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California's Biggest Reservoir Just Hit a Happy Milestone

Gates of Shasta Dam opened for first time in nearly 20 years

(Newser) - For the first in almost two decades, water spilled from the top of Shasta Dam in California this week—another sign that the state's long drought is all but over. With Lake Shasta, California's largest reservoir, at 93% capacity, officials opened Shasta Dam's topmost gates one at... More »

2 Cars Drove Off Mountain Road Hours Apart—Both on Purpose

Man tried to kill himself at same spot his girlfriend had earlier that day: cops

(Newser) - Authorities say a man attempted suicide by driving off a California mountain road hours after his girlfriend killed herself in the same way at the same spot. The California Highway Patrol says investigators determined the two vehicles that went over the side of State Route 18 Saturday were related suicide... More »

Harrison Ford's Harrowing 45 Seconds Captured on Video

He mistakenly flies low over airliner

(Newser) - Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport. The 45 seconds of soundless video show the 74-year-old star's potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County last week,... More »

Cops: Man Who Shot Officer Is Newly Paroled Gang Member

He allegedly opened fire on police after car accident in Whittier, California

(Newser) - "This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be," says a California police chief after a gang member paroled earlier this month allegedly killed a relative and a police officer . At least two officers had responded to the scene of a vehicle accident in Whittier... More »

Fake Agent Gets 40 Years for Extorting Photos From Girls

He threatened to tell their families

(Newser) - A California man who posed as a modeling agent to extort nude photos from young girls across America has been sentenced to almost 40 years in prison—twice as long as he has been alive. Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila, 20, pleaded no contest this week to 38 felony counts, including 16... More »

Huge Storm Slams Southern California

This could be region's biggest in 22 years

(Newser) - A huge Pacific storm parked itself over southern California and unloaded Friday, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes, and leading to the deaths of at least two people. The storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the ocean was at its most fierce late Friday afternoon, dropping... More »

Girl Scout Robbed at Gunpoint, Then Cops Do Something Great

'We did what we could'

(Newser) - Thanks to a mass act of kindness by Union City police officers, the story of a cookie-selling Girl Scout robbed at gunpoint has a sweet ending. The 12-year-old and her mom were selling cookies outside a California Safeway around 5pm on Feb. 8 when a man approached and asked about... More »

Yosemite's 'Firefall' Appears for Only a Few Minutes Every February

The phenomenon is like catnip for photographers

(Newser) - Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California's Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava, the AP reports. The phenomenon known as "firefall" draws scores... More »

Alanis Victim of 2nd Multimillion-Dollar Theft

Thieves made off with $2M from LA home

(Newser) - More bad luck for Alanis Morissette: Police say burglars broke into the Canadian singer's Los Angeles home and stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry, the Los Angeles Times reports. Morissette, her husband, and their two children weren't home at the time of the Feb. 9 break-in... More »

Almost 200K Calif. Evacuees Can Go Home ... for Now

Repairs to Oroville dam may not hold

(Newser) - Nearly 200,000 Northern Californians who live downstream of the country's tallest dam were allowed to return home Tuesday after two nights of uncertainty , but they were warned they may have to again flee to higher ground on a moment's notice if hastily made repairs to the battered... More »

188K Calif. Evacuees Don't Know When They Can Go Home

Dam area is still in danger, officials say

(Newser) - Helicopters dropped giant rock-filled sandbags into place Monday to shore up a California reservoir that had threatened to breach its banks and unleash a 30-foot wall of water, but officials said an evacuation order covering around 188,000 people would stay in place until they are sure it's safe... More »

More Than 100K Evacuated Near America's Tallest Dam

Oroville spillway collapse could be catastrophic

(Newser) - More than 100,000 people fled their homes in northern California on Sunday as an emergency spillway next to America's tallest dam threatened to collapse and unleash what authorities called a catastrophic amount of water along the Feather River. While the evacuation took place, emergency repairs were performed on... More »

Legend of Lost Treasure Ship Thrives in California Desert

Believers say it's out there, buried amid the rocks and sand

(Newser) - Alexander Nazaryan calls it "fake news for the romantic soul." Tales of a treasure-laden ship lost in the sands of California's Colorado desert that—though the details change—have persisted for at least 140 years. The Newsweek reporter takes a journey into the desert with a former... More »

Janitor Making $270K Spends Lots of Time in a Closet: Probe

BART reps scrambling to explain how Liang Zhao Zhang pulled in so much in 2015

(Newser) - There's quite a difference between making $58,000 a year and $270,000, and that huge gap is why some are now poking around to see how a San Francisco janitor has been pulling in the latter . The San Francisco Chronicle reports on Liang Zhao Zhang, who cleans the... More »

2 Missing NM College Students Found Driving Slowly in Idaho

Cop pulled over McKinnah Sinclair, Charlie Daniels for going 30mph below speed limit

(Newser) - A multi-state hunt for two missing New Mexico State University students ended in Idaho Thursday morning. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 18-year-old McKinnah Sinclair and 19-year-old Charlie Daniels, missing since they attended a hip-hop concert in Texas last Friday, were found driving in Nampa and said to be in... More »

2 Missing Students Show Up on ATM Video

Police are asking for information on McKinnah Sinclair and Charlie Daniels

(Newser) - Two female New Mexico State University students who went missing after attending a hip-hop concert in El Paso, Texas, last week have been spotted on surveillance video on Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Las Cruces Police Department confirmed Wednesday that the women on the ATM surveillance video are McKinnah... More »

How a 7-Year-Old Is Saving the Planet— and Saving for College

Ryan Hickman has earned $10K by recycling

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy in California already has $10,000 saved for college—and not a penny of it came from his parents. "I've recycled 200,000 cans and bottles," Ryan Hickman tells ABC7 . He got "hooked" on recycling at age 3 after a visit to a... More »

Father and His Unborn Child Killed in Suspected DUI Crash

Wife was 7 months pregnant when couple's car was hit

(Newser) - A driver with two prior DUI convictions was involved in a crash in Victorville, Calif., early Saturday that caused a woman to lose both her husband and her unborn daughter. Angel Barranco, 35, was driving with his 7-months-pregnant wife and his mother-in-law around 1:45am when their Honda Accord was... More »

Patrons Flee as Incendiary Device Tossed Into Restaurant

No one was hurt at California Cheesecake Factory

(Newser) - A man threw a homemade incendiary device into a crowded California restaurant at dinnertime, and when it ignited, panicked patrons abandoned their meals and knocked over chairs as they rushed for the exits. No one was hurt, the AP reports. Police said the man opened the front door of a... More »

Parole Board: Release Charles Manson Follower

Gov. Jerry Brown will have final decision on Bruce Davis

(Newser) - Charles Manson's "right-hand man" may have been denied parole recently , but another of his followers now has the chance to walk free. A California parole panel determined Wednesday that 74-year-old Bruce Davis, who's serving a life sentence in California Men's Colony prison in San Luis Obispo... More »

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