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Oakland Warehouse Went 30 Years Without Inspection

But witnesses say fire officials, police had been inside

(Newser) - Officials say they couldn't have designed " an equally flammable place " as the Oakland warehouse where 36 people died in California's deadliest structure blaze in more than a century—but Oakland's planning director says inspectors had no idea. Darin Ranelletti says inspectors hadn't stepped foot... More »

They Shared a Liver, Bladder, and Leg, Until Now

17-hour procedure separates conjoined toddlers Erika and Eva Sandoval

(Newser) - "From one to two" is how the Sacramento Bee is framing the successful result of an intense surgery that separated 2-year-old conjoined twins in California. About 50 doctors and other medical staff at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto were in attendance during the 17-hour separation... More »

Northern California Hit by 6.5 Earthquake

Quake hits in Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Ferndale

(Newser) - A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Northern California on Thursday morning. The quake, which was initially reported at 6.8, hit about 100 miles west of Ferndale at 6:50am local time, per USGS , meaning it was centered in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 6.2 miles. (Ferndale... More »

Old Refrigerator May Be Source of Oakland Fire

'Disaster waiting to happen'

(Newser) - Investigators searching for the cause of America's deadliest building fire in 13 years are focusing on appliances at the rear of the first floor of the "Ghost Ship" warehouse. "On that back wall, there was a 45-degree-angle burn, and they need to look at that area very... More »

'Psychedelic Slinky' Spotted for First Time in 100 Years

Weird sea creature of legends found off California coast

(Newser) - In 1899, a Leipzig University marine biologist named Carl Chun came across a see-through "sea blob" in the southern Atlantic, and its existence hasn't been confirmed since—until now. Live Science reports on the Bathochordaeus charon invertebrate (what it describes as a "psychedelic Slinky"), recently spotted... More »

Oakland Failed to Act on 'Death Trap' Warnings

Some of the 36 fire victims were able to text goodbyes

(Newser) - The death toll from Friday's horrific warehouse fire has risen to 36, making it California's deadliest building fire since the devastation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. As recovery efforts at the "Ghost Ship" warehouse continue, many are wondering why inspectors failed to act despite repeated complaints... More »

Oakland Blaze Was One of Worst US Fires in 50 Years

Criminal investigation team looking into disaster

(Newser) - The blaze that ripped through a converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., during a party on Friday has now been confirmed as America's deadliest fire in more than a decade—and authorities say more than half the wreckage of the "Ghost Ship" warehouse hasn't been searched yet. Oakland... More »

Dance Party Turns Deadly in Massive Warehouse Fire

At least 9 are dead, but death toll may hit 40

(Newser) - At least nine people are dead but officials say that number may eventually reach 40 after what could be the deadliest structure fire in Oakland history, the East Bay Times reports. According to KTVU , the massive blaze broke out at a two-story warehouse late Friday night during a dance party.... More »

Cops Use 'Fake News' in Sting Aimed at Gang

Police told press they captured two men in order to protect them from hit men

(Newser) - Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake press release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations who reported it as fact, the AP... More »

Woman's Plot to Frame Ex on Facebook Backfires

Stephani Lawson will now spend a year in jail

(Newser) - "I didn't have any doubt I would have been able to convict this kid,” says an Orange County DA of Tyler Parkervest. Except it turns out the Irvine, Calif., man had been framed by his ex-girlfriend. Parkervest was arrested four times between September and December of last... More »

San Bernardino Shooters Were Angry About a Christmas Tree

Tashfeen Malik didn't want husband at a Christmas party: cops

(Newser) - A mandatory meeting decked out with a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations may have sparked last year's deadly shooting at an office building in San Bernardino, Calif., reports ABC News . Police say that Syed Farook's wife, Tashfeen Malik, was that upset her husband had to attend, based... More »

Husband Describes Sherri Papini's Kidnap Ordeal

He says captors kept bag over her head

(Newser) - Sherri Papini's captors put a bag over her head and kept her chained up any time she was in a vehicle, husband Keith Papini says. "She was bound" and "had a metal chain around her waist," the California woman's husband says in an interview with... More »

Escaped Inmate Hides in Attic, Falls Through Ceiling

Fellow escapee arrested after 7-hour standoff

(Newser) - A fugitive inmate who escaped last week from a county jail in California by rappelling down with a bedsheet was re-arrested Wednesday night after a seven-hour standoff with police. Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith says Rogelio Chavez was taken into custody at the house of an associate in San... More »

Sheriff Says Captors Burned Message Onto Sherri Papini

'It is not a symbol, but it was a message'

(Newser) - Not only was Sherri Papini apparently chained and beaten during her three-week abduction, but her kidnappers also allegedly burned a message into her skin, ABC News reports. Sheriff Tom Bosenko says the California woman who disappeared while jogging on Nov. 2 was branded by her captors. "I would think... More »

Cirque du Soleil Worker Dies in 'Industrial Accident'

Technician was hit by lift, circus says

(Newser) - An employee with the Cirque du Soleil Luzia show died after being injured Tuesday night in what was termed an "industrial accident," San Francisco police say. Police responded to the area near AT&T Park after receiving a report of an accident near the show's tent, a... More »

Husband: Sherri Papini Weighed 87 Lbs. When Found

Says his wife suffered 'both intense physical agony and severe mental torture'

(Newser) - Keith Papini says his wife suffered "both intense physical agony and severe mental torture" while held captive for 22 days, and anyone spreading "disgusting" rumors "should be ashamed of their malicious, subhuman behavior." In a statement to ABC News , the husband of Sherri Papini—who flagged... More »

Calif. Couple Sues PetSmart in Dachshund Pup's Death

Henry suffered 2 broken ribs and a punctured lung within 3 minutes of arriving

(Newser) - Pet grooming is an unregulated business and requires no license, and a PETA spokesperson tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the organization gets complaints "all the time" from people who say their pets were injured or even killed during grooming at PetSmart. Now a California couple whose dachshund Henry... More »

California Lawyers Upset Over Proposed Client-Sex Ban

Some complain proposed rule goes too far

(Newser) - Ethics rules for lawyers in California are undergoing their biggest shake-up in 30 years, and some lawyers aren't happy about one proposed change: a near-total ban on having sex with clients. A state bar commission has proposed joining at least 17 other states in completely banning sex between lawyers... More »

SUV Filled With Christmas Gifts Didn't Really Have Gifts: Cops

Try $330K worth of pot, THC pills, and hash wax oil, Ohio police say

(Newser) - What happens in California should stay in California—especially if what happened was someone meticulously wrapping $330,000 worth of THC pills, hash wax oil, and marijuana (about 71 pounds) like Christmas presents, UPI reports. Instead, per an Ohio State Highway Patrol press release , 31-year-old Daniel Yates apparently decided to... More »

Letter Sent to Mosques Promises Genocide of Muslims

California mosques are hoping for greater police protection

(Newser) - "Your day of reckoning has arrived,” reads a letter sent to at least three California mosques this week. “There’s a new sheriff in town—President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you... More »

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