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Elderly 'Hoarder' Dies in Blaze in Messy Home

Firefighters had trouble getting through entrance of Calif. woman's house

(Newser) - It was so cluttered in a home that caught fire last night in Carlsbad, Calif., that firefighters couldn't even get inside at first—and once they did, it was too late to save the elderly woman who lived there, NBC 7 reports. The unidentified woman, said to be in... More »

Man Freed After Prosecutors 'Unsure' of 1980 Conviction

Michael Hanline has spent 34 years in Calif. prison

(Newser) - A 69-year-old man convicted of murder 34 years ago was freed yesterday after prosecutors told a judge they're no longer sure he committed the crime. Michael Hanline posted $2,500 bail after a morning hearing at which the judge ordered his movements electronically monitored and that he not contact... More »

1 Killed, 30 Hurt as Bus Crashes Twice in a Day

It came off Calif. interstate after hitting a Denny's

(Newser) - A tour bus drifted off a northern California interstate yesterday and flipped onto its roof, killing a 33-year-old man, leaving six others with critical or serious injuries, and sending two dozen people to hospitals with less serious wounds, authorities say. The crash in Redding, about 100 miles south of the... More »

'Keep Smiling Bandit' on the Loose in Orange County

FBI searching for Calif. bank robber who tells victims to grin as they pass the cash

(Newser) - His words may seem cheerful, but his actions have been anything but. A California bank robber now called the "Keep Smiling Bandit" is being sought in two Orange County robberies in which he verbally instructed the likely terrified tellers to keep grins on their faces as they handed the... More »

Scientists Find 6 Flame Retardants in Our Bodies

Small study analyzed urine of 16 Californians

(Newser) - Much of the furniture in your home is likely coated in flame retardants—and it turns out those same flame retardants may be making themselves at home in our bodies. The Silent Spring Institute, working in tandem with Belgian researchers, tested 16 Californians for biomarkers of six flame-retardant chemicals using... More »

Black Friday Shoppers Get in Line 3 Weeks Early

2 Calif. women have been camping out next to a Best Buy since last week

(Newser) - Some stores are trying to resist Black Friday madness by refusing to open on Thanksgiving , but for die-hard shoppers, it's never too early to get ready for the mega-sales. Take Vicky Torres and Juanita Salas, who were already bundled up and camped out in front of the Beaumont, Calif.... More »

WWI Chemical Weapon Used to Grow Calif. Strawberries

$2.6B industry is bolstered by that and other dangerous fumigants: investigation

(Newser) - A school surrounded by strawberry fields sounds charming—unless it's in the middle of a California farming community that still relies on potentially dangerous pesticides to keep its lucrative cash crop growing. An in-depth look by the Center for Investigative Reporting at this $2.6 billion industry and its... More »

18K California Nurses Have Decided to Go on Strike

Nurses union says Kaiser Permanente hospitals unprepared for Ebola

(Newser) - Kaiser Permanente hospitals aren't ready for Ebola, say its nurses, and tomorrow 18,000 of them are set to begin a two-day strike over that and other issues. Their union claims Kaiser has "refused to address [their] concerns … about Ebola safety protocols and protective equipment, refusing even... More »

Body of Fox Exec Missing Since 2012 Found

Gavin Smith's remains discovered in Angeles National Forest last week

(Newser) - The worst fears of Gavin Smith's family have been confirmed. The body of the 20th Century Fox executive, who went missing on May 1, 2012, was discovered by hikers in California on Oct. 26 and has been positively identified as Smith's, the AP reports. The body was found... More »

Alleged Meth Smuggler Chooses Wrong Parking Lot

Sylvia Mashiah busted with 27 pounds of meth after parking in federal 'search' lot

(Newser) - You just had one job, suspected drug smuggler: to get across the US-Mexico border with 27 pounds of meth. And technically, Sylvia Mashiah allegedly did that—until she screwed it all up, according to Customs and Border Protection agents. The 33-year-old California woman allegedly drove up to the Otay Mesa... More »

Native American Language Could Soon Disappear

And California tribe members may very well want it that way

(Newser) - The Maidu are Native Americans residing in California, with estimates of just 4,000 people of Maidu descent still in existence, Encyclopaedia Britannica reports. In her article about the Maidu for the BBC , Caroline Davies visited a distant relative in the Maidu town of Taylorsville, a frontier village that houses... More »

Cops Make Arrests in Halloween Hit-and-Run

Neighbors mistook girls for dolls, they flew so far

(Newser) - Police today made multiple arrests in a Halloween hit-and-run that killed three teenage girls and left a California neighborhood reeling, the AP reports. Police in Santa Ana, Calif., gave no details on the arrests but had tracked the black Honda SUV to the registered owner's home. Meanwhile, about 70... More »

Wave Flips Fishing Boat, Kills 4 Off Sonoma

Boat overturns amid conditions reported as 'fairly decent'

(Newser) - A crabbing trip went horribly awry yesterday morning off the coast of California's Sonoma County, when a wave hit a fishing boat upon its return to Bodega Bay, flipping it over and killing four of those aboard. As the LA Times reports, a sheriff's helicopter plucked the lone... More »

Widower's Dinner Date: Photo of Late Wife

Man in viral photos is happy to talk to anyone who asks about love of his life

(Newser) - Determined not to forget his true love after her death five years ago, an elderly man has been bringing along a photo of her during his outings to a California burger joint. Multiple patrons have spotted the widower at an In-N-Out Burger, seated with a photo of his deceased wife... More »

Off-Duty Cop Finds $120K, Returns It to Owner

She was driving home from work, found two bags on road

(Newser) - It could have been easy money. But when an off-duty sergeant with the California Highway Patrol found two bags stuffed with $120,000 in cash, she reported the find instead, reports UPI . The unidentified 20-year veteran says she had to swerve to avoid hitting the bank-deposit bags while driving in... More »

Cops: We Busted Crook. Her Name Is 'Crook'

Josephine Crook charged with stealing ladies' undies from Kohl's

(Newser) - Much like a guy named "John Pirate" probably shouldn't try to make a living terrorizing the high seas, someone with the surname "Crook" raises eyebrows when they turn to a life of crime. California cops say they arrested one Josephine Crook on Friday on suspicion of commercial... More »

Deputy Killed 26 Years to the Day His Father Was

Both deputies died in the line of duty

(Newser) - The one-man rampage yesterday that left two California deputies dead has a sad side note: One of the deputies was killed 26 years to the day that his father, also a deputy, died in the line of duty, reports the Los Angeles Times . Placer County detective Michael David Davis Jr.... More »

Fist-Sized Gold Nugget Goes Up for Sale

Unidentified owner selling nugget found in Butte County in July

(Newser) - Is $11 million in rare gold coins too much for your pocketbook? Perhaps dealer Don Kagin can interest you in his newest treasure up for sale: a giant, 6.07-pound gold nugget. Found on public land in California's Butte County mountains this summer, the "Butte Nugget" is believed... More »

Lawyer: Slain Mayor Abused His Wife for Years

Pics, voicemail show Levette Crespo endured violent marriage: lawyer

(Newser) - The wife accused of murdering the mayor of an LA County town last month is beginning to fill in some of the blanks in the fatal shooting of Daniel Crespo: Levette Crespo's attorney has given NBC4 photos that show Levette "about two years ago" with lacerated lips and... More »

Django Actress Charged With Lewd Conduct

Daniele Watts and boyfriend Brian James Lucas could face $1K fine, 6 months in jail

(Newser) - Daniele Watts said racism drove LA police to handcuff her after she was caught "showing affection" toward her boyfriend in a car last month; one of the officers has said that was a lie and that the Django Unchained actress and Brian James Lucas were reported for having full-on... More »

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