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Horrific Crash Kills Teens Headed to College Tour

10 dead, including FedEx truck and bus drivers

(Newser) - At least 10 people have been killed and 35 injured in a horrific three-vehicle crash in northern California involving a FedEx truck, a tour bus carrying high school students, and a Nissan Altima. The California Highway Patrol says the truck crossed a median and slammed into the bus on the... More »

Man Stuns Cops by Confessing Life as Hitman

Jose Manuel Martinez suspected in as many as 40 deaths

(Newser) - When police arrested Jose Manuel Martinez, they suspected him only of the 2013 shooting of a man who made the mistake of insulting his daughter. So they were taken aback and a bit skeptical when the 51-year-old said he'd been a cartel hitman since age 16, and a good... More »

Sriracha Smell Designated a 'Public Nuisance'

By the city council of Irwindale, California

(Newser) - A trial is already set between a Los Angeles suburb and the maker of Sriracha hot sauce after a judge ruled that the smell wafting from the company's Irwindale plant was "offensive to the senses" —but the town isn't stopping there. The Irwindale City Council yesterday... More »

America's Most Endangered River Is...

Calif.'s San Joaquin River is under immense pressure, group warns

(Newser) - The San Joaquin River's problems run pretty deep, so much so that it's the most endangered in the country, according to the American Rivers conservation group. The group says that even before California's drought hit, the state's second-longest river had "lots of problems from dams,... More »

Savvy Lotto Winner Waits 6 Weeks, Then Claims $425M

He plans to found children's charity

(Newser) - The winner of California's biggest-ever lottery jackpot has a sense of humor—he turned up to claim the $425 million Powerball prize on April Fool's Day, wearing a T-shirt featuring Yoda and the words "Luck of the Jedi I have," reports the San Jose Mercury News... More »

Fault Could Cause 'Quake From Hell' in LA

Puente Hills bigger threat to LA than San Andreas

(Newser) - The San Andreas fault is famous, but the lesser-known fault that caused Friday night's 5.1 earthquake could be the one that delivers the "Big One" that devastates Los Angeles, experts warn. The Puente Hills fault runs under downtown Los Angeles into Hollywood, near many older buildings, and... More »

Drought Fuels Mini California Gold Rush

Low water levels open up new areas for panning

(Newser) - California is facing what some have called its worst drought in a century , but there could be a silver lining—or, should we say, gold. Thanks to low water levels, a mini gold rush has sprung up around the Sierra Nevada foothills—the same spot flooded by '49ers in... More »

5.1 Quake Rattles California

No major injuries or damage reported in Los Angeles area

(Newser) - Southern California got a scare last night in the form of a magnitude-5.1 earthquake that struck near Los Angeles. No major damage or injuries were reported, though water main breaks, power outages, toppled store shelves, and shattered glass were seen throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, reports AP and... More »

Calif. Pol Busted on Charges of Arms Trafficking

Leland Yee arrested in ring that also includes gangsters

(Newser) - There's your everyday corruption, and then there's what California state Sen. Leland Yee has been accused of. The FBI arrested Yee yesterday on sweeping corruption and arms smuggling charges, the LA Times reports. The affidavit names 26 people in all—including prominent political consultant Keith Jackson, and a... More »

Why Calif. Pot Farmers Open Fire on Scientists

In California, marijuana growers are damaging the environment

(Newser) - Think pot growers are kind, environmentally-minded hippies? Not in the so-called Emerald Triangle, a weed-farming region of California where illegal growers are spewing pollution, poisoning wildlife, and scaring scientists away from probing the environmental effects of pot-growing, Mother Jones reports. One wildlife ecologist received threats against his family, and researchers... More »

Doctors Stumped by Mystery Paralysis Disease

They're not even positive how to describe it

(Newser) - Doctors are hitting brick walls in their search for the cause of the polio-like condition that's partially paralyzed at least two dozen California children, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Doctors assume a virus is at work, but almost all of the patients they're examining weren't tested for... More »

San Diego: Nation's Meth Gateway

Report shows 70% of US supply enters through the city

(Newser) - If you're talking about our country's meth crisis and looking to point fingers, go ahead and direct yours to California, and San Diego in particular. "California is now the primary source for methamphetamine nationwide with as much as 70% of the US foreign supply of methamphetamine being... More »

6.9 Quake Strikes Off N. California Coast

No tsunami warning

(Newser) - A very strong earthquake rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region, but authorities said early today that there were no reports of any injuries or damages. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck at 10:18pm PDT Sunday and was centered 50 miles west of Eureka... More »

Killer Bees Sting Woman 1K Times

Victim in Palm Desert, Calif., is covered by bees

(Newser) - An elderly woman and three firefighters are recovering after being attacked Friday by a massive swarm of killer bees that stung the woman 1,000 times, CBS Los Angeles reports. The 71-year-old looked like someone wearing "a suit of bees" when firefighters arrived, said Battalion Chief Mark Williams. "... More »

Transgender Woman's Suit: Let Me Compete as Female

CrossFit says birth sex offers 'physical advantage'

(Newser) - A transgender woman in California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions. The $2.5 million lawsuit by Chloie Jonsson, 34, accuses CrossFit Inc. of violating her rights under a California law that... More »

Buried Gold Likely Not From Heist, Says US Mint Rep

And he's not the only one to pooh-pooh the theory

(Newser) - Perhaps it was too intriguing to be true: A rep for the US Mint and an expert on the San Francisco Mint throw water on the latest theory surrounding the $10 million in gold coins uncovered in California—that they were the long-hidden spoils of a 1901 gold heist from... More »

Source of Buried California Gold: Century-Old Heist?

If the theory is true, it could be bad news for the couple who found the coins

(Newser) - The only thing more mysterious than the identity of the couple who stumbled upon an estimated $10 million in US gold coins while walking their dog on their California property: Where did the gold come from? The San Francisco Chronicle floats a theory with all the intrigue and illegality you... More »

Teen Killed Trying to Retrieve Phone From Tracks

She was sucked in by freight train's 'vacuum'

(Newser) - Yet another person has died after putting her phone's safety ahead of her own. Jenna Betti, 14, was killed by a freight train on Sunday when she tried to retrieve a phone she had dropped on the tracks in Martinez, Calif., reports the San Francisco Chronicle . She had been... More »

Calif. Gov: Stoners Will Be Our Downfall If Pot Is Legal

Jerry Brown says we won't be 'alert' enough

(Newser) - Jerry Brown thinks legalizing marijuana would put California and the rest of America at a competitive disadvantage, because we'd have too many stoners. Toward the end of a brief Meet the Press interview yesterday, the California governor was asked about Colorado and Washington's legalization moves. It was just... More »

Parched Calif. Farmers Turn to 'Water Witches'

Vineyard owners say dowsing works; scientists disagree

(Newser) - With California in the grip of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools—usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones—and what they describe... More »

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