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Calif. Mom Has Been Missing Since Super Bowl

Boyfriend says Ashley Holloway vanished after leaving party

(Newser) - Friends and family are searching for a missing mother of three who was reportedly last seen leaving a Super Bowl party in California 12 days ago. Though CBS Sacramento initially reported Ashley Holloway vanished while walking her dog and the dog returned home without her, the Stockton Record now reports... More »

Family Who Buried Wrong Man Now Says There's 3rd Body

'It's a horror show on top of a horror show'

(Newser) - "It's not that hard to keep track of dead people,” attorney James DeSimone tells the Orange County Register . “It’s not like they move around very much.” And yet, a California family who buried a stranger they believed to be their son and brother last... More »

With Last Words, Bloodied Teen Points Cops to Alleged Killers

Lizette Cuesta reportedly gave man's name before dying

(Newser) - Stabbed multiple times and left on the side of a road, Lizette Cuesta crawled 100 yards before she was spotted by UPS employees on their way to work around 2am Monday. There was little they could do for her—Cuesta was so bloody, it was impossible to make out her... More »

State Thought It Killed Last Nutria in 1978. It Was Wrong

California fears flooding brought on by outbreak of giant rodents

(Newser) - California is under attack from a giant, big-eating, fast-breeding, road-destroying rodent believed to have been eradicated from the state 40 years ago, KCRA reports. According to the Sacramento Bee , state biologists have found nearly two-dozen nutria in Stanislaus, Merced, and Fresno counties since March. The rodents were introduced to California... More »

He Saved Them From Tragedy in 1971. Now, a Thank You

Family meets man who pulled baby from burning house nearly 50 years ago

(Newser) - It took nearly 50 years, but a California family was finally able to thank the mysterious man who saved them from an unimaginable tragedy one night in 1971. The Fresno Bee reports 24-year-old Rick Freund was driving home when he saw a women and three young girls standing outside a... More »

Immigrant Used in Trump Ad Found Guilty of Killing Deputies

Luis Bracamontes convicted Friday

(Newser) - Jurors have convicted a man in the US illegally of killing two Northern California deputies in a case that helped fuel the national immigration debate, the AP reports. Luis Bracamontes was found guilty Friday of shooting Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver in 2014, then killing Placer County sheriff'... More »

Lawmaker, #MeToo Advocate Under Investigation for Groping

The 'hypocrisy was really hard to stomach,' says alleged victim

(Newser) - One of the women featured in Time's December issue honoring the #MeToo movement is herself facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who chairs the Legislative Women's Caucus, has risen to national prominence with her advocacy for victims of sexual assault and harassment, counting herself... More »

Teen Who Livestreamed DUI Crash Gets 6 Years

Obdulia Sanchez kept filming after her sister was killed

(Newser) - "I f------ killed my sister ... I know I'm going to jail for life," California teen Obdulia Sanchez said in livestreamed video of the DUI crash that killed her little sister last year . "I don't f------ care at all." The 18-year-old was sentenced Thursday not... More »

Family Says Son Died After Lyft Driver Left Him on Freeway

23-year-old Justin Lavelle killed by hit-and-run driver Jan. 31

(Newser) - The California Highway Patrol is investigating after a 23-year-old Lyft passenger somehow ended up on a Los Angeles freeway, where he was killed by a hit-and-run driver, CBS Los Angeles reports. According to NBC Los Angeles , Justin Lavelle was taking a Lyft from West Hollywood to Long Beach early Jan.... More »

Man Says MRI Left Him With 2-Inch-Deep Hole in Stomach

He's suing the hospital

(Newser) - A 72-year-old man with diabetes is suing a California hospital after he says an MRI burned a 2-inch-deep hole into his stomach, KTLA reports. Nick Kruth went to Glendale Adventist Medical Center in 2016 because he had low blood pressure and his legs felt weak, and doctors ordered a series... More »

San Diego Trash Sweep Nearly Tosses a Homeless Person

Reforms instituted after person in tent was almost crushed by garbage truck

(Newser) - San Diego has fired a senior city official and instituted stringent new rules on trash cleanups after a homeless person was thrown into a garbage truck and almost killed. In what the San Diego Union-Tribune calls "a jaw-dropping blunder," city work crews were clearing a homeless encampment with... More »

Starbucks Suit: 'My Wife, Baby Just Drank Someone's Blood'

Calif. family sues chain after blood from barista found in their beverage cups

(Newser) - A California family has suffered "stress, nervousness, fright, anguish, grief, anxiety, worry, and shock for several months," says a release on a lawsuit they just filed—all because of a trip to Starbucks. KTLA reports on Amanda and Louis Vice, who say they visited a San Bernardino Starbucks... More »

Girl Scout Takes Huge Advantage of California's Legal Weed

She sold 312 boxes of cookies in just 6 hours

(Newser) - An enterprising young Girl Scout showed a natural instinct for capitalism when she set up outside a California marijuana dispensary last Friday and sold over 300 boxes of cookies in just six hours, KGTV reports. But she may have also broken the rules. The unidentified scout started getting attention after... More »

Actress' Sister Goes Missing in Los Angeles

Julia Kebbel was last seen walking her dog late Wednesday night

(Newser) - One actress put out a call for help finding her missing brother over the weekend, with sad results . Now, another actress is looking for a missing sibling. Arielle Kebbel, who's set to appear in Fifty Shades Freed, posted to Instagram on Saturday that her sister Julia Kebbel hasn't... More »

Woman Scared After Murderer Father Granted Parole

She's not alone. Deputy DA says he's 'the one guy that scares me'

(Newser) - In 1988, California man William Bradford killed his ex-wife—shooting her five times, the Daily Breeze reports. Thirteen years later, he was arrested, charged, and sentenced to 26 years to life in prison after the cold case was reopened, according to the Los Angeles Times . And on Tuesday, Bradford was... More »

Woman Charged With Murder After Suicide Attempt Kills Man

Authorities say Grace Ward drove into oncoming traffic last month in California

(Newser) - A California woman faces life in prison after authorities say she drove into oncoming traffic in an attempt to kill herself and instead killed an Oregon father and aspiring doctor driving to Sacramento to interview for a hospital residency, CBS News reports. According to People , authorities say on Jan. 7... More »

Missing Woman Reappears—on Reality TV

'MOM. how many times do I have to tell you I don’t get cell service on The Bachelor'

(Newser) - It turns out missing people are pretty easy to find when they appear every week in your living room. The San Francisco Chronicle reports a 22-year-old woman reported missing in November in California was found this week—because she's a current contestant on The Bachelor. The strange story started... More »

Girl to Classmate After LA School Shooting: 'I Didn't Mean To'

12-year-old girl said gun went off in her backpack by accident

(Newser) - Police believe a school shooting that injured five people near downtown Los Angeles Thursday morning was accidental—but the 12-year-girl responsible is still in custody. Police say the girl, who allegedly brought a semi-automatic handgun to Salvador Castro Middle School in her backpack, has been booked into juvenile hall on... More »

Famous Acrobat 'Heartbroken' Over Theft of $25K Unicycle

Rong Niu, aka the 'Red Panda Acrobat,' has had that unicycle for 30 years

(Newser) - Someone at the San Francisco International Airport stole a 7-foot unicycle used by the "Red Panda Acrobat" for her plate-juggling routine, and the legendary performer is offering a $2,000 reward to get it back, the AP reports. KTVU-TV reports that police on Wednesday released surveillance photos from Jan.... More »

Kelly: Teacher Who Slammed Military 'Ought to Go to Hell'

California teacher called military 'lowest of our low'

(Newser) - A California teacher caught on video calling the military "the lowest of our low" was slammed by the usually reserved White House chief of staff Wednesday. John Kelly told Fox News Radio that El Rancho High School history teacher Gregory Salcido "ought to go to hell," Politico... More »

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