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California Declares E-Cigs a Public Health Risk

State plans anti-vaping ad campaign

(Newser) - A big setback for e-cigarettes in America's most populous state: Health authorities in California have declared the devices to be a health risk and urged residents to stop using them, reports NBC . The state, which warns that rising e-cigarette use is introducing a "new generation to nicotine addiction"... More »

Mom Suing Target for Son's Suicide

Store's 'walk of shame' made Graham Gentles suicidal: lawsuit

(Newser) - A Target employee leapt to his death last summer after being taken on an alleged "walk of shame" through the store—and his mom is suing the company, NBC Los Angeles reports. The suit claims that Graham Gentles, 22, was stopped by security and police when he showed up... More »

Teacher on Leave for Saying Teacher-Student Sex Is OK

Sean Kane Facebook rant: Students at sex party should've 'kept stupid mouths shut'

(Newser) - Two female teachers at West Covina's South Hills High School were arrested on suspicion of having sex with students, and not only is their co-worker, art teacher Sean Kane, upset about their arrests—he apparently thinks teacher-student sex is OK all around, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kane, a... More »

Also Getting Sick in Measles Outbreak: the Vaccinated

Vaccine isn't 100% effective

(Newser) - The number of measles cases in the outbreak traced to Disneyland has now hit 70—and while unvaccinated people have been urged to stay away from the theme park , at least five cases in California involve people who had their shots. Experts say this is because the vaccination isn't... More »

Stay Away From Disney: Calif. to Unvaccinated

Those not immunized should avoid parks where outbreak started: health officials

(Newser) - From 1988 to 1990, California was slammed with a measles epidemic that affected at least 16,000 people, per the Western Journal of Medicine . Now public health officials are trying to avoid a similar scenario, encouraging people in the Golden State to a) get vaccinated, and b) stay away from... More »

Beverly Hills Man Pays $4.8M for 26 Cents in Coins

Kevin Lipton paid the prettiest penny ever for a one-cent piece

(Newser) - One man's cash is another man's treasure. Just ask Kevin Lipton, a Beverly Hills man who placed the winning bid of $2,585,000 for a rare penny last Thursday. Lipton doesn't find anything unusual about paying so much for this rare Birch Cent , one of only... More »

Treasure Hunter Finds 1979 Ring Lost in Pacific

Robert Fowler lost his class ring surfing in California

(Newser) - Robert Fowler was sure his class ring was gone for good. Just a couple of months after he got it in 1979, it slipped from the Mount Tamalpais student's 17-year-old finger as he surfed off Bolinas, Calif., a few months before his graduation. "I figured, 'Oh well,... More »

Foodies Rejoice: Foie Gras Back on Calif. Menus

Judge overturns state law banning the delicacy

(Newser) - California foodies craving fattened duck liver can now chow down. Yesterday, a judge overturned a state law banning the sale of foie gras, noting it interferes with a federal law regulating poultry products. The ban, in place since 2012 , had been hailed a victory for animal rights activists as ducks... More »

Measles Outbreak Traced to Disneyland

Anaheim visitors may have been exposed

(Newser) - A rare measles outbreak has been traced to Disneyland, and people who visited the Anaheim theme park between Dec. 15 and 20 may have been exposed, health officials in California warn. Nine cases have been confirmed in people ranging in age from 8 months to 21 years, most of whom... More »

Audi Named 'Jack' Drives Itself 550 Miles

Audi A7 drove from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas

(Newser) - It feels like something out of a sci-fi movie—a luxury car that can drive itself 550 miles, from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas. But this is not a movie: Over two days, an Audi A7 Sportback (nicknamed "Jack") made the trip with little human help, its journey... More »

Amid Record Meth Seizures at Border, a 'Clear Trend'

Would-be smugglers are strapping it to their bodies, says official

(Newser) - Stashed in gas tanks, fire extinguishers, even wheels of cheese—those were some of the ways drug runners tried and failed in fiscal 2014 to smuggle methamphetamine through ports at the California-Mexico border, where meth seizures reached record levels, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. According to US Customs and Border... More »

Kidnapped Calif. Baby Found Dead

3-week-old's body was in strip-mall dumpster

(Newser) - Police in Southern California have confirmed that a body found yesterday is that of a 3-week-old baby girl who was abducted from a Long Beach home after a shooting. The identification of Eliza Delacruz came after detectives from Long Beach traveled to San Diego County to help authorities investigate the... More »

Infant Missing From Home Where Mom, 2 Men Shot

Southern California police searching for child, unnamed suspect

(Newser) - Police are searching for a man suspected of shooting three people who were found inside a Southern California home and taking a 3-week-old baby. The Long Beach Police Department says officers responding to a call of a shooting just before 6pm yesterday found two men and one woman, the baby'... More »

Shark Drags Surfer Under at California Beach

Man's injuries aren't life-threatening

(Newser) - A surfer was hospitalized after a shark pulled him underwater in California. Witnesses at Montaña de Oro State Park say the victim was one Kevin Swanson, 50; the attacker, according to a park ranger, was an 8- to 10-foot juvenile shark, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports. "It... More »

Woman's Stolen '67 Mustang Returns Home After 28 Years

Lynda Alsip: 'I couldn't ask for a better Christmas present'

(Newser) - Lynda Alsip got an unexpected Christmas present this year: the 1967 Ford Mustang she had stolen from her 28 years ago. Alsip had last seen her first car, purchased for $800 in 1985, at her apartment complex in Salinas, Calif., before it vanished in 1986 while she was out with... More »

Baby With Rare Disease Can't Be Touched by Mother

2-month-old Kiira Kinkle's skin blisters at the touch

(Newser) - Two-month-old Kiira Kinkle's little fingers and toes are bandaged every day. Her mother can't touch her skin. And every night, her sisters pray her "owies" will go away. Kiira has the severest form of a rare disease called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), which makes her skin... More »

Car Plows Into Church Crowd in Deadly Crash

Calif. victims had just left Christmas service

(Newser) - A motorist hit a group of pedestrians outside a California church as a Christmas service ended last night, killing one person and leaving up to 11 others injured, police say. Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, a police spokesman in Redondo Beach says. One adult... More »

California's Massive Drought Deficit: 11T Gallons of Water

That's 130K Rose Bowls' worth: NASA

(Newser) - Even the biggest reservoir in the US wouldn't provide enough water to replace what's been lost in California's drought. In fact, you'd need 1.5 times that much water, or 11 trillion gallons, to do so, according to NASA satellite findings. Another way to put it... More »

SF Schools Closing Due to ... Rain

National Weather Service: could be worst storm in 5 years

(Newser) - New York was pelted with record rain this week, but even more could fall on the West Coast today. California could clearly use it , but San Francisco, Oakland, and Novato could see so much rainfall—2 to 4 inches are expected in San Francisco, with up to 8 inches in... More »

NOAA: Don't Blame Climate Change for Calif. Drought

Lack of rain caused by natural patterns, report says

(Newser) - Is humanity off the hook for California's record-breaking drought? A new federal report says the drought, "while extreme, is not an uncommon occurrence for the state," and is the result of natural weather patterns instead of man-made climate change, reports USA Today . NOAA researchers say a major... More »

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