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California to End Unlimited Solitary Confinement

Thousands of inmates to be moved out of isolation

(Newser) - Thousands of inmates will soon be moved out of solitary confinement in California, after years of court battles and hunger strikes against the controversial practice. The state's decision was revealed in a legal settlement filed today—which still must be accepted by the court—with a group of inmates... More »

Guy Finds $20 on Street, Ends Up With $1M

Uses money he found to buy winning lottery scratcher

(Newser) - A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years, but when he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International... More »

Surfer Escapes After Shark Chomps Board

Close call for 54-year-old Californian Elinor Dempsey

(Newser) - A surfer escaped injury yesterday after a great white shark bit her board off California's central coast. Elinor Dempsey, 54, of Los Osos, California, said she was surfing at Morro Strand State Beach, just north of Morro Bay, around 10am when a shark swam under her board and chomped... More »

Hiker Found After 9 Days in Calif. Wilderness

62-year-old Miyuki Harwood was injured without food

(Newser) - Miyuki Harwood went hiking on a day trip in California's Sierra National Forest on Aug. 20. The 62-year-old was pulled out yesterday—after nine days and at what the local sheriff calls "the end of the time period that we thought she could survive," reports NBC News... More »

Group to Calif. Water Bottling Plant: See You in Court

Nonprofit wants an environmental impact report from Crystal Geyser

(Newser) - Complaints about a planned bottled water plant in Mount Shasta, Calif., have been cemented in a lawsuit. Nonprofit group We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review (WATER) claims Crystal Geyser doesn't have the proper permits and is violating land-use provisions in getting the plant up and running in a drought, reports... More »

Wine Train Sorry for Kicking Black Women Off Tour

They're not the first 'noisy' group to have had problems

(Newser) - Rarely has a train gone into reverse as abruptly as the Napa Valley Wine Train. After initially defending its decision to kick a mostly black women's book club off the train mid-journey for being too noisy, the company has issued a statement saying it was "100% wrong in... More »

WWII Tank Crushes Man at Jelly Belly Chief's Home

Herman Rowland's son-in-law had permission to drive tank

(Newser) - A 54-year-old man was killed after being run over by a World War II-era tank over the weekend, but he wasn't on any kind of battlefield. Kevin Wright was attending a family reunion at the Fairfield, Calif., home of Jelly Belly Chairman Herman Rowland Sr. on Saturday when he... More »

Book Club: Racism Got Us Kicked Off Wine Train

Book club members say they had to do 'walk of shame' off the train in 'racist attack'

(Newser) - Members of a book club out for a ride through California wine country say they endured a "humiliating" experience Saturday when they were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The women from the Sistahs on the Reading Edge club—10 of them black,... More »

California 'Amazed' to Find Wolf Pack in State

Wolves are returning home after being hunted nearly to extinction

(Newser) - It's the summer of the wolf pack in California, and no we're not talking about another Hangover sequel. A family of gray wolves—two adults and five pups—were yesterday confirmed to be living in the state. The last time the state hosted a pack was the early... More »

Drought Is Causing California to Sink Fast

Some areas of Central Valley dropping 2 inches a month

(Newser) - Vast areas of California's Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, state officials say, citing new research by NASA scientists. The data shows the ground is sinking nearly 2 inches each month in some places, putting... More »

Report: 600 Shots Fired in Bank Robbery 'Excessive'

2 suspects, 1 hostage were killed in Stockton shootout

(Newser) - California police managed to stop three alleged bank robbers who they say took off in a getaway car with three hostages last year, but it took 600 bullets from 32 officers in one of the most violent conflicts between cops and criminals in law enforcement history, according to a new... More »

Attorney, 3 Cops, 5 Others Accused in Crazy Murder

Man who scavenged metal was allegedly killed because of it

(Newser) - In a plot seemingly right out of this season of True Detective, a well-known criminal defense attorney and three California Highway Patrol officers, along with five other people, were arrested yesterday in connection with the 2012 murder of a 26-year-old man whose body was discovered in a remote forest near... More »

Coroner: Here's How Maddy Middleton Died

She suffered positional asphyxiation, stab wounds to neck

(Newser) - The cause of death has been established: Maddy Middleton, the 8-year-old girl found dead in a trash bin inside an apartment building garage in Santa Cruz, Calif., died of positional asphyxiation and stab wounds to the neck, the San Jose Mercury News reports, via a coroner's report. A sheriff... More »

Bumble Bee Forced to Pay $6M for Worker Cooked Alive

Worker Jose Melena died a horrific death

(Newser) - Bumble Bee Foods will fork out $6 million for the horrific death of an employee cooked alive in 12,000 pounds of tuna fish, NBC News reports. Announced Wednesday by prosecutors, the plea agreement is California's biggest ever for a workplace safety violation. It consists of $3 million to... More »

Whole Foods Hawks $6 'Asparagus Water,' Quickly Backs Off

'The nutrients from the asparagus do transfer,' an employee explained

(Newser) - If you're wondering whether a $5.99 bottle of asparagus water has actually become a thing, it has—but neither Whole Foods nor consumers are letting it be more than a fleeting fad, reports Consumerist . It started Monday when a Los Angeles magazine editor posted a photo of the... More »

That Huge Calif. Wildfire Just Jumped a Barrier

It's 'moving at an extremely high rate of speed,' says fire chief

(Newser) - As firefighters battled a massive Northern California Northern California wildfire threatening numerous homes, some of the 13,000 people urged to flee were spending what may be just one of many nights in evacuation shelters. The blaze, which has charred nearly 97 square miles of brush and timber, jumped a... More »

Pregnant Teen Shot in the Eye in Road Rage Attack

Police say occupant of passed SUV opened fire on couple

(Newser) - A pregnant teen is in critical condition after an unprovoked road-rage shooting in Reedley, Calif., police say. The 18-year-old victim, who hasn't been named, was riding in an SUV driven by her husband, 26, on Sunday night when he passed a slow-moving vehicle, reports NBC News . Described as a... More »

After Maddy's Murder, an Unlikely Motherly Bond

Laura Jordan says she told accused killer's mom 'I love you'

(Newser) - The mother of slain 8-year-old Maddy Middleton doesn't blame the mother of alleged killer Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, 15. In fact, she says she's consoling her friend while dealing with the unimaginable loss of her daughter. Laura Jordan, Maddy's mom, says she found Reggie Factor on her knees... More »

Teen Lured Maddy Middleton With Ice Cream: Report

More details emerge about suspect AJ Gonzalez after 8-year-old's murder

(Newser) - A source said to be close to the investigation into the death of 8-year-old Madyson "Maddy" Middleton tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the 15-year-old accused of raping and killing her lured her into his family's Santa Cruz, Calif., apartment with ice cream, then jumped her. Surveillance video... More »

What Could Be America's Most Brutal Race Is Underway

Badwater Ultramarathon covers 135 miles, takes up to 48 hours to complete

(Newser) - Right now, as you sit in your air-conditioned living room or office goofing off online, there are 97 people pushing their bodies to the limit in what has been billed "the world's toughest foot race." The 135-mile slog known as the Badwater Ultramarathon kicked off yesterday in... More »

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