments

The city of Pacifica has declared a state of emergency amid erosion concerns

(Newser) - It's only a matter of time before a few apartment complexes along Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica, Calif., fall 100 feet into the sea. That is, if they're not demolished first. With storms pummeling a coastline that has been eroding dramatically since 2008, the city, located just south of... More »

BASE Jumpers Survive Plunge Only to Drown in Big Sur Waves

It's a technical, short jump to a small landing spot at the water's edge

(Newser) - Two BASE jumpers swept into the Pacific Ocean after plunging 280 feet from the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur last week are presumed dead. Authorities found a helmet and parachute on the beach on Saturday, reports CBS News , and are piecing together the details of the Jan. 20 jump that... More »

Expert: Calif. Inmates Had Help to Escape

Questions raised about why men were kept in 68-man dorm

(Newser) - As the search for three escaped inmates stretches on, Orange County jail officials are facing pressure to explain why the men weren't held in individual cells. Authorities at the Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana say Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43—charged with... More »

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