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Jahi McMath Suit Tells Brutal Tale of Surgery Gone Wrong

Mother was pushed to donate McMath's organs while she prayed

(Newser) - As Jahi McMath , declared brain-dead in 2013, remains hooked up to machines in New Jersey, her family is filing suit against the Oakland hospital where her surgery for sleep apnea went terribly wrong, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The suit against UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and surgeon... More »

Feds Swoop on Chinese 'Birth Tourists'

Women paid up to $60K to have American babies

(Newser) - Federal agents have launched a major crackdown on what they say is a big industry that helps wealthy Chinese women have American babies. Agents raided 37 addresses in California yesterday in the crackdown on "birth tourism" rings that allegedly charge up to $60,000 to help the women come... More »

Truck Driver Found 1.6 Miles From Metrolink Crash

Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez charged with felony hit-and-run

(Newser) - The driver whose truck was hit by an LA-bound Metrolink train yesterday , injuring around 30 people, was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run after being found on foot more than a mile away. Oxnard police Assistant Chief Jason Benites says Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, was "disoriented," "unsettled,... More »

Teen Battling 'Superbug' Was Infected Twice

2 patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center have died

(Newser) - Two of seven patients infected by a "superbug" at an LA hospital have died, and now an 18-year old is battling to keep from being the third. According to the AP , the teen had gone to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center late last year to undergo a procedure that... More »

Couple Visits 3 Disney Parks Around World in One Day

Diane and Michael Greening hit Tokyo, Anaheim, and Orlando on Valentine's Day

(Newser) - If you were impressed by these two guys riding every ride in one day at Orlando's Walt Disney World in November, this couple has them beat. In 1999, Michael and Diane Greening of San Diego celebrated their first wedding anniversary at Anaheim's Disneyland, and every anniversary since they'... More »

Calif. Prisons Lethal —Especially for Sex Offenders

But deaths in state's corrections system are twice national average

(Newser) - California prisoners are killed at a rate double the national average—and sex offenders account for a disproportionate number of victims, according to an AP analysis of corrections records. Male sex offenders made up about 15% of the prison population but accounted for nearly 30% of homicide victims. The deaths—... More »

Water Manager Told Off for Peeing in Reservoir

SF worker needs to 'zip up or get shipped out'

(Newser) - A San Francisco water manager who couldn't manage to keep his urine out of the system supplying the city's water will probably be suspended without pay for up to five days, officials say. Martin Sanchez, a $111,000-a-year maintenance planner, was reported for peeing in a reservoir that... More »

California: 'Measles Parties' Are Downright Dangerous

Health officials say intentionally exposing kids to disease is unwise

(Newser) - Are "measles parties"—where parents purposely expose unvaccinated kids to infected ones to build up immunity—a good idea? Some parents say yes, but California public health officials say absolutely not, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to a KQED blog post , Marin County mom Julie Schiffman received... More »

California Opens World's Biggest Solar Power Plant

Interior secretary celebrates Desert Sunlight Solar Farm

(Newser) - Planet Earth's biggest solar power plant opened for business yesterday right here on American soil, the Desert Sun reports, with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on-site in California's Riverside County to mark the opening of the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm. The plant, which boasts 550 megawatts of power and... More »

An End to Major Vaccine Exemption in California?

Lawmakers hope to eliminate 'personal belief' vaccine exemptions

(Newser) - California is at the epicenter of the measles outbreak , which has two state lawmakers hoping to end a major vaccination exemption. As the number of measles cases in the state climbs to 99—with cases in 19 other states and in Mexico—State Sen. Ben Allen and fellow Democrat Richard... More »

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 »

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