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Massive Calif. Wildfire Moving Like 'Freight Train'

Fire officials say out-of-control Sand fire near LA has now spread to 33K acres

(Newser) - More than 1,600 firefighters fought an uncontrollable wildfire Sunday in California's Santa Clarita Valley, an inferno that fire officials say grew three times larger over the weekend due to hot, arid conditions and winds up to 20mph, NBC News and the Los Angeles Times report. More than 33,... More »

13-Year-Old Girl Killed, Teen Brother Arrested

Ashley Wood was found dead in a bedroom at home

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl was found dead in her California home Tuesday, and her 14-year-old brother has been arrested on suspicion of her murder, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the Sacramento Bee , the body of Ashley Wood was found by her mother in a bedroom in their home in... More »

Aliens or Bombs? Town Plagued by Mystery Booms

Geologist suspects the noise is reaching California all the way from Nevada

(Newser) - "You just hear these booms, they're very low, you know, you almost feel them." That's how one resident of Sonora, Calif., describes a resounding noise heard in the mountain town every summer weekday between 11am and 2pm, per the Inquisitr . What's going on? Well, no... More »

Norovirus Hits California RNC Delegation

At least a dozen staffers are stuck in hotel 60 miles away

(Newser) - Republican National Convention organizers are worried about a guest even less welcome than the Clinton family would be: norovirus. The highly contagious virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea and is known for turning cruises into hellish experiences, has struck down at least a dozen members of the California delegation, the... More »

Toddler Dies Following Dental Procedure

Dental staff couldn't get Marvelena Rady to wake up

(Newser) - A California family is "devastated" after a 3-year-old girl died Saturday following a dental procedure in San Ramon, CBS SF Bay Area reports. According to the San Francisco Chronicle , staff at Dentalbliss called 911 when they were unable to get Marvelena Rady to wake up following a procedure. She... More »

Couple Spent 6 Months Preparing to Claim Powerball Jackpot

And now California's Marvin and Mae Acosta plan to 'fall off the grid'

(Newser) - Three winning tickets were sold in January's record $1.6 billion Powerball drawing , the largest in US history: one in Florida, one in Tennessee, and one in the LA suburb of Chino Hills. But while the Florida and Tennessee winners came forward almost immediately, the third claimant(s) remained a... More »

Southern California Plagued by Rotting 22-Ton Whale

Officials have given up on towing Wally out to sea

(Newser) - Wally the dead whale has apparently been washing up on beaches in southern California a lot more reliably than the swallows now return to Capistrano . The body of a dead humpback whale that turned up in Encinitas, northern San Diego County, is believed to be the same whale that has... More »

Pokemon Players Fall Off Cliff, Others Find More Bodies

And 2 more were banned from their local zoo

(Newser) - The unraveling of society is continuing apace following the release of Pokemon Go . The Los Angeles Times reports two men playing the insanely popular augmented reality game fell off a bluff Wednesday in Encinitas, California. One fell 50 feet and was knocked unconscious; the other fell between 75 and 100... More »

Terrifying Glass Skyscraper Slide Already Facing Lawsuit

Woman says she broke her ankle riding Los Angeles' 'Skyslide'

(Newser) - Who would've thought a slide made of glass attached to the side of the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast could be dangerous? That's the claim being made in a lawsuit filed by two New Yorkers who visited Los Angeles earlier this month, My News LA reports. The... More »

Cops Release Bodycam Footage in Shooting of Unarmed Teen

Dylan Noble was killed on June 25

(Newser) - Another fatal police shooting from last month is getting attention, and the police department involved released body camera video footage from the incident Wednesday, the Fresno Bee reports. Dylan Noble, 19, was killed in Fresno, Calif., on June 25 after police responded to a 911 call about a man walking... More »

3 Kids Dumped in Scorching Desert as Punishment: Cops

California mom Mary Bell, boyfriend Gary Cassle arrested on felony child abuse charges

(Newser) - San Bernardino County deputies received a disturbing call Wednesday: Three young children were wandering around a Twentynine Palms-area desert. When they arrived on the scene around 11:30am, one of the hottest parts of the day ( KESQ notes it was around 94 degrees; the New York Daily News says... More »

Top 10 College Towns in US

California's got three; Iowa has two

(Newser) - Business Insider , with help from Niche, has a list of the top 30 college towns in the US. That's based on cost of living, the real-estate market, diversity, access to amenities, crime rates, and more. To qualify as a college town, places had to be home to a... More »

Kidnapping Thwarted by Girl's Kung Fu Punch

'It hurt him,' says 8-year-old

(Newser) - A would-be kidnapper got more than he bargained for after snatching a girl from her bed Sunday. Authorities say a man broke into a home in El Cajon, Calif., through an unlocked window, then grabbed an 8-year-old girl from her upstairs bedroom. Unbeknownst to her attacker, the girl knew kung... More »

Arrests Made, but Still No Trace of Kidnapped Woman

Detectives confident they have the right suspects but lack 'solid leads'

(Newser) - The last time anyone saw Bay Area resident Elvira Babb was when a co-worker dropped her off at the Seafood City Supermarket in Vallejo, Calif., around 3pm on June 29. The next day Babb's son John received a text message in which an anonymous sender threatened to kill his... More »

Suspect Arrested in San Diego Homeless Attacks

He's been charged with murder, arson

(Newser) - Relief in San Diego: A suspect was arrested Thursday in connection with a sickening series of attacks on homeless people that left two men dead and another two seriously injured, CNN reports. Police say they believe Anthony Alexander Padgett, 36, is the suspect captured on video at a convenience store... More »

3-Year-Old Girl Kills Self With Gun She Found in Home

Charges are possible

(Newser) - California authorities say a 3-year-old girl found a loaded gun and fatally shot herself in the head, the AP reports. Lemoore Police Department Det. Matthew Smith tells the Fresno Bee the girl and her family were visiting from Southern California when she found a gun in an apartment bedroom. Her... More »

San Diego Attacker Claims 4th Homeless Victim

Man set on fire is not expected to survive

(Newser) - Another San Diego homeless man was set on fire and seriously injured Wednesday by an attacker police say struck while the man was asleep, the latest in a spate of attacks on transients that have left two dead. Police say the 23-year-old victim is not expected to survive upper-body injuries,... More »

New Gym Will Allow Pot-Smoking Workouts

Former NFL star plans to open gym in SF this year

(Newser) - A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working out, the AP reports. Former running back Ricky... More »

Petition Aims to Leave Brock Turner Judge Jury-Less

'If he doesn't have a jury, he can't do his job'

(Newser) - More than 5,000 Californians have signed a petition stating they will refuse to serve on a jury in Aaron Persky’s courtroom following his lenient sentence for Stanford sex criminal Brock Turner , reports the San Jose Mercury News . The "Don't Serve in Judge Persky's Court" petition... More »

Earthquake Scientists' Favorite Curb Is No More

It showed the seismic forces of Hayward Fault

(Newser) - To scientists, it was a stunning example of the power of the "tectonic time bomb" known as the Hayward Fault. To city officials, it was a curb that desperately needed a fix. So in June, officials in Hayward, Calif., repaired a once-straight curb pulled apart over decades by seismic... More »

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