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Woman Surprised to Find Dead Body in Her Trunk

Police say she's not a suspect

(Newser) - A California woman says she has no idea how a dead body wound up in the trunk of her Lexus. The Riverside woman says she'd thought the car smelled funny as she left work yesterday, but she stopped at Walmart thinking nothing of it. When she opened the trunk... More »

Plan to Split California Fails to Make Ballot

But millionaire backer is challenging that ruling

(Newser) - California looks destined to remain one big state instead of six smaller ones. A Silicon Valley venture capitalist failed to collect enough signatures to qualify his "Six Californias" plan as a ballot initiative in November 2016, reports the LA Times . Tim Draper, who poured more than $5 million of... More »

100 Airlifted Away From Yosemite Wildfire

Hikers taken out by helicopter as blaze spreads

(Newser) - About 100 Yosemite National Park visitors were evacuated by helicopter yesterday when a wildfire that started weeks ago in the park's backcountry grew unexpectedly to at least 700 acres, officials say. Some of the evacuees included hikers who had climbed the park's iconic Half Dome peak, rising nearly... More »

Don't Feel Guilty for Eating These 21 Fish

Sustainability watchdog gives the OK to chow down on flounder, other species

(Newser) - If you've been plagued by guilt every time you scarf down that fried flounder, rest easy: A California sustainability-monitoring group has given a thumbs-up to that species, as well as 20 other West Coast varieties such as sole and snapper, after deciding there's enough available to catch without... More »

Calif. High School Drops Arab Mascot

But school's replacement is also an Arab

(Newser) - Mascot makeover: California's Coachella Valley High School has retired its football team's hook-nosed Arab mascot and his bellydancing genie sidekick after complaints about "Orientalist stereotyping" from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. But the school district plans to keep the team's "Arabs" nickname and has come up... More »

Parks Ranger Found Passed Out With a Beer

Tyson Young was noticed by a passerby

(Newser) - Nothing like cracking open a brew and falling asleep ... at the wheel of your patrol car. That's apparently why California State Parks Ranger Tyson Young was found dozing in his parked vehicle on Aug. 15 in Northern California, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A passerby (who's staying anonymous)... More »

California May Get Nation's First Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags

But it's unclear whether Gov. Jerry Brown will sign legislation

(Newser) - California's legislature has approved what will be a national first if Gov. Jerry Brown goes along—a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in supermarkets and other stores, reports the Los Angeles Times . Lawmakers narrowly approved the measure yesterday in the name of reducing litter on streets and beaches.... More »

How You Could Someday Get From China to San Fran in 100 Minutes

Supersonic vessel will fly through the water in air bubble, say researchers

(Newser) - Never heard of the term “supercavitation”? China’s about to school us all with its announcement that it’s making progress on a supersonic submarine that uses this technology, theoretically giving the underwater vessel the capability to zip along at the speed of sound, reports the South China ... More »

25-Foot Waves May Hit California

But Hurricane Marie not expected to hit land

(Newser) - A massive hurricane is moving north from Mexico's coast, and while it's not expected to hit land in the US, Southern California can expect some huge and possibly dangerous waves starting today and peaking tomorrow, authorities say. Hurricane Marie is weakening slightly, but some surf spots could see... More »

Still Unknown: Exact Cause of Napa Quake

As volunteers pour in to clean up wine country

(Newser) - People in Napa Valley, Calif., are picking up the pieces after Sunday's 6.0 earthquake wrecked scores of homes and businesses, and they're getting plenty of help from outside. Volunteers have flocked from across Northern California to assist in any way they can, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Wine Country's Quake Damage Could Top $1B

100 Calif. homes declared unsafe to enter

(Newser) - Northern California is assessing the damage after the region's worst earthquake in 25 years and while no deaths have been reported, at least 100 people have been injured, more than 10,000 are still without power, dozens of buildings have been wrecked—and there is a heck of a... More »

6.0 Napa Quake Injures 120

Water mains rupture amid widespread power outages

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake rolled through the San Francisco area early today, reports the LA Times , in the biggest temblor to hit the region since 1989. It was initially reported at 6.0, and later revised upward by... More »

Calif. Patient Tested for Ebola

Health officials confident they can prevent disease spread

(Newser) - A patient in Sacramento is being tested for Ebola, but health experts still say there is little chance the disease will spread in the US. "We should take this one case not as something to inspire fear but to tell us the system is working,” one expert tells... More »

Feds: Slaughterhouse Swapped Heads to Fool Inspectors

4 indicted over massive recall of diseased beef

(Newser) - Workers at the Rancho Feeding Corp. were up to something pretty stomach-churning while inspectors were on their lunch break, according to a federal indictment: They slaughtered cows with eye cancer, hid the heads in gut bins, and placed the heads of healthy cows next to the carcasses. The co-owners and... More »

Desperate for Voters, LA May Offer Cash Prize

City considers lottery-like incentive to cast your ballot

(Newser) - Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets. With fewer than a fourth of voters showing up for recent local elections, the city's Ethics Commission voted unanimously yesterday to recommend that the City Council consider a cash-prize drawing as an incentive to vote. Commission President Nathan Hochman... More »

Your Bottled Water Might Come From Parched California

Loose regulations, high demand keep bottlers in business

(Newser) - The $22 billion bottled water business is rife with odd logic: It takes 1.39 liters of water to make one liter of bottled water, for example, and much of the nation's supply is being drawn from a state parched by drought, the Atlantic reports. Why, then, do we... More »

California Drought Fuels Boom in ... Lawn Painting

Dryness is bad for lawns, good for odd business

(Newser) - Just because you're dealing with dry weather doesn't mean your lawn can't be pretty. Companies in California tell the National Journal that the lawn-painting business is booming amid the state's worst recorded drought. Following the lead of golf courses and realtors, the businesses spread dye they... More »

Is That a Lion? City Tries to ID Mystery Animal

One guess is that it's an African lioness in Norwalk, Calif.

(Newser) - Surveillance video of ... something ... strolling around Norwalk, California, is becoming the city's "version of Bigfoot," reports the LA Times . State officials don't think the creature in the grainy video is a mountain lion, reports KTLA , but they're not hazarding a guess about what it might... More »

Cops 'Arrest' Huge Tortoise in California

150-pounder back with his (human) family

(Newser) - Police in Los Angeles County have captured a slow-moving escapee. Clark the tortoise makes his home with a family in the city of Alhambra; he apparently managed to run away while the family was at a baseball game, an animal control official tells the Los Angeles Times . He didn't... More »

Storms Kill 1, Strand Thousands in California

Flash floods cut off mountain communities

(Newser) - About 2,500 people were stranded after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in southern California yesterday, while one person was found dead in a flooded creek, authorities say. A body was found in a car that was swept into the rain-swollen water in Mount Baldy and overturned, a San Bernardino County... More »

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