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'You Did It, Michelle': Oswalt to Late Wife After Big Arrest

Comedian praises Michelle McNamara after Golden State Killer suspect is detained

(Newser) - "Goodnight, Michelle. You did good," comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted Wednesday, praising his late wife's role in the Golden State Killer case. Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested almost two years to the day after the death of Oswalt's wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara. She chronicled her... More »

Golden State Killer: 'Answer Has Always Been in Sacramento'

One of his victims says detectives emailed her this morning

(Newser) - "The answer has always been in Sacramento," said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert in a Wednesday press conference announcing an arrest has been made in one of America's most persistent serial killer mysteries. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was on Tuesday arrested on two murder charges, and authorities... More »

Professor Who Insulted Barbara Bush Won't Be Fired

Her remarks were free speech, Fresno State says

(Newser) - The conduct of a tenured professor who called Barbara Bush a "witch" and an "amazing racist" was "insensitive, inappropriate, and an embarrassment to the university," Fresno State president Joseph Castro said in a statement Tuesday. But he added that since Randa Jarrar was acting in a... More »

Serial Robbers Might Be Targeting Trader Joe's

California police investigating several recent cases

(Newser) - A series of armed robberies targeting Trader Joe's locations in Southern California has police suspecting serial assailants. At least seven armed robberies have occurred at Trader Joe's stores in the region in recent months, including four in Los Angeles, per the Los Angeles Times . Stores in Long Beach,... More »

Cops: Homeless Stranger Fatally Stabbed Diner

Man was attacked with daughter on lap

(Newser) - A man having dinner with his 5-year-old daughter on his lap was fatally stabbed in what appears to have been a random, unprovoked attack, police in California say. Homeless man Jamal Jackson, 49, was arrested and charged with premeditated first-degree murder after the attack on 35-year-old Anthony Mele at a... More »

'It's an Invasion' of the Tumbleweeds

Communities in California, Utah were overwhelmed Monday

(Newser) - "It's an invasion." That's how residents of one Victorville, Calif., neighborhood are summing up a sudden assault from tumbleweeds, thousands of which piled up there on Monday. Tumbleweeds are a common sight in the area, located an hour outside of Los Angeles; wind gusts carry the... More »

Near Hart Tragedy, a New One Is Confirmed

Family of 4 confirmed dead after vehicle went into flooded river

(Newser) - A family of four whose vehicle plunged into a flooded river on California's north coast, not far from the spot where the Hart family of eight went over a cliff, has been confirmed dead. The body of Soumya Thottapilly, 38, was found Friday in an area previously covered by... More »

California Rejects Border Duties for Its National Guard Troops

Says some jobs federal government wants done are too closely tied to immigration enforcement

(Newser) - California has rejected the federal government's initial plans for National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement, two US officials tell the AP . The state informed federal officials it will not allow its troops to fix and repair vehicles, operate... More »

Woman Wins Huge Payout From Ex Over Revenge Porn

$6.45M is second-largest payout for non-celebrity victim, lawyers say

(Newser) - A California woman who had to copyright photos of her naked body in order to have them removed from various websites has been awarded what her lawyers are calling the second-largest payout for a non-celebrity victim of revenge porn. The woman identified as Jane Doe, represented by the Cyber Civil... More »

New Revelation in Case of Mom Who Drove Family Off Cliff

Jennifer Hart was drunk, while her wife and 2 of their kids had sleep-inducing drug in systems

(Newser) - The woman who drove an SUV off a California cliff last month with her family inside was legally drunk at the time, say authorities in Mendocino County. Jennifer Hart had a blood-alcohol level of .102, over the state limit of .08, reports KOMO . Hart was killed along with her wife,... More »

SUV Flips on Highway in Scary Night for Will Ferrell

50-year-old actor released from hospital after Thursday night accident; 3 others injured

(Newser) - Ron Burgundy lives to charm us another day. Actor Will Ferrell was in a serious car crash Thursday night in Orange County, Calif., with a 30-second video recorded by LA-OC.tv and now on TMZ showing a dented-up black SUV with shattered windows after the accident. The Hollywood Reporter and... More »

Teacher Who Fired Gun in School Safety Class Resigns

California's Dennis Alexander accidentally shot at the ceiling

(Newser) - A teacher who accidentally fired a gun inside a Northern California classroom while teaching firearm safety has resigned. KSBW-TV reports that Dennis Alexander submitted his resignation to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District on March 29. It will be effective at the end of the school year. Police say Alexander... More »

Friend Called 911 After 3am Text From Hart Family Mom

Sarah Hart told friend she was sick

(Newser) - A social worker in Washington state wasn't the only person to call 911 in reference to the Hart family around the time their SUV plunged off a seaside cliff in California. Shortly before the SUV was found on March 26 at the bottom of the 70-foot cliff alongside five... More »

Home Destroyed by Fire Could Be Yours for $800K

Welcome to San Jose

(Newser) - It's certainly not the prettiest house on the block. But a burned-out home on a 5,800-square-foot lot in Silicon Valley could be yours if you have $800,000 to spare and act fast. "This is what it's worth," realtor Holly Barr tells KTVU of the... More »

Frat Suspended After Blackface Photo Surfaces

Students dressed as gang members on multicultural weekend

(Newser) - In what critics say was just the latest example of insensitive behavior at California Polytechnic State University, fraternity members dressed up as stereotypical gang members during the college's multicultural weekend—and one student was photographed in blackface. The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was quickly placed on interim suspension after... More »

Social Worker Called 911 the Day the Hart Family Died

She said she was worried children weren't being fed

(Newser) - A social worker worried about the welfare of the Hart family called 911 in Washington state the same day the family's SUV plunged off a cliff in California. The Department of Social and Health Services employee told dispatchers in the March 26 call that she was requesting a welfare... More »

Near Site Where Hart Family Perished, a Body Is Found

Authorities believe corpse is African-American female, but identification could take weeks

(Newser) - The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has pulled the body of an unidentified female from the ocean near the site where an SUV ran off a cliff in an apparently intentional crash that wiped out a family, reports CNN . The crash late last month left at least five members of... More »

Cops Found His Manifesto. They Have Yet to Find Him

Dustin Hamilton 'armed and dangerous' in San Francisco area

(Newser) - A San Jose family returned from vacation late Wednesday to find their home had been burglarized and at least two guns taken. Perhaps most alarming was a 20-page manifesto left on their kitchen table. In it, their estranged son, 44-year-old Dustin Hamilton, "made threats to kill people in San... More »

After 22 Years, Menendez Brothers Are Reunited

They're now in the same unit at a California prison

(Newser) - The Menendez brothers, who were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion nearly three decades ago, have been reunited in a southern California prison. Erik Menendez, 47, has moved into the same housing unit as his 50-year-old brother, Lyle Menendez, Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Thursday.... More »

Southern California Shaken by Strongest Quake in Years

No major damage reported in 5.3 temblor

(Newser) - Southern California was shaken by its strongest earthquake in years Thursday, and while there were no reports of major damage, plenty of residents were alarmed—including a family of eagles on Santa Cruz Island, which was close to the offshore epicenter of the 5.3 quake. A camera on the... More »

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