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She's 55 Feet Tall, Nude, and Pretty Controversial

Some San Leandro residents want sculpture to put some clothes on

(Newser) - There have long been complaints about the lack of women in the tech industry. Now there's a towering female figure, in a tech park across the bay from San Francisco, although not quite what some people had in mind. A 55-foot-tall statue of a nude woman unveiled this week... More »

Woman With Skull on Stick Leads Cops to Body

Cops spotted her on Sacramento street

(Newser) - It sounds like a Halloween prank, but police in Sacramento, Calif., say it was all too real. Authorities say a homeless woman led them to a decomposed body after she was seen walking down the street with a human skull on a stick, the AP reports. Police tell KTXL that... More »

Family Receives Letter From Man Murdered 14 Years Ago

Aaron Vickers wrote the letter to his future self for a high-school assignment

(Newser) - “When I opened the letter and saw his handwriting, tears filled my eyes,” Tyra Vickers-Kearney tells CBS Sacramento . Her brother, Aaron Vickers, was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2002 in Stockton, Calif., when he was just 19 years old. But this month, a letter from Vickers arrived... More »

4 Teens Shot Outside San Francisco High Schools

Cops say 4 shooters targeted teen girl

(Newser) - Four teenage students were shot in the shared parking lot of two San Francisco high schools Tuesday, and one of the students is in critical condition, authorities say. A police spokesman says the shooting occurred as students were being let out of school for the day from the June Jordan... More »

Drama After Calif. Billionaire Puts End to Public Beach Access

Vinod Khosla says state panels have unfairly singled him out, 'harassed' him

(Newser) - In California, the public essentially has the right to access the portion of the beach that gets wet. But with a great deal of coastal development, how one gets to this public strip of land can be far murkier, as a new lawsuit involving a private property near Half Moon... More »

2 Wounded Suspects Arrested After LA Party Bloodbath

Other suspects still at large after deadly gunfight

(Newser) - Police in Los Angeles say they've tracked down two of the shooters involved in a horrific gunfight at a party early Saturday that left three people dead and at least a dozen wounded. A police spokesman tells the Los Angeles Times that Jamaican nationals Mowayne McKay, 33, and Diego... More »

Man Interrupts Bear Sex, Pays the Price

Dan Richman survived a mauling Monday in California

(Newser) - Dan Richman must have missed the "do not disturb" sign. Officials believe the 54-year-old hiker interrupted a pair of bears that were trying to mate when he was attacked Monday in the Sierra Madre foothills of California, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to KABC , Richman was going along... More »

3 Killed, 12 Wounded in 'Horrific' Restaurant Shooting

Multiple people opened fire; diners were caught in the crossfire

(Newser) - LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado tells NBC Los Angeles it was "one of the most horrific crime scenes I've seen in a while." Three people were killed and a dozen wounded in a gun battle that broke out shortly after midnight Saturday inside a Los Angeles restaurant. Police... More »

Detective Investigating Derrick Rose Rape Case Found Dead

Police are investigating the death of Det. Nadine Hernandez as a suicide

(Newser) - A Los Angeles Police Department detective investigating rape allegations against NBA star Derrick Rose was found shot Tuesday in a Los Angeles area home, the Los Angeles Times reports. Det. Nadine Hernandez, 44, had been shot once in the chest and died at the hospital. Police say there are "... More »

Bob Marley's Son Is Growing Pot in a Prison

Calif. operation will supply medical dispensaries

(Newser) - In another state, Damian Marley's pot farm in a former prison might get him sent to, well, prison. But in California, it's totally irie, man. The youngest son of everyone's favorite stoner, Bob Marley, says he's partnering with Ocean Grown Extracts to turn the former Claremont... More »

Couple Tried to Cross Border With a Dead Child in Bag

They're accused of murder, sex trafficking

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-area couple has been charged with murder after trying to cross into Mexico with the body of a 2-year-old girl in a duffel bag. Mercy Becerra and Johnny Hartley are also charged with torture, assault on a child causing death, and sex trafficking of the girl's mother,... More »

US Senate Hopeful Dabs on Her Opponent

'RIP Dabbing'

(Newser) - "The dab is dead because it's been used by a politician during a US Senate debate," the San Francisco Chronicle eulogizes. "RIP dabbing. It was a good run." NPR explains: Loretta Sanchez, one of two Democrats competing for California's first open US Senate seat... More »

Judge to Nonprofit: You Can Serve Lawsuit by Tweet

California group has been trying to track down terror funding suspect in Kuwait to no avail

(Newser) - A California nonprofit was having a hard time serving a Kuwaiti sheikh with lawsuit papers, so it got permission to do it in the most 21st-century way possible: on Twitter. Courthouse News Service reports that a federal judge is allowing St. Francis of Assisi, which assists refugees, to tweet the... More »

Judge Chucks Sex Offender's $4M Lawsuit Against Victim

He sued over being called a rapist on Facebook

(Newser) - A sex offender serving time in a California jail can't sue his victim for calling him a rapist, a judge in California has decided. The Sacramento Bee reports that the judge took less than 30 minutes to throw out a $4 million defamation lawsuit from Lang Her, a 26-year-old... More »

33-Year-Old Murder May Be Solved; Suspect Is Quadriplegic

Baby was only witness to 1983 murder of Calif. mom Marsha Carter

(Newser) - For more than 30 years, the case of Marsha Carter's murder has been a cold one, with all leads turning up empty and the Bay Area case eventually fading out of the papers. That changed last month with the arrest of a Placer County man in connection with the... More »

Flyer Wants Apology After Monks Make Her Change Seats

She says the Pakistani monks weren't allowed to sit next to women

(Newser) - A California woman is seeking an apology after she says United Airlines forced her to change seats because two Pakistani monks refused to sit next to a woman. "I thought I lived in a culture where women were equal to men," Mary Campos tells CBS Los Angeles . She... More »

Cops Release 2 Videos of Fatal Calif. Shooting

They 'provoked a mentally disturbed person,' lawyer says

(Newser) - After days of protests, police in El Cajon, Calif. released two videos Friday of Tuesday's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man . Both videos— one from a camera at a taco stand's drive-through window and one from a bystander —show police confronting Ugandan refugee Alfred Olango, but... More »

Risk of Big Calif. Quake Went Up This Week

Swarm of quakes hit in sensitive area

(Newser) - The possibility of the Big One hitting along the " locked, loaded, and ready to go " San Andreas fault is an ever-present risk in southern California—and lately, it has been more present than usual. A cluster of more than 200 earthquakes hit a seismic zone under the Salton... More »

Brock Turner Case Results in Mandatory Prison Time Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill Friday

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he signed two bills that emerged amid national outrage over the six-month jail sentence given to a former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted a woman passed out near a trash bin. The AP reports the governor approved requiring sentences to be served... More »

Calif. Man Shot by Cops Had Vaping Device, Not Gun

Sister says she told cops he was unarmed

(Newser) - The black man fatally shot by police on Tuesday after adopting what police called a "shooting stance" was holding a 3-inch-long vaping device, not a gun, police have confirmed. Protesters gathered for a second day in El Cajon, Calif., on Wednesday to demand answers in the death of Alfred... More »

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