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LAPD: Teen Cadets Led Police Chases in Stolen Cruisers

They also may have impersonated actual police officers

(Newser) - Three teens enrolled in the Los Angeles Police Department cadet program were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing three police vehicles, two stun guns, two radios, and a bulletproof vest, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to KTLA , officers noticed two cruisers missing around 5pm and found them driving together... More »

100 Years Later, California Shipwreck Found

The McCulloch is now a skeleton draped with anemones

(Newser) - The McCulloch, a US Coast Guard ship that saw action in the Spanish-American War in 1898, sank in just a half-hour after it collided with the SS Governor in heavy fog off the coast of California. It had been put back to work during World War I in 1917, but... More »

Theft of GPS Tracking Devices Backfires Spectacularly

Burglar's attempt to steal a beer also went wrong

(Newser) - It's only June, but a crook in California may already have a lock on the Dumbest Criminal of 2017 award. Authorities had little trouble tracking the thief down after he stole 100 GPS trackers along with other items from the Santa Clara offices of tech firm Roambee, NBC4 reports.... More »

Security Incident Has Air Force Base on Lockdown

Witness says there's a shooter at shopping center on the California base

(Newser) - Travis Air Force Base northeast of San Francisco is locked down due to what the base calls a security incident, the AP reports. The base issued a security alert shortly after 3:30pm Wednesday asking people to shelter in place and to lock doors and windows. Marie Lowe, a civilian... More »

This Mansion Is Expensive Even for Billionaires

Italian-style villa in San Francisco has 8 marble fireplaces

(Newser) - Everybody knows it's expensive to live in San Francisco, but the cost of real estate may finally be too high for even its wealthiest residents. Business Insider reports on a mansion in Cow Hollow, a posh neighborhood on the edge of "Billionaire's Row," that's been... More »

You Could Still Be Skiing in California in August

Parts of the recently drought-ridden state still have 8 feet of snow

(Newser) - You can ski pretty much all summer long this year in California, where the remnants of a very snowy winter are still lingering. Much of the Rockies, Sierras, and Cascades still have at least 8 feet of snow on the ground, USA Today reports, citing the National Weather Service, and... More »

Terminally Ill Man Got Lost on Way to Kill Doctors: Cops

Bay Area man felt like 'laboratory monkey,' authorities say

(Newser) - A terminally ill cancer patient was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area to kill three doctors who had treated him, authorities say. Yue Chen, who also planned to kill himself, was angry the doctors had treated him like a "laboratory... More »

In 'Devastating Betrayal,' 100 Star Wars Items Stolen

Suspect is a close friend of the owner

(Newser) - Some $200,000 in Star Wars collectibles have vanished just like the Millennium Falcon jumping to light speed. The owner of the world's largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia and the envy of every fan in the galaxy announced Monday that 100 items, including "rare and important pieces,... More »

California's Per-Inmate Cost: More Than Cost of Harvard

It's expected to hit $75,560 in the next year, a record

(Newser) - The cost of imprisoning each of California's 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year, enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University and still have plenty left over for pizza and beer. The price for each inmate has doubled... More »

Don't Blame 'Snowflakes,' Blame the 'Self-Esteem Craze'

A California lawmaker started a task force, and the idea took over US schools

(Newser) - Millennials are sometimes derided as sensitive "snowflakes" who have an inflated sense of self-worth. If so, don't blame them, blame the "self-esteem" movement that took over American classrooms in the 1980s and '90s, complete with mirrors engraved with phrases such as "You are now looking... More »

Oakland Pays $1M to Teen in Police Sex Scandal

'I feel happy that I can close this chapter and move on'

(Newser) - A former teenage sex worker who claimed to have had sexual contact with more than two dozen Bay Area police officers, including while underage, is getting a nearly $1 million payout. The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $989,000 to settle a claim with the 19-year-old, who has... More »

United's New Flight: 18 Hours, Nonstop

Route from LA to Singapore would be world's longest nonstop from US

(Newser) - The appeal of the nonstop flight is a great one, and United Airlines has just come up with the most extreme one of all for travelers in the US: an 18-hour flight from Los Angeles to Singapore, Fortune reports. The 8,700-mile flight, set to begin in October, will take... More »

California Is Now 13 Acres Bigger

Thanks to a massive May 20 landslide in Big Sur

(Newser) - A recent landslide is the largest one a rep with California's Department of Transportation is aware of, and the US Geological Survey explains just how big it was. The May 20 slide in Big Sur involved more than a million tons of rock and dirt, and by analyzing before-and-after... More »

LA Homeless Population Breaks 'Scary' Record

'We can't let rents double every year,' says LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

(Newser) - The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County has hit a new record based on data kept since 2007, with nearly 58,000 people without permanent shelter on a given night. The Los Angeles Times reports that the 23% spike over 2016, described as "staggering" and "scary"... More »

LeBron James' Home Vandalized With Racial Slur

N-word spray-painted on front gate of LA residence

(Newser) - A Los Angeles home owned by LeBron James was vandalized Wednesday morning, the n-word spray-painted on its front gate, according to TMZ . Los Angeles police confirmed the vandalism to USA Today , though the spokesperson didn't offer specifics on what racial slur was used. The Cleveland Cavaliers player, whose primary... More »

Alleged Killer's Mistake: He Spit on a Sidewalk

Geovanni Borjas accused of raping, killing 2 women in 2011

(Newser) - For more than five years, a killer has been on the loose in California. No longer, say police. Authorities in Los Angeles say they've arrested a man believed to have raped and killed two women, then dumped their bodies near freeways in 2011, reports the Los Angeles Times . Michelle... More »

Farmer Faces $2.8M Fine for Plowing Field

John Duarte is accused of disturbing California wetlands

(Newser) - California farmer John Duarte could be facing a $2.8 million fine—and may be ordered to pay millions more in wetlands mitigation—for an offense he describes thusly: "Planting wheat in a wheat field," something he says had been done many times previously. Duarte has been fighting... More »

Will Coffee Drinkers Accept a Cup Made in California?

California farmers are trading avocados for coffee beans

(Newser) - Things aren't so easy for avocado growers in California these days. There's more competition from Mexico and less water. And the old trees just don't bear fruit like they used to. But the New York Times reports that's giving rise to a surprising new California crop:... More »

Thieves Are Getting Nuts in California

Nut thefts are apparently a big deal in California

(Newser) - Since 2013, more than 35 truckloads of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios, worth a combined $10 million, have disappeared in California. In an extensive look at efforts to crack the case, Peter Vigneron at Outside reveals a story that is, well, nuts. It turns out stealing nuts, which are worth a... More »

Reports: San Bernardino Shooter Died in 'Mist of Blood'

DA's office compiles firsthand accounts of what happened during manhunt, shootout

(Newser) - Authorities released a report Thursday detailing the manhunt and shootout with a husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in the 2015 San Bernardino attack . The report released by the San Bernardino County district attorney's office includes the accounts of nearly two dozen law enforcement... More »

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