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7 Stabbed as Calif. Neo-Nazi Rally Turns Bloody

Group says rally was reaction to anti-Trump protests

(Newser) - There were chaotic and bloody scenes outside California's Capitol building Sunday when a far-right group calling itself the Traditionalist Worker Party tried to hold a rally. Witnesses tell the Los Angeles Times that things turned violent as soon as a few dozen members of the white supremacist group turned... More »

3 Killed as Boat Capsizes Off Catalina Island, Calif.

Four others were rescued

(Newser) - A boat that may have been hit by a wave capsized off the backside of Santa Catalina Island in California on Saturday, killing three people, authorities said. Four survivors were rescued after the 15-foot skiff overturned off of Salta Verde Point, the AP reports. Three were in critical condition when... More »

Land Is Rising, Falling on San Andreas Fault

GPS data reveals land is 'doing the wave'

(Newser) - Scientists have detected previously unknown movement along the San Andreas Fault, although the discovery doesn't change the two most important facts: There will be a major quake along the California fault at some point, and nobody knows just when it will happen. The analysis of GPS data found that... More »

Dozens of Homes Burn in Calif. Brush Fire

Fast-moving fire has destroyed at least 80 buildings

(Newser) - Dozens of homes burned to the ground as a wildfire raged over ridges and tore through rural communities in central California, authorities say. The streaking blaze that burned at least 80 homes and other buildings northeast of Bakersfield around Lake Isabella came just as many others across Western states were... More »

Calif. Police Hunting for This Bikini-Clad Woman

'For questioning'

(Newser) - "An individual wanted for questioning" is how a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office press release describes her. But the "unusual outfit" that a petite woman in her late 30s wore while possibly carrying out crimes near Santa Clarita Valley is what's grabbing everyone's attention, KTLA... More »

California's Last Nuclear Plant Is Shutting Down

The Diablo Canyon plant will stop producing nuclear power in 2025

(Newser) - The age of nuclear power will come to an end in California in 2025 when Pacific Gas and Electric closes the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports. Diablo Canyon is California's last remaining nuclear plant after the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating... More »

Guy Helps Family in Rollover Crash, Gets Billed $143

Paramedics briefly checked him over, had to bill him

(Newser) - Derrick Deanda saw a van on its side after a rollover crash in Elk Grove, California, broke windows to free the father and three kids trapped inside, and then ... got billed $143. "I pulled up right as it happened," Deanda recalls to CBS Sacramento of the September 2015... More »

Woman Banned From 524M Acres of Public Land

Casey Nocket gets 2 years' probation for tagging national parks in 2014

(Newser) - Casey Nocket left her mark on national parks across the West, but she won't be able to go back and reminisce—at least not while she's on probation. The 23-year-old San Diego woman pleaded guilty last week to defacing rock formations in seven parks, and for the next... More »

Judge OKs Class-Action Suit Over Starbucks Lattes

California plaintiffs complain about a lack of milk

(Newser) - Think your Starbucks lattes are light on the milk? Well, get this: Not only are two Starbucks customers suing over an alleged lack of milk in the coffee drinks, a judge on Friday allowed their proposed class-action suit to proceed, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs, California residents Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin... More »

Woman, Toddler Die After Getting Into Burning SUV

Police don't know why the woman got into the burning car with the child

(Newser) - A woman placed a toddler in a burning SUV then climbed in, and both died in the fire, police said Friday. Deputies were called to a vehicle fire Thursday night in the unincorporated Athens area south of downtown Los Angeles and found the SUV engulfed in flames, the Los Angeles... More »

Stanford Case Wasn't 'Rape,' but That Could Change

Lawmakers say current laws are too narrow

(Newser) - Brock Turner has become known as "the Stanford rapist" since he was convicted of sexual assault against a now 23-year-old woman and sentenced to six months in prison. But technically Turner, 22, wasn't convicted of rape: He was convicted of three counts of sexual assault—assault with... More »

10 Cities With Most Car Thefts Per Capita

California should hand out free clubs when you enter

(Newser) - Prefer not to have your car stolen? Statistically speaking, you should probably stay out of California. Forbes reports that eight of the 10 US cities with the most car thefts per capita are in the Golden State. The data comes from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which found nearly all... More »

Oakland Mayor Cans Top Cop After 6 Days

Woman now claims she had sexual contact with dozens of officers

(Newser) - Ben Fairow's reign as Oakland's top cop was, in a word, brief. Fairow—who replaced resigning police chief Sean Whent on Friday amid an investigation into possible underage sex and murder —was removed from his post Wednesday after just six days, reports the Los Angeles Times . During... More »

LA Pride Suspect Fled a Child Molestation Probe

He allegedly had sex with 12-year-old

(Newser) - It still isn't clear what James Howell was doing en route to an LA Pride event with weapons and explosives in his car—police say he had no connection to the Orlando shooting—but we now know more about him: The 20-year-old Indiana man was charged with child molestation... More »

FBI on Hunt for Serial Killer Who Last Struck in 1986

'Original Night Stalker' was tied to at least 52 sex assaults in Sacramento County, Bay Area

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since a violent serial burglar, rapist, and killer started to terrorize Northern California, but the FBI this week announced there is a new, concerted push to find the so-called "East Area Rapist." Described as a white male about 5-foot-10 with blond or light... More »

Twisted Craigslist Ad Tells San Diego 'You Are Next'

'We need more Orlando's (sic),' the post read

(Newser) - The FBI and the San Diego Police Department are trying to track down the person behind a Craiglist ad that threatened San Diego's gay community with an Orlando-style massacre. "We need more Orlando's (sic)" read the now-deleted ad in the site's "Men Seeking Men" section,... More »

9-Year-Old Completes Record-Breaking Swim

He swam from SF to Alcatraz Island and back

(Newser) - Nine-year-old James Savage may have a new Guinness World Record under his belt. The California boy swam from the shore of San Francisco to Alcatraz Island and back on Tuesday, becoming the youngest swimmer to complete the two-mile trip, per NBC News . A 10-year-old boy previously held the record after... More »

Stanford Rape Judge Pulled From New Sex-Assault Case

DA says he doesn't think Persky can 'fairly participate'

(Newser) - Aaron Persky, the judge widely condemned for his lenient ruling in the Stanford rape case , has been abruptly removed from a new sexual-assault case. District Attorney Jeff Rosen says he lost confidence in Persky after he took the unusual step of ending a misdemeanor mail theft case midtrial on Monday,... More »

Cops: Armed Man Didn't Threaten LA Pride

Investigators don't know why Indiana man had guns, chemicals

(Newser) - Police have backtracked after initially saying James Wesley Howell wanted to do harm to Sunday's LA Pride parade—but it's still far from clear what the 20-year-old was doing thousands of miles from home with a car full of guns and chemicals used to make explosives. The AP... More »

Brock Turner May Have Shared Pics of Victim's Breast

Witness saw him aiming his phone at her

(Newser) - A Stanford swimmer found guilty of sexual assault may have snapped photos of his unconscious victim's breasts while assaulting her—and sent the pics to friends in a group chat, Cosmopolitan reports. According to police, a witness who saw Brock Turner, 20, standing over the woman's body during... More »

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